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    BT to buy ESPN UK and Ireland channels

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      Re: BT to buy ESPN UK and Ireland channels

      So all transmissions are fixed, but the STB uses VBR, like a decent DVD recorder does?


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      Re: BT to buy ESPN UK and Ireland channels

      If the providers didn't use a series of different encryption methods, with VBR, then the Satellites would have too much demand on their bandwidth.

      Remember that it isn't just Sky who provide content and each will have a choice of encryption methods. This is one reason why the actual quality between different providers does vary.

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      Re: BT to buy ESPN UK and Ireland channels

      Many content providers have a number of transponders broadcasting at the same time. They can share the available bandwidth between their transponders so the total used remains the same but each channel has access to higher rates when they need it. The BBC for example did (may still do) have BBC1 on a fixed bandwidth but allowed other BBC channels to share the remainder thus ensuring BBC1 was always 'perfect' but allowing others such as BBC2/3/4 to claim more bandwidth as they needed it. Of course the problem arises when all channels have peak demand at the same time and the total bandwidth isn't high enough - you then see the telltale pixelation on the rapidly changing part of the picture.

      Terrestrial Freeview is the least suitable for BT Sport as the HD channels are limited to a very small number and all (except perhaps 1) are taken. So BT Sport would be essentially limited to SD only on Freeview. As anyone who currently has access to Sky Sports HD and SD will tell you the SD version borders on the unwatchable compared to the HD version (assuming a 42" TV).

      Personally I still think the economics of the new portfollio's will make the packages much less attractive and neither Sky nor BT can reduce prices by much after paying the PL such vast sums for the rights to PL football. This may result in a large number of users dropping Sports packages on the basis of cost. It's almost getting to the stage where the Spanish model of PPV football will be more attractive to some/many viewers - basically all football is available live and you buy the exact game you want to watch for a few Euro's (less popular games are cheap, Real v Barca is expensive).

      Whatecer happens this move is a game changer of massive proportions.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dms05 View Post
      Whatecer happens this move is a game changer of massive proportions.
      Totally agree with you here.

      By buying out ESPN BT has effectively placed itself in a position to not only have something to broadcast, but the means to do so.

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