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Quality issues on Sky Sports - some kind of patterned overlay?

Hello!

 

I recently purchased the sky sports pass with Boost, and I am using a NowTV Stick. The quality was a little below my expectations considering it's 1080p 50fps (it looks noticeably worse than BT and Amazon).

 

Upon a little investigation I noticed that it wasn't a problem with the sharpness, but rather that there was a subtle pattern overlay/watermark on the picture that was making it look patchy and artefacted.

 

I then noticed that when I pause and unpause, the overlay can be seen clearly (it then fades after a few seconds, but not completely). 

 

This picture shows what I mean (towards the bottom half):

 

It seems to happen on all the football channels, I checked Netball out of curiosity and it didn't happen there. It also doesn't happen when I stream from the NowTV app. I know its not my TV as I stream plenty of other stuff without this. 

 

Is this pattern familiar to you guys? Is it some kind of anti-piracy measure? I would understand if that was the case but it's visibly affecting my streaming quality. Even the 720p feed casting from the iPhone app would be superior to what I've currently got if the framerate weren't so poor. 

 

Anything I can try? 

 

thank you!

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Re: Quality issues on Sky Sports - some kind of patterned overlay?

I have the exact same issue when watching the football lastnight.

 

I have a Now TV box black 4K to a LG OLED TV.

 

This was the first time i had paid for the new NOWTV boost feature as well. I was struggling to see any improvements of 720p resolution. Possibly because of the patterned overlay ?

 

The BT Sports app on Xbox looks so much better than this and im not having to pay extra £3.00 a month for a boost.

 

Any help/advice would be great.

 

Thanks Ben

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Re: Quality issues on Sky Sports - some kind of patterned overlay?

The football last night was 720

as only the prem leave and main event are 1080p

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Re: Quality issues on Sky Sports - some kind of patterned overlay?

Sure the Nottingham forest match was on main event channel.

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Re: Quality issues on Sky Sports - some kind of patterned overlay?

can confirm it's still the case with the premier league football this evening. 

 

the overlay is still there, i'm pretty sure that's the main cause of the poor quality. it's the most noticeable on the big green areas of the pitch, which look really poor. close ups with minimal motion by contrast look good.  but there's no noticeable improvement over the 720p app casting, except for the framerate. 

 

either way it's night and day vs the match I watched earlier on BT Sport, which looks like true 1080p.