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Forum: HDTV Technical   11-26-2016, 10:51 AM
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Posted By sneals2000
It was true with CRT-based HDTVs which presented...

It was true with CRT-based HDTVs which presented the two 1920x540 fields consecutively.

However with modern LCD, Plasma and OLED flat panels (plus LCD, DLP etc. projectors) the 1920x540 fields are...
Forum: HDTV Technical   11-20-2016, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By sneals2000
It isn't. Almost all content originated in 1080p...

It isn't. Almost all content originated in 1080p is 23.976fps. There is a small amount of 1080/29.97p produced but it is tiny compared to 23.976p


Not quite. 1080/59.94i native interlaced...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-15-2016, 04:22 PM
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Posted By sneals2000
Think their point would probably be that if you...

Think their point would probably be that if you are doing 5.1, why not do Atmos? It's backwards compatible. Atmos listeners get the benefit, 5.1 listeners still get 5.1.
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-14-2016, 06:20 AM
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Posted By sneals2000
Dolby Atmos coming to BT's UHD service in the UK

BT (formerly British Telecom) who are the only real competition to Sky (the main satellite pay-TV provider) in pay-TV sports content in the UK have announced that they are introducing Dolby Atmos...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-10-2016, 05:30 AM
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Views: 16,226
Posted By sneals2000
I do speak Swedish, but the rest of my family...

I do speak Swedish, but the rest of my family don't, so for stuff we watch together this can still be an issue.

If series are only available without English subtitles on BD (increasingly the case...
Forum: HDTV Technical   11-10-2016, 05:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 308
Posted By sneals2000
My first rule when HDMI CEC/ARC and devices from...

My first rule when HDMI CEC/ARC and devices from multiple vendors are being used together.

"If something stops working, or doesn't work as you think it should, power down (i.e. switch off and...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-07-2016, 07:02 PM
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Posted By sneals2000
The UK and Swedish versions were also pretty...

The UK and Swedish versions were also pretty different in lots of areas - I enjoyed both as a result, as the UK version wasn't a straight copy of the Swedish one. I did have to wait a few months...
Forum: HDTV Technical   10-01-2016, 04:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Posted By sneals2000
Are you using DVB-C modulation in the US for the...

Are you using DVB-C modulation in the US for the RF distribution bit (ignoring the IP) I didn't think TVs in the US accepted DVB-C? (US uses ATSC QAM modulation for digital cable)

Or are you not...
Forum: HDTV Technical   10-01-2016, 04:01 AM
Replies: 38
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Posted By sneals2000
I can clear up the LCN business. It's the...

I can clear up the LCN business. It's the Logical Channel Number - i.e. the number that a user will enter to select that service.

DVB-T/T2 uses COFDM modulation to create a multiplex (usually)...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-29-2016, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1,558
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Posted By sneals2000
This site may be of interest. It maps a lot of...

This site may be of interest. It maps a lot of European SD and HD digital TV OTA and cable muxes and satellite transponders :

http://en.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.php?liste=1&live=9&lang=en&mux=BBCB...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-29-2016, 04:16 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
Yeah. It was a dead end before it really got to...

Yeah. It was a dead end before it really got to market. It was a reaction to the D/D2-MAC standards which were mandated for DBS satellite (and were cable but not really OTA) compatible. They allowed...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-27-2016, 03:50 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
Think I first saw 16:9 CRTs on sale in the UK in...

Think I first saw 16:9 CRTs on sale in the UK in 1993 or 1994. Thomson/Ferguson branded. Sony also sold small 16:9 CRTs when they launched the original Play Station.

Unfortunately we didn't get...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-27-2016, 03:41 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
Yep - dual tuner FTA PVRs built to the Freeview...

Yep - dual tuner FTA PVRs built to the Freeview HD+ spec are widespread, as are Freesat HD+ satellite PVRs (for people who want to replace their pay-TV satellite with a subscription-free model) Very...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-26-2016, 02:44 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
No - but there ARE H265 DVB-T2/S2 sets on sale...

No - but there ARE H265 DVB-T2/S2 sets on sale already. Initially for UHD - but they will quickly become available for HD now Germany is switching. Just as H264 and then DVB-T2 became normal.
...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-26-2016, 09:32 AM
Replies: 191
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Posted By sneals2000
In Europe most UHD sets are now including H265...

In Europe most UHD sets are now including H265 decoders - my 2 year old Sony set is fine with the H265 DVB-S2 test transmissions in Europe (it has a built in DVB-S2 satellite tuner - two in fact)
...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-26-2016, 05:05 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
Ah - we did 16:9 anamorphic SD MPEG2 on all...

Ah - we did 16:9 anamorphic SD MPEG2 on all digital platforms (cable, satellite, terrestrial) from 1998 in the UK (most of Europe did the same over the next few years), and only really started HD...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-25-2016, 11:15 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
Yes - but with 5.1 on DVD for more than 20 years...

Yes - but with 5.1 on DVD for more than 20 years it hasn't hit a critical mass yet. It isn't like HD or colour.



Ah - we were SIS (Sound In Syncs) by then so didn't have to have separate audio...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-25-2016, 09:29 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
Two countries separated by a single language. In...

Two countries separated by a single language. In the UK the 'dub' is the final audio mixing process - which takes place after the show is picture locked and sync locked. High end shows will go...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-25-2016, 02:25 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
UK budgets are lower than US budgets. 5.1 dubs...

UK budgets are lower than US budgets. 5.1 dubs cost more. If US co-producers demanded it, it would happen. They don't, so it doesn't...

Downton is an ITV commission. ITV have no 5.1 broadcasts,...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-24-2016, 04:58 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,250
Posted By sneals2000
Ah - I hadn't spotted you had an OLED. ...

Ah - I hadn't spotted you had an OLED.

Chances are you are just seeing how poor your cable feed is, and clearly seeing artefacts that a laggier, lower quality CCFL or LED backlit LCD will mask.
...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-23-2016, 02:44 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,250
Posted By sneals2000
If you are watching exactly the same feed in two...

If you are watching exactly the same feed in two different locations - then both channels will be identical in quality as they are encoded once by the same encoder and modulated once by the same...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-22-2016, 02:56 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,250
Posted By sneals2000
Netflix streaming is pretty decent, certainly...

Netflix streaming is pretty decent, certainly compared to the quality of some US cable and OTA I've seen. Sure you can see compression artefacts, but the non-real time encoding that Netflix use for...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-22-2016, 02:50 AM
Replies: 1,558
Views: 211,250
Posted By sneals2000
Think I mentioned statistical multiplexing...

Think I mentioned statistical multiplexing earlier on.

Stat muxing is a system that improves picture quality in some situations when you have a finite bandwith.

If you had 16Mbs of bandwith...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-22-2016, 02:34 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
Budgets are lower in Europe than in the US - and...

Budgets are lower in Europe than in the US - and multichannel definitely adds to the budget.

Sweden is a bit unusual in Europe. SVT (Swedish equivalent of the BBC) introduced Dolby Surround in the...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-21-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,996
Posted By sneals2000
MP2 audio is the norm for first gen SD MPEG2...

MP2 audio is the norm for first gen SD MPEG2 DVB-T. Some countries simulcasted AC3 2.0/5.1 for SD channels (SVT in Sweden, Sky Movies in the UK) in addition.

AAC is now popular for 2nd gen DVB-T2...
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