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# 21609 2-May-2008 08:33
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From the NZ Herald this morning:
"Sky Television has unveiled details of its new Sky Online service for downloading movies and TV programmes on to home computers, set to start next month."
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/3/story.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10507459


Oddly, there is nothing on the SkyTV site as yet.

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  # 127784 2-May-2008 08:42
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This is very cool..

Traffic is also zero rated if you're on TCL cable!

The best part about this isn't the PC downloads (as we know TVNZ on demand hasn't taken off) but the fact the backend will be interfaced with the new MySky2 units meaning you can download shows from your STB.

I've heard a few rumours lately about this including TCL's plans to launch a unit similair to the new MySky2 box to allow VoD - the fact the traffic is zero rated on the cable network tends to add bit more fuel to this..

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  # 127785 2-May-2008 08:43
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"Sky Television has unveiled details of its new Sky Online service for downloading movies and TV programmes on to home computers, set to start next month."

 

Kiss of death.  Who wants to watch movies on their PC??

 

"Morse said the first phase of Sky Online would allow downloading of movies that had appeared on Sky Movies One and Sky Movies 2, MGM and Rialto channel and programmes from Sky's basic subscription package."

 

Yawn.  Same old crappy content as they show now.  The concept is still years behind Apple TV and Vudo in the US.

 

Maybe Orcons service will show these guys up..

 

 

 





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  # 127796 2-May-2008 09:00
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old3eyes:

"Sky Television has unveiled details of its new Sky Online service for downloading movies and TV programmes on to home computers, set to start next month."

 

Kiss of death.  Who wants to watch movies on their PC??

 

"Morse said the first phase of Sky Online would allow downloading of movies that had appeared on Sky Movies One and Sky Movies 2, MGM and Rialto channel and programmes from Sky's basic subscription package."

 

Yawn.  Same old crappy content as they show now.  The concept is still years behind Apple TV and Vudo in the US.

 

Maybe Orcons service will show these guys up..

 

 

 



Content is king to be sure. But you don't have to watch on your PC as you know. Most users who frequent these forums would have HTPC's so they can watch on their TV's. Might be good to catch up on  a movie you missed on Sky. I don't know - while I have TCL cable TV service I don't subscribe to any of the Sky movie channels. THey are usually older ones and I can just rent the DVD when I want to and get 5.2 sound etc.





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  # 127801 2-May-2008 09:13
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old3eyes:

"Sky Television has unveiled details of its new Sky Online service for downloading movies and TV programmes on to home computers, set to start next month."

 

Kiss of death. Who wants to watch movies on their PC??



Excuse me what!!??

Have you by chance noticed the very high percentage of people on these forums that have media centre PC's?

Not to mention media extenders...







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  # 127804 2-May-2008 09:16
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here is a better article from stuff


Sky TV coming to your PC

The Dominion Post | Friday, 02 May 2008

Sky Television is to launch an internet television service.

Sky Online will let its 720,000 pay-TV subscribers download programmes to a personal computer to watch when they choose.

The service will be available exclusively to Sky subscribers, who will pay a $5 a month administration charge. The programmes they will be able to view will depend on the pay-TV packages they have signed up to.

TVNZ launched an Internet television service, TVNZ OnDemand, in March last year. Most of its programming is free, but it charges for shows bought from overseas.

it's bollocks though, as for most ISP's, the local traffic isn't zero rated, so there is no incentive for me. I'm better off just to record it.


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  # 127806 2-May-2008 09:26
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Hmm so does that mean that as a TCL digital customer I will be offered it (is it is Sky anyways..) or will we be cut out?







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  # 127860 2-May-2008 11:36
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If it comes near add free could be good for programs on start up. Movies are add free any way so wouldn't bother there.

Was wondering what this bit was about in NZ Herald,

"The new service for Sky subscribers is underpinned by broadband deals with Telstra Clear and Vodafone that will allow Sky subscribers unlimited downloads for $5 a month."

Does that mean if your are on another ISP can't access, or just that it would be eating into your data cap, but in that case hopefully the $5 doesn't apply.

 
 
 
 


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  # 127863 2-May-2008 11:47
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rugrat:
"The new service for Sky subscribers is underpinned by broadband deals with Telstra Clear and Vodafone that will allow Sky subscribers unlimited downloads for $5 a month."


oh, i skimmed the Herald article.  In that case I revoke the bollocks remark. 

suppose I just don't rate the Heralds tech articles, don't know why Undecided

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  # 127889 2-May-2008 12:53
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Nety:
old3eyes:

"Sky Television has unveiled details of its new Sky Online service for downloading movies and TV programmes on to home computers, set to start next month."

 

Kiss of death. Who wants to watch movies on their PC??





Have you by chance noticed the very high percentage of people on these forums that have media centre PC's?

Not to mention media extenders...

 

The people of this board are a very small %% of people who have Sky TV.  So "Excuse me what!!??  is still the kiss of death as far as they are concerned.  Jo public with a HTPC??  I don't think so..





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  # 127959 2-May-2008 16:25
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Windows DRM'd , as peter also wonders, how long till they give up like TVNZ did once it gets cracked

http://blogs.nzherald.co.nz/blog/griffins-tech-blog/2008/5/2/sky-downloads-use-windows-drm-leave-out-macs/?c_id=5

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# 127978 2-May-2008 17:33
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They are damned if they do, damned if they don't with attitudes like old3eyes.

I think this only offers more choice to consumers and that can only be a good thing.

I look forward to hearing further details about how the service will be run and its pricing - that will be the deciding factor whether I use it on my pvr box.

There are some gems that have shown on sky movies in the past, would be neat to watch some of them without the hassle of waiting for certain times or going down to video ezy.





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Thumbs up from me!

$5.00 instead of $19.76 per month for a SKY Movies "online" add-on.
Peter Griffin's article also says it'll be SKY Sport and other content too.

BONUS- if you're with one of those ISP partners and can send this stuff around your digital home using a Windows Media Extender.







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ictgeeknz: Thumbs up from me!
$5.00 instead of $19.76 per month for a SKY Movies "online" add-on.


...in order to be able to download programmes that correspond to their existing monthly Sky subscription.


On second thought... the article suggests I'd need to have a current SKY Movies subscription and pay $5 to access the downloads.







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more info....



Sky TV web service to be open to non-subscribers



By TOM PULLAR-STRECKER - The Dominion Post | Monday, 12 May 2008

Sky Television will make its internet television service,
Sky Online, available to non-subscribers on a pay-per-view basis some
time in the future.

The first version of the service, which is open to its 720,000 pay-TV subscribers, is due to go live this week, says spokesman Tony O'Brien.

Sky subscribers will be able to download programmes to watch on their PCs if they pay an "administration charge" of $5 a month.Mr O'Brien says 500 hours of programming will be available for download, and this will be refreshed with about 120 hours of new content each week.

Programmes available on Sky Online will include films from four Sky movie channels, delayed sports broadcasts and a selection of programmes from Sky's start-up channel package. But customers can only view programmes if they have subscribed to the corresponding pay-TV channel.

continued here

 

this doesn't sound too bad.

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# 130266 12-May-2008 15:35
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This is pretty useless for the people who cannot get Telstra. Including me


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