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LL
London Lite Founding member London London
The episodes of Citizen Khan currently on Now TV are from Series 1.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales 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.
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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member 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.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
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.
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DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Everything I've heard up to now indicates that both SD and HD will be available to viewers so this shouldn't occur.
JA
james-2001 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).
NG
noggin Founding member
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?)
NG
noggin Founding member
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)
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
From what I'm aware of, even many of their SD channels are h.264 now, not just the HD ones. Presumably why they've been able to add quite a fair few new channels recently.

10 days later

DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Major change on device limits introduced.

Previously 4 devices and 1 change per month ....
Now ....

When you first set up your account, you can add up to 6 devices (and watch on 2 at the same time).
After you've added your first 6 devices, swap 3 devices every calendar month.

Presumably mainly to placate the Chromecast users who found that it used another device inexplicably.
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LL
London Lite Founding member London London
Now this is odd, I can add another 5 devices in addition to the four already there.

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Last edited by London Lite on 26 March 2019 11:45pm
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
I can apparently add another eight. I only have one NowTV box and don't use it on anything else.

it must be the six devices and the three you can rotate to make it up to nine, surely?

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