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Standard User spon
(member) Tue 06-Dec-11 21:35:37
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Sky TV alternative via FTTC?


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Hi,

We are hopefully getting FTTC soon. We have been considering Sky TV but now wondering if there is an alternative streaming option via FTTC at all? If so, what sort of content please?

Thanks
Dave

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 06-Dec-11 23:22:17
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Video rental of HD content via XBox and PS3 is good quality, but is at £3.50 to £4.50 per rental.

Netflix is best bet, as they may beat the offering from LoveFilm whcih suffers from lowish bit rates at around 1.5Meg

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Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 06-Dec-11 23:28:37
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There's Sky Go and also BT Vision.



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Standard User spon
(member) Wed 07-Dec-11 10:21:44
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Re: Sky TV alternative via FTTC?


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Thanks folks,

So film is an option which is good news. Any sports services e.g. for footie etc as an alternative to Sky or is it just films? I'm kinda keen to use a PAYG service if such a thing exists rather than pay Sky loads each month. Not really the cash, more the principle!

Thanks
Dave

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 07-Dec-11 10:45:17
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Sky generally has the TV for UK sewn up, BT Vision offer it as a package option, i.e. Sky Sports

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Standard User planetf1
(experienced) Wed 07-Dec-11 13:41:32
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BT Vision is currently IMO a poor relation to sky. By far. Most programming is over freeview, with Sky Sports 1/2 also available via encrypted freeview channels, and some limited on demand content delivered over IP.

AFAIK the freeview decoder isn't HD, only limited VOD is.

However BT have been investing in a content delivery network & adding multicast support which IMO puts them in a far strong position for competing with satellite to carry programming without the current capacity limits.

With "youview" arriving next year I can only assume/hope we'll see a much more compelling BT vision service in the coming year or so with far more streaming HD content, especially for fttx users.

Sky has content mostly sewn up, but does make this available to virgin (they have to), so I assume the same will apply to BT.

Note if you drop sky broadband but keep sky you may lose access to anytiime+ though rumours are that the ISP traffic block is now removed even though non-BB users can't sign up. A good sign of this being opened up.
Standard User spon
(member) Wed 07-Dec-11 15:40:44
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Cheers guys. I'll probably hold out for 6 months but it does look like Sky is the only viable option at the moment blush(

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