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Sky - John C. Kirk

Mar. 24th, 2006

02:38 am - Sky

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From:elvum
Date:March 25th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)
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IIRC Channel 4 have some ill-advised multi-year contract with Sky to provide encryption for their channels, so you need a subscription to view them. The BBC was in the same boat at one point, but now only pays Murdoch for the privilege of being listed in Sky's EPG.

Have you actually tried Freeview in your flat? What you really want is a combined satellite/terrestrial PVR, but I'm not sure they exist yet...

540x432 is significantly lower-res than even standard-definition TV, fwiw. What was the quality like? Could you see any obvious artefacts?
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From:johnckirk
Date:March 25th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
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I haven't tried the normal Freeview, because (as I understand it) they only work through a roof aerial, which I don't have.

As for the film quality, there was only one point where I noticed an obvious problem (a scene changed, and some of the colours were a bit blurry). Mind you, it probably helped that I was watching it from a foot away, whereas I normally have more distance between me and the TV.
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From:elvum
Date:March 25th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
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We use Freeview via a set-top aerial - it works fine, and there's probably a number similar to your situation of houses between us and the transmitter. If you can borrow a box sometime (possibly from bob?) it's definitely worth a try.
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