Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



1375 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 274


Topic # 112705 17-Dec-2012 21:21 Send private message

Usually the picture quality pretty good. However, I have just been watching Boardwalk Empire. Fairly static scenes are OK, if a bit soft. However, anything with fast motion seems to be a bit jerky and blurry - almost like an XVID encode when the bit rate has been set way too low.

I'm hoping they haven't dialled back the bitrate to use it for a different channel, but have no way of measuring this. It's not unwatchable - but it's getting close, and is pretty darn disconcerting.


Create new topic
92 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 2


  Reply # 738372 29-Dec-2012 17:41 Send private message

I haven't watched Boardwalk Empire yet. I have been recording all episodes and will watch once all episodes have been recorded.

I have been watching 3 other series on Soho each week and the picture quality has been really good on all 3 series.

11185 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 570

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 738730 30-Dec-2012 22:33 Send private message

jerky movement is usually a crap frame rate conversion. Thanks retarded DVB designers for not mandating flexible framerates so those of us in pal countries are stuck with this 50Hz crap.

Most of the time things are sped up to match, but sometimes for some inexplicable reason they framerate convert which usually gives 2-3 judders per second as it goes in and out of sync with the source, and I have seen frame blending which is an even more vile way of doing it in action on sky at times.




Richard rich.ms



1375 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 274


  Reply # 738809 31-Dec-2012 10:26 Send private message

@richms - I think you are right.

I recorded it and the following programme the next week. Boardwalk Empire again displayed all of these annoying symptoms while the Sopranos, which followed it, seemed fine. So it looks more like crappy NTSC->PAL conversion rather than a bandwidth/compression issue.

Personally, I would prefer if they just broadcast NTSC shows unaltered and had a STB that could seamlessly flick between the two output formats as required (as my DVD and Blu Ray players can) - most modern TVs can cope with NTSC signals just fine.

Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

How good is your general Science Knowledge?
Created by Aredwood, last reply by joker97 on 31-Oct-2014 23:44 (39 replies)
Pages... 2 3


OneDrive code giveaway - go!
Created by freitasm, last reply by freitasm on 31-Oct-2014 23:44 (32 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Government Limos
Created by networkn, last reply by Bung on 31-Oct-2014 12:39 (94 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Snap refuses to replace faulty gear
Created by Brendan, last reply by MadEngineer on 28-Oct-2014 19:07 (92 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Sky will be 'upgrading software' of My Sky to connect to internet. What does that mean?
Created by Geektastic, last reply by NonprayingMantis on 31-Oct-2014 23:55 (27 replies)
Pages... 2


Shutup and take my money (via NFC on my mobile phone)
Created by sxz, last reply by sonyxperiageek on 31-Oct-2014 22:34 (24 replies)
Pages... 2


Speed limit when overtaking? Teach me please.
Created by nakedmolerat, last reply by joker97 on 28-Oct-2014 17:13 (123 replies)
Pages... 7 8 9


Uber: a cheaper taxi ride?
Created by kingdragonfly, last reply by livisun on 31-Oct-2014 14:47 (34 replies)
Pages... 2 3



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.