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Sky will begin offering pay-to-view films over the internet to non-subscribers tomorrow. The satellite broadcaster is calling the service Now TV, and it will offer 1000-odd films to rent, including back catalogue content and new releases. 'New' in this context means 'now out on DVD', rather than 'out at the pictures' or even ' …

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"selected" Android phones

Selection is a joke with no ICS support yet. .... Sky's support for Android has been farcical.

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Re: "selected" Android phones

Too true. Sky say it's down to technical issues. Rubbish.

Over on XDA they modified a version, so it worked on numerous handsets from different manufacturers, and on ICS.

Sky "upgraded" the service, so it no longer works.

B******s.

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Re: "selected" Android phones

Sky Go, that is.

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Here we go...

Pay per view F1.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......

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Re: Here we go...

pay per view F1 might actually be more acceptable than the current "free SkyF1 .... if you buy all our other sports channels"

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Re: Here we go...

Although a quick web-search will reveal several overseas TV providers who stream it for free (Sky's feed, including the commentary). OK you don't get the fancy red button stuff that way, but you can easily just watch the race.

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Re: Here we go...

F1 is currently available for no further cost if you subscribe to HD at £10 per month: you do not need the 'sports' package. I do pay the £10, because I like HD. I've never subscribed to 'Sports'.

Having said that, I've just dropped Sky Movies. Bored with the dire dross Hollywood churns out these days, and even the Classic and Indie channels have become very repetitive. Classic in particular must be extremely cheap to run since all it appears to offer recently is old Westerns and multiple repeats of 'The Longest Day'...

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Re: Here we go...

Best thing about SKY's F1 coverage is that there seems to be some sort of celebrity challenge going on.

Which celeb can buttonhole Martin Brundle on his grid walk and keep him talking for longest........

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Sky Sports Pass?

To be fair if I can pay a smaller (& REASONABLE) amount for Sky Sports only rather than ponying up for the sports and the 90% of keech I don't ever watch then I'll probably do it.

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According to the Telegraph it isn't HD

Although the best SD is better than the worst HD so it could be worth a look at some point.

If it comes to a TV device I own (PS3 or Sony TV) I might give it a try. I'd probably prefer to be patient and use HD Netflix when things eventually get released than to give Murdoch the money. If I'm desperate for a new movie release the Sony store offers quite a few in HD although they are pricy.

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Is this extra revenue going to make my bill less?

erm probably not - tossers

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only interested in footy

but no HD? hmmmm.

£30 a month to watch a couple of footy games is a bit of a ripoff

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WTF?

Sky is getting behind with their technolgy as proven with this - No BBCiplayer, 4oD or Demand5 and Netflicks is a lot cheaper for films.

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confusing

I'm confused by this article, it seems to suggest that the movies will be available at the same time as they are released on DVD (fair enough) and it also seems to suggest that a subscription to the service will get you the movies faster ?? Since the DVD release for a movie is now generally 6-12 weeks after the cinema release I can't see how Sky are going to get them any faster than this.

Anyway, wake me up when the service is HD (1080p) with 5.1 sound in a format understood by surround decoders. And when the service can offer me better highlights than the 3 on the nowtv splash page (green lantern, x-men first class and bridesmaids)

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No HD

No sale.

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What tech will this be using on PC? Please don't let the answer be silverlight...

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Anonymous Coward

As part of the trial group I can confirm that the answer is....

Silverlight. Sorry.

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It has to be Silverlight

As many of these VOD offerings have PlayReady DRM (a Microsoft technology) in them, and while they do support linux for STBs and Android, they are not likely to do so for linux desktop OS's.

Something's however do work with Moonlight, but I doubt the full SRM decoding would.

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Re: As part of the trial group I can confirm that the answer is....

Well that is another reason for not bothering (apart from the odious Murdoch), unless it just works on my Linux box then I'm not interested. iPlayer works fine with flash after all.

Oh, you mean its so precious they need even more DRM? Torrents then...

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I'm sure microsoft must be paying these TV streaming companies to use silverlight as i've not come across any other use for it other than those sites.

What will it require to stream to Android? Hopefully not Flash as thats something else i don't want to install on my phone

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Well

At £15 a month I think I will stick to my lovefilm and netflix subs thanks.

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