August 01, 2008

Sky HD in the rain

I know I said I'd boycott DS on the blog, but I got bored at lunchtime and this thread made me smile. Worth reading if you are considering satellite over cable. Not to say we don't have service outages on Virgin every now and again, but this would drive me mad...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The loss of signal when it rains was reason I left sky and came over to virgin media. At the time about a year and a half ago they said they planned on having hd channels added to the service. But I am now thinking of going back to sky, due to use of projector for football when friends are around and upscaled V+ picture not being great on it.

Anonymous said...

I would take upscaled SD pictures and free setanta over a bin lid on the side of my house and over inflated subscription charges!! Finally we have a competitor for Sky who will be sticking around and they improve all the time.

Sirius said...

I find it alarming that Virgin users who want HD (and don't have it with cable) are now resorting to looking at DS threads about the weather affecting Sky reception. Anyone who has had a properly fitted Sky installation (whether SD or HD) knows that satellite reception is only affected by very very heavy rain and, even then, is only problem for a few minutes at most.

Nialli said...

No need to be alarmed sir - I was idly playing the "should I move Sky HD?" game and came across the thread. What surprised me about the thread was that a temporary picture loss (which I could live with - it's not as though VM is 100% perfect) can result in completely failed recordings. If the V+ loses connectivity for a few seconds that's not the case, but it appears to be with Sky HD. Odd.
I know a well-aligned, clear view dish should mean no problems, but I think quite a few still have issues. I know that if I had a dish the trees some 30 yards away would still present problems in the summer - my neighbour with Sky has had problems all summer.

Sirius said...

As I said, a properly fitted (and sited) satellite dish will cause no problems unless there is very heavy rain. Rain won't ever cause subsequent recordings to fail. The key here is to have installation done by a reputable installer.
Properly aligning the dish would certainly prevent trees thirty yards away from being a problem-if someone has told you differently then you should never consider them to fit your satellite.