A high definition journey

Welcome to MyFreeview|HD Review on Geekzone

, posted: 21-Sep-2009 14:42

Welcome to MyFreeview|HD Review! It’s almost like a “reality show” online. For the next four weeks we are going to follow three people experiencing high-definition digital TV, recording (no pun intended) their experiences with three different MyFreeview|HD devices.

This blog is sponsored by Freeview but the blog posts are by no means influenced by the company. Here is how it works: I had to chose three people from the Geekzone community to try and report their experiences with the devices, broadcast quality and anything else related to using the service.

So I found my three candidates (Tony Hughes, Scott Palmer, Suzi Heath) and each received a different model, courtesy of Freeview. Where needed their home was fitted with an external antenna. They already have HD ready TVs so to experience the full service. And they have to write about it.

I will receive their posts and stick them into this blog so you can find out what experience to expect from the service from start.

Freeview is the way of the future digital TV broadcast in New Zealand. At some time in the not far future Freeview will replace the current analogue broadcast – like in other countries analogue TV broadcast will be switched off and digital TV will take over.

To enjoy digital TV broadcast now you can use your existing TV (any TV will do) and a set-top box that you can buy from many consumer electronics retailers.  Already some new TV models come with built-in decoders so the set-top box is not always needed.

The MyFreeview|HD DTR (Digital TV Recorder) is a different kind of set-top box. They have the ability to record the digital TV signal on internal hard drives, pretty much like the old VCR used to do on tapes, but with a lot more “intelligence”. For example you can pause live TV while you go to the kitchen to get a drink, or you can program the recording of a TV series – regardless of the broadcaster changing date or time. Even though you can watch Freeview on any existing TV set, to fully enjoy high digital TV a high-definition TV is recommended.

One last note: there are two types of Freeview services in New Zealand: satellite (DVB-S) and terrestrial (DVB-T). Both services are digital, but only DVB-T provides high definition. There are lots of technical reasons for that, but this is what you need to know. That’s why in this blog we will always refer to Freeview|HD.

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Welcome to MyFreeview|HD Review! It’s almost like a “reality show” online. For the next four weeks we are going to follow three people experiencing high-definition digital TV, recording their experiences with three different MyFreeview|HD devices. This blog is sponsored by Freeview but the blog posts are by no means influenced by the company. Here is how it works: I had to chose three people from the Geekzone community to try and report their experiences with the devices, broadcast quality and anything else related to using the service. So I found my three candidates and each received a different model, courtesy of Freeview. Here are the reviewers: Suzi Heath (Magic TV 3500 DTR), Tony Hughes (Homecast HT9200DTR), Scott Palmer (Zinwell ZMT-640 PVR), and Nick Parfene (JCMatthew DVT-320T).

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