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Freeview | HD Guide (DTT/DVB-T) New Zealand

By  , in , posted: 12-Feb-2008 22:48

News!
Boston Legal, Bones, Prison Break, Underbelly, Rove, My Name is Earl, Home and Away, So you think you can dance and CSI are now in 1080i!
Maori tv is now in 16:9!
TVNZ 7 & 6 are up running their own content!

This blog is more up to date than the post in the forums.


I decided to put together a summary/guide of the DTT testing going on around the country.

There is testing in Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin documented so far. We are using 8Mhz, as opposed to the 7 used in Australia.

Software Guides                           Frequency Guides                        Samples

Hardware Required:

Basically any DTT tuner will work fine.
Find one with support from the software listed below. I have been using the HVR-900 Hybrid USB tuner, it has been flawless. It cost me $145 NZ in December 2006.

Codecs needed:

Cyberlink Powerdvd 7 h.264 codec: This makes it possible to view the SD interlaced channels.

Apparently later revisions of ffdshow are now working.

Software used to view DTT:


Windows:

Dvbviewer: This is a nice application with HE-AAC LATM implementation. Guide. It is working flawlessly with interlaced and HD channels. Files are captured in .ts format.

Gbpvr: Works with interlaced 576i and HD 720p channels. No audio support yet, but hopefully coming in the next build. Guide.

Mediaportal: Now supports LATM! Good stuff. Cranz has written a Mediaportal Guide.

Linux:

Here is a guide written by Openmedia.

Mythtv: This is being worked and worked and worked on to fully support DTT when it is released.

Mac os:

Eyetv 3: WORKS! Version 3.0.2 is required. Sound and interlaced video work!

The tests:

Here are the planned frequencies.

Auckland: They are being broadcast from Waitarua, so point your UHF aerial that way. Infill can be picked up from certain locations aswell. Current Mux's are;

TVNZ 538000:
TV ONE (720p Upscaled)
TV TWO (720p Upscaled)
TVNZ 6 (576i SD)
TVNZ 7 (576i SD)
TVNZ Sports extra (576i SD)

Mediaworks 570000:
TV 3 (1080i)
C4 (576i SD)

Kordia 666000:
Parliament Tv (576i SD)
Maori Tv 4:3 with 16:9 flags (576i SD)
3KSD TVNZ Sports extra with MP2 Audio (576i SD)
4KSD
5KSD
6KSD
Radio NZ Concert
Radio NZ National
Freeview | HD


Hamilton: I haven't seen an actual line up. These were the planned channels.

698000 TVNZ


714000 Mediaworks

682000 Kordia


Palmerston North:

TVNZ 690000

TVNZ Sports Extra

Media Works 706000

Kordia 778000



Wellington:

TVNZ 690000
TV ONE (720p Upscaled)
TV TWO (720p Upscaled)
TVNZ 6 (576i SD)
TVNZ 7 (576i SD)
TVNZ Sports extra (576i SD)

Media Works 706000
TV 3 (1080i)
C4 (576i SD)

Kordia 778000
Parliament Tv (576i SD)
Maori Tv 4:3 with 16:9 flags (576i SD)
3KSD
4KSD
5KSD
6KSD
Tv Central
Radio NZ Concert
Radio NZ National
Freeview | HD


Christchurch:

TVNZ 682000
TV ONE (720p Upscaled)
TV TWO (720p Upscaled)
TVNZ 6 (576i SD)
TVNZ 7 (576i SD)
TVNZ Sports extra (576i SD)

Mediaworks 698000
TV 3 (1080i)
C4 (576i SD)

Kordia 706000
Parliament Tv (576i SD)
Maori Tv 4:3 with 16:9 flags (576i SD)
3KSD
4KSD
5KSD
6KSD
Tv Central
Radio NZ Concert
Radio NZ National
Freeview | HD


Dunedin:

650000 TVNZ
TV ONE (720p Upscaled)
TV TWO (720p Upscaled)
TVNZ 6 (576i SD)
TVNZ 7 (576i SD)
TVNZ Sports extra (576i SD)

666000 Mediaworks
TV 3 (1080i)
C4 (576i SD)

730000 Kordia
Parliament Tv (576i SD)
Maori Tv 4:3 with 16:9 flags (576i SD)
3KSD
4KSD
5KSD
6KSD
Tv Central
Radio NZ Concert
Radio NZ National
Freeview | HD



Samples:

Brand new samples!
Captured in April, all of the samples have he-aac latm audio and are ~2minutes long each.







Screenshots:

Tv one and Tv two upscaled:

Click the image to go to the gallery and see it full sized. Unfortunately Flickr has scaled most of the pictures. The first two are unscaled.

Picture 9.png



Setting up the applications

Dvbviewer:
You will need the latest version of Dvbviewer (3.9.2) which is avaliable from the members section of the site. Any version below this won't have sound.

1. Open Dvbviewer
2. Go to 'Settings' then 'Options' and select 'Hardware'.
3. Click on 'Scan devices'
3. Select your tv tuner and make sure tunertype is set to 'Terrestrial' and state is 'preferred'.
4. I set all the others in that list to 'Do not use' to avoid any form of conflict.
5. From the list on the side, select 'Directx'.
6. Select 'Cyberlink H.264/AVC Decoder' under H.264 Video decoder. I also set the Cyberlink one for MPEG-2 video aswell.

Note: When you get the option to select a Renderer eg. Overlay, VMR 7, VMR 9, EVR. If you want hardware acceleration, are in vista and have enabled purevideo or avivo, select EVR (Enhanced Vista Renderer) This will give Hardware acceleration and the best Picture quality.

7. Under 'Dvd Options' for the MPEG video decoder, select the cyberlink codec aswell.
8. Back in the main screen, From the top menu, select 'Channel' then 'Channel Scan'
9. 'Transponder list' = None 'Reception Type' = Terrestrial 'Group' = A 'Frequency Khz' 200000 'End Frequency' 800000
Select sort by frequency
10. Click 'Scan Range' If it finds nothing, check your aerial.
11. When that is done click 'close' then go up to 'Channel' and then 'Channel List' and it should have all the channels there.

Click on the image to see larger images of the settings

scanchannelsreal.jpg



GBPVR:
(as sub said in another thread)
1. Start the config app
2. Create a capture source, with the recording source set to 'Digital Recording Plugin' and the epg source set to 'DVB EPG'
3. Click the Settings button next to the Digital Recording Plugin. Select your capture device, and set the country to NZ and the region to your region.
4. Click the 'Map digital channels to epg channels' button. It'll now scan for channels, and at completion should show the dozen or so Freeview channels'.
5. Tick each of the channels you want, then OK all the way out of the config app. You should be good to go now.


Eyetv:

Version 3.0.2 required.

Note: Interlaced Channels work!

1. Run Eyetv
2. From the menu at the top select 'Window' and then 'Eyetv programs'.
3. In the country drop down box, select 'New Zealand'
4. In the service box select 'DVB-T PAL-l'
5. Click 'Auto Tune' and tick 'Exhaustive Scan'
6. When it is done you should see something like this:

Picture 18.png





Hardware Decoding

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Hardware decoding is an important issue, if you have a fairly slow processor (single core basically).

What's required:
  • Nvidia 8xxx or 9xxx series card.
  • Ati 2xxx or 3xxx card.
  • Windows Vista
  • 'Enable AVIVO/Purevideo HD' in Powerdvd
  • So far it seems that there has been very little/no success with AGP cards.
  • You must use 'Enhanced Vista Renderer'.
Confirmed working cards:

A more complete list of cards is avaliable here

Nvidia:
  • 8600mgt (inside a macbook pro)
  • 8600gt
  • 8500gt
ATI: (all of the 3xxx series should work)

-- Asher




Other related posts:
The 2009 Freeview HD Overview
New Freeview | HD (DTT/DVB-T) Samples!






Comment by sm3rt, on 1-Mar-2008 20:13

Hi, does anyone have any recomendations around appliances that will do DVB-T HDD recording? I have a mythtv box but this isn't grunty enough for HD so I thought it more wife proof just to buy a device. I think phillips do them?


Comment by andrewdixon1000, on 12-Mar-2008 10:18

I've downloaded all of your samples and I've been playing them in media player classic with CoreAVC and Monogram.  Video is working fine, but according to MPC they all have mpeg audio and not AAC.  Am I doing something wrong?


Comment by andrewdixon1000, on 12-Mar-2008 10:18

I've downloaded all of your samples and I've been playing them in media player classic with CoreAVC and Monogram.  Video is working fine, but according to MPC they all have mpeg audio and not AAC.  Am I doing something wrong?


Comment by John, on 16-Apr-2008 21:11

Something I haven't been able to get my head around is the sound. Presumably some of the shows being broadcast in HD (CSI etc.) have discrete surround sound. Does the AAC we're using support multi-channel (5.1 say)? Or will some shows be broadcast with AC3, and others not? The set-top-boxes have SPDIF out so presumably there are some AC3 broadcasts planned?


Comment by gcsnake, on 21-Apr-2008 23:25

hey does anyone know how to get mediaportal to play the radio channels? it finds them ok but if i try to play one, i get no sound at all. This is the only thing holding me back from a perfect system... :(


Comment by Zyo, on 26-Apr-2008 12:51

Whats with the MPEG-4 and DVB-T2 support?

I know that MPEG-4 can be software based but how about DVB-T2 ? Do I need a tv tuner card supporting DVB-T2 to get HD channels?

I am looking at a cheap WinTV HVR 1200 TV Tuner, FM Radio, PCIe. Does it work with freeview HD?


Comment by AlwynWellington, on 6-Jan-2009 10:55


Gidday

DVB-T

I am using

   DVB-T tuners
   a)  Hauppauge Win TV-NOVA-T-Stick (said to be FreeView compliant)
   b)  KWorld       PlusTV DVB-T Stick 380
        (but not both at the same time!)

   DVDViewer v 4 (available from

   Computers

   a)  Intel motherboard rated E7200 with
            2GB DDR II memory rated 800Mhz
            nVIDIA 8600GT vard
            integrated sound card with RealTek drivers
            Vista Home Premium

   b)  ASUS laptop with Intel Core Duo T7250 @ 2 GHz with
            3 GB memory
            integrated Graphics (256kb dedicated) and Sound
            Vista Home Premium with SP 1

   I am within line of sight and about 1 km distant
   from Baxter's Knob transmitter in Porirua.  I have
   good reception for PRIME and Maori TV.

   Kordia's says by email these UHF channels are assigned
         Channel 51  - TVNZ services
         Channel 53  - MediaWorks (TV3 and C4)
         Channel 57  - Kordia (MTV, Parliament etc and radio)

What I can do (using either computer with either tuner stick):

     I can see the MediaWorks and Kordia services
          (13 in total inlcuding 3 radio)

          These display fine and with sound
          (the FreeView | HD service is a little jerky at times)

    I can record and play back within DVBViewer with sound

What I cannot do:

    1) I cannot see the TVNZ services

    2) find a convenient way to convert the AAC sound component
        of recordings for use with commercial software (to edit out
        commercials etc) and so make DVDs for play back in the DVD
        player attached to the lounge TV

My question for your consideration

    What should I do to solve these two issues?

regards


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