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Topic # 24291 20-Jul-2008 15:52
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I decided to email Tony O Brien the communication manager at sky about mysky hd and why i wont be buying it because i dont watch sports or movies. Basically he replied that there was no demand for other HD programes like documentaries and tv series like lost, prison break, boston legal etc. And he said if that changed then Sky would look into getting into that market. So if you do want more HD stuff email Tony so he knows that there is actual demand and how the current HD offer isn't good enough:

tobrien@skytv.co.nz also you can email the CEO jfellet@skytv.co.nz

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  Reply # 149675 20-Jul-2008 17:16
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Maybe its because sky has no rights to any decent/popular programs like lost and prison break etc.

I agree though, they should offer documentries in HD.

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  Reply # 149679 20-Jul-2008 17:43
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Foxtel in Aussie obviously think there is demand for docs etc.  Otherwise how do you explain 1 Gen Viewing, 2 Documentary, 2 Sport and 1 Movie HD channels in their line up.  But as a Sky subscriber I've never been surveyed about what I think.
I find it frustrating to watch heavily compressed docos on Discovery, NatGeo and History only to have their HD logo come up at the end of the show.  Even more so when viewed in 20th Century alley-vision (4:3) that's obviously cropped from the original WS.

Having experienced BBC HD, Discovery HD and History HD at different times I can tell you we are missing out big time.




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  Reply # 149681 20-Jul-2008 18:01
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Totally agree, Nature progammes in HD is stunning Nat Geo should have been part of the standard offering




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  Reply # 149694 20-Jul-2008 19:47
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even as a sports fan, I am disappointed there were not more general HD channels offered.  Would have very much liked to see BBC and a Disovery/Nat Geo HD channels offered

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  Reply # 149725 20-Jul-2008 23:29
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If they cant even be bothered to offer discovery shows which are in 16:9 as they are intended then why do you think they would bother with HD?

Cancel the sky and put what it cost you towards data on your net connection, and fire up utorrent if you want to get discovery shows in a timely manner without cropping ;)




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  Reply # 149918 21-Jul-2008 15:55
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Well I was intending to get MyskyHD but not now after reading this. I want all these channels in HD to go with my new TV. If we only get a selected few well its not worth the money. Whatta rip off SKY !!!! I'll settle for a freeview decoder which I've just received free with my new TV. Now HDTV for zero costs is much better.

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Reply # 149933 21-Jul-2008 16:46
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BazNZ: Well I was intending to get MyskyHD but not now after reading this. I want all these channels in HD to go with my new TV. If we only get a selected few well its not worth the money. Whatta rip off SKY !!!! I'll settle for a freeview decoder which I've just received free with my new TV. Now HDTV for zero costs is much better.


For existing MySky subscribers like ourselves, I think it is excellent value, just $10 more than we are paying now and you get Sport and Movies HD channels in Widescreen and a much larger hardrive [ channels which we watch the most with no advert interruptions ]  and they will keep on rolling out more, so not a rip off for us at all. Free to air TV is full of rubbish whether it is HD or not. As the song goes - You can't always get what you want. PS - All the big stores are offering free MySky HDi for six months when you purchase a new 42" and above HD TV as well as the separate Panasonic free HT / DVD Recorder / Freeview redemption deal.

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  Reply # 149944 21-Jul-2008 17:19
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clevedon:
BazNZ: Well I was intending to get MyskyHD but not now after reading this. I want all these channels in HD to go with my new TV. If we only get a selected few well its not worth the money. Whatta rip off SKY !!!! I'll settle for a freeview decoder which I've just received free with my new TV. Now HDTV for zero costs is much better.


For existing MySky subscribers like ourselves, I think it is excellent value, just $10 more than we are paying now and you get Sport and Movies HD channels in Widescreen and a much larger hardrive [ channels which we watch the most with no advert interruptions ]  and they will keep on rolling out more, so not a rip off for us at all. Free to air TV is full of rubbish whether it is HD or not. As the song goes - You can't always get what you want. PS - All the big stores are offering free MySky HDi for six months when you purchase a new 42" and above HD TV as well as the separate Panasonic free HT / DVD Recorder / Freeview redemption deal.


The value proposition was not my point.  My point was how did Sky decide there was no interest in Hi-Def outside of sport or movies?  Especially with what their sister network in Australia offers.

And BazNZ:  You may indeed get extra channels to watch on your new tele in the future, but only if you let Sky know what it will take to make you a new customer.  Money talks....




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  Reply # 149946 21-Jul-2008 17:24
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a guess, but I expect you will probably find that they cant offer any more channels in HD without first moving every subscriber thats on the old mysky and sky boxes to new hardware.  i'd say that there probably isnt spare capacity transmit discovery in both SD and HD, for example.




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  Reply # 149950 21-Jul-2008 17:29
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Yet there is enough spare capacity to show the exact same dated movies 2 hours after they showed them on the other channel, and to run 14 channels of ppv that noone seems to use except when they get the 10 free ones for whatever reason?

Perhaps sky know something about the ignorant masses that isnt immediatly obvious, but if left to me, the absurd amount of bandwidth used for pay per views would be the first to get the axe.

And would it pain them to at least show current shows on the other channels?




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  Reply # 150110 22-Jul-2008 09:15
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[The value proposition was not my point.  My point was how did Sky decide there was no interest in Hi-Def outside of sport or movies?  Especially with what their sister network in Australia offers.

I wasn't quoting you or questioning your points, it was BazNZ. Everyone wants everything now, be patient and it will happen. Send your suggestions to Sky, if you don't - they don't know. I am sure they have looked ahead and have a timeframe and plan for everything, common business sense to not reveal / release everything at once, you can't please 100% of everyone all at once.

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  Reply # 150116 22-Jul-2008 09:54
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richms: Yet there is enough spare capacity to show the exact same dated movies 2 hours after they showed them on the other channel, and to run 14 channels of ppv that noone seems to use except when they get the 10 free ones for whatever reason?

Perhaps sky know something about the ignorant masses that isnt immediatly obvious, but if left to me, the absurd amount of bandwidth used for pay per views would be the first to get the axe.

And would it pain them to at least show current shows on the other channels?


totally agree, why the hell did they add yet more PPV movie channels, such a waste of bandwidth.  As is Sky Movies 2, now that it's just Sky Movies +2

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  Reply # 150221 22-Jul-2008 12:34
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clevedon: [The value proposition was not my point. My point was how did Sky decide there was no interest in Hi-Def outside of sport or movies? Especially with what their sister network in Australia offers.

I wasn't quoting you or questioning your points, it was BazNZ. Everyone wants everything now, be patient and it will happen. Send your suggestions to Sky, if you don't - they don't know. I am sure they have looked ahead and have a timeframe and plan for everything, common business sense to not reveal / release everything at once, you can't please 100% of everyone all at once.


And I won't bother until they do !

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