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  • mikew1985 8 Mar 2012 14:42:50 12,651 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Yeah, I thought it did too
    It definitely does broadcast in 5.1

    of course it's mainly ambience and crowd noise/drums coming from the rear channels which makes sense.
  • Deleted user 8 March 2012 14:45:23
    billythekid wrote:
    The football is in DD 5.1 isn't it? I'm sure it displays that on my amp when I'm watching it.
    Only if you're got optical wired up
  • billythekid 8 Mar 2012 14:46:41 11,098 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    The football is in DD 5.1 isn't it? I'm sure it displays that on my amp when I'm watching it.
    Only if you're got optical wired up
    I have indeed got the optical wired up.
  • mikew1985 8 Mar 2012 14:48:33 12,651 posts
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    Thats actually the most ridiculous thing about the box, why SKY couldn't have made it so that the HDMI cable could transmit a DD signal I'll never understand. Absolutely retarded.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 14:48:59 08-03-2012
  • Deleted user 8 March 2012 14:49:08
    Because they're cheap arse fuckers.
  • Dougs 8 Mar 2012 14:54:11 67,025 posts
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    Think mine is connected through co-ax. Receiver is rarely on for sport, but pretty sure it's DD for other stuff.
  • kalel 8 Mar 2012 15:42:43 86,802 posts
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    There are rumours that a firmware update will soon sort out 5.1DD through HDMI.

    Fucking hope so.
  • billythekid 8 Mar 2012 15:46:38 11,098 posts
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    Can it be upgraded? I thought they only had hdmi 1.2 ports in the boxes.
  • Deleted user 8 March 2012 15:51:34
    kalel wrote:
    There are rumours that a firmware update will soon sort out 5.1DD through HDMI.

    Fucking hope so.
    Haha, how long has this box been in circulation? Useless cunts.
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  • binky Moderator 12 Apr 2012 11:59:13 9,560 posts
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    Looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get rid of Sky :(
    Cost is an issue, and the only thing that I would really miss is the Sports. At 66 a month (plus line rental with BT) it's all getting a bit expensive for "telly".

    Having gone through our planner the other night, there really wasn't anything on there that I'd be devastated to lose, and to be honest the more I look at it the more I realise (football aside) most of the stuff we consider "unmissable" are on freeview anyway.

    I am considering keeping the box as a FreeSat box though. Sky want (ughhhh) 10 a month to use it as a PVR, but it seems like decent freesat HD+ boxes are around 150-250 anyway, so it's negligible. The other thing to consider is my broadband, as that is currently with Sky. Hoping I can keep that as it's only about a fiver a month.

    Anyone else been in the same boat?
  • Deleted user 12 April 2012 12:05:54
    Yeah, the whole football thing is a right cunt, wouldn't go anywhere near sky if it wasn't for that.
  • Dougs 12 Apr 2012 12:05:57 67,025 posts
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    Have you pleaded for a reduction? It would be the first thing to go if things got too tight, but we're not there yet. Have you looked into Top UP TV (is it still called that?) to get Sky Sports 1 and 2 on Freeview?

    TBH, given most of what I watch is sport and Sky Atlantic/Sky 1, I would miss it loads unless I became a filthy pirate. And after HD, it's all a bit blur-o-vision!
  • binky Moderator 12 Apr 2012 12:09:23 9,560 posts
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    Things are tight enough to ditch it for the time being. Like you, I said it would be the first thing to go. My dad, brothers etc all have Sky Sports so anything I'm desperate for I can always invite myself round.

    Losing the HD channels will grate, but if I keep the box I'll still get 1,2,3,4 &5 in HD.
    Biggest loss for me would be FX I think.

    Need to look into nabbing a login for sky sports on my xbox from one of my brothers :)
  • Deleted user 12 April 2012 12:09:59
    You know there are high definition pirates right? :D

    I literally only watch sky sports on sky, everything else is utter gash
  • binky Moderator 12 Apr 2012 12:11:58 9,560 posts
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    Yup, I may well end up with a wooden leg going forward.
  • TheSaint 12 Apr 2012 12:25:12 14,272 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    You know there are high definition pirates right? :D

    I literally only watch sky sports on sky, everything else is utter gash
    Bit harsh considering Sky Atlantic is showing the best two series currently on TV.
  • Dougs 12 Apr 2012 12:26:18 67,025 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    You know there are high definition pirates right? :D

    I literally only watch sky sports on sky, everything else is utter gash
    Sorry, I meant freeview is all a bit blur-o-vision.

    It's not gash at all - take it you don't watch many series?
  • Deleted user 12 April 2012 12:28:04
    He literally only watches Sky Sports so how would he know?
  • Deleted user 12 April 2012 12:30:28
    TheSaint wrote:
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    You know there are high definition pirates right? :D

    I literally only watch sky sports on sky, everything else is utter gash
    Bit harsh considering Sky Atlantic is showing the best two series currently on TV.
    For 60 a month? Bargain. What are they anyway?
  • elephantjuice 12 Apr 2012 12:31:38 647 posts
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    It's definitely worth speaking to them to see what they can offer. I had a 50% overall reduction on my TV package for 2 years running (12 months followed by 2x6 months) and I've recently been given a HD box and subscription free for 12 months just by ringing up and saying I'm thinking of leaving because I can't afford it.

    Hypothetically, if any of your dad/brothers have a SS subscription and don't make use of Sky GO, and were kind enough to give you their login details you could still watch SS that way...hypothetically of course.
  • Deleted user 12 April 2012 12:31:43
    Dougs wrote:
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    You know there are high definition pirates right? :D

    I literally only watch sky sports on sky, everything else is utter gash
    Sorry, I meant freeview is all a bit blur-o-vision.

    It's not gash at all - take it you don't watch many series?
    Freeview HD you mentalist :D

    Don't watch many series no, they all seem to go on forever with incredibly long story arcs these days.
  • Dougs 12 Apr 2012 12:35:18 67,025 posts
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    But that would require me to buy more kit. Which I wouldn't do, assuming I was binning it because I was skint. So I'd be left with my 5 year old telly, whose freeview pic is frankly dreadful
  • TheSaint 12 Apr 2012 12:43:20 14,272 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    TheSaint wrote:
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    You know there are high definition pirates right? :D

    I literally only watch sky sports on sky, everything else is utter gash
    Bit harsh considering Sky Atlantic is showing the best two series currently on TV.
    For 60 a month? Bargain. What are they anyway?
    Mad Men and Game of Thrones (IMO anyway).
  • binky Moderator 12 Apr 2012 12:45:57 9,560 posts
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    @Dougs You'd be left with FreeSat via your skybox at no cost. (ish).
  • Blakester 12 Apr 2012 13:00:05 3,593 posts
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    Things were tight for us a couple of years ago and Sky TV was the first thing to go. It's a massive luxury item but you soon adjust to the channels you have left.

    Having said that, when things picked up again, Sky HD was top of the 'buy' list.

    When you can't see the angles on the wall you're in trouble.

  • Dougs 12 Apr 2012 13:00:51 67,025 posts
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    Ah yes, there is that. I will fight to keep Sky as long as I can though!
  • elstoof 12 Apr 2012 13:07:29 6,947 posts
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    Is there still the sky sports iPhone app?
  • Deleted user 12 April 2012 13:11:03
    Yeah, but watching on your phone is horrible.
  • Dougs 12 Apr 2012 13:11:23 67,025 posts
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    Not a separate one no. Now tied to your Sky Account. Think too many were abusing it, and only paying 6 a month for the sports.
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