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Agrees to lower bitrates in Europe and UK due to Covid 19 (March 2020)

EL
elmarko Central Reporting Scotland
It was noticeable on BCS for me but not too bad when you're sat back from the family telly. Good way to test what we're actually happy with?
JB
JasonB London London
Will the programmes that will be going to the new HBO service be removed Netflix globally or just from the US version of Netflix? Lockdown has forced me to bulk watch on old shows before they disappear if they do.
Have you washed your hands?
JO
Jonwo
Will the programmes that will be going to the new HBO service be removed Netflix globally or just from the US version of Netflix? Lockdown has forced me to bulk watch on old shows before they disappear if they do.


It depends on each market but Friends for example is still on Netflix in the UK but has been removed from Netflix US since that's going to HBO Max in May.
JB
JasonB London London
Jonwo posted:
Will the programmes that will be going to the new HBO service be removed Netflix globally or just from the US version of Netflix? Lockdown has forced me to bulk watch on old shows before they disappear if they do.


It depends on each market but Friends for example is still on Netflix in the UK but has been removed from Netflix US since that's going to HBO Max in May.


Fresh Prince of Bel Air is still on UK Netflix too, another show that's going to HBO Max as well. I'm bulk watching that again because I got to series 6 last year then Netflix took it off half way through while I was watching series 6.
Have you washed your hands?
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
It was noticeable on BCS for me but not too bad when you're sat back from the family telly. Good way to test what we're actually happy with?


Yes! There's some lovely cinematography with the time lapse linking shots in BB and BCS. I read somewhere that Vince Gilligan used a different but unique colour grading to each episode of BB?
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RD
rdd Founding member
There won’t be a HBO Max in the U.K. & Ireland for the foreseeable future, given Sky have tied down HBO content until 2024, so it’s launch is unlikely to affect us on this side of the pond.

(That doesn’t mean Warner won’t launch some sort of streaming service at some point. Just don’t expect it to use the HBO brand if it has no HBO content).
JO
Jonwo
I’m not sure if WarnerMedia will launch a streaming service in the UK, it seems more lucrative for them to license their content to various platforms like Sky, Netflix and Amazon at this present time.

I could see a scenario in the near future where WarnerMedia and Comcast form a joint venture to have content available on Sky and Now TV exclusively
PL
Plektrum Central (East) East Midlands Today
I couldn’t see WarnerMedia launching any kind of streaming platform unless they were going to launch some kind of niche product... if they were going to market with a broad platform they would have launched HBOMax, picked up more 3rd party content and not have licensed out the two things that likely would have been big audience drivers, that being first run movies and HBO content.

Also I think this deal is already somewhat of a joint venture given that co-production appears to be quite a significant part of it especially for HBOMax’s need for new content.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
We don't seem to be sure if they're getting rid of 4K, or just dropping the bitrates for it.


Watched Better Call Saul [1] last night. 2160p but with a bit rate of 7.5 Mb/s (it's normally 15)

[1] If you've never watched Breaking Bad (of which BCS is a prequel series of), I'd recommend both series, starting with BB, there's about 100 episodes to get through, if you can find the time Cool

Loved Breaking Bad (The Fly is one of the best hours of TV of all time) but couldn't get into Better Call Saul. Didn't like the character in BB though.
Here's to the next 20 ye.....

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GO
gottago London London
We don't seem to be sure if they're getting rid of 4K, or just dropping the bitrates for it.


Watched Better Call Saul [1] last night. 2160p but with a bit rate of 7.5 Mb/s (it's normally 15)

[1] If you've never watched Breaking Bad (of which BCS is a prequel series of), I'd recommend both series, starting with BB, there's about 100 episodes to get through, if you can find the time Cool

Loved Breaking Bad (The Fly is one of the best hours of TV of all time) but couldn't get into Better Call Saul. Didn't like the character in BB though.

I watched series 1 of BCS and didn't think much of it but I've started from series 2 onwards since the lockdown and it's absolutely brilliant. Breaking Bad levels of good.

52 days later

DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
The visuals on the preview of the new 'Reality' Floristry series 'the Big Flower Fight' with Vic Reeves, due to drop tomorrow look stunning.
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
The visuals on the preview of the new 'Reality' Floristry series 'the Big Flower Fight' with Vic Reeves, due to drop tomorrow look stunning.


Just watched the first instalment, looks great, although I can't get the idea that some 'processing' of the video has been done out of my head, it simply looks 'too perfect'.

Incidentally it's been produced by Multi Story Media part of of ITV Studios for Netflix.

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