Originally Posted by billodom
I did want to publicly thank NBC 4 for correcting their audio problems. I tuned into Las Vegas last night and heard the proper 5.1 audio. ... Check out this link from Dolby Laboratories: http://www.dolbylabs.com/about/news_...6_vol7no5.html
Thanks for the double-heads-up and the link.
My 5.1 receiver is in for servicing, so I can't personally confirm this. However, I trust this enough to have taken that notice down. I've also made a few other tweaks to the list.
Originally Posted by afiggatt
What I don't get is why the FCC granted WUTB-DT 24 such a long waiver on going full power? WUTB is owned by Fox, so they could not claim the financial hardship that a small market independent or one of the over-extended financially smaller broadcast companies such as Nexstar claims.
If I were a cable operator, I wouldn't be putting any version of Myxx-HD on the system with the ratings it has.
If I were general manager at WJLA, I wouldn't clear the HD playback equipment right now, as there aren't many syndicated shows on WJLA that are available in HD. As afiggatt
mentioned, it's just Wheel and J! right now, and, at least for a while from now, how many people will stop watching the shows, or catch on, because it's in HD? If Oprah goes HD, and WJLA's contract to show the program would be ending in that time frame, I might reconsider, considering its ability as a prime money-demo-based lead-in to local news (I might even push up the date of HD local news implementation). If WUSA matched any offer of WJLA, and added "We can broadcast the program in HD, and WJLA can't", that would be a dagger right there. But that's another day.
Barring an Oprah-check, I expect HD playback stuff at WJLA to be ready to go when WJLA starts HD news. When will that happen? Be happy if it's sometime before next year's general election! Think more 2010, or MAYBE early 2009 due to the analog shutoff, at least with me playing fantasy manager. Either way, in the meantime, I believe that if the quality of the journalism is better than the other stations, most people will look past the lower resolution, at least until 2009 or 2010 or 2011. That viability is up for each viewer to decide upon. Today, the only station with HD local news is WUSA, with anchors that are questionable in quality to some people. WRC and WTTG are rumored to be preparing for HD news, and so until those options come up, WJLA has nothing much to worry about, at least with HD news.
WJLA has recently emphasized paying for on-air talent before technical equipment. With the possible exception of the new encoder system, I suspect that trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Originally Posted by robertforsyth
Relief is coming though, as we probably will sh!^can our 10 year old Flexicoder, to make room for a NetVX from Harris. Better encoders and more ability to dynamically adjust bandwidth on the fly (read: choke .2 & .3 to under 2mbs at night) to make more room for the HD stream from ABC.
I hope to have it online this summer.
Option 1: Harris NetVX
with one ENC-H11 [pdf]
HD and two ENC-S21 [pdf]
Option 2: Harmonic MV500
HD + two MV100
SD encoders + DiviTrackIP
Option 3: ????
I'm not here to sound like a Harmonic PR guy, since I'm not, but see if the Harmonic system, or any other high-quality encoder manufacturer, if such a company exists, is cheaper than Harris, as I've read that Harmonic's just as good at making encoders as Harris is, if not better. Harmonic might take up less rack space than Harris, too. Harris uses five rack units, and Harmonic will take up at least four if properly configured, but possibly no more than that.
Part of me wants to start a company that would make way better encoders than anyone out there. I want an encoder that can actually make a 1080i channel look good with a single (low-motion?) subchannel, or 720p good on two subchannels, instead of just one. They would have iPod-like ease of use, take up two rack units for everything instead of four or five, and cost less than what's from Harris or Harmonic. I'm pretty sure that it's possible, just how do I get things started?
/end wishful thinking