Random thoughts on the road of technology


DVB-T usage on an 'average PC'

, posted: 1-Apr-2008 19:16

Just if anyone is interested, below is a screen of the CPU usage on what i'd describe on a fairly 'average' PC (it's more a 'bitser' that I use as a media PC)

See the difference between the HD TV3 feed (nearly going 100% CPU) and the SD C4 feed. TV3 looks by no means perfect, but it's not overly stuttery.


CPU usage


PC Spec:
Core 2 Duo E6300
Hauppauge HVR900
Radeon 9600XT 256MB


Software:
MediaPortal SVN Build 2008-03-26
Windows XP SP2
Using FFDShow video filter (build rev1920_20080328_sse)



Get your act together Sky

, posted: 31-Mar-2008 09:44

I am really getting sick and tired of waiting for Sky to get their act together and do widescreen properly.

The longer I wait, the more I am convinced the decision is purely commercial.  It seems to me at least, the only reason that Sky is holding out, is due to wanting to retain a point of difference of their 'premium' Rugby Channel until HD arrives sometime later this year.

They already receive a large portion of their content in widescreen from outside providers

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They actually showed the first quarter of the AFL game yesterday in 'pseudo widescreen'

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but then realised they'd made a mistake.

I have also noticed this with F1 broadcast sometimes.


They already send a large proportion of their content in widescreen to outside

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this is taken from the recent NZ v Eng from a Sky Sports UK broadcast

So what gives?  Hurry up and move into the new millennium.  Sky UK, Foxtel, MediaWorks, Maori TV and TVNZ already well and truly broadcast in 16:9, what's the hold up?

UPDATE:  It seems that AdamJ is correct, Prime are broadcasting in widescreen as of today (1 April)

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