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DVB Cornwall9,185 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
I must admit to be shocked by this development. BT must be the only IPTV operator in the world that will not allow it's customers to buy all they offer. I've written to the Chairman today to express my dismay. Eurosport is an absolute no brainer, I do have a player sub but that's no alternative to having recordable live channels.
eladkse53 posts since 11 Dec 2013
It sounds very much like their business model for TV is shifting, and that - aside from BT Sport - they are becoming simply a reseller of NowTV packages.

Eurosport being a casualty of this could not have come at a worse time though - this is an Olympic year, and the first Summer games that Eurosport will be the primary rights holder for.

BT had a whole load of Eurosport pop-up channels for the Winter games in 2018, that were critically not available on Sky. This new arrangement pretty much cements that this won’t be happening this year for those who retain Eurosport with the classic package.

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Despite this, however, I took the plunge today and recontracted on one of the new packages. I already had a great deal on broadband that I’ve managed to retain for several years now, and I’ve been able to extend it another 24 months by recontracting the TV.

I went for the £40 Big Sport pack, with the £5 HD/4K bolt on. It works out as £25 more than I was paying for Max 4K previously, so a nice discount compared to buying NowTV Sport & Boost passes seperately.

Prior to checkout, I was asked to provide my NowTV email address so that they could connect the two accounts. Apparently, any existing passes would carry over, but I didn’t have any. Pretty much as soon as the order completed, my NowTV account was showing both the Sport pass and Boost pass.

My NowTV account continues to work as normal, other than billing being done by BT. On my Youview box, I have all the Sky Sports channels in HD on my EPG, delivered by BT’s multicast, and they behave identically to any other BT TV channel.

With it linked to a BT account, I can’t take advantage of any vouchers or deals on NowTV, which is a bit of a shame. However, the FAQ on the billing page suggests that they are working on solving that issue.
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Andrew Wood3,776 posts since 30 Mar 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
BT customers have gained the Sky channels but look set to lose 20 others:

Still available as the 'Classic Entertainment' package, but it definitely looks as though you'd lose them by taking a NOW TV subscription through BT.

I'll stick to accessing NOW TV through the new app which seems pretty good (after using an aging Roku stick!) though no ability to record.
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Brekkie33,943 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Eurosport being a casualty of this could not have come at a worse time though - this is an Olympic year, and the first Summer games that Eurosport will be the primary rights holder for.

BT had a whole load of Eurosport pop-up channels for the Winter games in 2018, that were critically not available on Sky. This new arrangement pretty much cements that this won’t be happening this year for those who retain Eurosport with the classic package.

You'd have thought Eurosport would have pushed to make itself as easily available as possible once they got the Olympic rights but the opposite seems to have happened.
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DVB Cornwall9,185 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Some 'Stream Quality' indications on YouView tonight using the NOW TV APP ... Does anyone know how to read these?

SSN - 192
SSME - 7831
SSPL - 7831
SSFootball - 7831
SSCricket - 192
SSGolf - 7831
SSF1 - 7831
SSAction - 192
SSRacing - 192
SSArena - 7831
SSMix - 192

SOne, S Wit, Gold, CC, SComedy,SyFY, SCrime, SArts, Disc, MTV, NGW, - 192
SAtl - 7831
Fox - 128

SCPrem, Hits, Greats, Disney, Adve, Action, Comedy, Thriller, Drama, StarW, Anim - 192
Star Wars PM on Demand - 192
Top Gun on Demand - 7831

any ideas?
noggin14,773 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The 128 and 192 look like audio bitrates, while the 7831 look like video bitrates. Just under 8MB sounds about what has been suggested NOW TV is streaming in using the HD boost.


Yep - that's what I'd interpret from those with no other real information.

The new iPlayer 1080p50 SDR h.264 streams (which appear to go to SmartTV clients only) are at a similar bitrate I think. (The iPlayer 720p50 SDR h.264 streams are around 5.3Mbs)
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