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Old 10-03-2020, 19:33   #346
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

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Well I wasn't saying that was the only thing, it was the first thing that came to mind in the short time I had when posting.
Well, it's the only thing that I can think of where Virgin were actually ahead. Think HD, UHD etc

I only put up with it because I get a massive discount (even taking into account that I have to subscribe to Now TV to gain access to Sky Atlantic). If the massive discounting ever stopped i'd be off like a shot!
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Old 10-03-2020, 20:22   #347
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That was years ago and only until technology developed that allowed other providers to have a return path.
It wasn't the return path that was the problem - the earliest Sky Digital boxes were modem enabled. It's the downstream (or relative lack thereof) that was the problem.

While cable could allocate bandwidth to you for an individual programme request satellite doesn't allow this.
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Old 10-03-2020, 22:13   #348
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Well, it's the only thing that I can think of where Virgin were actually ahead. Think HD, UHD etc
Well that's two more things already you've thought of. VM were first to broadcast both of those.

Let's think of some more...
3 tuners
6 tuners
Multi-room streaming
Suggestions
Wishlists
iPlayer
Netflix
Spotify
YouTube
and as ozsat has already mentioned, HDR

Reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tvauOJMHo
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Well that's two more things already you've thought of. VM were first to broadcast both of those.

Let's think of some more...
3 tuners
6 tuners
Multi-room streaming
Suggestions
Wishlists
iPlayer
Netflix
Spotify
YouTube
and as ozsat has already mentioned, HDR

Reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tvauOJMHo
Such a shame tha is no longer available. Sky customers have it.
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Old 11-03-2020, 12:16   #350
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

Of course VOD proper did not come to cable until Next Gen TV came in with the digital boxes. On the analogue service you had NVOD, where you had to phone a number & "buy" a showing of a film. The recorded message then told you which channel number to view it on & at what time.

Cant remember if Sky had anything similar.
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Well that's two more things already you've thought of. VM were first to broadcast both of those.

Let's think of some more...
3 tuners
6 tuners
Multi-room streaming
Suggestions
Wishlists
iPlayer
Netflix
Spotify
YouTube
and as ozsat has already mentioned, HDR

Reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tvauOJMHo
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

Spotity is on the SkyQ box - but has quite a few audio drop-outs reported when using the SkyQ app.

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Any update on the promised UHD sky sports and cinema that was promised by virgin last year
As Ive said on here a few times,expect it to launch in August in time for the 2020-21 football season.
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Old 14-03-2020, 13:39   #354
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As Ive said on here a few times,expect it to launch in August in time for the 2020-21 football season.
You are probably not that wrong, in my opinion.

Interestingly, we still don't seem to have the enhanced VOD offering from UKTV or Viacom yet either. I wonder when we can expect to get all that?

Maybe Virgin is planning to launch everything at once when the new Horizon 4 platform replaces the existing UI in the second half of this year. That would make for a great headline for VM.
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Old 17-03-2020, 18:55   #355
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Sky will allow customers to 'pause' their Sky Sports subscription etc:

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Whilst we expect that many of the recently postponed sports events will go ahead, if you wish to pause your Sky Sports subscription in the meantime you will not be
charged a fee to do so or be held to any notice period. Meanwhile we continue
to provide high quality content across all of our 11 Sky Sports channels.


https://www.sky.com/shop/covid19-cus...P-banner-COVID

https://www.skygroup.sky/en-gb/artic...ay-in-the-home

Sky Ireland (ROI & NI) is to give pubs Sky Sports for free.

Not heard anything about what/if VM are planning to do

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Old 17-03-2020, 19:04   #356
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin TV (2020)

Richard, it's not just Sky Ireland

https://bit.ly/2w5SjCI

Sky Sport, BT Sport scrap commercial subs
https://advanced-television.com/2020...cription-fees/

Sky Sports and BT Sport have stopped billing their commercial customers due to the coronavirus pandemic that has halted virtually all live sport around the globe.

Sky Sports suspended its fees this week and will not resume it “until a live sport schedule returns” and BT Sport similarly said that it will “suspend billing for pubs and clubs customers for a two week period,” and then presumably reassess.

“This is a goodwill gesture that we are putting in place while we monitor the situation,” read a statement from BT Sport. “We will keep customers updated as the situation develops.”

Simon Raggett, managing director of Sky Business, said: “We understand that these are challenging times for many of our Sky Business venues, who rely on showing live sport in a social environment to attract customers and revenue. Supporting these businesses and doing what we can to help them in uncertain times is very important to us. We would like to reassure our Sky Business venues […] we will not be charging them for their Sky Sports service until a live sport schedule returns.”
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Old 17-03-2020, 19:23   #357
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Richard, it's not just Sky Ireland

https://bit.ly/2w5SjCI

Sky Sport, BT Sport scrap commercial subs
https://advanced-television.com/2020...cription-fees/

Sky Sports and BT Sport have stopped billing their commercial customers due to the coronavirus pandemic that has halted virtually all live sport around the globe.

Sky Sports suspended its fees this week and will not resume it “until a live sport schedule returns” and BT Sport similarly said that it will “suspend billing for pubs and clubs customers for a two week period,” and then presumably reassess.

“This is a goodwill gesture that we are putting in place while we monitor the situation,” read a statement from BT Sport. “We will keep customers updated as the situation develops.”

Simon Raggett, managing director of Sky Business, said: “We understand that these are challenging times for many of our Sky Business venues, who rely on showing live sport in a social environment to attract customers and revenue. Supporting these businesses and doing what we can to help them in uncertain times is very important to us. We would like to reassure our Sky Business venues […] we will not be charging them for their Sky Sports service until a live sport schedule returns.”
Thanks, it's about time too! Not a word from VM as yet.
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Thanks, it's about time too! Not a word from VM as yet.
Hey, Richard, thanks for the information - I've just read this! It seems I have duplicated your find on the sports thread!
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Sky will allow customers to 'pause' their Sky Sports subscription etc:



https://www.sky.com/shop/covid19-cus...P-banner-COVID

https://www.skygroup.sky/en-gb/artic...ay-in-the-home

Sky Ireland (ROI & NI) is to give pubs Sky Sports for free.

Not heard anything about what/if VM are planning to do
Knowing Virgin they'll be like "hey loads of repeats so we'll raiuse prices by a extra £5p/m instead"
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Hey, Richard, thanks for the information - I've just read this! It seems I have duplicated your find on the sports thread!
NP. A word of warning though, it's transpired that, even though Sky Sports can be paused, if it is, then people are losing discounts eg one person found that they were then paying full price for movies.

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Knowing Virgin they'll be like "hey loads of repeats so we'll raiuse prices by a extra £5p/m instead"


In reaction to the Coronavirus emergency, the BBC will be changing some things to deal with reduced staffing levels and prioritise some programming:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51931050

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