HD on Anytime +

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  1. Ollie C

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    Hi, had HD for sometime now but got Anytime+ a month ago, there seems to be less HD programmes than on normal anytime, nothing to speak on the documentary side and most of the films are in SD.
    Am I missing something here???!!!

    Thanks
     
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    HD programmes are approx four times bigger than their SD equivalent - as you need to download Anytime+ material via your internet connection, this has a negative impact on your broadband usage, so to keep internet traffic to a minimum the majority of material is presented in standard definition only. Some movies are in both HD and SD though. It takes me up to six hours to download a 90 minute SD movie from Anytime+. If it was to take me 24 hours to download the equivalent high definition movie, in effect killing my internet connection for a full day meaning I couldn't browse, send or receive emails or Skype for 24 hours, I would be kicking my Sky box into touch.

    That is why the majority of Anytime+ material is SD.
     
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    Wow, that's pretty crap. Why don't they just stream it?
     
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    That is the most ridiculous thing I have read this year!

    Who would want to watch a stuttering, every few seconds, video?
     
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    I don't see the point of getting anything through the internet when there's an enormous choice direct from the satellites.
     
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    If that's the most ridiculous thing you've heard all year you must live a sheltered life. I guess you've never streamed HD from YouTube or Apple tv, iTunes or the many, many sites that stream HD.*
     
  7. Stevenage Neil

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    I guess you have never heard of the majority of the UK who are on sub 5Mbps broadband!
     
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    I live in rural Ireland.
     
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    I haven't.
    There's far too much HD TV already over the air without the need for getting it down wires as well.
     
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    I have, especially for movies and the odd episode of a show I've missed. 5 meg is quite adequate.

    Sure you won't be able to stream and play COD online and have someone else on another computer, but of a night if you want to sit down and watch a movie, you definitely won't have to wait 24 hours for an HD movie.
     
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    I've used iPlayer for an occasional missed programme, but wouldn't want to get a film by wire.
    Can you actually get them from the sources that you quoted?
     
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    Yes of course. I watch many HD movies on my Appe tv and have watched the odd one on YouTube, the last being the original Night of the living dead in 1080P.
     
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    I'm fairly sure Sky Anytime+ is streaming in so far as you can start watching before its fully downloaded. That doesn't help though as if it takes 24 hours to download you're going to be buffering on and off for 24 hours watching it streaming too...

    How long it takes and how possible it is depends both on the user's speed and the speed at the host end. For Sky who are effectively offering stuff free via Anytime+ I wouldn't be surprised if their downloads were much slower than Apple who get £3.50 or whatever every time I download an HD film from them.

    Given Sky's main offering is a PVR allowing you to record stuff for watching later I can't entirely blame them for cheaping out a little on the free on-demand add on.
     
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    Yeah but it's not on demand if you have to wait a minimum of six hours to watch an SD movie.
     
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    Exactly!! :smashin:
     
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    The only apples I know anything about are the ones you buy from the greengrocers.
    Although I'm told that Apple TVs aren't actually TVs at all it's a ridiculous name for whatever they are.:laugh:
    I pay far too much to Sky already for their hundreds of films and don't need any more by wire.
    If I do want more I can always get them on my Lovefilm subscription.:)
     

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