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Thom77
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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?


@robert1997 wrote:

@Thom77

I watched it on the Premier League channel. I watched the 1st half on the Roku Stick+ and I would definitely say movement was much 'smoother' overall. The 2nd half I switched to the Smart Box where the motion issues were a little more obvious. From that I'd tentatively conclude that the issues could in some small way be down to individual devices?!?

You make a very good point re watching the game, and difference in quality, watching it on Sky One as opposed to the actual sports channels. I'd forgotten it was also on One or I'd have tested that out too, maybe next time Smiley Happy

BT Sports next, as you say, which sadly shows the difference in overall output quality between the two platforms. Might watch their evening game later.

The sound was terrible, especially early on, so much so at one point I backed out of the stream and rebooted my soundbar thinking it was a problem with my setup. It was like they were playing in a tin can Smiley LOL albeit a rather large tin can to get all those people squeezed in Smiley LOL


@robert1997

Just to pick-up on our Posts from a few weeks back and picture quality issues when watching Utd v Leicester on opening day of the season....... back then for me when the quality seemed not too bad when watching on Sky One, what would it have been like if I could have watched on the proper Sports channel, as I thought there might have been a difference.  Yesterday I got the chance to check when I used a free Sports Day Pass to watch Celtic v Rangers..... and some other Sports across the range of channels.

Most of my time yesterday was watching in my living room with Panasonic TV and older Black Now TV Box and as I guessed the Football motion pixellation was just as iffy as I remembered...... however, stuff like Golf, Cricket and F1 seemed better, for some reason a fast moving football is handled more poorly than a fast moving golf ball, cricket ball or F1 car????  Football watching was by no means 'unwatchable' it just wasn't that great either.  At points during the day I did also watch on my bedroom Samsung TV with newer Now TV Stick and things were much better, not 100%, but noticably better than what the old Black Box was producing.... a fast moving football was handled quite well...... just as good as a few weeks ago when I watched Utd v Leicester on Sky One via the Stick, so no noticable difference between the entertainment channel and sports channel as I wrongly thought there might have been.

Hence, as we all sit here in hopeful anticipation that 1080p and 50fps might be coming to Now TV soon, to give us that top-notch streamed sports quality, I think my best bet for now is to get another Now TV Stick for my living room set-up as that does seem much better at handling sports action compered to older kit????  I might then even be tempted to buy the odd Sports Day Pass rather than relying on the occasional Sky One game.

Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?

@Thom77

Thanks for the update. Looking better for you in the picture stakes. I'd agree with you 'upgrading' to the stick for your main telly. I do believe the better the device (or newer, does that equal better, I suppose it should) the better the results should be when viewing sport. Let us know how it goes for you if/when you purchase a stick Smiley Happy

As for 1080p, I'd gladly settle for 720p at 50fps as a compromise.

ukbobboy
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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?

@robert1997 @Thom77

Hi Guys

My following remarks are not going to make any sense because it's nothing to do with picture quality or technical merits of newer devices over older ones but it is to do with a device's form factor.

I dislike the "stick" form factor, almost with an irrational passion. So much so that if this incarnation of an Internet TV streaming device was the only one available (ever) I would not buy it.

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As you can imagine, I prefer the desktop form factor, something like the Roku 4 and its derivatives, e.g. Now TV's Smart Box.

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I know it's crazy, especially as I don't want the Now TV's Smart Box, and the Roku 4 and it's upgraded descendants are not supported in the UK.

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 However, if Roku ever decided to release a new Internet streaming device based on the Roku 4 then I'll be in that queue waiting to buy one.

 

(Irrational) UK Bob 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?


@ukbobboy wrote:

@robert1997 @Thom77

Hi Guys

My following remarks are not going to make any sense because it's nothing to do with picture quality or technical merits of newer devices over older ones but it is to do with a device's form factor.

I dislike the "stick" form factor, almost with an irrational passion. So much so that if this incarnation of an Internet TV streaming device was the only one available (ever) I would not buy it.

Upset Emoji.jpg

As you can imagine, I prefer the desktop form factor, something like the Roku 4 and its derivatives, e.g. Now TV's Smart Box.

 Roku 4 Premiere Plus.jpg

 

 

I know it's crazy, especially as I don't want the Now TV's Smart Box, and the Roku 4 and it's upgraded descendants are not supported in the UK.

Thoghtful01.jpg

 However, if Roku ever decided to release a new Internet streaming device based on the Roku 4 then I'll be in that queue waiting to buy one.

 

(Irrational) UK Bob 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


@ukbobboy Talking about boxes and different devices. I would love if we supported Android TV. My nVidia Shield would love it too.

ukbobboy
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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?

@Tony-D

Hey Tony

Isn't the "Shield" a somewhat specialised device and designed primarily for enthusiast?

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UK Bob

 

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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?


@ukbobboy wrote:

@Tony-D

Hey Tony

Isn't the "Shield" a somewhat specialised device and designed primarily for enthusiast?

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UK Bob

 


It sure is @ukbobboy and it's amazing. Always up to date as Google roll out the updates to this first, before any other device. Tried sideloading the NOW TV App with no luck however i have managed to install the real Google Play Store so don't have to use the Android TV Modified Playstore. If you are looking for a top tier device then i would reccomend this. Also, i got mine late 2015 and the price has actually went up from what i paid. Insane. It uses an nvidia Tegra chip, the same chip that is used in the Nintendo Switch ( slighty modified for the Switch) so you can see where that power is coming from.

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Thom77
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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?


@robert1997 wrote:

@Thom77

Thanks for the update. Looking better for you in the picture stakes. I'd agree with you 'upgrading' to the stick for your main telly. I do believe the better the device (or newer, does that equal better, I suppose it should) the better the results should be when viewing sport. Let us know how it goes for you if/when you purchase a stick Smiley Happy

As for 1080p, I'd gladly settle for 720p at 50fps as a compromise.


@robert1997

If I get the Stick with my downstairs Panasonic TV, it will be interesting to compare with my upstairs Samsung TV that already has the Stick attached....... just what influence is the TV make having on my percieved picture quality??

I'm aiming high with 1080 and 50fps, but 720 and 50fps would probably be more than ideal for me as my TVs are not the biggest screens going.

ukbobboy
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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?

@Tony-D

 

Hi again Tony

Can you help an old guy out? 

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l'm trying to figure out what exactly the Nvidea is and how it fits on the "Home Entertainment" spectrum.

 

OK, this is my current understanding of what it is, i.e. a multi-media entertainment centre that can:

Connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Modem/router

Stream Internet TV Channels

Play and record Hi-Def videos  

Play music (not sure?)

Interface with computer peripherals, e.g. USB and/or micro SD cards

Play Hi-Def computer games

However, I don't know if the Nvidea has Bluetooth capabilities or can connect to other non-display main devices, e.g. external speakers.

So Tony, is there anything I've missed, added erroneously or misunderstood?

Later

 

UK Bob

 

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Mickg747
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Re: When will you be transmitting in HD?

Will it cost more? It’s Sky so what do you think?

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@ukbobboyI appreciate your sentiments re stick type devices but personally I wouldn't be without my Roku Streaming Stick+. It's the automatic refresh rate that does it for me Smiley Happy

@Tony-DThe Shield is something I've looked into but as yet haven't made the leap. I do have an Android tv box but it's not one that supports the actual Android TV platform. I agree it's a market NowTV/Sky should be looking into.

One question though @Tony-D. Does the Shield do auto refresh rate change? I've had conflicting answers elsewhere on whether it does or not, with some people saying it does but not all app developers support auto refresh.

@Thom77I own a 2016 Panasonic (mid range) and it handles NowTV very well indeed with just a little altering to the IFC function. I use the higher spec Roku Streaming Stick+ which may also be a big influence on picture quality.

@ukbobboyI'm fairly certain you can use bluetooth headphones with the Shield.