The picture quality for Sky Sports has been getting worse and worse to the point it is now unwatchable. The players are just blurs and even when it shows a player close up his name on his shirt can't be made out. I've reset the box and tried different cables as well as changing video settings in both my 4k TV and the output of the virgin box. All other channels appear fine, its only Sky Sports with which I have issues
I'm having a very similar problem. Wouldn't describe the SD Sky Sports channels as 'unwatchable' but they are really poor quality compared to, for example, watching Match Of The Day in SD on the Beeb. I have also changed outputs/cables to no effect and am running an older Tivo box, not that I believe that's a problem.
I subscribe to Racing TV in HD & that picture is excellent, so it's clearly a Sky SD problem. I've only just returned to Sky Sports after a break and the picture quality is definitely worse than previously on exactly the same kit, which is very disappointing. I could report this as a 'fault' although I don't really think it is?
Is the equipment well ventilated? Are you also using an HD TV? Are you using an HDMI or SCART cable?
Interesting. When I had my old TiVo box I made a few Sky Sports recordings via SCART onto a HDD recorder and looking at them they are pretty good quality. As good as BBC SD. But when I had Sky Sports just over a month ago, the picture wasn't as good as BBC SD. Definitely a deterioration over time.
Sky Sports in SD plus other SD Sky channels (definitely Sky Sports racing and possibly other non-sports Sky channels - but I don't really watch those enough of those to make a valid comparison). Only Sky channels though.
I was a subscriber to SS for years via Virgin then cancelled some months ago and have just rejoined. I'm using exactly the same kit, but the pictures are markedly worse.
There hasnt been any improvement, no. I've looked at similar posts online since posting this and see this has been mentioned in several places and the consensus seems to be that there is no fix. The picture is just that poor despite it not being so bad previously.
I've ended up just subscribing to the HD package, as I dont have any confidence in the SD picture quality returning to what it used to be. Luckily I was offered a deal which means I'm only paying a couple of quid extra a month with a couple of additional perks added as well.