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Re: Streaming Services
Reply #15 on: October 06, 2017, 11:07:35 AM
The Sky satellites are old tech, they were not made to carry 4K content, and can't easily be modified That might be easily solvable but then people don't always have the most modern boxes either.  If people don't have the equipment to use the 4K signal they aren't going to pay for it. I wonder, despite the availability of high quality radios available how many people still listen to tinny awful ones? Same with DVD vs Blue Ray. It's a situation of is it good enough?

Sky get most of their money for the number of channels transmitted, not the quality of picture, so they aren't going to bother as long as they make a nice profit.

I'm surprised none of the rental companies tried offering a digital content on memory stick option. You would go in, get a stick, they put date limited content on for you. Next time you go back it's deleted and replaced with new content. Might have been interesting.

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Reply #16 on: October 06, 2017, 16:44:10 PM
The Sky satellites are old tech, they were not made to carry 4K content, and can't easily be modified That might be easily solvable but then people don't always have the most modern boxes either.  If people don't have the equipment to use the 4K signal they aren't going to pay for it. I wonder, despite the availability of high quality radios available how many people still listen to tinny awful ones? Same with DVD vs Blue Ray. It's a situation of is it good enough?

Sky get most of their money for the number of channels transmitted, not the quality of picture, so they aren't going to bother as long as they make a nice profit.

I'm surprised none of the rental companies tried offering a digital content on memory stick option. You would go in, get a stick, they put date limited content on for you. Next time you go back it's deleted and replaced with new content. Might have been interesting.

Not sure what your off about with the satellites.
They will carry 4k easily enough, as its all digital - bandwidth is the bottleneck & the price it costs them to pay Astra. I used to have a motorised dish & the picture quality across Europe was far superior to what we get in the UK - especially the German satellite - though now Germany is Sky as well, it has probably been compressed highly to save bandwidth/force more channels down the same bandwidth.

What you are saying about memory stick was an idea about DVDs years ago. The technology was called DIVX - Stores could burn a blank disk that would have an expiry date.


 As you point out though, the biggest issue is the uptake of subscribers upgrading the receiver box.

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Reply #17 on: October 07, 2017, 07:19:04 AM
Sky are well aware they have to issue new hardware all the time, same as ISPs, that's nothing new. You pay a premium for their latest Q box which supports 4k just fine, if you need a new dish, LNB, whatever no one is going to balk at the installation cost (which they'll waiver half the time anyway).

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Reply #18 on: October 07, 2017, 08:38:17 AM
Sky are well aware they have to issue new hardware all the time, same as ISPs, that's nothing new. You pay a premium for their latest Q box which supports 4k just fine, if you need a new dish, LNB, whatever no one is going to balk at the installation cost (which they'll waiver half the time anyway).

Q does not a new LNB & a lot of the time a new dish, as the LNB does not fit older dishes. I cant see it happening for a while. You can get 4k films on Sky through on demand. So I think that is their solution. Problem is this weeks premier will not be available in 4k until next week.

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Reply #19 on: February 09, 2018, 03:39:08 AM
There are some hardware coming out that are like media units and trying to do things with screen/ app interface scraping to work. Very clever tech but very expensive.
It would be nice at least that they offered a secure, fast API solution to allow 3rd parties to hook up single sign in access interfaces...

At the very least they should be going to Apple, Xbox, PS4 and allowing such and have a standard so they can allow logged in accounts to access all their media. There is some of this but way and far from what it needs to be.

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