I have seen a few posts wanting to know when the Now TV output will be upgraded from 720P to 1080P, so I contacted Now TV support today to get an update.
They confirmed that this is definitely being 'worked on' but they could not confirm when or if it will be available. They also could not confirm that it will arrive in 2019.
It sounds like it is not a quick & easy thing to do, otherwise we would have it already.
My personal view is that we will get it eventually as there will be a strong commercial reason for it, because competitors are commonly providing 1080P or even 4K output now.
Hope that helps some of you.
As per the link Full HD streaming option so more than likely a chargeable addon. Let's hope it's 50fps otherwise it will be a waste of time.
Well Sky have for years been charging extra for HD channels, so no surprise if they do on Now TV also when this update happens - I’m curious if they might also give an option to watch sports in 50 FPS if you pay another few quid extra for something marketed cleverly as UltraSmoothMotion or something like that.
This is all an absolute joke.
Last year the official line was "by the end of this year (2018)"
It's clear that there is a chargeable upgrade, and that is subscribing to Sky proper.
if getting 1080p leads to a full Sky subscription they would need to supply more than 11 channels only way they will get customers to keep paying.
Ive been on this forum for years telling people that if they ever did 1080p with framerate fixed then there would be a charge, Im amazed that people thought this wouldnt happen.
They do not want to hurt there sat business.
It would be naive to think they won't charge extra for an upgraded service.
Exactly, considering Sky charges £5 on top of the bill for HD on selected channels.
From what I recall its only selected Freeview HD channels and the sports that comes as "free" as part of the pakcages. Not sure about the movie channels though.
Either way, its long overdue to get 1080p on Now TV.
Seems to be news online about this:
A lot of speculation and conjecture in that article, not atypical of the stuff usually found on that site.
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Just stumbled across this post on the BT forum re Now TV. Seems to me that customer testing might begin in July hopefully on our end without need for YouView boxes (wishful thinking I know!).
Fingers crossed some official word comes out soon, the new football season is not far away and still no updates from either BT or Sky!
Spoke to BT TV sales team today, looks like we will be informed next steps in July with the service hopefully starting in the first week of August this year.
They aren't leaving much time for testing and the various updates that usually follow in the testing environment to sort out bugs etc.
I'd be surprised if Premier Sports did a similar deal with Sky in the UK. The main reason Sky have taken up the Irish deal is due to Premier having the 3pm kick offs on a Saturday afternoon in the EPL, where of course no such scenario (3pm Saturday KOs) can happen on UK screens, therefore Premier would not be as tempting a proposition to Sky in the UK market.
That article you link to is an incredible piece of misinformation, eg. Moreover, the move also means the company will secure rights for the Champions League and the Europa League, as BT Sport currently hold both. Sky won't be 'securing rights' to the UCL/UEL, they are going to be selling BT Sport channels, BT of course still hold the rights to those tournaments, not Sky 😆
...and always has been.
Not a practical option for those of us who only occasionally subscribe. Like currently I do for GoT. (Though I'd regularly get Cinema if it was in 1080p with surround sound like the other services I pick flit between)
I just plain don't watch enough TV, so Sky/Now aren't interested in the thousands of us like that.
I'm sure Netflix and Amazon aren't complaining.
(Might be my imagination, wishful thinking or maybe something to do with bandwidth, but GoT tonight did look better defined)
It is a Sky owned company, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a chargeable add-on.
Would like to hope they could add perks on that, say to double the streams to 4 instead of 2 and devices from 6 to 12.
5.1 surround sound should be in as default regardless of this possible chargeable addon
Thankfully I haven't had too many issues when watching football (although I don't often watch it. But I have seen it in poor action elsewhere so I would agree that it would be a waste if they couldn't improve on that.
I have BT sport (thanks to a cheap add on via my EE Max Plan) on my Samsung TV, watched Hearts vs Hibs a couple weeks ago. The stream was completely flawless, also as default it was in HD.
Hopefully it will be similar quality to BT sport on the dedicated TV app.