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  # 147512 13-Jul-2008 19:42
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cyril7: Sky Sports 1&2 go 16:9 by the end of this month (July) others will follow next month. Most other channels will go 16:9 in next couple of months. Talking the current SD channels here, not HD which naturally will be 16:9.

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great!! I take it you have heard this from a reliable source?

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  # 147532 13-Jul-2008 20:14
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cyril7: Sky Sports 1&2 go 16:9 by the end of this month (July) others will follow next month. Most other channels will go 16:9 in next couple of months. Talking the current SD channels here, not HD which naturally will be 16:9.

Cyril



Good news.Thanks for the info Cyril 

 
 
 
 


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  # 147607 13-Jul-2008 22:43
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I've noticed that the Sky website guide lists most TV3 shows as being in HD in the description.





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  # 147614 13-Jul-2008 22:54
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James Bond: I've noticed that the Sky website guide lists most TV3 shows as being in HD in the description.


good point, they haven't started doing that with Sky Sport stuff yet (eg Monday Night League)

Anyone know if the HD Sports channels will be in addition to or instead of SD channels?

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  # 147616 13-Jul-2008 23:00
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allstarnz:
James Bond: I've noticed that the Sky website guide lists most TV3 shows as being in HD in the description.


good point, they haven't started doing that with Sky Sport stuff yet (eg Monday Night League)

Anyone know if the HD Sports channels will be in addition to or instead of SD channels?


The HD channels will have to be in addition to the exisitng channels as they are transmitted on DVB-S2 MUX's which the legacy decoders cannot recieve.

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  # 147717 14-Jul-2008 12:48
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adamj:
The HD channels will have to be in addition to the exisitng channels as they are transmitted on DVB-S2 MUX's which the legacy decoders cannot recieve.


I believe the HD streams will carry the same content and probably share the same channel number with individual decoders being pointed to the appropriate stream (i.e HD or SD) depending on your subscription. I hope Cyril is correct that the SD streams of SS1/SS2 will go 16:9 at the same time since it wouldn't be difficult to split off the SD feed and crop it to 4:3 prior to transmission, thus keeping the widescreen for "enhanced" subscriptions like HD and Rugby Channel. We are retaining one SD box and will be rather annoyed if only one feed is widescreen.

I'll let you know in two weeks... Wink

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  # 147737 14-Jul-2008 13:35
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I notice a few people here have mentioned the four month free multi room is only available to existing mysky users or something along those lines?  I organised my install last week and they gave me the free four months by keeping my existing standard stb.  Anyone know if these is correct or have I been led astray?




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  # 147771 14-Jul-2008 14:07
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Balchy: I notice a few people here have mentioned the four month free multi room is only available to existing mysky users or something along those lines?  I organised my install last week and they gave me the free four months by keeping my existing standard stb.  Anyone know if these is correct or have I been led astray?


From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=34&TopicId=23801&page_no=2#147722:

Customer 1 has MySky 1. Upgrades to MySky HDi, keeps old MySky, gets 4 months free.
Customer 2 has MySky 1 plus standard decoder multiroom. Upgrades to MySky HDi, hands back standard decoder and apparently gets 4 months free.
Customer 3 has 2 standard decoders multiroom. Upgrades to MySky HDi, hands back one standard decoder and pays $100 extra over the same 4 months.


And maybe... Customer 4 has 1 standard decoder. Upgrades to MySky HDi, keeps std decoder as new multiroom contract and gets 4 months free.

Is this what others are getting from Sky CSR?

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  # 147844 14-Jul-2008 18:04
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Hi all

I saw an item in the DomPost today that STB manufacturers are talking to Sky and TVNZ about building a STB box that will perform both MySkyHDi and Freeview transmission and respect the commercial interests of both Sky and TVNZ!! I understand that the MySkyHDi can technically do it today, but then this is a Sky developed system!

About time and makes perfect sense. Does anyone have any further concrete information that they can share as I really don't want to commit to 2 boxes when one will be forthcoming.

Regards Beltor

 

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  # 147875 14-Jul-2008 19:46
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motogpnz: And maybe... Customer 4 has 1 standard decoder. Upgrades to MySky HDi, keeps std decoder as new multiroom contract and gets 4 months free.

Is this what others are getting from Sky CSR?


Yes. This is what we have arranged. The CSR had to check, but after doing so advised that this qualifies for Free Multiroom for 4 months, and Free HD ticket while Multiroom is active.

We are just going to keep the multiroom until the 4 months is up.

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  # 147882 14-Jul-2008 20:02
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Beltor:  I understand that the MySkyHDi can technically do it today, but then this is a Sky developed system!


The article was about reception of Freeview HD (DVB-T H.264) + Sky DVB-S/DVB-S2. As the MySkyHDi does NOT have a DVB-T tuner your understanding is completely wrong.




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  # 147959 15-Jul-2008 00:11
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Beltor:  I understand that the MySkyHDi can technically do it today, but then this is a Sky developed system!


The article was about reception of Freeview HD (DVB-T H.264) + Sky DVB-S/DVB-S2. As the MySkyHDi does NOT have a DVB-T tuner your understanding is completely wrong.


That may be so, but at the moment we have the ridiculous situation where Sky and Freeview each transmit an SD stream of most FTA channels off the same satellite. Why can't they get together and pool resources to have both FV and Sky boxes pick up the same stream (assuming they could technically receive the same MPEG2 signal if it was not encrypted?). Maybe the extra bandwidth released could then be used to stream the FTA channels in HD via satellite, again to both sets of users. Sure this would require a new FV satellite box to get the HD stream but since Freeview has no plans to extend DVB-T beyond the 9 locations currently being rolled out it is next to useless to those of us living outside the main centres.

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  # 148300 15-Jul-2008 21:18
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Attached is a copy of information to be disclosed at an investors briefing on  
the launch of Skys new MYSKY HDI  
decoder.  
 
MYSKY HDi Financial Assumptions  
Our working assumptions for FY 08/09 are:  
- Monthly box rental $15 or one-off $599  
- HD ticket $10/month  
- Multiroom $25/month (including free HD ticket)  
- Target 80,000 new MYSKY HDi boxes  
- 15% upfront, 85% pay monthly  
- 10% to new subscribers, 90% to existing subscribers  
- 45% of MYSKY HDi take multiroom (to 103,000 boxes)  
- 15% buy HD ticket (and no multiroom)  
- MYSKY HDi gross churn rate of 7.4% (vs 13.4% FY07)  
- MYSKY HDi cost is US$330 (vs standard decoder of US$122)  
- MYSKY HDi ARPU $81 (vs $62 FY07)  
 
MYSKY HDi - Pro forma Impact  
FY09 FY10  
Capex $million $million  
Decoder Capex 40 43  
MySKY HDi Installs 12 13  
Depreciation  
Base depreciation 71 75  
MySKY HDi 7 19  
TV Station 12 14  
90 108  
P&L Impact  
MySKY HDi revenues 17 31  
Incremental Opex 8 10  
EBITDA 9 21  
Depreciation 19 33  
EBIT (10) (12)  
End CA:00165876 For:SKT Type:GENERAL Time:2008-06-11:13:11:47

http://www.directbroking.co.nz/directtrade/dynamic/announcement.aspx?id=1965668

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Hey Guys, someone else may have asked this already.

Does anyone know if the New HDi box allows a HD TV to be connected via the HDMI connection, PLUS another standard TV connected via the Composite connector at the same time? (watching the same channel obviously)? I want to utilise distributed video around the house and am happy for it to be SD via composite but want the LCD in the lounge to be recieving HD.

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  # 148563 16-Jul-2008 17:22
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Yes this is possible. You should be able to use any of the connections at the same time to show the same channel, though as i understand it the HD will only be through HDMI.

PS Booked in for the 3rd of September (quite a wait just over 7 weeks time, considering im in the middle of Auckland, there must be alot of installers around here). I can also confirm that they offered 4 months free multiroom to keep the standard stb that we have ( no existing multiroom contract) obviously took them up on the offer as it saves $10 a month on HD ticket and gives another decoder free.

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