Canal+ Finally Switches to Hd, but Only 720p

Maj. March 9, 2018 at 7:34 p.m.

Conventional television has struggled to make the transition to Internet streaming services Canal+ has nevertheless been one of the most responsive, and is present on all major services. However, there is still some delay: Canal+ on Demand is now upgrading to HD quality, but is limited to 720p for the moment.

The Internet has turned many consumer habits upside down, particularly since broadband arrived in France and allowed the video format to take precedence over the text format on the net. The younger generations have abandoned their parents’ television in favour of YouTube and the like.

One of the most successful players in the shift to the Internet in France is none other than Canal+, which has very quickly positioned itself in this niche. While the developer has updated its MyCanal application to make it compatible with Android TV, another evolution is brought today to one of its services.

Canal+ on Demand upgrades to HD 720p

This time it is Canal+ on Demand that is undergoing an evolution, with the deferred content delivery service now offering its subscribers the playback of video in HD 720p format, as opposed to SD 480p previously. With a few limitations, however, since :

  • Own a decoder + The Cube TNT, Cube S, Livebox 4, Freebox V5/V6 (other reception modes and partner ISPs will arrive later)
  • Owning an HDCP-compatible television set
  • Have a Hard Disk connected to the decoder with at least 8GB of free space.
  • Have sufficient throughput (more than 6Mbps). The SD is preferable if you have a low throughput.

What’s more, only 720p is available, although 1080i (not to be confused with 1080p) is under consideration. This is relatively good news, since other services have been offering HD or Full HD for a long time and applications such as Molotov TV often make these offers inferior to what they offer.

Please note that compatible content is still limited, indicated by an “HD” logo next to its name. One can’t help but be dubious, in an era where VOD services like Netflix are grabbing the shares of traditional TV and its replay.

 

 

 

 

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