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#24614 29-Jul-2008 08:36
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Mine is only coming on the 6th of August,

 

The other thread has just got to long for anybody tracking what the new sky Hdi is like in real life

 

Anybody getting there's installed today?


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  #152298 29-Jul-2008 09:04
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Getting mine in 45 minutes. Techy just called to confirm.

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Master Geek


  #152311 29-Jul-2008 09:31
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I got a call at about 8am, installer expects to be by around 10:30. It will be interesting to compare the quality with Freeview HD.

 
 
 
 


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  #152315 29-Jul-2008 09:47
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Can I please come over for the Rugby on Saturday night ? Our install is next Monday 4th Dammit ! If not, then I don't want to hear about it thank you. ( My cheap shot at sarcasm and jealousy ),

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Ultimate Geek

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  #152328 29-Jul-2008 10:18
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Its here now.

Heads up, the $49 fee is COD.

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Wannabe Geek


  #152332 29-Jul-2008 10:22
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mine is being installed now - but I wont be able to see it until after work - come on 5pm

Can you confirm that all the shows on the 4 HD channels look better then the SD feed - or is it only the HD Native programs that look better

Also how does TV3 look - much improved or just the same as the SD feed

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Ultimate Geek


  #152339 29-Jul-2008 10:38
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Mine is due in about 25 mins.

The installer rang and confirmed last night.

As with others won't really get a good chance to compare until I get home tonight. Will let you know how it goes.




 


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  #152342 29-Jul-2008 10:45
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msb5: mine is being installed now - but I wont be able to see it until after work - come on 5pm

Can you confirm that all the shows on the 4 HD channels look better then the SD feed - or is it only the HD Native programs that look better

Also how does TV3 look - much improved or just the same as the SD feed


The techy just left and they had to do something to the dish in regards to both boxes giving power to the LNB or something.

Yup, they look better. Picture is pretty amazing. Even SD looks better IMO on the HD channels. I can't compare with Freeview HD as I don't have it.


 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


#152343 29-Jul-2008 10:47
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James Bond: Its here now.

Heads up, the $49 fee is COD.


Up and running by 9.30am. TV3 is HD. Haven't seen Freeview HD, but a rough guesstimate based on watching an SD movie on SD channel vs. DVD through component vs. HD movie over HDMI is the difference is about as much again. It's kinda hard to describe but the depth just seems so much better. Bear in mind I only have a relatively low end 720p 32" Sony LCD though.

No COD for us, it's on the account for next month.


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Geek


  #152350 29-Jul-2008 11:02
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Come on guy's stop watching stuff and tell us about it Laughing

Anyone got any screen grasbs for menu's and options etc?

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Ultimate Geek


  #152351 29-Jul-2008 11:03
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Did they run additional cables to the dish?

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  #152355 29-Jul-2008 11:14
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  1. Replaced the LNB one cable to the unit going to replace the LNB in a couple of months again with two cables going to the unit.
  2. Took about 30 mins HD movie and Nascars great pictures.  Have to reset Harmony 525 remote  

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  #152356 29-Jul-2008 11:22
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Record two channels like sky box This will chnage when new LNB is replaced.

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  #152362 29-Jul-2008 11:36
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Is everyone getting the LNB replaced? If so when?

Also, I've noticed the techy didn't use a splitter for the RG6 cable to the box and yet it still records 2 programs while watching a recorded program. What are the other 3 F inputs for?

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  #152365 29-Jul-2008 11:44
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James Bond: Is everyone getting the LNB replaced? If so when?

Also, I've noticed the techy didn't use a splitter for the RG6 cable to the box and yet it still records 2 programs while watching a recorded program. What are the other 3 F inputs for?


As Cyril explained in previous posts the HDi has an internal multi-switch and so doesn't ned a splitter. The other inputs are for additional LNB inputs eg other satelites.

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Master Geek


  #152366 29-Jul-2008 11:45
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All installed, after the first box was faulty -- the tech grabbed another from the van -- all ok now.

My setup is: MySky HDi via HDMI --> Yamaha Receiver via HDMI --> Sony Bravia X Series (ie all HDMI connections).

I noticed my TV was showing the signal as 576i -- it seems to default to this even on the HD channels! I changed HD video out the setting for now to Passthru so I can see the TV change resolutions. I will probably change it 1080i once I am comfortable I know what it is doing. I now see 1080i on movies/sport/tv3, 576i on other channels.

Now onto picture quality - SD channels are exactly like they were before over component from MySky 1 -- ie pretty awful.

HD channels do look better, but not up to Freeview HD standards -- even TV3 isn't as good as Freeview HD imho. Sky Movies has a couple of movies on at the moment that are indicated as being in HD but they look like SD to me -- not a good sign!

The menus seem to be built at a fairly low resolution too -- so they look pretty bad upscaled, certainly not as good as the Zinwell menus -- and that is saying something as they're not particularly nice.

Will play with things a bit later today, but my initial impression is that Freeview don't have too much to worry about. I have Sky mainly for sport, and at least that looks a bit better.

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