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BBC launches five new HD channels

The BBC has brought forward its launch of five new subscription-free HD channels in time for Christmas.

The new channels, which will launch on Tuesday, are BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.

They will all be available on Freeview HD, Sky HD, Freesat HD, YouView, and Virgin Media.

BBC4 HD! :) I may have to shell out for a new TV.

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Cool, I need to figure out how to re-tune my freesat to get these channels.

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BBC launches five new HD channels

The BBC has brought forward its launch of five new subscription-free HD channels in time for Christmas.

The new channels, which will launch on Tuesday, are BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.

They will all be available on Freeview HD, Sky HD, Freesat HD, YouView, and Virgin Media.

BBC4 HD! :) I may have to shell out for a new TV.

 

 I may have to shell out for a new TV.

 

Save your money - 4K is on its way!

 

see http://www.whathifi.com/news/ultra-hd-4k-tv-reviews-news-and-everything-you-need-to-know

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Any idea on Sky channel numbers for the new BBC services?

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HD is a con.

 

You get a new dish when you install it and, yes, the HD format programmes (HDMI TV channel & skybox)  look brilliant but on the previously-used AV format (AV TV channel & skybox), the picture is much worse than it was before.

 

I've given up recording programmes on a DVD player, because the picture quality is so low. Thus, you can only watch pre-recorded shows via your skybox.

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HD is a con.

 

You get a new dish when you install it and, yes, the HD format programmes (HDMI TV channel & skybox)  look brilliant but on the previously-used AV format (AV TV channel & skybox), the picture is much worse than it was before.

 

I've given up recording programmes on a DVD player, because the picture quality is so low. Thus, you can only watch pre-recorded shows via your skybox.

What connectors are you using to connect the box to the TV? My sister has a Sky+ box, but her TV doesn't have a HDMI socket, so it's connected by SCART. HD looks terrible on it!

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Any idea on Sky channel numbers for the new BBC services?

 

Should be the existing channel numbers they were on - the SD versions will shift further down the guide

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What connectors are you using to connect the box to the TV? My sister has a Sky+ box, but her TV doesn't have a HDMI socket, so it's connected by SCART. HD looks terrible on it!

 

Just had a look. Two cables fitted by Sky and a scart to my dvd recorder.

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Just had a look. Two cables fitted by Sky and a scart to my dvd recorder.

SCART is an analogue connection, so what you are feeding your DVD recorder is downsampled in quality. Your recorder may have digital sockets, which you may want to try out. Of the likely ones you may have, Component will give good good quality, but it means a lot of cables (3 for video, 2 for audio).

 

HDMI is best, if you have it, for TV and DVD recorder - just one cable does the lot.

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BBC and HD and Sky aside, I'm still baffled and a little concerned that in this day and age we can't transfer programmes from one Sky box to another.

 

And that they removed Sky text. :dry:

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I did ask a Sky engineer last year about image quality when he replaced a dead Sky box, he said that there's a definite trend in Sky getting its manufacturers to put cheap SCART connectivity in the boxes as they want everyone using HDMI.  His view was that SCART as implemented in the Sky boxes just can't do anywhere near a good enough job of displaying HD telly and he'd always recommend using component cables over SCART.

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Anything that isn't HDMI is a 'legacy' connection now, just for people with old TVs or recorders.

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BBC and HD and Sky aside, I'm still baffled and a little concerned that in this day and age we can't transfer programmes from one Sky box to another.

 

And that they removed Sky text. :dry:

Sky Text went a while ago, shame really as now I have to logon to find NHL scores

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Sky Text and ITV's Teletext were both useful. However, they took staff to maintain, and where there's money to be saved...

 

BBC Digital Text is still a useful resource, but it's scaled back a lot from what was on Ceefax.

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Anything that isn't HDMI is a 'legacy' connection now, just for people with old TVs or recorders.

A friend of mine built a computer using some pretty decent spec technology to ensure the very best image capture and uses it as a digital recorder for his Sky box, he refuses to pay the money for Sky+ functionality but can't abide the poor analogue quality of video recorders.  I asked him how much it cost to build his kit and it was just shy of £1000, that's 8 and a third years of Sky+ he could have paid for...

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Curiously enough, Sky yesterday sent me a letter to say they are coming to set up my new broadband and HD system. Today, they have sent me a new wireless router via registered post.

 

Unfortunately, it's for someone else and Sky has somehow got him down as living at my address!!

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Curiously enough, Sky yesterday sent me a letter to say they are coming to set up my new broadband and HD system. Today, they have sent me a new wireless router via registered post.

 

Unfortunately, it's for someone else and Sky has somehow got him down as living at my address!!

I'm pretty sure that will be resolved. T'other person will question his purchase, correct his address and then you may be charged.

 

Also, can someone accept mail that isn't intended for them?

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I'm pretty sure that will be resolved. T'other person will question his purchase, correct his address and then you may be charged.

 

Also, can someone accept mail that isn't intended for them?

 

 

The postman has been on our street for years and he knew it wasn't for me. He also presumably it wasn't any of my neighbours or he would have delivered it to the right property.

 

Under the new post office system, returned parcels have to be collected from Leeds (15 miles away) or arranged to be re-delivered to  your local post office.

 

 

If the postman had taken it back, the proper Sky client wouldn't have got his router in time for the appointment time. The Sky appointment letter gives details of the proper purchaser's mobile phone and e-mail account.  I've rung Sky and they are trying to sort things out. 

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Ive got a black and white tv and cant find where the hd cable goes

 

Next door has got a black and white cat. I think I've found the right spot.

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The postman has been on our street for years and he knew it wasn't for me. He also presumably it wasn't any of my neighbours or he would have delivered it to the right property.

 

Under the new post office system, returned parcels have to be collected from Leeds (15 miles away) or arranged to be re-delivered to  your local post office.

 

 

If the postman had taken it back, the proper Sky client wouldn't have got his router in time for the appointment time. The Sky appointment letter gives details of the proper purchaser's mobile phone and e-mail account.  I've rung Sky and they are trying to sort things out. 

 

 

Under the new post office system, returned parcels have to be collected from Leeds (15 miles away) or arranged to be re-delivered to  your local post office.

 

Round here, we have the Royal Mail option for redelivery to your home address on a day you know you will be in. Can be done on line.

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A friend of mine built a computer using some pretty decent spec technology to ensure the very best image capture and uses it as a digital recorder for his Sky box, he refuses to pay the money for Sky+ functionality but can't abide the poor analogue quality of video recorders.  I asked him how much it cost to build his kit and it was just shy of £1000, that's 8 and a third years of Sky+ he could have paid for...

Not sure if I am missing something but using my Panasonic smart TV I can record directly onto an external hard-drive that I picked up from Amazon for not very much. I don't have SKY so don't know if it would be possible to record that onto it but Freesat works fine.

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Sky has rung back. it has cancelled the order and asked me to take the router to the post office, for return to the address marked on the label.

 

The proper client will have to re-apply and will  probably not be best pleased.

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Not sure if I am missing something but using my Panasonic smart TV I can record directly onto an external hard-drive that I picked up from Amazon for not very much. I don't have SKY so don't know if it would be possible to record that onto it but Freesat works fine.

It's all to do with HD transmissions and HDMI cabling.  According to the technology specification and licensing, each HDMI sender or receiver must ensure that the other end has the capabilities to take encrypted HD signals, if not then it automatically downgrades the output to SD quality whether it's an HD programme or not.  The knock-on of this is that commercial transmission and receiving kit, i.e. your telly, will happily receive and play HD transmissions over HDMI but won't output to any other source in HD unless it's also via HDMI.  My friend's rig has the Sky box sending to his recording device then onto the TV.  Works fine but then it does exactly what the Sky+ functionality does, albeit with a far higher storage capacity.

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Under the new post office system, returned parcels have to be collected from Leeds (15 miles away) or arranged to be re-delivered to  your local post office.

 

Round here, we have the Royal Mail option for redelivery to your home address on a day you know you will be in. Can be done on line.

There's an InPost parcel locker that's just been installed at the petrol station across the road from where I live.

 

It's supposed to be a secure drop-off point for parcels that won't fit through the letterbox. They email or text you with an access code when the parcel is ready to deliver, then you go to the locker and pick it up, rather than having to stay in all day or trek to whichever Post Office is holding your delivery.

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