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Sky Cast offers grow your own TV opportunity
Friday 30 March 2007 12:02:11 by Andrew Ferguson

At the end of 2006 an alliance was announced between Sky and Google, and a very visible example of this alliance is the Beta launch of the Sky Cast service.

Sky Cast is designed as a multi-platform service to make people more involved in their favourite TV shows and share their own content, and touts the catchphrase 'Film it, Load it, SkyCast it!'. The service uses Google Video to power it and is currently in a Beta testing phase.

The FAQ for the service confirms that you do not need to be a Sky TV subscriber to make use of the service, you just need to register for Sky Cast. One attraction is that subscribers get the chance to rate other peoples content with the best material potentially appearing on Sky TV. There is a maximum length of video that can be uploaded which is ten minutes, so no three hour epics will be possible. At the suggested bit rates of 2Mbps and 5Mbps, 10 minutes of video equates to between 150MB (MegaBytes) and 375MB. For those watching content, the bit rate is important since those with a slow connection may see reduced quality video, or those with a fast connection may consume over 2GB (GigaBytes) an hour if watching lots of material.


Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
Quote "or those with a fast connection may consume over 2GB (GigaBytes) an hour if watching lots of material."

WAKE UP CALL FOR ISPs and BT..... you still think capping is the future?

Services like these continue to grow and grow since Utube came about and as they grow they demand more and more bandwidth, BT and BT based ISP providers of this country need to wake up and get a grip. What the hell is gonna happen when Sky start to FULLY show their channels over the net in real time (oh and i assure you it will happen eventually).
Posted by herdwick over 10 years ago
Get a PAYG account and pay for what you use, then there will be money to provide the extra bandwidth. Just like petrol, beer, etc.
Posted by movie over 10 years ago
No need - Sky Max is unlimited.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
LOL errr yeah ok lets all use PAYG the way forward for Internet when in 5-10 years time god only knows what speeds will be up to and what bandwidth needs to be used in a month... Nice short term plan, Just like BT the ISPs and Mr Blairs broadband Pffftt Britain blub.
LLU and Cable IMO is the way forward if the monopoly that is BT is going to be allowed to carry on like loons with regards to bandwidth prices.
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 10 years ago
Herdwick, the prices on PAYG accounts are vastly unrealistic (£2+ a GB seems common) and you'll end up with a massive bill. It's better simply not to use this sort of thing.
Posted by herdwick over 10 years ago
£1.50/GB at Zen, 75p/GB at Plusnet, 70p/GB in advance or £1.30/GB in arrears at Newnet. If caps are perceived as a problem (as per the OP) then there's a way out. As you say, don't like the cost ? don't use the bandwidth.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
Herdwick you really need to stop and think. If the future is faster connections lets say in the region of 50Mb or more and the future is more interative sites and TV and video based sites, then having a Hard Cap which is sometimes as low as 1Gb a month certainly is not the future.
This 1Gb cap on a 50Mb connection running at its maximum rate would be gone in under five minutes, so you still happy to pay £1.30/Gig???? If you are you must be insane.
Posted by jumbo over 10 years ago
good point for last 9months or so i stream a good bit one site i use is tvlinks and that site is in early stages showing lots off interesting shows from startrek series , stargate etc i actually streamed all 10 series off stargate over time and as far as capping or fair use policy is concerned it seems not to be the way forward i paid for unlimited max broadband and thats exactly what isp,s should be giving to each his own package .
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