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Sky / Virgin HD - worth upgrading? Advice please!

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I'm currently with Virgin Media, on their basic TV package (BB and Telephone via them too) and I was thinking about upgrading to their V+ service for the HD content. I'm not especially interested in …
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I'm currently with Virgin Media, on their basic TV package (BB and Telephone via them too) and I was thinking about upgrading to their V+ service for the HD content. I'm not especially interested in pausing live TV and all that jazz, its purely because I want to make the most of the new HDTV I've bought.

Is the upgrade worth it for the HD content alone? I can't find much information on what content is broadcast in HD with either package, is it just on-demand stuff or are there dedicated HD channels? What about getting terrestrial channels in HD?
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
I cant speak for virgin but sky have dedicated HD channels, all the movie channels have sperate HD channel as do most of the sports as well as sky 1 channel 4 and BBC have their own HD channel (however this does not mimic whats on either BBC 1 or 2, its usually the HD preview they have on.
[mod]#2
Get quite a few dedicated HD channels with Sky. Well worth it. :)

I like Nat Geo HD :oops:
1 Like #3
Heres a list of the Sky HD channels currently available. Hope this helps.

Channel 140: Channel 4 HD Collection of Channel 4 shows and US series
Channel 143: BBC HD Selection of BBC content
Channel 170: Sky One HD Sky One shows including Lost, 24 and Battlestar Galactica
Channel 198: FX HD US TV shows from Fox
Channel 211: Bio HD Biography channel
Channel 214: Sci-Fi HD Sci-Fi channe
Channel 258: Sky Arts HD Arts channel
Channel 273: Luxe TV HD Dedicated to luxury - Homes, Leisure, Beauty, etc
Channel 278: Sky Real Lives HD Real life and human interest content
Channel 313: Sky Premier HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 314: Sky Screen 1 HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 332: Sky Screen 2 HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 334: Sky Comedy HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 335: Sky Action HD Requires subscription to Movies packagel
Channel 336: Sky Family HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 337: Sky Drama HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 338: Sky Sci-Fi / Horror HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 339: Sky Modern Greats HD Requires subscription to Movies package
Channel 408: Sky Sports HD 1 Requires subscription to Sports package
Channel 409: Sky Sports HD 2 Requires subscription to Sports package
Channel 412: Eurosport HD Sports channel
Channel 450: Sky Sports HD 3 Requires subscription to Sports package
Channel 452: Rush HD Sports channel
Channel 536: Discovery HD Science, technology and lifestyle
Channel 543: National Geographic HD Natural history and wildlife
Channel 545: History Channel HD History
Channel 545: Crime HD Crime
Channel 752: Sky Box Office HD1 Pay per view movie channel
Channel 753: Sky Box Office HD1 Pay per view movie channel
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IMO It's worth upgrading to a V+ box with Virgin for the recording facilities alone - I don't tend to watch much 'live' TV now, and just skip through the adverts during playback. I don't think it's worth upgrading purely for HD though - there simply isn't enough content to justify it. Currently there is only BBC HD available (ITV is to be added soon), which broadcasts for about 5 hours per day, and a small amount of on demand content.

If you don't want to pay the Sky HD subscription fee (just under a tenner a month), then Freesat would be your best bet for terrestrial HD.
#5
Syzable
Get quite a few dedicated HD channels with Sky. Well worth it. :)

I like Nat Geo HD :oops:


:LOL: I'm glad I'm not the only one, mine only got installed on saturday and in these 4 years I've watched more national geographic than I have in the previous 20 years of having sky
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MinstrelMan;4403074
:lol: I'm glad I'm not the only one, mine only got installed on saturday and in these 4 years I've watched more national geographic than I have in the previous 20 years of having sky


I think it's great. :w00t:
I'm now full of mindless useless trivia. :-D
#7
Syzable
I think it's great. :w00t:
I'm now full of mindless useless trivia. :-D



I'm waiting for playboy TV HD..... imagine the 10 mins preview it'd be like your actually there :lol:

surely the pinnical of technology that will be!
#8
ellie_cowell
Heres a list of the Sky HD channels currently available. Hope this helps.

Channel 140: ... (edited for length!


Thanks, rep for that! seems like theres quite a bit on sky but I'm guessing you need one of the highest packages for all the movies?

smidav
IMO It's worth upgrading to a V+ box with Virgin for the recording facilities alone - I don't tend to watch much 'live' TV now, and just skip through the adverts during playback. I don't think it's worth upgrading purely for HD though - there simply isn't enough content to justify it. Currently there is only BBC HD available (ITV is to be added soon), which broadcasts for about 5 hours per day, and a small amount of on demand content.

If you don't want to pay the Sky HD subscription fee (just under a tenner a month), then Freesat would be your best bet for terrestrial HD.


Awesome advice, thats what I was looking for. I don't watch much live tv either - I can get most of the must-have shows elsewhere and watch them whenever I like, so the recording stuff is a nice add on, but not important. I'll look in to freesat.

Syzable
Get quite a few dedicated HD channels with Sky. Well worth it. :)

I like Nat Geo HD :oops:


I watched a 5min clip of a sea-turtle swimming about in HD (on the TV via my laptop) last night... about 100 times! :oops:
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MinstrelMan;4403102
I'm waiting for playboy TV HD..... imagine the 10 mins preview it'd be like your actually there :lol:

surely the pinnical of technology that will be!


If that comes out...............i'm subscribing to it. :w00t: :lol:
#10
chrishill
Thanks, rep for that! seems like theres quite a bit on sky but I'm guessing you need one of the highest packages for all the movies?


v good question....... anyone know if you have to have the full package to get the HD channels? I cant see them offering HD subscription and getting all the HD movie channels if you dont subscribe to the regular movie channels in the first place.

btw OP if you really wanna make the most of your HD TV, get a blu ray player.
[mod]#11
I'm not sure about the package as i have the full one. But i can't see them giving away the HD movies if it's not part of your standard package. Bit of a diddle really.

Would be good if someone could confirm because if they do then i'll cancel normal movies. :)
#12
MinstrelMan
btw OP if you really wanna make the most of your HD TV, get a blu ray player.


when the prices drop I might, at the moment they're a bit expensive - they'll be £30 like DVD players before long!

got the xbox hooked up last night though, messed myself when I played COD4 in HD :oops:
#13
Syzable
I'm not sure about the package as i have the full one. But i can't see them giving away the HD movies if it's not part of your standard package. Bit of a diddle really.

Would be good if someone could confirm because if they do then i'll cancel normal movies. :)


and sports........

"hello scottish/indian sky call centre worker, I'd like to cancel my sky subscription please, yes I ralised I'm tied into a 12 month HD contract, I shall pay the £10 for that each month providing I still recieve those channels" - might be worth looking at the small print :lol:
[mod]#14
chrishill;4403203
when the prices drop I might, at the moment they're a bit expensive - they'll be £30 like DVD players before long!

got the xbox hooked up last night though, messed myself when I played COD4 in HD :oops:


Put GOW 2 on.........it looks great.

Also download RESI 5 Demo as that is truly stunning :thumbsup:
#15
chrishill
when the prices drop I might, at the moment they're a bit expensive - they'll be £30 like DVD players before long!

got the xbox hooked up last night though, messed myself when I played COD4 in HD :oops:


Wait until you play a driving game, grid etc shiney car graphics look a lot better when rendered than a polygonal bloke with a gun.

I advise putting a binbag on your chair for the day you come to watch a disney pixar film on 1080p @ 24fps :whistling:
#16
Syzable

Also download RESI 5 Demo as that is truly stunning :thumbsup:


Saturday 14th march..... fancy some online co-op at 2am? it'll scare you more than the guy who played doom3 (look him up on youtube :lol: )
#17
You will only get the HD channels that you subscribe to on the normal sky package. To enjoy the benefit of SkyHD you need the full package really. The sport is good and I love American Chopper on DiscoveryHD..
It's definately worth the £10 per month on the full package..
#18
MinstrelMan
Wait until you play a driving game, grid etc shiney car graphics look a lot better when rendered than a polygonal bloke with a gun.

I advise putting a binbag on your chair for the day you come to watch a disney pixar film on 1080p @ 24fps :whistling:


I was going to stick PGR4 on last night but TBH after spending 3 hours after work building the new TV unit, disconnecting all the cables on my hi-fi and AV gear, moving the old TV (how F'ing heavy are CRT's?!) reconnecting all the cables in some sort of tidy and organised way and then clearing up all the mess, I just played what was in the drive for 10mins before going to bed! :-D
[mod]#19
MinstrelMan;4403244
Saturday 14th march..... fancy some online co-op at 2am? it'll scare you more than the guy who played doom3 (look him up on youtube :lol: )


I'm too scared. :cry: Youtube is full of genius :-D
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Syzable
I'm too scared. :cry: Youtube is full of genius :-D


Yeah me too, but we'll have each other :thumbsup: I'll be transported back to my youth, 12 years ago playing the first resi evil and those dogs jumping through the window, fancy allowing me to play that at 13! is it any wonder I'm as warped as i am?

brb going to biatch slap mummy dearest! :lol:
#21
freesat boxes look at start at about £100, which is how much I can get V+ for (plus £5 a month on my subscription) so it might actually work out the same - oh and I'd need a external antenna for freesat, which I don't have!
[mod]#22
MinstrelMan;4403346
Yeah me too, but we'll have each other :thumbsup: I'll be transported back to my youth, 12 years ago playing the first resi evil and those dogs jumping through the window, fancy allowing me to play that at 13! is it any wonder I'm as warped as i am?

brb going to biatch slap mummy dearest! :lol:


I was in my 20's :cry: :cry:
#23
Syzable
I was in my 20's :cry: :cry:


old....... much?
[mod]#24
MinstrelMan;4403404
old....... much?


:cry:

Look what Playboy TV did to me as well..............you have been warned. :-D

http://www.weirdthings.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/b_ugly_old_man.jpg
#25
Syzable
:cry:

Look what Playboy TV did to me as well..............you have been warned. :-D

http://www.weirdthings.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/b_ugly_old_man.jpg


thats the boss from resi evil 1......

"STOP, don't open that door!" :lol:
#26
MinstrelMan
thats the boss from resi evil 1......

"STOP, don't open that door!" :lol:


Ha. Ha. Ha. You were almost a Jill Sandwich!

:p
#27
Robotochan
Ha. Ha. Ha. You were almost a Jill Sandwich!

:p


well you had to be jill, she could carry more :lol:

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