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Topic # 23426 29-Jun-2008 10:53
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I didn't want to put this post in the MySkyHD thread so thought I'd start this off.

Does anyone have a link or know the specifications of the forthcoming SkyHD?

Things like hard drive capacity, is the hard drive partitioned for Sky to use at a later date (like the UK version), how many LNB's are required for SkyHD and so on?

I have looked at the Sky site and to say information is short is an understatement Frown

Pictures would be good too Wink

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  Reply # 141194 29-Jun-2008 12:34
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uk2nz: I didn't want to put this post in the MySkyHD thread so thought I'd start this off.

Does anyone have a link or know the specifications of the forthcoming SkyHD?

Things like hard drive capacity, is the hard drive partitioned for Sky to use at a later date (like the UK version), how many LNB's are required for SkyHD and so on?

I have looked at the Sky site and to say information is short is an understatement Frown

Pictures would be good too Wink

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http://hd.foxtel.com.au/pdf/FOXTEL_iQ2_Techical_Specifications.pdf





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  Reply # 141196 29-Jun-2008 12:39
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As it's basically a rebadged version of the Foxtel IQ2, this video might tell you all you need to know:

http://hd.foxtel.com.au/blog/2008/06/back-by-popular-demand-peter-s.html






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  Reply # 141199 29-Jun-2008 13:05
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Thanks for the links guy's.

So looks like when Sky come around to install this they will have to also install a dual (at least) or 2nd LNB.

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  Reply # 141205 29-Jun-2008 13:28
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I thought I read that two LNBs aren't required in NZ, only Aus.




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  Reply # 141206 29-Jun-2008 13:32
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MikeLH: I thought I read that two LNBs aren't required in NZ, only Aus.

Don't suppose you have a link anywhere?

Isn't more than one LNB required for the other tuners to work?

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  Reply # 141214 29-Jun-2008 13:40
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No. There is one line in and then there is an internal splitter arrangement in the box for the tuners.



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  Reply # 141216 29-Jun-2008 13:42
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stuzzo: No. There is one line in and then there is an internal splitter arrangement in the box for the tuners.
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  Reply # 141221 29-Jun-2008 14:22
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Some bloke's posted a Youtube clip of his Foxtel IQ2 setup; if you look at around the 42 sec mark you'll see the pretty blue light that comes on when you're viewing recorded content:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dG0MHPvkMzw

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  Reply # 141258 29-Jun-2008 16:44
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Unlike Foxtel, SkyNZ only transmits on one polarity (Hpolarity) hence currently only one lead is needed from the LNB. As others have said the upcoming MySkyHDi has an internal multiswitch which means it will distribute the single input to all the internal tuners. The current SD MySky does not have such a switch so a splitter is normally installed directly behind the STB to distribute the signal to both tuners.

This is different to the Foxtel setup as they use both Vpol and Hpol so need two feeds from the LNB.

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  Reply # 141279 29-Jun-2008 18:00
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Ah, that makes sense. I know the UK system uses both H and V polarities for it's transmissions. Thats what was confusing me.

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  Reply # 141294 29-Jun-2008 18:42
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Uk actually has four states, H, V, and low band and High Band, SkyUK occupies 4x the bandwidth of SkyNZ, plus interleaved H&Vpols.

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  Reply # 141301 29-Jun-2008 19:07
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cyril7: Uk actually has four states, H, V, and low band and High Band, SkyUK occupies 4x the bandwidth of SkyNZ, plus interleaved H&Vpols.

Cyril
So how does the quality compare to say UK SkyHD?

Or is that a pie in the sky (Wink) kinda question?

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  Reply # 141303 29-Jun-2008 19:11
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Its pretty much the same, they just have 250odd SD channels at similar bitrates to us, rather than 60odd channels at 16Mb/s.

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