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#191641 11-Feb-2016 13:21
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I noticed a shiny new Prime logo on the back of a bus this week, and noticed that there was a mention that they were going HD on sky on Saturday, so it would mess up people's series links.

 

Is there any word whether this will be Sky only or are they going to give freeviewers a quality upgrade too? It's a bit of a shame having to watch some decent shows on Prime's never particularly stellar SD feed.

 

 


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  #1490349 11-Feb-2016 13:30
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There's been a thread discussing this since last month.

 

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=106&topicid=191183

 

 


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  #1490352 11-Feb-2016 13:31
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Why should they, if you want to watch Prime in HD get Sky, and if you think they are a dinosaur and a waste of money and wont join then don't moan if you cant .





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  #1490360 11-Feb-2016 13:36
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vexxxboy:

 

Why should they, if you want to watch Prime in HD get Sky, and if you think they are a dinosaur and a waste of money and wont join then don't moan if you cant .

 

 

 

 

Are you implying that people without Sky shouldn't also get HD Prime OTH??





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  #1490397 11-Feb-2016 14:09
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vexxxboy:

 

Why should they, if you want to watch Prime in HD get Sky, and if you think they are a dinosaur and a waste of money and wont join then don't moan if you cant .

 

 

 

 

Wow, that escalated quickly....





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  #1490419 11-Feb-2016 14:32
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Wow, okay.

 

Although technically as an ad-supported endeavour I'm not exactly asking for a free handout from Sky.

 

Just that if they are spending a fortune on rights to more high profile shows in order to build an audience, showing them in decent picture quality would be a good way to attract people.


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  #1490435 11-Feb-2016 14:38
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Stepdoh:

 

Wow, okay.

 

Although technically as an ad-supported endeavour I'm not exactly asking for a free handout from Sky.

 

Just that if they are spending a fortune on rights to more high profile shows in order to build an audience, showing them in decent picture quality would be a good way to attract people.

 

 

It would take more than Prime in HD to attract me back to Sky..





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  #1490454 11-Feb-2016 14:55
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If I was an advertiser, I wouldn't be happy that my adverts were not being displayed in as high a quality as possible. eg Displayed in HD. They are only broadcasting 1/4 of the pixels the ad contains (if that).  there is something wrong when broadcasters are now moving to 4k, yet prime is still stuck in SD on one of it's platforms. 


 
 
 
 


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  #1490515 11-Feb-2016 15:30
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Stepdoh:

 

I noticed a shiny new Prime logo on the back of a bus this week, and noticed that there was a mention that they were going HD on sky on Saturday, so it would mess up people's series links.

 

Is there any word whether this will be Sky only or are they going to give freeviewers a quality upgrade too? It's a bit of a shame having to watch some decent shows on Prime's never particularly stellar SD feed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky users had the switch to the HD ready channel on the morning of Feb 1st so series links on My Sky units would need to be redone from that date, the HD is not switched on till Saturday or when the Prime channel is rebranded.

 

 

 

Freeview Satellite users still use the SD Prime feed (same with basic non mySKY customers until they get the decoder upgrade), they will get the rebranded channel of coarse. The Freeview HD viewers will also see no change from SD to HD but I am guessing that they will do this after the Olympics  but I hope I am wrong.





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  #1490753 11-Feb-2016 19:56
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mattwnz:

 

If I was an advertiser, I wouldn't be happy that my adverts were not being displayed in as high a quality as possible. eg Displayed in HD. They are only broadcasting 1/4 of the pixels the ad contains (if that).  there is something wrong when broadcasters are now moving to 4k, yet prime is still stuck in SD on one of it's platforms. 

 

 

Last week an SD rerun movie on TV2 outrated the first run shows on the other channels in their primetime spots.  Having HD content on the other channels didnt matter.

 

Its not about the picture quality.   Its about the content.  Content is king.  If you have the right content people will watch regardless of whether its in SD or HD.  Making it HD is not going to get enough extra eyeballs to generate extra advertising revenue to justify the cost of broadcasting in HD.  

 

In saying that I'm happy that the Prime I get to watch will be in HD.  I'd rather Prime in HD than NatGeo or Discovery for example. Its a nice little extra - not something I'd pay extra for, but a nice point of differentiation.  Kinda like TVNZ Popup (and soon to be Blokes channel) is a nice point of differentiation for TVNZ.  I'd not going to rush out to pay extra for it either.   Or FreeviewPlus - nice differentiator (and HD streaming too!) but I'm not gonna pay for extra kit to get it.  


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