|Originally posted by RandyL712:|
And, considering the total lack of Dolby-Digital (or anything beyond Pro Logic) programming out there, it's not much use right now. In 2005 when everything is in DD5.1 (or better) I'm sure the replay units will all have it http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
Don't hold your breath... About the only sources for dolby 5.1 programming you can get are DVD players and a FEW PPV satellite events...
Digital cable and satellite signals are only Dolby Digital 2.0 -- which is the same 2-channel audio you get from non-digital cable and broadcast TV... From what I understand, they need to go to a totally new delivery system before they can support 5.1 in a meaningful way. As far as the DD 2.0 channel stuff goes, it isn't any better to convert it to analog in a DD read A/V receiver than to use the analog outputs from the cable/satellite box... Both signals give the same 4 channels when run through a dolby prologic decoder.
As someone pointed out in another on-going thread, while the FCC would like to have broadcast TV switched to HDTV by 2006, it really isn't going to be forced until 85% of homes have digital televisions... Cable systems won't necessarily be affected by this until much later than 2005... My guess -- 2012... Is there any reason to believe the broadcasts will be in more than Dolby Digital 2.0 at that point anyways?