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  Reply # 58030 16-Jan-2007 10:36
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As mentioned elsewhere, sky intend to do HD early next year, my bet is we will see Prime, and Movie channel and a Sports Channel go HD. As is the experience in UK they will run native HD material when available and upconvert the rest of the time, the exception to this is a movie channel where for sometime now movies are transfered from film to video as 1080sF24/25 and from their sub masters in 576i50 and 480i60 are made for DVD and broadcast release. So 1080 masters exist of most recent and current film/movie material.

In this vein, I suspect (pure heresay) that Sky will push The Rugby Channel into HD first, as this is their 'premium channel' where users are already paying extra. All i hope more is that Sky will sort out the rest of their sports channels to broadcast in 16:9. Last year I did get a reply from them pretty much saying all channels except the RC aren't capable of broadcasting 16:9 signals at the moment, hence no cricket etc (from Channel 9) in 16:9.

I understand the rugby world cup host broadcaster will broadcast games in HD, but I doubt TV3 will get sorted in time to carry these games.

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  Reply # 58038 16-Jan-2007 11:07
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According to Skys last annual report to share holders, their new facitlity they aquired in Albany as part of Prime has now been upgraded to a fully digital setup and is capable of 16:9 for the 10 or so channels it can handle, however most of the programming (other than prime itself) that is passed through the Albany facility is just that pure pass through off overseas sat stuff, presumably Disney, Natgeo, ESPN type channels etc. Would be nice if they could do Prime in 16:9 as I presume it is all setup to do it now and much of Primes programming is 16:9 source.

The report goes on to state that the Mt Wellington site is on a 18month upgrade and a major of this upgrade is that all channels will have the ability to do 16:9, so there is some hope. I presume currently they have only limited 16:9 playout facilities for the movie channels and rugby channel both of which can be contained.

It would be great if TV3 had been ready for the A1GP on sunday, rather than 3hrs of live racing they could have had an extra channel running 24hrs of the season replays, and in 16:9. Same goes for the World cup, somehow I dont think they will be there in time, pity as it would have been an ideal launch focus for the freeview service to have a 24hr FTA world cup channel running for the duration of the cup.


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