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Occasional Poster
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎11-01-2016

5.1 Sound and 1080p

When are we going to see Now TV start streaming movies in 1080p and 5.1 surround sound? Miles behind the competition...
Elite 4
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Registered: ‎03-02-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

By behind the competition you mean behind the giant American-based services. The only services which currently confirmed as providing 1080p and 5.1 audio are as follows

 

  • Amazon
  • Netflix
  • Google (Google play and YouTube)

all the rest video/audio quality wise provide pretty much what nowTV currently provides

 

Remember now TV mainly provides you with what is currently on the linear TV channels as linear TV channels do not as of yet broadcast in 1080p nowTV does not provide 1080p. Other streaming services show you what has already been released on home video or programs that they have produced themselves, which means for content that they have produced themselves they have access to the high quality master formats.


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Occasional Poster
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎11-01-2016

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

No I do mean the competition...
I'm currently picking between whether I choose Now TV, Amazon or Netflix for movies (like a lot of people), and at the minute, Now TV is let down by lack of 5.1 and 1080p.
Why can't Now TV introduce at a minimum 5.1 for movies that are on demand?
Elite 4
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Registered: ‎03-02-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p


Adamjohn wrote:
No I do mean the competition...
I'm currently picking between whether I choose Now TV, Amazon or Netflix for movies (like a lot of people), and at the minute, Now TV is let down by lack of 5.1 and 1080p.
Why can't Now TV introduce at a minimum 5.1 for movies that are on demand?

I'm afraid I don't have the required knowledge to answer that one. But it's worth noting that a lot of TV content isn't actually broadcast with 5.1 audio. DVB-T2 , and DVB-S2 (HD channels) broadcasts can support 5.1 audio but half the time 5.1 audio is not broadcast. Although I grant you movies are broadcast in 5.1. More often than TV programmes are.  ITV, for example don't broadcast anything in 5.1 audio. 5.1 audio will sometimes be saved for the disc home video releases.


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Occasional Poster
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎11-01-2016

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

I'll be honest... I've never noticed any TV channels broadcast in 5.1 so that's new to me.
My question is more directed towards the on demand content though?
Expert 2
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Registered: ‎21-01-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

Amazon content is NOT all 5.1 Nore is Netflix... They have SOME content in 5.1 but theres NEVER a 100% chance that every thing you want to watch will be 5.1 unless you only watch Netflix produced content...

The Movie studios do not care about IPTV subscriber that much...

 

Even on Amazons own hardware, 5.1 is not there for all content even films from 2015...

This is the same for 1080p again, So films may not be 1080p some are still 576p or 720p releases...

 

Amazon Instant video is not Amazon prime video... different argeements are in place for PAY to own from the instant video service.

Pay to own services is were they offer 5.1 and 1080p if they can... not IPTV subscriber watch once user... 

 

The Timed TV exclusive Amazon content when first uploaded is NOT 1080p on Amazon prime, you can have to wait to access 1080p upscaled content the next day...(1080p upscale is applied their end to increase quality of upsale. not reliant on the user to upscale.) 

This is even more true of the "next day after US" uploads of Amazon Timed exclusive Tv shows...  but thats an Amazon prime issue they have so much that goes PPV that 1080p encodes won't enable on prime till a later day, if its a single episode per week the delay is normaly less than 3 days...

 

There are still limitations on what content is 5.1 and 1080p on the 2 other services...

 

If you go with just Netflix remember that their boss has very publicly stated multi times their done with bidding wars for Movie deals...

They are spending the extra money on First run TV contracts and regional content expansions over the planet...

This has resulted in Amazon getting more Exclusives under the Prime video contracts now that Netflix quit the bidding wars...

 

Amazon prime continue to expand beyond Movies and TV like google the services now include a lot more... fot in some cases only £6 a year extra if you stay a hole year...  If you don't stay a hole year you can't get the extras...

 

Hitting and running is what NowTV service is for... Prime video want you there for a hole year but they still have to deal with ex love film users that want to hit and run... so have per month just for video but thats not realy what they want you to do.

They want a year comitment and then give you the full service...

 

The choice is yours

but 5.1 and 1080p services are the exception not the norm via IPTV...

BBC is public subscriber TV yet the IPTV is only 720p... not 1080p... 

 

 

 

 

 

I Do not work for SkyUK or NowTV...

As I No longer live in the UK, I no longer run the NowTv boxes... So am an Ex Community Contributor user

SIEE Beta Tester since PS2. Rejected PSP and VITA day one...

Currently own and run these devices PS3, PS4, Chromecast, Sky+HD box, Quad OS boot HP Laptop, Amazon Fire tablet and TV box
Occasional Poster
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎11-01-2016

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

That was a long essay with little sense...
Back to the original question though... When do we expect that Now TV might start streaming films with 5.1 sound and in 1080p quality.

Is this on the cards or something that isn't being considered at the minute?
Champion 5
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Registered: ‎17-10-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

@Adamjohn

 

The short answer is nobody knows but unlikely anytime soon. NOW TV are famously tight-lipped about revealing when new features are going to appear, so we will probably only know about it if/when it happens. 

 

Having said that, if you haven't already I'd give the free trial a go and see what you think. I run the NOW TV box through an AV amp and using Dolby Pro-Logic encoding you will get a workmanlike surround sound experience from it. It won't look and sound as good as Netflix, I'll be the first to admit, but the choice of movies you get on NOW TV does compensate for this.

 

At the end of the day, the way I think of it is not either/or -  some months I subscribe to NOW TV, some months Netflix and some months Amazon, and I enjoy the different content that they all provide.

Occasional Poster
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎02-01-2016

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

I am with you on this. Lack of 5.1 (or better) is unacceptable for movies - I just cancelled as I dont see this coming anytime soon. Support staff insisted 5.1 broadcast - it is not. The black box can decode it but there is nothing there to decode.

Champion 1
Posts: 5,776
Registered: ‎31-12-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

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I would assume that Now TV are constantly monitoring the type of devices people are using to view their 'movie' service and don't feel the time is right yet to offer 1080p and 5.1 DD audio. 

 

As previously mentioned, it's not possible for Now TV to offer their 'live' streaming movie service at 1080p because Sky's current satellite output is 1080i (which isn't supported by most IP hardware playback devices anyway). So the best we could actually look forward to having is 1080p on 'non live' streaming movie content.

 

That being said, as I write this I'm currently watch Blindspot (Sky Living) on my 60" LG television via the in-built app. And I've got to say it looks great. And I'm sure it would sound great too if it was available in 5.1.  But I doubt I would actually choose to switch on my surround sound system and listen to it in 5.1.

 

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