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  # 151557 26-Jul-2008 12:19
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I thought Foxtel was like Sky here, only have one HD truck at the moment, so I suppose rugby in Oz has to fight with the NRL and AFL to see who gets HD coverage.

Tonight's test is on Fox Sports 3, which is not even widescreen, so that tells you where it ranks over there. Can't seem to get HD listings on their channel guide.


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  # 151584 26-Jul-2008 13:50
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http://www.foxsports.com.au/tvguide/

FoxSportsHD is showing Bledisloe Cup tonight.
http://www.foxsports.com.au/tvguide/details/0,22944,23080385,00.html


 
 
 
 


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  # 151601 26-Jul-2008 15:34
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Guys, heres some confirmation.

I have been reading the August Sky Watch and all sport are listed as HD beside them if they are in HD. Everything broadcast out of NZ is in HD such as
-All Air NZ NPC matches (How did sky afford so many HD cameras??)
-Warriors Home Games
-Warriors U20 home games
-Pheonix Home Games
-ABs vs AUS from Eden Park

Also stuff like Reunion, Gameday for the Warriors, Deaker (WTF?), Crowd goes Wild, ING Golf, Sport 365, Primetime, Vodafone Rugby Focus,are in HD

Sport from overseas in HD look like
-Barclays Premiership
-UK Super League
-Monday Night NRL
-International Cricket from England
-Nascar Sprint Cup
-US Open Tennis
-US PGA Tour
-FIM Grand Prix
-European PGA Tour


South Africa v Allblacks from Capetown on 17 August is not listed as HD

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  # 151603 26-Jul-2008 15:47
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South Africa's sports broadcaster hasn't gone HD yet. I think they start on August 24.

I see last year's superbowl was filmed with 47 HD cameras! Pity is's such a boring game ....

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  # 151619 26-Jul-2008 16:40
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I hope I am not wasting peoples time by asking a question that has already been answered but does anyone know if a HDMI will be includes with the MySky HDI unit.

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  # 151629 26-Jul-2008 17:19
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Yes it will, the Sky Customer Service lady told me on the phone that the Sky Technician wont be able to install if your Plasma is mounted on the wall as he might not be able to move it etc, AND that the HDMI cable is around 1.5 m or something and that I need to make my own arrangements if my decoder is to be placed further away.

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  # 151647 26-Jul-2008 18:40
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I thought I remembered seeing this:

 
Reply # 146095 posted on 10-JUL-2008 13:31
adamj: Just booked my HDi install for the 9th of August.

The rep I spoke to advised of the following:

 - TV3 will NOT be broadcast in HD at the time of launch, this will come at a later (Yet undetermined) date.
 - You WILL need to subscribe to the HD Ticket in order to recieve any FTA channels broadcast in HD
 - A different HD smartcard is issued to HD Ticket subscribers which allows the HDi decoder to display the HD channels, including FTA HD channels


Just got the latest Skywatch and a "newsflash" on page 5 says selected programmes on TV3 will be available in HD, so maybe there has been a change of heart. Three more sleeps and I'll know. Wink

 
 
 
 


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  # 151802 27-Jul-2008 14:36
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I've just recently got Sky back with the plan to upgrade to HDi. Perhaps I'm just used to the clarity of my Freeview DVB-T box, but isn't the compression on the SD sport channels just insane?  The Bledisloe was barely watchable and the current Warriors game is terrible.  Have they increased the compression to force people to move to HDi or something?

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  # 151876 27-Jul-2008 18:43
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Ben: I've just recently got Sky back with the plan to upgrade to HDi. Perhaps I'm just used to the clarity of my Freeview DVB-T box, but isn't the compression on the SD sport channels just insane?  The Bledisloe was barely watchable and the current Warriors game is terrible.  Have they increased the compression to force people to move to HDi or something?

 

That's most likely the carrot that Sky will use to get people to switch to their HD platform.  Keep the SD sports channels looking like crap and they will get sick of  it and change.  I know that what I'd do if I were them..  A bit like a nice streight toll road and a crappy winding free road..





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  # 151947 28-Jul-2008 06:17
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Ben: I've just recently got Sky back with the plan to upgrade to HDi. Perhaps I'm just used to the clarity of my Freeview DVB-T box, but isn't the compression on the SD sport channels just insane?  The Bledisloe was barely watchable and the current Warriors game is terrible.  Have they increased the compression to force people to move to HDi or something?


Watched Telly on a mates DVB-T box in the weekend, what a stunning picture, even the SD seems more crisp than the same on Sky? Can this be? Whatever I am also getting one of these now for the Olympics mainly but just the improved picture is worth it!!!

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  # 151949 28-Jul-2008 06:43
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kiwitrc:

Watched Telly on a mates DVB-T box in the weekend, what a stunning picture, even the SD seems more crisp than the same on Sky? Can this be? Whatever I am also getting one of these now for the Olympics mainly but just the improved picture is worth it!!!


Yup it's excellent. I guess the UHF bandwidth is heaps cheaper (free?) than satellite bandwidth, so TVNZ can afford to run even SD channels with bugger-all compression. Also most people will have Freeview hooked up via component or HDMI cables, whereas most Sky SD users will be using composite. 

Actually to be fair, I am running sky over composite while I wait for a component-compatible box, so that might make it slightly better.

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  # 151953 28-Jul-2008 07:45
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Ben:
kiwitrc:

Watched Telly on a mates DVB-T box in the weekend, what a stunning picture, even the SD seems more crisp than the same on Sky? Can this be? Whatever I am also getting one of these now for the Olympics mainly but just the improved picture is worth it!!!


Yup it's excellent. I guess the UHF bandwidth is heaps cheaper (free?) than satellite bandwidth, so TVNZ can afford to run even SD channels with bugger-all compression. Also most people will have Freeview hooked up via component or HDMI cables, whereas most Sky SD users will be using composite. 

Actually to be fair, I am running sky over composite while I wait for a component-compatible box, so that might make it slightly better.


UHF bandwidth is cheaper and the Freeview broadcasts are nowhere near as compressed as they are on Sky but the key difference is that both TV1 and TV2 On Freeview|HD are transmitted in 720p and all SD content is upscaled. 

Sky have always has been extremely poor picture quality due to their extremely heavy compression, it's good to see people realising after they've watched Freeview for a while.

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  # 151955 28-Jul-2008 08:01
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Yeah but Sky goes HD from tomorrow onwards, no crappy adds in the middle of their movies and sports, there is just a whole lot of rubbish and adverts on free to air tv, we don't ever watch it. Sky will eventually have all the free to air channels like they do now anyway.

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  # 151963 28-Jul-2008 08:38
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clevedon: Yeah but Sky goes HD from tomorrow onwards, no crappy adds in the middle of their movies and sports, there is just a whole lot of rubbish and adverts on free to air tv, we don't ever watch it. Sky will eventually have all the free to air channels like they do now anyway.


Who said Sky's HD broadcasts won't be heavily compressed as well?

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  # 151966 28-Jul-2008 08:45
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All i'm saying is the quality of programming on free to to air is crap - whether it is HD or not doesn't make any difference, still crap. If Sky is compressed more it is still HD and the range and quality of programming is massively miles better, coupled with the PVR and all the other features on MY Sky HDi it leaves free to air for dead.

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