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Standard User Bob_s2
(experienced) Thu 26-Jan-17 11:16:51
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Sky just announced some MAJOR changes


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http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technolo...
Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 26-Jan-17 11:22:56
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Interesting move around delivering the TV without a dish. I wonder if that will require customers to be on Sky Broadband as then they could potentially have more control over multi-cast.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 26-Jan-17 11:24:07
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To summarise, TV signal delivered over broadband rather than a satellite dish

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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 26-Jan-17 11:24:55
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Which of course BT already do for some channels. Would Sky be able to fully multicast over the BT wholesale network?
Standard User AndyHCZ
(committed) Thu 26-Jan-17 12:03:11
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Nope.

They would use their own network and Openreach GEA Multicast - https://www.openreach.co.uk/orpg/home/products/super... This is if they choose to use multicast though, big if.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 26-Jan-17 12:05:21
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Lots of unknowns, but remember Sky has data on box set deliveries and catch-up already on millions of Sky+ HD boxes, and the live element from NOW TV.

Main difference will be UHD content

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Standard User WWWombat
(knowledge is power) Thu 26-Jan-17 12:34:15
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To summarise, TV signal delivered over broadband rather than a satellite dish


So, essentially, NowTV on steroids.

I wonder if you can record what is being "broadcast" onto HDD, or will they make you watch an on-demand stream?
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 26-Jan-17 12:41:13
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Sky+ HD allows recording, since it is the satellite bit stream encoded over IP

Difference would be streaming live UHD content and the cost of doing that over satellite may be driving this move

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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 26-Jan-17 13:44:27
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There is also the fact that Sky Q boxes will be able to record 6 simultaneous streams and record a 7th. If this isn't done using multicast and is available on other ISPs than Sky then that could be a pretty major chunk of bandwidth being used. Now TV and Sky HD aren't often going to be running that many streams at once.
Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 26-Jan-17 13:47:27
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But surely they can only use their own network if they only make it available to Sky broadband customers. My question was more around whether they could use multicast capabilities for their content for non-sky broadband customers.

Satellite is OK but can suffer in bad weather. Moving to broadband for delivery would potentially stabilise this but if it can only be done via Sky as the ISP then it could seriously impact the balance of the ISP market. It could be the driving factor that gets a lot of people to move to Sky ISP.
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