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JK081,400 posts since 20 Feb 2011
Granada North West Today
I haven’t seen it on air but on Twitter, a Sky producer says their policy is now to aston the Prime Minister and the US President, a break from a long-held tradition.

I noticed this the other day when Theresa May was captioned as 'Outgoing prime minister'. It just seems a bit odd and unnecessary to be honest.
Steve in Pudsey10,070 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I haven’t seen it on air but on Twitter, a Sky producer says their policy is now to aston the Prime Minister and the US President, a break from a long-held tradition.

Presumably because of the improbability of either individual holding those offices, you need to be reminded that this isn't some weird dream.
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Neil Jones5,321 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I haven’t seen it on air but on Twitter, a Sky producer says their policy is now to aston the Prime Minister and the US President, a break from a long-held tradition.

Presumably because of the improbability of either individual holding those offices, you need to be reminded that this isn't some weird dream.


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Rkolsen2,757 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
So on the Xfinity X1 System (Comcast’s STB) if you say Sky News into the voice remote it takes you to a hidden page with a description of Sky and link to what’s currently playing. It’s not a traditional cable channel but it connects to the internet. This version appears to be a better quality version of the YouTube/Apple TV app/ Sky News app feed. There’s no jitter or issues with the ticker that are displayed on the other online versions. If I had to guess it’s them taking the direct International Feed output and encoding it on their end.

It’s also appeared as a channel on their Xfinity Stream app among the other news channels:

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The TVGo bug means you can view the channel out of home. With the stream app you can view all your channels in house.
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noggin14,371 posts since 26 Jun 2001
So on the Xfinity X1 System (Comcast’s STB) if you say Sky News into the voice remote it takes you to a hidden page with a description of Sky and link to what’s currently playing. It’s not a traditional cable channel but it connects to the internet. This version appears to be a better quality version of the YouTube/Apple TV app/ Sky News app feed. There’s no jitter or issues with the ticker that are displayed on the other online versions. If I had to guess it’s them taking the direct International Feed output and encoding it on their end.

It’s also appeared as a channel on their Xfinity Stream app among the other news channels:

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The TVGo bug means you can view the channel out of home. With the stream app you can view all your channels in house.


If there is no jitter on the ticker then either the X1 and your TV are switching to 50Hz and thus Sky News is being displayed at 50Hz (which would be unusual for a North American product), or there is a decent frame rate conversion going on prior to the encoding of the web stream to create a decent quality 59.94Hz version.

It's not possible to display a native 50Hz stream at 59.94/60Hz without introducing 9.94/10Hz motion judder without a decent quality frame rate conversion (which isn't something that can be achieved at a consumer price point in any quality). This judder can be masked though, if your TV has MotionFlow, Natural Motion etc. enabled (it's always disabled on my TVs as it introduces so many motion artefacts as to be a joke)

My guess is that Comcast now have a decent quality Alchemist or For.A FRC converted version of Sky News kicking around? (I'd hope they aren't using Teranex...)
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Rkolsen2,757 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
So on the Xfinity X1 System (Comcast’s STB) if you say Sky News into the voice remote it takes you to a hidden page with a description of Sky and link to what’s currently playing. It’s not a traditional cable channel but it connects to the internet. This version appears to be a better quality version of the YouTube/Apple TV app/ Sky News app feed. There’s no jitter or issues with the ticker that are displayed on the other online versions. If I had to guess it’s them taking the direct International Feed output and encoding it on their end.

It’s also appeared as a channel on their Xfinity Stream app among the other news channels:

*

The TVGo bug means you can view the channel out of home. With the stream app you can view all your channels in house.


If there is no jitter on the ticker then either the X1 and your TV are switching to 50Hz and thus Sky News is being displayed at 50Hz (which would be unusual for a North American product), or there is a decent frame rate conversion going on prior to the encoding of the web stream to create a decent quality 59.94Hz version.

It's not possible to display a native 50Hz stream at 59.94/60Hz without introducing 9.94/10Hz motion judder without a decent quality frame rate conversion (which isn't something that can be achieved at a consumer price point in any quality). This judder can be masked though, if your TV has MotionFlow, Natural Motion etc. enabled (it's always disabled on my TVs as it introduces so many motion artefacts as to be a joke)

My guess is that Comcast now have a decent quality Alchemist or For.A FRC converted version of Sky News kicking around? (I'd hope they aren't using Teranex...)


When I was setting up the X1 it appears there’s actually an option for 50hz in one of the diagnostic menus built in built in but was disabled by Comcast. But the X1 display I use permanently outputs 3840x2160 at 60p. There’s no way of me being able to tell where the feeds coming from. I compared it to the YouTube stream played through the YouTube app on the X1 box and there was then judder in the ticker.
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Reece24292 posts since 16 Mar 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
Remains to be seen if this is a permanent thing or a trial, but there were transitions between each story during the 10am TOTH (usual grey swipes from bottom to top) - Looked much better!

EDIT: Same with 11am. It should also be said that both times the initial website/ app preview opener has failed.
Last edited by Reece24 on 5 August 2019 11:01am
cat2,565 posts since 4 Jan 2003
MSNBC simulcasting Sky News coverage from Hong Kong this afternoon, and NBCNews.com streaming Sky on their website (oddly, in preference over MSNBC?)

I think that’s a first in terms of collaboration between the two, and assume that Sky’s partnership with ABC and Fox has now ended. Neither were taking feeds from Sky that I saw.

Sky’s coverage has been first class this afternoon.