: Shaw launches 1080p VOD on Gateway
2012-01-19, 10:36 PM
I just saw today that there is a 1080P section in the 'Movies' area of VOD. I only have one 1080p capable set and it's in the bedroom and I don't watch much VOD so I guess I will have to try it out and see if there is much difference as I have preferred the 1080i in the past.
I don't know if this is just here in Calgary for now or not but it is what I have been eluding to in some other threads for a few weeks now. Please report if you are finding this option in your area.
Edit: It looks like this is only on the Gateway right now.
2012-01-19, 11:03 PM
www.shaw.ca/1080p (http://www.shaw.ca/1080p) , Just found this info page on a hunch since the format is the same for the 'wifi'.
2012-01-20, 12:25 AM
I wonder if anything has/is changing regarding the only set the gateway to 1080i recommendation?
2012-01-20, 12:29 AM
I am left wondering too. I would assume if you are planning on using the 1080p source, VOD in this case, you would set both 1080i and 1080p in the resolution settings. This is only an assumption on my part.
2012-01-20, 12:49 AM
OK, I just realized there is a 'video' link at the bottom of that Shaw page and it shows the settings for the Portals on TVs capable of 1080p. It shows they should be set for all three of the 1080 options.
I see the text on the page shows something similar but the first '1080p' should actually show as '1080i'. I guess that's a 'typo'. I have offered to do proof reading for Shaw as well as software testing but they just don't see any value in me doing that for them. You can beat a dead horse....
2012-01-20, 02:28 AM
Interesting. I'm not seeing it here. I have my resolutions set correctly, running current software, and made sure that vod metadata, resources, etc were up to date.
I wouldn't be surprised if it were regional. In Nanaimo, even though BB50 is available as part of SPP they show HS20 as max available on the website, so I wonder if we have a capacity issue or they're just rolling it out in phases or soft launching it.
'course my VOD could just be borked. The wish list doesn't work at all anyway...
2012-01-20, 10:58 AM
Well, I'll give them credit for this. Although the selection of movies tends to older ones and there isn't one that I haven't or would want to see right now, at least the price is the same as regular HD.
They must be taking the threat from Netflix seriously. Competition is a wonderful thing.
2012-01-20, 11:27 AM
PSN has had 1080p movies for quite a while for a dollar less the Shaw VOD, $5.99.
2012-01-20, 11:35 AM
all these movies are were in 1080 and we were charged 6.99 so wants the big deal. now 1080p
2012-01-20, 01:35 PM
It's a big deal because Shaw has never offered 1080p before. I don't know what 'PSN' is but if you want to get technical, Blu-Ray has been 1080p since it first came out. That's irrelevant since we are talking about Shaw cable here.
As I mentioned, I actually prefer a 1080i picture but there are plenty of people who have spent a lot of money on 'the best' equipment they can get and now they have another source of material to watch on that equipment. I'm sure they will be happy to hear this has at least started now and should only lead to increased content in the future.
2012-01-20, 01:42 PM
IT would be big a deal if all VOD movies went to 1080 or 1080p and lowered their prices.[MOVIE CENTRAL AND TV SHOWS MOVIECLUB ALL VOD went to HD1080 OR 1080P]
2012-01-20, 01:44 PM
PSN is the Playstation network. You can rent first run movies and play them on your PS3. They are also available on internet enabled Sony Blu-Ray Players through a service called Qriocity. I have both although I think the PS3 works better. Its more the price difference I was pointing out rather than the resolution. $5.99 including taxes as opposed to $6.99 plus taxes.
2012-01-20, 01:53 PM
I don't have any game boxes and I seldom turn on my Blu-Ray player(that is connected to the internet) as I don't rent movies so I'm not 'up to speed' on those options.
I would have to agree with you, candyapplered, it could be a 'big deal' to me then too if prices were lower as I might actually consider spending a little money to watch a movie sooner rather than wait for it to play on a channel I am already paying for.
There are so many movies I haven't seen because I won't pay to see them. I guess it's my Scottish blood. I can't help it.;)
2012-01-21, 02:22 AM
I do have some screen shots of the menu options but I still can't upload pictures to this site yet since the server change the other day. As soon as the uploading is working again, I'll post them so you can see what to expect.
2012-01-21, 09:38 AM
Checked it out last night, saw a raft of 1080p movies but nothing worth watching. Ended up going back to regular HD VOD and watching Rise of planet of the Apes. YES!!!
Both PSN and Xbox Live both have pretty good options for renting movies in HD. They have all the new releases and what not, fairly good quality.
I suppose the only downside is regarding your cap. If you're using VOD it wouldn't count, if you're using a service like xbox live, psn, or appletv, then you're working towards your monthly cap.
2012-01-21, 12:37 PM
As an FYI: All mpeg4 capable STBs are delivering VOD content in either 1080i or now also 1080p, when indicated.
The older mpeg2 STBs are only providing content in 720p for HD and 480p for SD.
2012-01-23, 06:22 PM
Here are the pictures of what you should see in the VOD guide:
Which changes to the next screen automatically;
2012-01-23, 09:50 PM
Yeah, still not showing up for me :S Ah well, not a big deal.
2012-01-24, 12:28 AM
You could also try doing a 'Keyword' search. This is what I just found when I tried it: