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(October 2009)

ST
Stuart West Country (West) Spotlight
It looks as though UKTV have also removed the 'HD' element of their DOG, inline with what Sky have done.
DB
dbl London London
It looks as though UKTV have also removed the 'HD' element of their DOG, inline with what Sky have done.

This was done in Feb

11 days later

KU
Kunst World News
Not related to Sky UK, but a fire the Sky Italia offices in Rome, has been causing mayhem with the uplink, since around 12:30 CET

Many channels felt off air, and still now, many minor HD operations, plus all theA&E channels are still off air, even removed from the EPG

Some channels are back with a slightly different ID

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?
GE
thegeek Founding member London London
Kunst posted:

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?

I'm not sure about playout, but Sky UK has a backup uplink site on the south coast (described to me once as 'where engineers go to retire').

Most big broadcasters will have some sort of disaster recovery plan - though usually on a 'best endeavours' basis, and it's likely that not everything will be able to be backed up seamlessly.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Kunst posted:
Not related to Sky UK, but a fire the Sky Italia offices in Rome, has been causing mayhem with the uplink, at around 12:30 CET

Many channels felt off air, and still now, many minor HD operations, plus all theA&E channels are still off air

Some channels are back with a slightly different ID

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?


Sky have a pretty resilient DR set up, with a mirrored uplink site. Also by no means are all the channels on Sky’s platform uplinked by them ( including the BBC, ITV and C4, all of whom also have good DR set ups ( for playout and uplink)
KU
Kunst World News
Something similar happened back in the early 2000s (one night) on Tele+ Digitale, due to problems on Hot Bird if I recall right

Back then technology was not as advanced as it's today, but, especially, Tele+ technology was not as advanced as the NewsCorp. one, so, EPG had to be updated manually when a new channels came in, much like current Freeview boxes

This meant then that Tele+ Digitale that night, willing to prioritise the most rated channels, put them on the available frequencies, but for them frequency=ID, so that we ended up with things like Tele+Bianco (the Sky One of that era) broadcasting Disney Channel, Disney Channel broadcasting Discovery Channel, and so on
KU
Kunst World News
[quote="Markymark" pid="1173120"]
Kunst posted:

Sky have a pretty resilient DR set up, with a mirrored uplink site. Also by no means are all the channels on Sky’s platform uplinked by them ( including the BBC, ITV and C4, all of whom also have good DR set ups ( for playout and uplink)

I see Smile

Not all Sky Italian channels in EPG are uplinked by Sky (the terrestrial ones are not to start with), but most paying ones are
Kunst posted:

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?

I'm not sure about playout, but Sky UK has a backup uplink site on the south coast (described to me once as 'where engineers go to retire').

Most big broadcasters will have some sort of disaster recovery plan - though usually on a 'best endeavours' basis, and it's likely that not everything will be able to be backed up seamlessly.
KU
Kunst World News
OK, apparently the problem is more serious than just an uplink one (I think Sky Italia has some measures for that), the whole equipment has suffered damage

8 days later

VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
Don’t know if I should bother with a new thread for this but I’ve only just noticed The Late Late Show is in London for the third year running with it being broadcast on Sky One again. Looks like the same theatre as last time.
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Why show it only when it's filmed in the UK?
LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
Do Sky have a hand in the production of the London shows?

I do wonder why they keep TLLS to On Demand as I feel it would make for a good nighty staple for Sky One. If the UK can't find success with its own late night show apparently because of a lacklustre offering of guests, I don't see why Sky don't showcase an American one with a homegrown host.
DV
dvboy Central (West) Midlands Today
Perhaps showing the Best Of programme weekly was a way of testing the water and it hasn't got the ratings they expected. I imagine a lot of very US-centric material is cut out.
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