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  # 1831582 26-Jul-2017 13:01
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Wiggum:

 

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Yep, it's not even the rental fee for the MySky Plus box that annoys me because at least it's being supported and upgraded/replaced if it fails.  My beef is yet another fee in addition to the box for being able to watch the content you already pay for in HD!!  You know, on the more than capable HD set top box you're already paying for?  I understand Sky is a corporate and their shareholders want a return on their investment aka maximising profit but in 2017 still charging to view HD that is being transmitted from the same satellite regardless is stupid.

 

 

Netflix actually does the same thing. The basic plan does not include HD, you pay more for HD.

 

I guess HD means more bandwidth, so its justifiable for Sky Satellite. Not so much for Netflix.

 

 

Totally forgot Netflix charge a bit more for HD.  I think your comment is correct but the wrong way around.  The more users streaming HD adds more load on Netflix servers so charging for that is one thing.  Sky channels that are in HD are already being broadcast in HD from their fully budgeted fixedbandwidth satellite(s) regardless of how many subscribers are watching.  Much like listening to FM radio - or Freeview terrestrial or satellite for that matter, if you're in the coverage area you can passively receive it!


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  # 1831587 26-Jul-2017 13:08
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Groucho:

 

Wiggum:

 

Groucho:

 

 

 

Yep, it's not even the rental fee for the MySky Plus box that annoys me because at least it's being supported and upgraded/replaced if it fails.  My beef is yet another fee in addition to the box for being able to watch the content you already pay for in HD!!  You know, on the more than capable HD set top box you're already paying for?  I understand Sky is a corporate and their shareholders want a return on their investment aka maximising profit but in 2017 still charging to view HD that is being transmitted from the same satellite regardless is stupid.

 

 

Netflix actually does the same thing. The basic plan does not include HD, you pay more for HD.

 

I guess HD means more bandwidth, so its justifiable for Sky Satellite. Not so much for Netflix.

 

 

Totally forgot Netflix charge a bit more for HD.  I think your comment is correct but the wrong way around.  The more users streaming HD adds more load on Netflix servers so charging for that is one thing.  Sky channels that are in HD are already being broadcast in HD from their fully budgeted fixedbandwidth satellite(s) regardless of how many subscribers are watching.  Much like listening to FM radio - or Freeview terrestrial or satellite for that matter, if you're in the coverage area you can passively receive it!

 

 

As already stated above, they bought more satellite bandwidth, thats not free


 
 
 
 


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  # 1831589 26-Jul-2017 13:10
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Groucho:

 

I think your comment is correct but the wrong way around.  The more users streaming HD adds more load on Netflix servers so charging for that is one thing.  Sky channels that are in HD are already being broadcast in HD from their fully budgeted fixedbandwidth satellite(s) regardless of how many subscribers are watching.  Much like listening to FM radio - or Freeview terrestrial or satellite for that matter, if you're in the coverage area you can passively receive it!

 

 

Sky needs to pay for more bandwidth for HD broadcasts if people use it or not, sure its being broadcasts in HD already but I guess that bandwidth from satellite is expensive.

 

The alternative would be to just up the prices for everyone and include HD by default. But I guess many people would not be too happy, especially those not using HD (why should they pay more)


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  # 1831590 26-Jul-2017 13:10
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tdgeek:

 

Groucho:

 

Wiggum:

 

Groucho:

 

 

 

Yep, it's not even the rental fee for the MySky Plus box that annoys me because at least it's being supported and upgraded/replaced if it fails.  My beef is yet another fee in addition to the box for being able to watch the content you already pay for in HD!!  You know, on the more than capable HD set top box you're already paying for?  I understand Sky is a corporate and their shareholders want a return on their investment aka maximising profit but in 2017 still charging to view HD that is being transmitted from the same satellite regardless is stupid.

 

 

Netflix actually does the same thing. The basic plan does not include HD, you pay more for HD.

 

I guess HD means more bandwidth, so its justifiable for Sky Satellite. Not so much for Netflix.

 

 

Totally forgot Netflix charge a bit more for HD.  I think your comment is correct but the wrong way around.  The more users streaming HD adds more load on Netflix servers so charging for that is one thing.  Sky channels that are in HD are already being broadcast in HD from their fully budgeted fixedbandwidth satellite(s) regardless of how many subscribers are watching.  Much like listening to FM radio - or Freeview terrestrial or satellite for that matter, if you're in the coverage area you can passively receive it!

 

 

As already stated above, they bought more satellite bandwidth, thats not free

 

 

Wonder how many Mpeg 2 STBs are still out there??  When they're all the new Mpeg 2 / 4 ones they  could convert all the channels the Mpeg 4  and then  move a lot more to HD..





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  # 1831592 26-Jul-2017 13:12
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Wonder how many Mpeg 2 STBs are still out there??  When they're all the new Mpeg 2 / 4 ones they  could convert all the channels the Mpeg 4  and then  move a lot more to HD..

 

 

Sky's whole model is outdated. They should just scrap satellite completely, and convert to internet streams over broadband, with an IP type set top box.


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  # 1831593 26-Jul-2017 13:13
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Wiggum:

 

old3eyes:

 

 

 

Wonder how many Mpeg 2 STBs are still out there??  When they're all the new Mpeg 2 / 4 ones they  could convert all the channels the Mpeg 4  and then  move a lot more to HD..

 

 

Sky's whole model is outdated. They should just scrap satellite completely, and convert to internet streams over broadband, with an IP type set top box.

 

 

Which is fine if you don't live way out in the country with little or non broadband..





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  # 1831594 26-Jul-2017 13:16
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Wiggum:

 

old3eyes:

 

 

 

Wonder how many Mpeg 2 STBs are still out there??  When they're all the new Mpeg 2 / 4 ones they  could convert all the channels the Mpeg 4  and then  move a lot more to HD..

 

 

Sky's whole model is outdated. They should just scrap satellite completely, and convert to internet streams over broadband, with an IP type set top box.

 

 

They are in contract to 2019 for satellite. They already have an IP type STB. They already have VOD.  Why? For 2019


 
 
 
 


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  # 1831602 26-Jul-2017 13:30
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old3eyes:

 

Wiggum:

 

old3eyes:

 

 

 

Wonder how many Mpeg 2 STBs are still out there??  When they're all the new Mpeg 2 / 4 ones they  could convert all the channels the Mpeg 4  and then  move a lot more to HD..

 

 

Sky's whole model is outdated. They should just scrap satellite completely, and convert to internet streams over broadband, with an IP type set top box.

 

 

Which is fine if you don't live way out in the country with little or non broadband..

 

 

If Sky becom3 "modern" its hard to justify keeping Optus just for that reason. The Govt should buy enough Optus bandwidth for FTA 


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  # 1831604 26-Jul-2017 13:31
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tdgeek:

 

old3eyes:

 

Wiggum:

 

old3eyes:

 

 

 

Wonder how many Mpeg 2 STBs are still out there??  When they're all the new Mpeg 2 / 4 ones they  could convert all the channels the Mpeg 4  and then  move a lot more to HD..

 

 

Sky's whole model is outdated. They should just scrap satellite completely, and convert to internet streams over broadband, with an IP type set top box.

 

 

Which is fine if you don't live way out in the country with little or non broadband..

 

 

If Sky becom3 "modern" its hard to justify keeping Optus just for that reason. The Govt should buy enough Optus bandwidth for FTA 

 

 

That's OK if you want only FTA but what about the ones who want Sky say for sport??





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  # 1831616 26-Jul-2017 13:55
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old3eyes:

 

tdgeek:

 

old3eyes:

 

Wiggum:

 

old3eyes:

 

 

 

Wonder how many Mpeg 2 STBs are still out there??  When they're all the new Mpeg 2 / 4 ones they  could convert all the channels the Mpeg 4  and then  move a lot more to HD..

 

 

Sky's whole model is outdated. They should just scrap satellite completely, and convert to internet streams over broadband, with an IP type set top box.

 

 

Which is fine if you don't live way out in the country with little or non broadband..

 

 

If Sky becom3 "modern" its hard to justify keeping Optus just for that reason. The Govt should buy enough Optus bandwidth for FTA 

 

 

That's OK if you want only FTA but what about the ones who want Sky say for sport??

 

 

They would need to subscribe to Sky Sport. And ideally the buffer would be variable to cater for any lower speed internet   


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  # 1831671 26-Jul-2017 15:17
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 You still have to have a MySky box and all the basic,sport,movies to use on demand though don't you so its no cheaper..


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  # 1831681 26-Jul-2017 15:25
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cafeg:

 

 You still have to have a MySky box and all the basic,sport,movies to use on demand though don't you so its no cheaper..

 

 

If they go to streaming only, or if they get a real good deal on the already amortised Optus satellite, their costs will drop.

 

I would expect Basic to be seperated as its currently subsidising sport

 

Sport costs what it really costs

 

You can have Sky streaming with MySky or not, it will be useful to easy the transition

 

They may re hash all offerings, but it will be cheaper than now


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  # 1831697 26-Jul-2017 15:39
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I read that Sky UK is unbundling their sports offering now.

 

 

 

In NZ, some would be surprised at the numbers still without cabled internet.  We have some pretty diverse terrain.  Freeview HD distribution isn't everywhere because of the terrestrial delivery issues.

Satellite is perfect for this situation.

 

 

 

Is Freeview still broadcasting SD TV1 6 times in parallel, so they can deliver regional advertising?  Surely there's enough for HD there if they aren't doing the regional model optimally.


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  # 1831706 26-Jul-2017 16:01
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I see that this thread now has nearly 900 posts.

 

It seems to me that most questions and answers are about "off the shelf" replacements for TiVo.

 

As this forum is named "Geekzone" I am interested to know if many "Geeks" (or any) have tried the suggested/recommended "homebuilt" alternatives such as -

 

  • MythTv
  • Tvheadend
  • NextPVR
  • Plex
  • EMBY




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  # 1831723 26-Jul-2017 16:38
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robfish:

 

  • MythTv
  • Tvheadend
  • NextPVR
  • Plex
  • EMBY

 

  • DVBLink




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