Poll:Would you buy Sky Hi Def On Launch?

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by windfall, Nov 3, 2005.

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Would You Get Sky Hi Def On Launch?

Poll closed Nov 8, 2005.
  1. Yes

    35 vote(s)
    16.5%
  2. No

    53 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. No Because of Cost

    80 vote(s)
    37.7%
  4. Yes if it was £300

    44 vote(s)
    20.8%
  1. windfall

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    Thought it may be useful to kick off or indirectly tell sky to go away! :nono:

    Would you get sky HiDEf on launch ?
    Would you not get Sky HiDef on launch?
    Would you not get on launch because of cost?
    Would you get Sky HiDef if it cost £300 on Launch?
     
  2. Nick_UK

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    I wouldn't buy anything at the launch. Wait 6 months, and not only do you get the box £100 cheaper, but you get the MKII model with all the new features.
     
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    I voted yes, purely because I hate people trying to influence my opinion with emoticons. :D :hiya:
     
  4. windfall

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    oops sorry!
     
  5. Noodle

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    Not at launch.....

    Unless Sky get lots of demo's going so that I can see exactly what I'll be getting.
     
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    Yes with the component outputs removed
     
  7. Nick_UK

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    Who wants an analogue connection on a HD telly ? Not me :thumbsdow
     
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    Iam gonna wait a year :(
     
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    If rumors come true about a £500 price then ill definitely wait some time for prices to drop :eek:
     
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    i'm waiting because of all the hype, i dont think its going to be as good as it is all cracked up to be and HD only works with huge screens about 48 in or bigger.

    gb--
     
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    It works with smaller screens, but you get the full benefit of HD with screens over 36". Anything looks good on a 21" TV :) In the 1950's, people thought 405 lines looked great on their 9" TV's.
     
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    I'll buy it if....

    1. my tele breaks down and i buy a new HD TV

    2. its FORCED on me some other way

    I personally see no need for it, but it will be forced on us soooner or later, after a while you won't be able to buy a decent TV without it, then of course once you have the TV, you will want the input.

    I'm more than happy with my 43" Sony rear projection and nothing will make me change it untill its "too long new"
     
  13. windfall

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    Possibly after launch one way of getting it cheaper (may have to wait 6-12 months) is to cancel Sky altogether and go back as a new customer. I am sure there will be incentives for upgrade and new customers - they like new customers more then existing don't they!

    Tone
     
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    nope for me, not until I can afford a decent quality tv which may be some way off just yet!
     
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    Paying Murdoch for years corroded my soul. I ditched Sky in favour of a Humax PVR and feel alive and liberated. Nothing would persuade me to become a customer of Sky again.
     
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    I voted no because my plasma is not HD ready so i doubt i would reap the rewards of purchasing one at launch. If it was i may consider it but as always price is a factor
    As and when i get another panel i may consider purchasing Sky HD but the forseable future will remain Sky+ for the fuzzy household.
     
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    The Americans have had it that way for years.

    StooMonster
     
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    i'd never get it when it was first released it is gonna be an unbelivalbe rip off (in my opinion)
     
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    Doesn't make it right, though. Americans have grown up with terrible TV reception. Anything is an improvement for them.
     
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    Almost certainly Sky will be able to disable/force down-scaling on the component outputs over-the-air so I wouldn't get too upset about that. Odds are all the 'early' models will have component output which will simply be disabled when the time is judged right by Sky.


    With regard to the vote - I opted for 'no'. The cost doesn't bother me too much - indeed if the box sported a 400GB HDD all of which was available for Standard Def Sky+ use then I would probably buy it on launch. However as this probably won't be the case, and as prices will plummet within 6 months I think I'll sit back and see if there is anything worth watching first :) Having opted for Sky+ and Sky Digital upon launch, only to see prices fall (to free in the latters case), I will let others pay the initial whack.
     
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    If I suddenly become a billionaire then yes. It would go nice with the new 100" plasma. Actually, if I was a multi-billionaire I would buy TiVo the company and launch a rival HiDef service in the UK.

    If Sky bring out a HiDef TiVo I would gladly pay £2000 for one though!

    If it doesn't have TiVo features then I will wait for the subscription costs to drop below £10 per month, as its the ongoing costs that add up over years.

    Murdoch's USA HiDef TiVo is only $500 or less with rebates, but I think I prefer living in the UK to the USA.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=3427384#post3427384
     
  22. Nick_UK

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    Cyril, you never cease to amaze me with your allegiance to a company which effectively abandoned its customers in Europe. I agree that the Tivo has some qualities not found on other boxes, but if a manufacturer doesn't play fair with me, I would not buy from them again. I feel very sorry for Europeans who paid Tivo £199 for a lifetime subscription believing that the "lifetime" being referred to was their own, and not that of the Tivo box which could not be replaced when it wore out.
     
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    I'd be more encouraged to buy one if Sky looked after their customers. For instance, say I get the orignal box, after a year when the new one comes out I'd like to be able to do an exchange/upgrade at a reduced price. But Sky are so bad with existing customers it won't happen.
     
  24. IanW

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    I will be getting one of the first boxes as these will have Component connections; these I will be using for my multi-room HiDef distribution system when the new house is built.
     
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    TiVo is primarily a software licenser not a manufacturer.
    It was Thomson who pulled out of the UK.
    Humax considered bringing out a UK TiVo, and continue to make one in the USA. Sadly they changed their mind and bought out a non-TiVo DVR here instead.

    UK TiVo owners still get a little customer support from Sky, the occasional minor updates, and if you talk to Sky (who run TiVo UK customer services) nicely they will transfer the lifetime sub from a dead UK TiVo to another one.

    At least we got the chance for a lifetime sub.

    Try asking Sky, your mobile provider, electricity, gas, water, or broadband provider for an unlimited lifetime sub for 200 quid.

    Probably the best 200 quid I ever spent on a toy.

    Obviously I am angry that TiVo didnt lower their licensing costs to enable another UK manufacturer to bring out a new UK TiVo. They have signed up dozens of big names (Sony, Philips, Samsung, Humax, Panasonic, Toshiba etc.) in the USA and Japan.

    I have no loyalty to TiVo and will switch as soon as someone brings out something better.

    There are other UK DVRs which are better in some aspects, but there is no-one single UK DVR that can match TiVo in all areas of functions that I need/want, reliability and cost yet.
     
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    I understand what you're saying, and a £200 sub isn't a lot of money spread over 20 years, but it is if it's only spread over 6 years. Sky, and my mobile and broadband providers will all supply replacement hardware if the original is broken.
     
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    A definite no for me.
    It's always worth holding off on buying 'the next big thing' as there will doubtless be issues with the first ones and of course the less people that buy the thing on launch the higher the likelihood of a price reduction in the not too distant future. I can't help wondering how much Sky are going to whack the subscriptions up by though, for me that is a bigger worry than the cost of ther actual hardware (which let's face it you only pay once).
     
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    I have been told by a CEDIA member that the HD box will cost £450 with an £11 subscription for hi def services and use of recording onto hdd and that there is going to be a limited number of 3000 box's made first with component outputs. :eek:
     
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    I have said no becuase I bought Sky Digital when it first became available and got ripped off as they were giving it away free in a few months.

    Also after watching the new Star Wars DVD last night on our 6 year old Panasonic TX47 rear projection TV, I honestly cant see the point - the picture was fantastic ... how much better can it get :D
     
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    no for me, im not paying £400 for a box made by thompson - lol. also only 6 channels on launch ( maybe when theres 15 or 20 )
     

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