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  #554855 7-Dec-2011 09:36
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Good bye to half price sky (sat) subscription when this comes in?

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  #554856 7-Dec-2011 09:37
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I'm assuming none of those channels will be in HD, but with 3 UHF channels to use (plus 2 more when Maori and Prime) theres plenty of room to grow

 
 
 
 


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  #554860 7-Dec-2011 09:49
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The bit that interests and surprises me is that sport is potentially on the table...

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  #554870 7-Dec-2011 10:07

I actually can't think of 11 worse channels they could have offered me for a pay-tv subscription. Definitely not going to go for this.

I can imagine the sports events will be at the usual exorbitant pay-per-view rates as well.

I don't think Sky will have any of their current subscribers downgrading which will be a bonus for them, since it seems to me that this is $30mill floating away on the wind

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  #554874 7-Dec-2011 10:14
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This line up is a joke - there is no way I'll be parting with ~$25 / month for that.

I already get BBC World news from Intelsat 5, and come on, does anybody actually watch Heartland???

They have got to be kidding!




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  #554876 7-Dec-2011 10:16
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For me this sounds ok, I only watch Discovery, NatGeo, BBC knowledge and on occasion The box and Comedy Central.

Just wish they would trade Vibe for The box and Animal Planet for Discovery and it would be perfect, I would probably pay around $20/month for that.

Btw the only reason we have Sky atm is because we got the half price deal, otherwise there is no way I'd pay $50 for 20+ channels I never watch.

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  #554879 7-Dec-2011 10:20
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Yeah, for me there are about 3 channels that I would actually watch out of the 11 total. I had to have a look on the Sky website to see what Vibe and Comedy Central were all about, but they just seem like channels that do re-runs of M*A*S*H and The Golden Girls - terrible!

I just can't justify the initial capital outlay and on-going cost for 3 channels.




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  #554885 7-Dec-2011 10:34
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The more I think about this the more I think it isn't the worst thing I have ever heard. 

UKTV, BBC Knowledge, Nat Geo and Food TV all have stuff I would watch. Vibe and Comedy Central... maybe. 

I'd need mySky or similar but that isn't impossible. 

I'll be interested to see what they will be offering on a pay-per-view basis over the net. I know if it is too 'good' it would damage the core business of the satellite pay TV bundle but who knows. 

I'll take the usual 'wait and see' approach.  




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  #554887 7-Dec-2011 10:36
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I'm presuming that they'll want to tie you in with a specific internet provider for this?




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  #554894 7-Dec-2011 10:49
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The information in Stuff is, as per usual, kind of vague including: 

 It said it would let viewers "pause" live TV 

Are we talking about some sort of recording function here?  

Also this

They will also be able to rent "thousands of blockbuster movies and TV episodes" by downloading them to a set-top box over the internet. 

I am going to take a wild stab here and say they meant 'stream' as opposed to 'download' as we would use it. Also 'thousands' sounds great, but also a bit hopeful. 

This is why I'm taking a wait and see approach. 

Mind you $20 -$25 per month (taking into consideration that these prices are speculation) to get in the door is close to half the price to get in the door for the usual Sky TV service so it is worth waiting for the actual details.  






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  #554901 7-Dec-2011 11:08
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I would think the

"They will also be able to rent "thousands of blockbuster movies and TV episodes" by downloading them to a set-top box over the internet."

I just iSky going through a set top box, you can already rent TV shows and movies on there.

Seems about $5 to rent a movie, $25-35 for 1 season of a TV show and $2-3 for a single episode.

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  #554905 7-Dec-2011 11:10
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blur: I'm presuming that they'll want to tie you in with a specific internet provider for this?


I would say Telecom, parents just got a letter from them the other day saying they are releasing new plans with sky in the coming year as they are still on a legacy telecom plan which has sky base package included.

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  #554916 7-Dec-2011 11:37
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For those of us with young kids who dont want to have them blasted with American crap all the whole time that channel line up is superb.

If I can add a Sports subscription to that you can put my name down right now.

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  #554920 7-Dec-2011 11:49
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martyyn: If I can add a Sports subscription to that you can put my name down right now.


That's the thing I am pretty sure we won't get with this service.

Change 'Sports' to 'SoHo' and you would have me, change it to 'movies' and you would have plenty of others.

But then who would pay for 'normal' Sky?

What we may get is some sort of pay-per-view Sport service but if it is too good/cheap then you start seeing drop off of 'normal' Sky. 

So how much would you pay on a pay per view basis for an: 

All Blacks game?

Super 14 game?

English Premier Football match?

[Insert sporting event here]?

 




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  #554936 7-Dec-2011 12:17
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I am probably being unrealistic, but I would pay about the same as a new release DVD/Blu Ray rental (~$7-9).

I could probably be convinced that the "value" of the sports event is probably more in line with a ticket to the movies (~$15), but I personally wouldn't pay that much to watch the black caps lose, and we all remember that no one wanted to pay that much to watch the all blacks win in 3d...

Also I think if it was $15 you might get your mates round to watch the game, but it is not a feasible price for a "watch it on your own" type scenario.

I wonder if you might be able to use your htpc with this?

Jon

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