Putting it in perspective


Sky OnDemand - Whats new in December in Movies

, posted: 13-Dec-2016 17:24

With a full 12 months passing since the launch of Sky Ondemand its interesting to see the movie library is consistently about the same number, unlike the shrinking offering from some providers, and a mix of recent box office hits through to the B-grade range and back catalogues (not just downsizing to mediocre offerings).   Netflix would have you believe that its not the quality of the library on offer (Source: news.com.aa via NZHerald) as movie aficionados will watch the same quantum regardless.  Movie buffs may beg to differ.   

 SkyOnDemand now has

  • 355 movies available for Movie subscribers  
  • 35 movies available for Basic subscribers (at no additional charge) plus 10 movies for Rialto subscribers plus 1 for Arts
  • OnDemand movies totaling more than 950 hours (estimate based on average running time of 142 minutes per movie)

There were a total of 78 new movies added for December.

There were a total of 83 movies removed from the library in December.

 

A full list can can be found here:  OnDemand



Sky OnDemand - Whats new in December in Television

, posted: 8-Dec-2016 16:45

It has been just over a year since Sky launched its OnDemand service.  Over that time I have recorded its additions and deletions and, like all streaming services, the content that it offers changes from time to time as programming rights reach the end of the contract period (and new content deals are signed).

With some 125 series disappearing this month there is an obvious anniversary effect on the library and it will be interesting to see how the library evolves over time.  The vast majority of this general entertainment content is offered to basic subscribers at no additional charge.

Number of new series offered this month:  25

Number of series removed from the library this month: 125.

 

SkyOnDemand now has

  • 286 box sets for all Basic subscribers (at no additional cost)
  • 37 additional box sets for Soho subscribers
  • More than 5,500 episodes totaling approx 3,900 hours (using an average estimate of 42 mins per episode)

 

This is in addition to

  • 37 general entertainment channels totaling more than 27,000 hours of content per month
  • 7 movie channels totaling more than 5,000 hours of content per month
  • 6 sport channels totaling more than 4,300 hours of content per month (plus pop-up sport content) excluding BeIN and Rugby Channels
  • 20 specialist channels

The full SkyOndemand list can be found here: SkyOndemand



SkyOndemand - Catchup TV

, posted: 7-Dec-2016 16:36

Just discovered that Sky has added Catchup TV to its OnDemand offering.  In true Sky fashion there has been no communication, no details on the Sky Ondemand website or even buried in its online help.

It appears that there is either more catchup programming on a series-as-its-screening basis.  Or its a new way of listing the box sets.

Given that the listings are by channel and includes content from channels such as NatGeo, Discovery Turbo, Cartoon Network, Disney XD and the newly added Viceland channel it appears, at face value, that a whole lot more content has been made available.

Maybe I'll be bothered to explore it and add some information and discussion at a later date.



Sky OnDemand - Whats new in November in Movies

, posted: 10-Nov-2016 20:32

Every month I'll try to document the additions (and deletions) from its ondemand library.  

 

SkyOnDemand now has

  • 371 movies available for Movie subscribers  
  • 27 movies available for Basic subscribers (at no additional charge) plus 8 movies for Rialto subscribers
  • OnDemand movies totaling more than 960 hours (estimate based on average running time of 142 minutes per movie)

A full list can can be found here:  SkyOnDemand

This is in addition to

  • 34 general entertainment channels totaling more than 24,000 hours of content per month
  • 7 movie channels totaling more than 5,000 hours of content per month
  • 6 sport channels totaling more than 4,300 hours of content per month (plus pop-up sport content plus BeIN's football channels)

 

New movies on demand in November (70 titles)

  • 101 Dalmations II: Patch's London
  • 28 Days
  • A Bridge too Far
  • A Midsummers Nights Sex Comedy
  • A Simple Wish
  • Absolutely Anything
  • Annie Hall
  • Anti-Social
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Babe
  • Babe: Pig in the City
  • Big Sky
  • Cabin Fever
  • cc The Roasting of Donald Trump
  • Charlie Wilsons War
  • Child 44
  • Children of Men
  • Creed
  • Criminal Activities
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • Davy Crockett: King of the Wild
  • Demonic
  • Everything you always wanted
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Freeheld
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Hercules
  • Honey I Blew Up the Kids
  • House of Hancock Part 1
  • House of Hancock Part 2
  • Hulk
  • Inception
  • Ladder 49
  • Madigan
  • Man about Town
  • Manhattan
  • Minority Report
  • Miss you Already
  • Night at the Museum 2
  • Old Dogs
  • Original Sin
  • Our Brand is in Crisis
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Posiedon
  • Pound of Flesh
  • Salt
  • Sisters
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Tarzan
  • Terminator Genesys
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Devil You Know
  • The Dog who Saved Summer
  • The Dressmaker
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Guardian
  • The Little Rascals
  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • The Rock
  • The Silent Mountain
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • Unfriended
  • Wildlike
  • Wish I was Here
  • Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • You, Me and Dupree
  • Youth

Movies Removed from the Ondemand Library (39 titles)

  • Ant Man
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • San Andreas Quake
  • The Admiral: Roaring Currents
  • Accidental Love
  • Blades of Glory
  • Daddy's Home
  • Dope
  • Oliver, Stoned
  • She's Funny That Way
  • Sleeping with Other People
  • Standby
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • We'll Never Have Paris
  • Boulevard
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Gayby Baby
  • Go Figure
  • Haemoo
  • Life
  • London Road
  • Orgazmo
  • Pawn Sacrifice
  • Queen of Evil
  • Radiator
  • Secretariat
  • Shattered Glass
  • The Captive
  • The Source Family
  • Tiger Cruise
  • Truth Commissioner 
  • Oliver and Company
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  • Shark Week
  • Zoombies
  • Firewall
  • Stoneheart Asylum



Sky OnDemand - Whats new in November in Television

, posted: 2-Nov-2016 18:59

Every month I'll try to document the additions (and deletions) from its ondemand library.  The evidence of HD (720p!) content is "sparse" and there is still no tagging or categorisation of HD content.

  

SkyOnDemand now has

  • 377 box sets for all Basic subscribers (at no additional cost)
  • 45 additional box sets for Soho subscribers
  • More than 6,700 episodes totaling approx 4,700 hours (using an average estimate of 42 mins per episode)

 

This is in addition to

  • 34 general entertainment channels totaling more than 24,000 hours of content per month
  • 7 movie channels totaling more than 5,000 hours of content per month
  • 6 sport channels totaling more than 4,300 hours of content per month (plus pop-up sport content) excluding BeIN and Rugby Channels

The full SkyOndemand list can be found here: SkyOnDemand

Additions

  • Ash vs Evil Dead s2
  • Blinging Up Baby s1
  • Constantine s1
  • Dance Moms s2
  • Dance Moms s3
  • Dance Moms s4
  • Dark Matter s2
  • House Husbands s1
  • Inside Amy Schumer s2
  • Inside Amy Schumer s3
  • Inside Amy Schumer s4
  • Lip Sync Battle s1
  • Quarry s1
  • Rizzoli & Isles s5
  • Save with Jamie s2
  • Sex Box s1
  • Shuriken School s1
  • So Awkward s1
  • SuperMansion s1
  • The Five s1
  • The Royals s1
  • Tin Man s1
  • Wanda and the Alien s1
  • Whats the Big Idea s1

Deletions

  • Ballers s1
  • Fantasy Island s4
  • House of Hancock s1
  • Sherlock s1
  • Sherlock s2
  • Serial Killer Earth s1
  • Thunderbirds s1
  • Thunderbirds s2



Sky OnDemand - Whats new in October in Movies

, posted: 14-Oct-2016 16:09

Every month I'll try to document the additions (and deletions) from its ondemand library.  

 

SkyOnDemand now has

  • 334 movies available for Movie subscribers  
  • 24 movies available for Basic subscribers (at no additional charge) plus 18 movies for Rialto subscribers
  • OnDemand movies totaling almost 900 hours (estimate based on average running time of 142 minutes per movie)

A full list can can be found here:  SkyOnDemand

This is in addition to

  • 34 general entertainment channels totaling more than 24,000 hours of content per month
  • 7 movie channels totaling more than 5,000 hours of content per month
  • 6 sport channels totaling more than 4,300 hours of content per month (plus pop-up sport content plus BeIN's football channels)

Additions

  • 101 Dalmations
  • 102 Dalmations
  • 45 Years
  • 6 Bullets
  • Accepted
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • Atlantis: Milos Return
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Before We go
  • Big Daddy
  • Billy Madison
  • Black Mass
  • Blades of Glory
  • Blinky Bill the Movie
  • Bolt
  • Christmas Oranges
  • Clash of the Titams
  • Contact
  • Crimson Peak
  • CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession
  • Daddy's Home
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Dont Blink
  • Dope
  • Duck Tales, the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • ET: the Extraterrestrial
  • Fading Gigolo
  • Freaks of Nature
  • Geek Charming
  • Grown Ups
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Hatching Pete
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Jarhead
  • Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Leroy & Stitch
  • Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch
  • Little Nicky
  • Lost in Translation
  • Love the Coopers
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Manglehorn
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Mistress America
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • Mystery Men
  • Nasty Baby 
  • October Gale
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  • Pawn Sacrifice
  • Petes Dragon
  • Predators
  • Quadrophenia
  • Queen of Evil
  • Raw Deal
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Rise of the Foot Soldier II
  • Rock Star
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Sicario
  • Something to Talk About
  • Source Code
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Spectre
  • Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans
  • Stitch: the Movie
  • Stoneheart Asylum
  • Tale of Tales
  • Tangled
  • The 5th Wave
  • The Absent Minded Professor
  • The Assassination of Jesse James (by Robert Ford)
  • The D Train
  • The Grudge
  • The Jungle Book 2
  • The Lady in the Van
  • The Last Witch Hunter
  • The Lobster
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • The Perfect Storm
  • The Program
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Transporter Refueled
  • The Visit
  • The Water Diviner
  • The Wedding Planner
  • The Wild
  • The Wolfpack
  • Tin Cup
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Untraceable
  • Van Helsing
  • Warm Bodies
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Woodlawn
  • You've got Mail
  • Z for Zachariah

Deletions

  • Batman Begins
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • The Dark Knight
  • Dying of the Light
  • The Forbidden Kingdom
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • Hitman: Agent 47
  • Jurassic World
  • Maze Runner: the Scorch Trials
  • Morning Star
  • No More Heroes
  • Pixels
  • The Silent Mountain
  • Terminator Genesys
  • Authors Anonymous
  • Dadnapped
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Love, Rosie
  • People, Places, Things
  • The Princess Diaries
  • Run, Fatboy, Run
  • Walk of Shame
  • 21 Grams
  • Act of Kindness 
  • Avalon High
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Creed
  • Dumbo
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Gayby Baby
  • The Grandmaster
  • Holding the Man
  • Into the Void
  • Madame Bovary
  • The Majestic
  • Man about Town
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Metro Manila
  • Mr Holmes
  • The Mule
  • Newsies
  • Prophets Prey
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Rock n Roll High School
  • A Royal Night Out
  • Serena
  • Shutter Island
  • The Silent Mountain
  • Small Time
  • Son of a Gun
  • Suite francais
  • Supremacy
  • Whispers: An Elephants Tale
  • Asteriod vs Earth
  • Battle of Los Angeles
  • Leprechauns: Origins
  • Project Almanac
  • Rosewood Lane
  • The Gift
  • Hangman
  • Plush
  • The Sacrament



Sky OnDemand - Whats new in October in Television

, posted: 4-Oct-2016 19:57

Every month I'll try to document the additions (and deletions) from its ondemand library.  The evidence of HD (720p!) content is "sparse" and there is still no tagging or categorisation of HD content.

 

SkyOnDemand now has

  • 362 box sets for all Basic subscribers (at no additional cost)
  • 44 additional box sets for Soho subscribers
  • Almost 6,400 episodes totaling almost 4,500 hours (using an average estimate of 42 mins per episode)

 

This is in addition to

  • 34 general entertainment channels totaling more than 24,000 hours of content per month
  • 7 movie channels totaling more than 5,000 hours of content per month
  • 6 sport channels totaling more than 4,300 hours of content per month (plus pop-up sport content) excluding BeIN and Rugby Channels

The full SkyOndemand list can be found here:  SkyOnDemand

Additions

  • Ballers s2
  • Crayfishers s1
  • Fantasy Island s4
  • Geordie Shore s10
  • iZombie s1
  • Jonathon Strange & Mr Norell s1
  • Mob Wives s5
  • Plebs s1
  • Plebs s2
  • Project Runaway s14
  • Rintindumb s1
  • Sanjay & Gary s1
  • Selfie s1
  • Shaun the Sheep s4
  • Skunk Fu! s1
  • Super Fun Night s1
  • Supernatural s7
  • Supernatural s8
  • Supernatural s9
  • Tatau s1
  • Teen Mom s1
  • Teen Mom s2
  • Tiny Planets s1
  • Travelling Time Bong s1
  • Wayward Pines s2
  • Westworld s1

Deletions

  • The Brokenwood Mystery s2
  • Dance Moms s2
  • Dance Moms s3
  • Dance Moms s4
  • Underbelly s1
  • Underbelly s2
  • Underbelly s3
  • Underbelly s4
  • Underbelly s5
  • The Wire s1
  • The Wire s2
  • The Wire s3
  • The Wire s4
  • The Wire s5
  • Boy Meets Girl s1
  • Boomtown s1
  • Boomtown s2
  • Braquo s1
  • Hollands Hope s1
  • House Husbands s2
  • Only way is Essex s12
  • Poison Tree s1
  • Rizzoli & Isles s1
  • Rizzoli & Isles s2
  • Rizzoli & Isles s3
  • Rizzoli & Isles s4
  • Addicted to Food: Sharons Story 
  • Animal Emergency s1
  • Burlesque: The Art of the Tease 
  • Extraordinary People: Rainman Twins 
  • Fat Doctors s1
  • Fat Doctors s2
  • Generation Sex s1
  • Generation Sex s2
  • Make Your Child Brilliant s1
  • Real Dirk Diggler: Life and Times of 
  • Reluctant Porn King 
  • RPA s2011
  • Walking with Dinosaurs s1
  • Walking with Dinosaurs s2
  • Walking with Monsters s1
  • What a Booty 
  • Wild Arabia s1
  • Worlds Fattest Man 



Neon & SkyOnDemand - HD by stealth ?

, posted: 16-Sep-2016 13:19

There have be sporadic reports that some content on Neon is streaming in HD.  Investigation into recent content additions on SkyOnDemand reveals a quality improvement may be happening it does not appear to be HD as the purists would define it.

Confounding the issue is the absence of any announcement, promotion or even tagging of the content as HD.  One is left to deduce that the improvement change is occurring purely by the change in file size of downloaded SkyOnDemand content.  This method is fraught with its own potential inaccuracies as many would know that recent re-encoding of Netflix's library has enabled it to deliver higher quality content at the same (or lower) streaming rate.

However, some examples:

Game of Thrones S1 E1 59 mins 839 Mb
    S2 E1 52 749 Mb
    S3 E1 52 737 Mb
    S4 E1 55 771 Mb
    S6 E1 52 777 Mb
    S6 E1 51 1.28 Gb

 

Fear the Walking Dead S1 E1 61 928Mb
    S2 E11 41 1.03Gb

 

From NeonTV's website:

Here’s a guide from lowest to highest video stream quality:

  22 minute episode 45 minute episode 2 hour movie
Low 124MB 241MB 735MB
Medium 204MB 400MB 1.2GB
High 300MB 588MB 1.8GB
HD720 530MB 1.1GB 2.9GB
HD1080 1.0GB 2.1GB 5.5GB

 

This suggests that more recent additions (and it may change box set) have improved from "High" quality to HD720 quality.  It may also be specific to content supplier contracts rather than occurring for all new content from a certain day 

Finally, a word of warning, research into a small dataset of "premiere" movies on SkyOnDemand has not revealed any improvement for the Movies with a 2 hour movie still clocking in at 1.8Gb or "High" quality.

Any observations or announcements or rumour greatly appreciated.



Sky OnDemand - Whats new in September in Movies

, posted: 7-Sep-2016 17:51

Every month I'll try to document the additions (and deletions) from its ondemand library.  

 

 

 

SkyOnDemand now has

  • 298 movies available for Movie subscribers  
  • 17 movies available for Basic subscribers (at no additional charge) plus 21 movies for Rialto subscribers
  • OnDemand movies totaling some 800 hours (estimate based on average running time of 142 minutes per movie)

A full list can can be found here:  SkyOnDemand

This is in addition to

  • 34 general entertainment channels totaling more than 24,000 hours of content per month
  • 7 movie channels totaling more than 5,000 hours of content per month
  • 6 sport channels totaling more than 4,300 hours of content per month (plus pop-up sport content plus BeIN's football channels)

Additions

  • A Christmas Wedding Tale
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • All Roads Lead to Rome
  • Amy
  • Angels in Stardust
  • Anger Management
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future II
  • Back to the Future III
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Changeling
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Digging for Fire
  • Entourage
  • Gayby Baby
  • Get Hard
  • Haemoo
  • Hitman: Agent 47
  • Holding the Man
  • Irrational Man
  • Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Legend
  • Leprechauns: Origins
  • Lets Rap
  • Life
  • Lost Christmas
  • Metro Manila
  • Mississippi Grind
  • Nims Island
  • Persecuted
  • Pocket Listing
  • Poker Night
  • Project Almanac
  • Prophets Prey
  • Radiator
  • Rock the Kasbah
  • Role Models
  • She's Funny That Way
  • Still Alice
  • Suite francais
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • Terminator Genesys
  • The Admiral: Roaring Currents
  • The Age of Adeline
  • The Baytown Outlaws
  • The End of the Tour
  • The Final Girls
  • The Forger
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Intern
  • The Martian
  • The Source Family
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Then She Found Me
  • Two Bit Waltz
  • Universal Soldier

Deletions

  • 100 Degrees Below Zero
  • 100 Million BC
  • 2 headed Shark Attack
  • Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies
  • AE: Apocalypse Earth
  • After the Dark
  • Alien Origin
  • American Warships
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Avengers Grimm
  • Binky Bill the Movie
  • Bulletproof Monk
  • The Day the Earth Stopped
  • District 13: Ultimatium
  • Dragon Crusaders
  • Eight Below
  • Fantastic Four
  • Impact Earth
  • The Land that Time Forgot
  • Legends of the Guardians, The
  • Lord of the Elves
  • Max
  • Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark
  • Moby Dick
  • Nazis at the Center of the Earth
  • The November Man
  • Paddington
  • Paper Towns
  • Postman Pat: The Movie
  • The Protector
  • Sacrifice
  • Shrek the Third
  • Shuriken School: The Ninjas Secret
  • Super Cyclone
  • Titantic 2
  • TomorrowLand
  • Transformers
  • War of the Worlds: The Next Wave
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  • Bratz
  • Breaking Wind
  • Cake
  • Dan in Real Life
  • Disaster Movie
  • I Could Never be Your Woman
  • Inside Out
  • Its a Boy Girl Thing
  • Keeping Mum
  • Love Birds
  • The Love Punch
  • New in Town
  • Shrek 2
  • Shrek
  • Sliding Doors
  • The 7:39
  • After the Dark
  • Aladdin
  • The Beaver
  • Blow
  • Body of Lies
  • The Cheetah Girls 2
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Ever the Land
  • Flawless
  • In the Land of the Women
  • The Man without a Face
  • The Return of Jafar
  • Romulus, My Father
  • Strange Magic
  • Wonderland
  • X plus Y
  • Age of Ice
  • Halloween Night
  • Hansel vs Gretel
  • Mega Piranha
  • Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus
  • See No Evil 2
  • Smiley
  • Snakes on a Train
  • Something Beneath
  • Transmorphers
  • Transmorphers: Fall of Man
  • Dont Say a Word



Sky OnDemand - Whats new in September in Television

, posted: 2-Sep-2016 11:35

Every month I'll try to document the additions (and deletions) from its ondemand library.  

 

 

 

SkyOnDemand now has

  • 377 box sets for all Basic subscribers (at no additional cost)
  • 42 additional box sets for Soho subscribers
  • Almost 6,400 episodes totaling almost than 4,500 hours (using an average estimate of 42 mins per episode)

 

This is in addition to

  • 34 general entertainment channels totaling more than 24,000 hours of content per month
  • 7 movie channels totaling more than 5,000 hours of content per month
  • 6 sport channels totaling more than 4,300 hours of content per month (plus pop-up sport content) excluding BeIN and Rugby Channels

The full SkyOndemand list can be found here:  SkyOnDemand

Additions

  • Angry Beavers 1
  • Angry Beavers 2
  • Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 3
  • Bosch 2
  • Clay Kids 1
  • Into the Badlands 1
  • Leonardo 1
  • Leonardo 2
  • Mob Wives 3
  • Monsuno 2
  • Mutant X 1
  • Mutant X 2
  • Mutant X 3
  • Person of Interest 4
  • Plankton Invasion 1
  • Razzberry Jazzberry Jam 1
  • Starting Over 1
  • Suburgatory 1
  • Suburgatory 2
  • Suburgatory 3
  • The Flash 2
  • Top Chef 12
  • Tree Fu Tom 3
  • Tree Fu Tom 4
  • Wallander 1
  • What a Booty 
  • Wizards Vs Aliens 1
  • Wizards Vs Aliens 2

Deletions

  • Younger 1
  • Younger 2
  • The Driver 1
  • Grand Designs 
  • Hardcore Pawn 9
  • Lizard Lick Towing 5
  • Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares Revisited 2

 



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