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Topic # 10129 6-Nov-2006 14:19
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Well this is interesting

Was just checking out the FreeView Wikipedia page ( and I saw this:

"The quality [of the signal] will be stunning. People wouldn't recognise it.… It's not what you get on Sky now, it's much better." Rick Freisen, COO of CanWest TVWorks

The government will let the broadcasters decide whether to broadcast in High-definition. TVNZ does not currently have plans on HDTV while Prime will start broadcasting in high definition by July 2008.

Does this mean Sky will be forced to switch to HDTV?

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  Reply # 51241 6-Nov-2006 15:05
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Not forced.. they have already announced a service to be released next year.

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  Reply # 51243 6-Nov-2006 15:19
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The ariticle is only refering to the fact that TVNZ intends to use better bit rate, and full SD resolution (720x576). Most of Skys channels run at lower SD rates (ie 540x576 etc). The DVB SD standards have several resolution profiles with the top resolution beign 720x576. Skys' Movie channels and PPVs (and I think Sports ch) are run at 720x576, most other stocking fillers are 540x576.

Both TVNZ and CanWest(TV3) have indicated that they will fully embrace broadcasting in WideScreen on the FreeView service. This will be 720x576 anamorphic as with DVD's although at a lower rate than full DVD rates. DVD's can run upto 9-10Mb/s max, where as broadcasters run at arund 6Mb/s at best, Sky often less, although variable rate coding can muddy numbers when comparing.


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  Reply # 51385 7-Nov-2006 01:11
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I'm more worried about the audio bitrates - I cant stand watching tv via sky because the audio just artifacts all over the place.


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