February 11, 2017

V6 Review from Pocket Lint - "Better than Sky Q"?

Did you know this?
The V6 box also has something built-in that Sky cannot match through software alone: around the back is an HDMI 2.0 port with HDCP 2.2 copy protection support. That means that the V6 is capable of outputting 4K HDR (high dynamic range) video - the latter after a pending update. Sky Q is capable of presenting 4K images, but its HDMI 1.4 output cannot handle HDR - meaning it’ll never be HDR-capable without a hardware change.
I didn’t. I don’t own a 4K TV but it’s good to know we’re well placed for an HDR future.
Overall Pocket Lint gives the V6 a positive review and concludes:
There is absolutely no doubt in our minds that if you are an existing Virgin Media TV customer you should upgrade to the V6 box...
The fact that the box works so well with an existing TiVo device to provide a multiroom solution should be considered too. It’s a great upgrade option for existing TV subscribers.
Read the full review here: Virgin TV V6 and here’s their review of the Sky Q system, too

11 comments:

Alan Bradshaw said...

Your lucky then because mine only has HDMI1

Richardr said...

I wouldn't be sure on the Sky comment - see:

http://www.techradar.com/news/television/sky-q-4k-will-run-at-50fps-when-the-service-launches-1314137

"The Sky Q Silver box hardware supports up to HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2," a Sky representative told us. "At launch the Sky Q Silver is limited in software for up to 1080p output conforming to the HDMI 1.4b standard – this configuration will be updated to enable 2160p UHD output utilising HDMI 2.0 and HDCP2.2 when Sky makes Ultra HD services available later in 2016."

matthew smith said...
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matthew smith said...

Alan I'm not sure how to read your post, and I apologise if I've read it wrong but it sounds as if your confusing the number of ports on the back of the V6 to the actual specification of that HDMI.

All V6 boxes have 1 HDMI output socket at the back but it's specification is HDMI 2.0 and It's a newer HDMI standard. it's capable of sending out 4K signals with HDR at 60fps. (Although Though Virgin don't currently have channels and content in 4K at the moment but it's future proof)

If the Sky Q report is correct and the HDMI socket is a HDMI 1.4 port, that means it can send out 4K signals but at a limited 24fps. Which means no HDR. It doesn't carry enough bandwidth and can only carry colour depths of 8bit.

The HDMI2.0 standard however can easily carry 8bit but also supports 10bit and 12bit colour depths.


Paul Southon said...

So does SkyQ 2Tb support HDmi 2.0 ?

Alan Bradshaw said...

Hi Matthew You are correct after I went into more detail I stand corrected. Thanks

matthew smith said...

Cool No worries :)

Alan Bradshaw said...

New problem now When on youtube I can only get still pictures when I try to run a video I get a black screen, very annoying

Polyneuron said...

Slightly off topic, but has anyone had issues with the V6 not having the hub close? My hub is upstairs with the computer and has wired connections so I don't want to move it downstairs near the TV.

David said...

it sounds like my hub / V6 is in a similar setup to yours and i've had no problems - is your V6 able to see the hub at all? I assume you are talking about a WIFI connection

Stephen Jackson said...

Hi, I had my new V6 installed yesterday and I am very impressed with both its speed and picture quality,my house is a old house which has thick walls and celling's and I could never get a reliable Wi-Fi connection from my super hub3 which was positioned upstairs so I use the superhub3 in modem mode and use a netgear router.
The V6 is showing a 85% signal on Wi-Fi, the old Tivo box outputted 1080i were the V6 outputs 1080p and I can see a definite picture quality improvement.