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      Sky Q launches Ultra HD

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      Sky Q launches Ultra HD: bringing customers the most comprehensive range of TV they love in enhanced picture quality

      124 live Premier League games and the world premiere of Spectre in Ultra HDAward winning documentaries including Attenborough and new drama series with Jude Law

      Sky today announces the launch of the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra HD service on Sky Q Silver, available to customers from 13 August.Offering an unrivalled line up of Premier League football, exclusive blockbuster movies, natural history documentaries and gripping dramas, viewers will be brought to the heart of the action at home, in enhanced Ultra HD picture quality.

      Customers will be able to immerse themselves in 124 live Premier League games this season, and over 70 movies, from the world premiere of Spectre in Ultra HD, to Oscar Winner The Revenant, and box office hit The Martian. There will also be 30 hours of natural history and documentaries, with breath-taking scenes from David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, as well as five new dramas, including hotly anticipated The Young Popestarring Jude Law and Series 4 of The Blacklist.

      And this is just the start, with more sports, movies, documentaries and drama, in spectacular Ultra HD, to come soon.

      Luke Bradley-Jones, Director of TV & Content Products, commented: “With Sky Q, we created the world’s best TV experience. Now with the introduction of an unrivalled line-up of Ultra HD TV, the service is going to get even better, truly enhancing customers’ viewing experience. So whether you’re a football fan, movie buff, natural history enthusiast or drama junkie, customers looking for the next-generation of TV viewing will love it.”

      Watch live, On Demand and through Sky Store, Ultra HD is available to customers with a Sky Q Silver box and subscription at no extra cost.

      From 13 August, customers will be able to watch the most comprehensive range of sports, movies, documentaries and dramas in the enhanced detail and clarity of Ultra HD, with highlights in the first year including:


      • 124 live Premier League games including the first game of the new season Hull City v Leicester City
      • Every race from Formula 1® 2017
      • Over 70 movies with premieres including Spectre, The Revenant, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Concussion
      • Over 30 Sky Store rental movies from Angry Birds to the entire Ghostbusters and Men In Black box sets
      • The biggest ever library of movies from Minority Report to Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Jerry Maguire,Zoolander, The Da Vinci Code and Spider-Man trilogy
      • Ultra HD movie themed collections including Blockbusters, Action, Drama and Oscar winners
      • 30 hours of natural history and documentaries, from Sky’s David Attenborough catalogue to Sky 1’s Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family and brand new Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family, as well as Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest, plus National Geographic programmes including new Story of God with Morgan Freeman
      • Five new dramas including The Young Pope, featuring Jude Law, and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+, as well as new Series 4 of The Blacklist, and the box set Series 1-3.
      • Plus other entertainment, including comedy series The Trip To Spain starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon,Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 and Blur in concert


      Sky Q, the next generation home entertainment system, just got better with Ultra HD. Sky Q is a great new way for customers to experience TV on their terms, with brilliant new features like the ability to record multiple shows at once, pause in one room and carry on in another and take recordings with you. Sky Q will continue to get even better with other exciting features coming soon, including voice search navigation and a smartphone app.


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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      So with Ultra HD arriving, what are the chances of more than 2TB of storage considering that recording in UHD will use up so much more space than Normal HD will?

      Will there be a Sky Q gold box on the horizon with a 3 or 4TB drive in it?
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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      When Sky Q was launched there was understandably a lot of speculation about other potential names. Well with 'Q Silver' being the current highest spec machine, it's pretty obvious that there is room for improvement and models released at a later date can easily fill this void.

      When they will be released and what their respective specifications will be is anyone's guess at this time. The development team who worked on Sky Q were able to keep a lid on 99% of the rumours. It's unlikely that we'll know much before they want us to know about it.

      So yes 3GB and 4GB drives are a possibility. Also Q Minis that support 4K are a possibility too.

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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      Be interesting to see any pricing model of higher spec machines considering that we now only 'rent' the boxes from Sky.



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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      A few things on this.
      Any sporting content is 'live' via satellite and I've seen no mention anywhere that it is recordable.
      The hard drives in the sky silver box are easily removed, but the 2gb one used is the most reliable and a video based type speciific for PVR's and a 4gb one can be used but not yet as yet seen as reliable enough. This will change soon though.

      On supplying uhd to the minis, firstly the sky powerline technoogy and associated products would need to be launched, wifi for most customers as it stands today would struggle to carry uhd around the house for Mr average. Most are on the limit now with delivering sky q on wifi and sky's airties technology.
      As for minis and uhd, there would need to be a big push and purchase of uhd capable TVs out of the living room. People would have to start having second or third large uhd TVs in the bedroom and around the house to bring uhd to the minis.
      The same today goes for tablets/PCs, the true uhd experience capabilities is limited at present.

      Of course sky have the more customer friendly approach, still using satellite in this way with a 'red button' single live stream. It allows all sky q silver customers to enjoy, rather than the bt uhd way of supplying over ip and only those customers with a fast enough and reliable broadband speed can view it easily.
      The UHD downloadable content will use the same progressive download that we have on sky+ and sky q now, in that as soon as you download, within a few mins you can start watching. So no matter your download speed (well you will need 2-3mb at least) as is the case now you can easily get the downloadable content even if it takes a little longer.
      Seen elsewhere that the compression algortim for the uhd content is extremely good, so it will not be a huge burdon for the current 2gb drive.
      A lot of the sky store uhd stuff, can easily be downloadable anytime once purchased, so no need to fill up your drive.
      Much of the uhd documentary type content will be available for sometime, so once again look and delete and get at a later date.

      One good thing is sky for live sport are using mostly 'Sony similar' UHD cameras that are similar in controls to what they use now for HD, with the same fuji type lenses.
      So no major uplift and a very similar experience for existing cameraman and the overall broadcast experience.
      This gives them another advantage over BT, who have been limited mostly to the wide angle shot. BT arrived too early to be able to broadcast as sky will be doing. But that will change to some degree for BT next season.

      For the outside broadcasts if you'd like to know sky will be using NEP Visions for the outside broadcasting of their UHD.
      BT having rushed out their UHD service used the above simpler single shot method using timeline TV (who do all the BT Olympic park site studio broadcasts) for the last year, their main Outside Broadcast third party supplier Arena where not capable at that time, but Arena have now built their own Outside broadcast UHD three truck method that BT will be using for the new season.
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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      I'm sure that someone within Sky would have pushed out some decent 4K cameras for use over the last season or so. This way they would have have a chance to play with the full 4K experience long before they were ready to go live with it.

      As for the quality difference between BT and Sky, well there has always been a difference between what the BBC shows and ITV, even when it's the same footie match, for example. So I'm not surprised that there'll be a difference between BT & Sky. Both are always free to upgrade their kit in due course to newer and better kit, but that's pretty normal.

      Going back to the BBC & ITV, I was involved in something earlier this year where we had reporters from both local channels recording some interviews and a few shots of the boat. From the point of view of the video & sound work, it was interesting to see just how much of a difference the two work.

      First we had the BBC. One reporter and one camera/sound man. The camera was quite bulky and placed on a sturdy tripod for the interview.

      Later we had ITV. Just one reporter on his own. The camera was a more modern digital camera. Not as small as my camcorder, but more of a professional camcorder. Once more a sturdy tripod was used.

      Both has external mics with mufflers. Radio mics weren't used for these interviews.

      Whilst the local BBC news is broadcast in SD, their cameras are HD capable. The local ITV news coverage was only shown in the Meridian South area, so was also only broadcast in SD too.

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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      Came across this...

      From Nigel Walley on Twitter....

      "I've seen football at 50Hz 2160P and couldn't tell the difference between it and HD? Sky must be careful not to over promise their '4K'."

      "The TV market is also going to have to work hard to avoid another 'HD Ready' scandal. 2160P is definitely not '4K'"

      And so it begins....
      *waves to woppy*

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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      pmsl - The name of that twitter user is very apt.

      Perhaps I should open a Twitter account and respond with something such as:

      "If I get too close to my 4K TV I can't see the film very clearly. It's all pixelated."

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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      Well, Sky Cinema still isn't exactly stellar considering their statements. Bitrates are still poor compared to Blu-ray.

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      Re: Sky Q launches Ultra HD

      Well it's still transmitting at 1080i, not 1080p, sadly.

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