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Topic # 17282 19-Nov-2007 17:42

It's time to refresh the discussion about HD broadcasting. I am in OZ this week and I see in the telly every day that Ten will start broadcasting in HD from December. They promise crystal clear picture (4 times sharper then the current one) and 5.1 surround sound.

Hopefully some Geekzoners from OZ will give us some review how's it going.

What was the latest plan to introduce HD broadcasting in NZ by Sky? Next year summer? Or later?
I know cyril7 always know the answer for these questions.. :)

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Reply # 95970 19-Nov-2007 17:44

Ooops I just found the old topic explaining Sky and HD :)))

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  Reply # 95971 19-Nov-2007 17:47
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HD broadcasts have been in Australia for quite a few years now. They are actually one of the few countries transmitting HD MPEG2 DVB-T broadcasts.


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  Reply # 95988 19-Nov-2007 18:42
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Aloha, as you have discovered this has been well covered in past threads, and as simon says Aus has had HD for some 5yrs or more, however the Aus FTA digital landscape is a testomony of excactly not how to do it. There system is mpeg2 based, so is limited to one HD stream and one SD stream per mux and not a lot of room for anything else. Rather than do a centrally co-ordinated transmission network like FreeView each FTA broadcasters has been left to sort there own act out, as a result an EPG is non exisistant until about now and even then you will not be able to see all FTA broadcasters EPG on a single page like FreeView offers (both certed and non certed boxs) because they only carry their own EPG on their streams.

HD will be here via Sky and FreeView around mid next year.

By the way 576p qualifies as HD in Aus, the rest of the world (including NZ) only accept 720p or higher as HD.


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