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    Sky Box Office Changes

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      Re: Sky Box Office Changes

      Always wondered why it had stayed so long.
      Wonder if anyone still uses it or has used it this year.

      Having had sky since it began, I have never used Sky Box Office once. Well except for some freebies we all had many moons ago.

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      Re: Sky Box Office Changes

      To be fair I think that SBO via the satellite feed was never that popular. With the Sky Store option and more and more STBs connected, there is little reason not to switch now.

      Theoretically everyone should have either a Sky+ HD STB or Q Box installed. Both of these can be connected to the Internet. Also most people no longer have connections which have monthly bandwidth limits. I know that there are exceptions. Many will still have a SkyHD STB or perhaps use mobile broadband.

      This change will also free up valuable space on the satellites. I don't know if Sky intends to use it for another purpose at this time. Of course they let the BBC use it during the 2012 Olympics.

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      Re: Sky Box Office Changes

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      To be fair I think that SBO via the satellite feed was never that popular. With the Sky Store option and more and more STBs connected, there is little reason not to switch now.

      Theoretically everyone should have either a Sky+ HD STB or Q Box installed. Both of these can be connected to the Internet. Also most people no longer have connections which have monthly bandwidth limits. I know that there are exceptions. Many will still have a SkyHD STB or perhaps use mobile broadband.

      This change will also free up valuable space on the satellites. I don't know if Sky intends to use it for another purpose at this time. Of course they let the BBC use it during the 2012 Olympics.
      Id like to believe that many do have a more recent box, but keep seeing people who have some pretty ancient sky kit.
      As for broadband, still plenty I know who are struggling to get a basic 2mb reliable connection.

      Big discussion recently elsewhere on who, what and where all the vacant slots will go. But the sky box office slots have been reduced quite a lot over the last few years.

      Not a fan myself, but the Sky Box office Boxing events are very popular and very lucrative.

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      Re: Sky Box Office Changes

      I'd forgotten about the boxing (not a fan myself).

      If memory serves me correctly, these were one of the first things which SBO was used for. I can't see Sky giving that revenue stream up easily.

      It will be interesting to see how they want to promote such fights in the future. Of course they could keep just the one channel available. There are a few hidden channels already, such as Sky Sports Red Button.

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      Re: Sky Box Office Changes

      Update on this and the nail going in the coffin today for sky box office;

      All former Sky Box Office 701-715 and 744 have now gone off air.
      All dummy SIDs pointing to channel 700 are now in the EPG on 701-715 and 744 - so these are just ONE CHANNEL now.
      SIDs are still present on former frequencies but at no signal

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      Re: Sky Box Office Changes

      Missing all the pageantry, but SBO was heavily promoted when it was first introduced by Sky. It was quite a revolution in it's day.

      There was a lot of fuss over the fact that at the time you normally had to wait 2 years to see a new film on terrestrial TV, and Sky was already monopolising things by showing those new films after only 1 year after being shown in the cinema. All of a sudden it was now down to 6 months.

      Today we soon forget all this.

      I'm not sure how many channels SBO had initially. Of course Sky added HD content and even allowed some 3D content to be shown on the 3D channel.

      Of course now we can all gain access to far more content using Sky Q, Sky+ HD and Now TV. We can also use the Sky Store app and watch content on our smart phones and tablets. As the video above states, there are 1,000s of films available in Sky Store. Far better than the 17 or so channels that were available with SBO. You no longer have to wait for a start time, even if it was perhaps 15 minutes away. Also from last summer all the new content should have subtitles, which was the one thing missing from on-line content.

      Of course we still await subtitles on Sky Go and Sky Store apps. Perhaps it would also be a nice idea to add signing too for both on-line and app content. I suspect this will be a long way off yet, but not impossible with some suitable AI software.

      Yes it is a sad day for SBO to finally close. It is also great to see how much things have improved since it was first introduced.
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      Re: Sky Box Office Changes

      As Sky ditches some of its Box office, ITV decides to start its own box office.

      Coming Soon
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      To access Pay Per View on Sky HD, SkyQ or Online, advanced registration and purchase is required at www.itvboxoffice.co.uk
      REGISTRATION OPENS 20th JANUARY 2017 EARLY BIRD PRICE 9.95 (ROI €12.95) Virgin Media TiVo customers can buy direct via their TiVo box, on demand, from Monday 30th January.

      https://www.itvboxoffice.co.uk/
      ITV Box Office HD yesterday went live on Sky EPG 493
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