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Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Is that their big weapon in the fight with Netflix! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

The Cinema Pass is going up by 20% so switching it to HD as standard is the least they can do. Doubt it'll happen though.


Stranger things have happened, Sky relaunched all their TV packages last year at for most people a cheaper rate than they were already paying on the previous packages, and relaunched Cinema in HD inclusive in the Cinema price (which itself is seemingly permanently on offer these days). So never say never to Cinema in HD on NowTV.
james-20014,310 posts since 13 Sep 2015 Recently warned
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I'd have thought now though on whatever platform simulcasting content in SD must become a cost not worth paying as time goes on.


Which presumably is why Virgin have been phasing out SD content the last few months (all BBC channels except Parliament andthe BBC1 English regions, S4C, GOLD, BT Sport, France 24, Bloomberg and some others are now only in HD).
noggin14,094 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Guess the difference with Now TV is HD as standard may lose a few viewers who don't have sufficient broadband speed. I'd have thought now though on whatever platform simulcasting content in SD must become a cost not worth paying as time goes on.


I think it depends on whether dropping SD removes that channel from being available to people (i.e. those with low broadband speeds in the case of IPTV, or those who don't have HD-capable equipment). Some platform providers may not be able to drop SD if they remove services that they are expected to provide. (Mainly the BBC, ITV, C4, C5 I expect?)
noggin14,094 posts since 26 Jun 2001
I'd have thought now though on whatever platform simulcasting content in SD must become a cost not worth paying as time goes on.


Which presumably is why Virgin have been phasing out SD content the last few months (all BBC channels except Parliament andthe BBC1 English regions, S4C, GOLD, BT Sport, France 24, Bloomberg and some others are now only in HD).


Has Virgin switched from HD MPEG2 to HD MPEG4/h.264 entirely now? (It was the odd one out in the UK as it launched HD services using previous-generation HD boxes that couldn't handle h.264 so had to use the far less efficient MPEG2 codec)