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nwtv20038,297 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
The rumour is that Sky wanted a HD UKTV channel in Gold's EPG position as the majority at the top are HD swapped. Instead of Gold being shunted down the EPG, they're replacing Eden HD with Gold HD.


Considering Eden is one of the lesser watched UKTV channels it makes sense. I’d welcome Gold HD anyway as they have a fair amount of new material original and recent BBC.
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noggin14,103 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Though the up-conversion done by a broadcaster will usually be better than that done by your telly


Yes - a lightly compressed IMX50 or DigiBeta quality SD master, unconverted to 1080i by a broadcast quality up converter, and then H264 compressed at a decent bitrate will look HUGELY better than the same master, compressed horribly to SD MPEG2 at a miserable bitrate, then unconverted by the consumer upscaler in your TV.

Just compare BBC Four TOTP repeats on BBC Four HD, with those on BBC Four SD, on the same TV...
Stuart7,194 posts since 13 Oct 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
The rumour is that Sky wanted a HD UKTV channel in Gold's EPG position as the majority at the top are HD swapped. Instead of Gold being shunted down the EPG, they're replacing Eden HD with Gold HD.

Surely it's up to UKTV which channels they broadcast in HD, and where they place them on the EPG. I'm sure it's very nice for Sky to have lots of HD channels at the top of their EPG, but frankly most of them are none of their business.
gonzo227 posts since 8 Mar 2009
I must say that actually, I don't care and have never watched or even heard of any of the channels mentioned. However, as a consumer and Sky HD+ subscriber, I'm actually furious that something is available in the UK market in HD but not to me as a premium Sky subscriber.

Possibly Sky will hear this. I doubt it but, let's try: The Sky World HD premium subscription is taken on the assumption that nothing in the UK market will ever surpass it.

If this is not the case then Netflix, Amazon and Tacolneston off-air will do. Sorry Rupe..... Oh, and you know that BT Sport does better rugby coverage then Sky?



If it gets the League, I'm switching to BT.
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MetalGearRex1,536 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
With the prospect of Gold going HD on Sky, I hope NOW TV upgrade the stream and VOD to 720p.

I would like to see that happen, but I can’t guarantee that NOW TV will increase the resolution and bitrates for GOLD, just because it is getting an HD version.

Comedy Central, Discovery, MTV, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, among others, still are capped at SD resolution, even though they have HD versions.

However, there’s a much bigger chance of the Box Set content being upgraded to 720p. I’d still prefer for the streams to be upgraded to 50Hz, some genres of programmes feel very jarring at half the refresh rate, especially sport.
‘Kept you waiting, huh?’- Solid Snake
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