More HD Channels for Sky

Sky will add two more HD channels to its satellite service next month.

Both National Geographic and MTV Music will beam out in 1080i from March 4.

Among the Nat Geo highlights you can expect to see in HD will be Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which will screen 8.30 Mondays from March 9.

The 13-part sequel to the award-winning series you can stream on Netflix, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will air here the same day as the US.

According to Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo’s president of global television network, “Cosmos: Possible Worlds takes complex themes from astrophysics, astronomy and anthropology and makes them accessible and entertaining for millions of people around the world to devour.”

The series was meant to have premiered last March but was postponed because of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct accusations against host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Here’s the blurb:

Cosmos: Possible Worlds ventures to previously uncharted territories: starting back to the dawning of our universe, moving forward to the futuristic 2039 New York World’s Fair and then far beyond into the distant future on other worlds. Visit an open house in the first apartment ever built and climb a 10,000-year-old stairway to the stars. Return to the foreboding ‘Halls of Extinction,’ with living dioramas of the broken branches on the tree of life, and venture to the new, glorious ‘Palace of Life,’ with its soaring towers filled with vibrant marine creatures. Stand beneath its ‘Arch of Experience’ to know what it’s like to soar with the eagles or swim with the whales on their epic voyages.

Tech News World said in its preview: “Cosmos: Possible Worlds delivers everything a great science fiction movie delivers, except the fiction.

“It uses the same tools and tactics — powerful visuals, soaring music and, most importantly, wonderful stories. Mined by hunters and gatherers who excel at finding treasures with deep resonance, those stories are told by a gifted communicator. And they’re true.”

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5 Responses to “More HD Channels for Sky”

  1. Hi Phil, are these full HD 1920x1080i or funky 1440x1080i?

  2. Will check with Sky, thx1138, but 99% sure they will be 1440×10801 as they’re second-tier channels. Sky reserves full HD for its premium channels and quasi-HD for the likes of its ad-supported entertainment, lifestyle and doco channels.

  3. Definitely 1440 x 1080i.

  4. What is the purpose of 1440 over 1920? I have seen those new HD channels but to me it doesn’t look right. I mean it is better than SD but the image doesn’t look as clear and crisp as it should be. There also is a severe lack of 5.1 surround content across the many channels. I used to be able to get the rugby and cricket with 5.1 surround sound but not anymore. Could you ask sky if they still do it and if there’s any changes that they made?

  5. Thanks, Chris. Will look into the 5.1 availability. The lower resolution allows more channels to be squeezed out of finite satellite capacity. I agree it’s not as good as full HD but I find the difference much less egregious than the difference between SD and HD.

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