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30-04-2003, 06:38 PM
As from the 3rd June Sky Movies will be broadcasting their movies in W/S.
Full details http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds10983.html and http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds10934.html
Only need the 5.1 soundtracks now. 8)~8-)~:cool:
30-04-2003, 08:54 PM
This raises an interesting question... with older films now often less than £6 on DVD (with the attendant 5.1/6.1 sound, extras etc.) do Sky's movie channels really have much of a part to play? Is their move to w/s too little, too late?
I cancelled my Sky movies (and I had all of their movie channels at one stage) because I realised that any movie I really wanted to watch had to be given the DVD purchase treatment and made an 'event', when I wanted to watch them. Anything less than that I'd rent for £2.50, still on DVD, at my local rental place.
The £18 I was paying per month for Sky really made no sense. The only films I ever occasionally watched on there were on FilmFour Extreme - which I believe they're now canning!
Anyone else share my view?
30-04-2003, 10:45 PM
Definately too little too late. In my case, anything worth seeing I already own on DVD and anything not watching....well.
I still subscribe to their movie package so as to give the family choice...........of B movies :roll:
Sky are not too bad. When the rest of Europe gets Hi Def in the next few years, I'll be able to see it on Sky just before I kick the bucket.
30-04-2003, 10:52 PM
Have to agree with above comments.
I've never had Sky and never will. What with Freeview now, they're really going to have to plug their sport as many will not want to subscribe for anything else.
If I want to watch a film, I won't even rent. I'll just buy the DVD and sell it on if it's not a keeper, with the money I've lost being around the same as the rental price in many cases. As Juboy says, watching a film on DVD feels more special. I hardly watch any movies on Freeview as a result.
30-04-2003, 10:57 PM
I have the full sky package.. have had it for over 2 years, and was annoyed at the time that only one of the many movie channels was widescreen.. so i hardly ever watch any of them. I emailed them asking why and they reckon most people still want 4:3, but never answered my question about whether they can just double up the channels and show both formats.. with all those useless channels they put out i'm sure doubling up on the movie channels instead would be preferable.
Anyway, like most of you, i prefer watching a dvd anyway.
How much would i save if i cancelled just the movies? Still love sky for sports and other stuff.
01-05-2003, 06:58 AM
How much would i save if i cancelled just the movies?
Martin, when I scrapped all my movie channels I saved about £18 a month I think. Still have a decent Sky package though, I wouldn't be without it for other stuff.
£18 a month works out to about 16 brand new DVDs a year if you shop carefully images/smiley_icons/icon_thumbsup.gif
01-05-2003, 09:00 AM
I might just do that then.. probably watched about 3 whole films from sky in over 2 years.. sometimes i'll watch bits of films i have seen before that i like, but i dont think i would miss it at all!
01-05-2003, 09:53 AM
Ian makes a fair point. I never had Sky Sports as the only time I ever see it is down the gym where it seems to constantly be screening WWF nonsense.
01-05-2003, 10:54 AM
If you drop movies from the package you will only save a couple of pounds a month. The pricing is such that you should take either Movies and Sport or neither.
My Father-in-Law has just cancelled the movie package, he was on the full package and paying £38 a month, payment has now gone down to £31 a month, so as Ian says, you only save a few quid, just £7.
A few months ago I cancelled movies/sports and saved £18-50, then found that I wasn't watching the remaining channels I had so I have just cancelled the whole lot, still have all the FTV channels and digital radio, I'm happy with that, all movie viewing is done via dvd. ;)~;-)~:wink:
02-05-2003, 06:25 PM
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Only need the 5.1 soundtracks now.
Just returning to Bob's original comment, anyone else have a Panasonic box? Found the booklet to mine whilst clearing out the cupboard and it says that there is a "general purpose digital interface (PCMCIA) at the rear of the box.... This is for future modules..." Does this mean 5.1? Anyone ever heard or seen anything or are we being driven at $ky+?
Suprisingly, most other satellite boxes used for non $ky broadcasts have digital out as standard.
At the moment you need a sky plus box to get 5.1 from sky movies. I made loads of enquiries about standard Sky boxes with digital outputs and was told every time that they would not output bitstream only PCM. :(
Also as far as I know it's only Premier Widescreen and Sky Box office that broadcast in 5.1. images/smiley_icons/icon_thumbdown.gif
I subscribe to Sky movies so the wife has more viewing choices during the day. I've normally seen most of the better films anyway and as for the US straight to video stuff like crocodile 2 death roll :lol: that isn't really my bag either, so I hardly ever watch the movies channels. Most of the time I can't find anything decent to watch on any of the channels, so I normally spend a lot of my Sky viewing time up around the cartoon or documentaries. :D~:-D~:grin:
03-05-2003, 05:43 PM
"general purpose digital interface (PCMCIA) at the rear of the box.... This is for future modules..." Does this mean 5.1?
Paul, as I understand it, some (if not all) regular Sky digiboxes DO have the capability, socketry wise, to allow an upgrade to output 5.1.
I have the Panny box also and there is a covered socket that would allow 5.1 connection... if Sky ever enabled it :roll: Apparently it really is just a software upgrade that's necessary but Sky won't do that whilst they're pushing 5.1 as a major USP for Sky Plus.
As you may know, the newer Sony digi boxes already output sound via an optical output... this again is only 2 channel because Sky won't change the software. It could just as easily output 5.1
04-05-2003, 10:43 PM
It's quite disgusting what we put up with in this country. If most of these boxes just need a software upgrade, they should have the decency to enable the box for 5.1.
Once again Sky have shown the way........ Backwards.
Well I checked out the new Widescreen movies last night seemed pretty good to me with most films being in their OAR. images/smiley_icons/icon_thumbsup.gif Sky seemed to have a problem with The Mexican tho as it was non anamorphic 1:85 which made me laugh. :roll:
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