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...)
Last edited by noggin on 27 July 2019 2:38pm - 2 times in total