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The 2009 Freeview HD Overview

By  , in , posted: 17-Feb-2009 00:38

Quite a bit has changed since my last entry, and things are much simpler than before.

Windows 7:

Windows 7, both 64 bit and 32 bit, have the ability to watch Freeview|HD straight out of the box. Just install the relavent drivers for your tuner(s), fire up media centre and you're away. Hardware acceleration also works for some video cards.

This is/will be one of the easiest solutions out there, because it is so simple.

You will need Patch 962236 to get Now/Next epg entries.

Currently there is no implementation of MHEG5, but a lot can happen between Beta 1 and RTM.

Xbox 360:

If you have Windows 7, you can stream live tv straight to your xbox. The picture quality is great, and its so simple to use.

Mac os:

Eyetv version 3 now supports h.264 video and aac latm audio. So just select 'New Zealand', scan and away you go.

For the EPG you can use an XMLTV script which grabs the shows for a week.

I think eyetv is the nicest piece of software out there, I always know that my schedules will record and that it will work whenever I want to watch tv. It does have one draw back though. It only uses CPU decoding, so if you have anything less than a 2.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo, tv 3 will have real problems.

Windows XP & Vista:

DvbViewer & gbpvr are your best bet. Follow my previous guide for setting up dvbviewer.

The channels:

Tv One HD
TV Three HD
Tv Three +1 (announced, will be a clone of tv3, but running an hour late. eg. News at 7)
SportsExtra SD
Chinese TV 4:3 SD
Maori TV SD
Central SD
Parliament SD
National Radio
Concert FM
Freeview loop channel HD

All in all, its much simpler to get Freeview|HD working. This post is also relavent to Sweden with their DTT setup.

-- Asher

Other related posts:
New Freeview | HD (DTT/DVB-T) Samples!
Freeview | HD Guide (DTT/DVB-T) New Zealand

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