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Old 30-04-2013, 20:59
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Just a quick observation but i firmly believe the used to be large HD gap between Sky and Virgin is significantly reducing which is a credit to VM.

Sky stil have 65 channels compared to Virgins 45 but if you actually look at the difference in the 20 there is only around 10 that are significant to me

Sky sports 3 and 4 HD
Sky sports news HD
Sky news HD
E!HD (rumoured to be coming)
Disney HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal HD (rumoured to be coming)
Sky Atlantic HD (although i would take the SD channel first)

The rest of the HD with sky is not something i will really watch

Well done Virgin a few more HD and i think the Sky arguement disappears!!
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Old 30-04-2013, 21:37
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Just a quick observation but i firmly believe the used to be large HD gap between Sky and Virgin is significantly reducing which is a credit to VM.

Sky stil have 65 channels compared to Virgins 45 but if you actually look at the difference in the 20 there is only around 10 that are significant to me

Sky sports 3 and 4 HD
Sky sports news HD
Sky news HD
E!HD (rumoured to be coming)
Disney HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal HD (rumoured to be coming)
Sky Atlantic HD (although i would take the SD channel first)

The rest of the HD with sky is not something i will really watch

Well done Virgin a few more HD and i think the Sky arguement disappears!!
There is a lot of HD channels that you are missing such as

Arise News HD and most significant the MGM Movie channel

Plus the rest of the News channels in HD like NHK World, RT (Russia Today), etc

And what about the rest of the Entertainment channels in HD like CI HD for example

I think you would want the MGM Movie channel if you are into movies
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Old 30-04-2013, 21:51
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NHK WORLD HD is on Channel 625
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Old 30-04-2013, 22:01
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There is a lot of HD channels that you are missing such as

Arise News HD and most significant the MGM Movie channel

Plus the rest of the News channels in HD like NHK World, RT (Russia Today), etc

And what about the rest of the Entertainment channels in HD like CI HD for example

I think you would want the MGM Movie channel if you are into movies
The OP was only listing the ones that interested him, so no,me didn't miss any, if they are not of interest.
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Old 30-04-2013, 22:17
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Whereas I wouldn't care if no channels were in HD. It is content which is more important to me.

Wouldn't mind the MGM Movies channel though; in either SD or HD
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Old 30-04-2013, 22:25
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Just a quick observation but i firmly believe the used to be large HD gap between Sky and Virgin is significantly reducing which is a credit to VM.

Sky stil have 65 channels compared to Virgins 45 but if you actually look at the difference in the 20 there is only around 10 that are significant to me

Sky sports 3 and 4 HD
Sky sports news HD
Sky news HD
E!HD (rumoured to be coming)
Disney HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal HD (rumoured to be coming)
Sky Atlantic HD (although i would take the SD channel first)

The rest of the HD with sky is not something i will really watch

Well done Virgin a few more HD and i think the Sky arguement disappears!!
Sorry to be pedantic but, on Sky's website they say they have 68 HD channels not 65 HD channels. The full list of HD channels that Sky have that Virgin Media don't are:

Sky Atlantic HD
More 4 HD
Star Plus HD
History HD
Nat Geo Wild HD
Animal Planet HD
Sky Sports News HD
Disney Channel HD
Disney XD HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal Channel HD
MTV HD
CI HD
E! HD
Sky News HD
Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports 4 HD
Sky Sports F1 HD
MGM HD
NHK World HD
Russia Today HD
Arise News HD

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http://www.sky.com/products/ways-to-watch/sky-plus-hd/
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:10
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Just a quick observation but i firmly believe the used to be large HD gap between Sky and Virgin is significantly reducing which is a credit to VM.

Sky stil have 65 channels compared to Virgins 45 but if you actually look at the difference in the 20 there is only around 10 that are significant to me

Sky sports 3 and 4 HD
Sky sports news HD
Sky news HD
E!HD (rumoured to be coming)
Disney HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal HD (rumoured to be coming)
Sky Atlantic HD (although i would take the SD channel first)

The rest of the HD with sky is not something i will really watch

Well done Virgin a few more HD and i think the Sky arguement disappears!!
They have made some great additions and are more on par with Sky HD regarding channels now.

I think it's pretty obvious the imminent removal of ESPN from XL has freed up funds for more channels.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:12
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I see NHK World HD arrived this morning on 625
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:47
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Whereas I wouldn't care if no channels were in HD. It is content which is more important to me.

Wouldn't mind the MGM Movies channel though; in either SD or HD
Completly agree with you on this.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:43
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Sorry to be pedantic but, on Sky's website they say they have 68 HD channels not 65 HD channels. The full list of HD channels that Sky have that Virgin Media don't are:

Sky Atlantic HD
More 4 HD

Star Plus HD
History HD
Nat Geo Wild HD
Animal Planet HD
Sky Sports News HD

Disney Channel HD
Disney XD HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal Channel HD
MTV HD

CI HD
E! HD
Sky News HD
Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports 4 HD
Sky Sports F1 HD
MGM HD

NHK World HD
Russia Today HD
Arise News HD

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http://www.sky.com/products/ways-to-watch/sky-plus-hd/
The bolded ones are what I want, anything else is a bonus.
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Old 01-05-2013, 20:04
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Animal Planet HD was meant to launch on Tuesday but has been delayed due to technical difficulties.
http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/...D/td-p/1821012

This page list it
http://www.discoveryuk.com/find-us-on-tv/

Universal HD is coming
http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showp...&postcount=695

Although you could be waiting until July , as it possible Sky have 3 year exclusive deal which means it would not expire until the end of June. Hopefully am wrong.

I sure VM have renewed their carriage agreement with Channel 4 - More 4 +1 launched , Film4 + 1 moved to M+ and Ch4 channels added to TV Anywhere. I wouldn't be surprised if More 4 HD launches soon.
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Old 01-05-2013, 20:37
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Getting the Sky channels in HD that are not already on is a dream. They will be keeping them to themselves, they use HD as a way to get customers to switch to them.

I personally don't care about HD, I only have the HD pack so I can Sky Sports F1 without having to pay for the full Sky Sports pack.
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Old 02-05-2013, 00:28
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Sky Atlantic is pretty much the only channel we don't have that I desperately want.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:47
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Just a slight aside. It's always surprised me that 5 USA still only is available in SD. It's the only real mainstream channel showing big hitters - such as Sons of Anarchy & Justified (from next week) not to have a HD option...whether a Sky/VM/Freeview other viewer.

Probably a good reason for it no doubt - I just don't know what it is. Shame given some of the content they acquire.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:06
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The reason is probably very banal...money!
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:34
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Just a slight aside. It's always surprised me that 5 USA still only is available in SD. It's the only real mainstream channel showing big hitters - such as Sons of Anarchy & Justified (from next week) not to have a HD option...whether a Sky/VM/Freeview other viewer.
Sons of Anarchy is available in HD on Demand 5 , hopefully Justifed is the same next week.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:52
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Getting the Sky channels in HD that are not already on is a dream. They will be keeping them to themselves, they use HD as a way to get customers to switch to them.

I personally don't care about HD, I only have the HD pack so I can Sky Sports F1 without having to pay for the full Sky Sports pack.
I agree.

Sky have done that for two channels Sky atlantic and F1 in HD.

I bet they wanted F1 SD as exclusive as well but something somewhere told them there would be an uproar if there did.

same with Sky3D.

Yes they'll do anything to get people to switch to them.

VM's lineup is vastly improved. Hats off to them. it's now quite a contender to sky.

if you look at the list there's only a handful of channels we don't have (even in SD).
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:12
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Animal Planet HD was meant to launch on Tuesday but has been delayed due to technical difficulties.
http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/...D/td-p/1821012

This page list it
http://www.discoveryuk.com/find-us-on-tv/

Universal HD is coming
http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showp...&postcount=695

Although you could be waiting until July , as it possible Sky have 3 year exclusive deal which means it would not expire until the end of June. Hopefully am wrong.

I sure VM have renewed their carriage agreement with Channel 4 - More 4 +1 launched , Film4 + 1 moved to M+ and Ch4 channels added to TV Anywhere. I wouldn't be surprised if More 4 HD launches soon.
Haven't C4 jumped into bed with Sky? I thought they signed an exclusive deal for More4 HD?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:42
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The Sky platform will definitely get the three BT Sport Channels in HD on 1 August. If a deal is not done with Virgin, that will create a wider HD channel count gap with Sky.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:57
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Haven't C4 jumped into bed with Sky? I thought they signed an exclusive deal for More4 HD?
According to the More4 website it does seem exclusive.
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Old 02-05-2013, 16:36
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The Sky platform will definitely get the three BT Sport Channels in HD on 1 August. If a deal is not done with Virgin, that will create a wider HD channel count gap with Sky.
and more exclusives again
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Old 02-05-2013, 17:58
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Sorry to be pedantic but, on Sky's website they say they have 68 HD channels not 65 HD channels. The full list of HD channels that Sky have that Virgin Media don't are:

Sky Atlantic HD
More 4 HD
Star Plus HD
History HD
Nat Geo Wild HD
Animal Planet HD
Sky Sports News HD
Disney Channel HD
Disney XD HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal Channel HD
MTV HD
CI HD
E! HD
Sky News HD
Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports 4 HD
Sky Sports F1 HD
MGM HD
NHK World HD
Russia Today HD
Arise News HD

Source:

http://www.sky.com/products/ways-to-watch/sky-plus-hd/
We now have these two channels. So, here is a new list of HD channels that Sky have that Virgin Media don't:

Sky Atlantic HD
More 4 HD
Star Plus HD
History HD
Nat Geo Wild HD
Sky Sports News HD
Disney Channel HD
Disney XD HD
Disney Junior HD
Nickelodeon HD
Universal Channel HD
MTV HD
CI HD
E! HD
Sky News HD
Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports 4 HD
Sky Sports F1 HD
MGM HD
Russia Today HD
Arise News HD
ESPN America HD
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Old 02-05-2013, 18:36
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If Virgin were smart they would get an exclusive deal to have 5 USA HD and Fiver * HD. Surprised they haven't had Universal and History HD. Is that due to exclusivity?
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Old 02-05-2013, 18:45
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Surprised they haven't had Universal and History HD. Is that due to exclusivity?
The " History " HD channel has been on UPC Ireland since August 2009 so no to the latter.
http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2009/...introduces-hd/

Other HD channels that are on UPC Ireland that VM don't have are

CI HD
Nat Geo Wild HD
MGM HD
Disney Channel HD
Disney XD HD
Sky Sports News HD
Sky News HD
ESPN America HD although it looking like that channel is going to close anyway.
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Old 02-05-2013, 21:12
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They have made some great additions and are more on par with Sky HD regarding channels now.

I think it's pretty obvious the imminent removal of ESPN from XL has freed up funds for more channels.
Also, they're (I'm guessing) reallocating bandwidth used previously for the Olympic channels (24 HD, 24 SD).

Give me Universal HD and I'd be happy with Virgin's HD selection.
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