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I recently enabled Sky Anytime+, as I'm with plusnet and not sky for my Internet.
I needed a show I'd missed that was available on the PS3 / iPad / XBMC versions of the itv player: Britain's got talent, the first episode of the current season.
Aha! thought I, this gives me an excuse to try out the itv player channel under Anytime+. Sadly, at least for me, it didn't have the show, so I ended up having to use a plug in on the latest xbmc release to watch it.
Why they had different content lists is beyond me.
Other than that, I'm quite impressed so far with other things I have been able to download.
Bit disappointed to find that my Thomson HD box apparently is not 'optimised' for Anytime+. So being on an HD package doesn't guarantee you can use this new feature.
The lack of HD content is the biggest disappointment for me, especially as Sky have been a champion of HD - and make you pay extra for it too!
Also, though not a criticism of Anytime+ on the Sky box, the lack of consistency in terms of content across the Anytime+ service on the Sky Box, a PC or a mobile device is also rather annoying, when programmes are advertised as being available in Anytime+ without disclosing that it is only on certain platforms.
When I did a quick test on a movie it came down as HD. Well, it was 3.5GB and when played it stated it was in HD and looked HD.
Some people have managed to get a new HD box because they gave Sky a sob story about how their antiquated Thomson box couldn't receive Anytime+. If you haven't done so already, I'd give Sky a call, complain about how much you miss Anytime+ and see if they offer you anything.
There's also a significant chance that the capacitors in your Thomson's power supply will fail at some point. I've already had to replace mine...
That is right - almost all of the Movies on the service are available in both HD and SD, and some of the recent catchup material like Touch and Mad Men is too. It is not the most user friendly interface, but the material is there if you look beyond the main menus.
I Found most of the HD channels has on demand HD content? Especially Skys own channels (sport, movies, sky one etc)
Whilst reading the review, I thought it was probably to do with bandwith, as I'm with sky broadband. But i've fallen fowl to grabbing the wrong file before and getting the SD instead.
I found in the options somewhere a choice to have "original" HD content highlighted. So when something is in HD the text is in orange instead of white.
This also has the advantage of when looking at, say, the simpsons for instance, older episodes that are in SD and upscaled are in white text and the newer HD episodes are in orange.
well its great in the UK .. Not in the Republic what is a pity, chat session with support told me its not going to be released in ROI soon , chat with "live Irish Cork based helpdesk" to me that you need Skybroadband what is not even on offer in Ireland.. .... so there you go.. bah
Another problem I've found, which may be with either Sky or Plusnet (my ISP), is that somebody is traffic shaping the anytime+ traffic to 400kbps during peak hours. Still trying to get to the bottom of this. Hopefully it's just a simple matter of one or the other setting the right QoS.
Surely on demand should mean what you require to watch is ready for you at the touch of a button not waiting bloody ages for It to download if Netflix can provide what yo want to at h at the touch of a button why can't sky total joke on demand is total crap as nothing as able to view there an then
Why isn't there a list/tab for the content that's pre downloaded to the box?, sometimes I want to watch without waiting for something to download bit of an odd over site especially as the list appears when turn router off...
On demand - what a disappointment. Details if I get though.
Sort of got through. Spent ages trying to explain to my nearly deaf, disabled, elderly mother, that all the money she was spending on Sky was becoming worth it now she could have "on demand". So the missed Eastenders was made "available". Took so long she had to leave it...and the next Eastenders because of the sequence. Then she tried to play it and there were no subtitles. What...with all their technology, no subtitles..say no more!. We will just spread the news; this is not progress, just pathetic selfishness'''
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