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post #16 of 75 (permalink) Old 2017-01-17, 12:45 PM
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Interesting - from the list of features. 'yes' 'no' 'disabled' - there's no mention of '4k no'. I'm sure they omitted it because they know it's a serious disadvantage compared to their competition (Telus).
I don't think Shaw omitted anything. They probably just reproduced the spec sheets from either Comcast or the box manufacturer. I don't think Comcast is prepared to introduce a 4K box until there is more clarity on the preferred HDR standard.

I get the impression that the Canadian TV providers are more advanced that the U.S. in supporting 4K. Most of the major Canadian TV providers (except Shaw) support 4K - Bell Fibe, Bell Aliant, Telus, Rogers, Videotron and Cogeco (announced.) Bell, Telus and Rogers are HDR-ready, but there isn't any live content yet.

There isn't a lot of 4K content yet: 2 TSN channels and 2 Sportsnet channels. The live 4K games include some NHL games, Toronto Blue Jays home games, Toronto Raptors, etc. I think it will be quite a while before entertainment channels go with dedicated 4K channels. Bell Media has committed to shooting all their new Canadian productions in 4K, so you see a smattering of programs for Discovery channel, Space, Gusto, etc. These are delivered as on-demand programs through the PVR rather than a dedicated channel.
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Hi Shaw Champ this system looks like it's light years ahead of the Gateway. What has interested me on the Xfinity platform has been the anywhere DVR. I know Shaw has not included it on the launch of Bluesky, but I would go for it if I knew this feature was coming. Was it not included by design or it just a matter of negotiating with content providers?? Over the past year it has been frustrating to not have worthwhile content to download on Freerange and this seems to be a continuation of the same strategy. Another question is can you tell me the amount of time there is with the skip feature which it looks like on the Xfinity system is activated with the up or down arrow button. Apparently on Xfinty it comes with a default of 5 minutes but there is a code that can be entered to make it 30 seconds. Is it the same with Bluesky? Thanks
@pjpete thanks for the questions!
Anywhere DVR feature is something that as you say isn't there with the launch of BlueSky TV. It is something being looked at and unfortunately is something I can't confirm if it is coming or even a timeline. You see the content rights that come with that feature for implementation in Canada require working through. That's all I can say on that for now.

The default for the skip forward/back is 5 minutes using the page up/down keys. You can actually re-program the remote pretty easy - for example to forward skip 30 seconds press EXIT-EXIT-EXIT 0030 then Shaw button. This will give you a 30 second skip (skip backward in this mode should be 15 seconds). "0030" can be changed to "0500" back to the 5 minutes. I haven't tested with other times but I assume you can personalize it how you want which is new and good!

When FFW or REW you can engage up to 4 speeds (faster each press) in each direction with the 5th press being called "Lightening Mode" (you see a lightening strike icon on screen". With the lightning mode feature, this speed allows you to traverse content in under 12 seconds - regardless of the program's length.

Hope this helps, thanks for the questions

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Thanks Shaw Champ. Hopefully the content rights can be figured out. You would think if it can be worked out in the States a similar model could be followed in Canada. Even if it meant just certain networks could be included that would be better than not having it at all. Now that Netflix and Amazon are offering the feature of downloading I think it would be a shame not to be able to take advantage of this major feature of the Xfinity system. Thanks again for the information.
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post #19 of 75 (permalink) Old 2017-01-26, 10:34 PM
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I got some answers today in so much as you can link as many as 3 main boxes together for a total of 18 tuners and only 1.5TB of combined storage, as previously mentioned. You can have a maximum of 9 Portals if you have 3 main units for a total of 12 TVs supported.

One reason they aren't supporting external storage is that they are still hoping to offer some form of Cloud DVR storage. Given that they will likely charge for this, I can't see it being very popular.

There are 2 new portals in the works that will have wifi connectability, apparently. No idea when these might be out but it is 'in the works'.

Also, Netflix was mentioned but I don't know exactly how that will play into things. Maybe a replacement for the loss of Shomi. Not sure this relates directly to the BlueSky equipment or not but perhaps it will only be available on this platform.

I'm still not interested and I also heard the pricing should get better in the months to come so anyone sitting on the fence, I'd hang tight until Shaw sweetens the pot. They did that with Gateway so I'd hold tough and wait for a better deal.

If you can then do rather than not. You're your own worst enemy. They're parking their car over there.
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^ just to clarify at this point in time we are saying that 3 main boxes will give you 12 HD streams/tuners. There is the potential/overhead for more, for sure, and the viability of that is being explored.

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Bluesky Not Compatible With Old Equipment

Found out on the Shaw forum if you have Bluesky installed you can't use any of your old equipment in the house anymore, e.g. the original gateway.
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That is correct. The BlueSky system uses a different billing system. Basically your account gets migrated over, and the existing boxes aren't compatible with the new system.

That said, I upgraded to Bluesky TV, so if there's any questions feel free to ask. Note I just have the PVR (no portal)


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^ I thought the only option was a rental with two portals.
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Nope. Even my father just has the PVR and one portal. You're just not paying any less right now if you only get the PVR.

Another thing to note is that you aren't tied to Bluesky TV for the two year contract. If you don't end up liking it, you are free to go back to your old boxes as long as you stay on at least Internet 30 and Personal TV for the two years. Obviously you can't do that on Bluesky right now, but this should help alleviate concerns for people who aren't sure whether the Bluesky system is for them.

(When signing up, the CSR will play an automated recording which explains this. I also verified with them afterwards that this is the case).


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Shaw BlueSky TV Hardware Information

Here's the actual quote from the 2-year Value Plan Agreement (and yes, the above was confirmed by Shaw on their forums)

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"Thank-you for signing up for Shaw’s 2-year ValuePlan for Internet and BlueSky TV For a term of 24 months Shaw will provide you with a BlueSky TV box at a monthly rental fee of $15 per month plus applicable taxes. BlueSky TV portals allow for connection of additional televisions and are available at a monthly rental fee of $5 per month plus applicable taxes for each portal. While a service level of Premier TV and Internet 150 is maintained, Shaw will waive the monthly rental fees for up to one BlueSky TV box and one BlueSky TV portal. A minimum service level of Personal TV and Internet 30 (or equivalent services) is required to be maintained for the 24 month term. Television and Internet are provided as the base services under this agreement. Any additional add-ons, plans, channels, rental equipment or other services may be changed at the customer’s discretion and will be charged in addition to the monthly fees for the base services. Details on these services can be found at shaw.ca.

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If you cancel or suspend your Shaw services or you change your subscription for Shaw services below the minimum service level, you will be immediately charged an early cancellation fee calculated based on $20 per month plus applicable taxes for every month (or partial month) remaining under the term of this agreement. All other charges relating to the Shaw services then due and owing will remain due upon the cancellation of this agreement.
Note that right now you can't switch to a lower plan and opt to rent the PVR and portal at the moment (at least from all their promotions about Bluesky; though I'm double-checking with Shaw).

Edit: confirmed.

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...I don't think Comcast is prepared to introduce a 4K box until there is more clarity on the preferred HDR standard.
Here is an article where Comcast admits their plan is to "slow down on their upcoming developments and deployments, at least until key technologies are more established."

Comcast Finally Explains Why There Are there No Comcast 4K HDR Set-top Boxes Yet
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You can now get Bluesky on a cheaper monthly plan, personal + 150 for about $30.00 a month less.
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Might be a good idea to either sticky this or create a separate section for BlueSky?

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I put a sticky on both BlueSky threads.
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@Shaw Champ : What is the difference between Anywhere DVR content rights and content rights for programs recorded on the EHD of the gateway PVR. How does being in a cloud make it different?

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