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Topic # 30778 20-Feb-2009 18:46
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Does freeview NZ actually transmit dolby digital at the moment? Often I'll see the logo come up on the screen during movies etc, but I never actually get an spdif signal. Is the issue at my end or theirs? :S

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  Reply # 197006 20-Feb-2009 19:16
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If your talk Freeview HD then yes but only on CH3.  TVNZ are still Luddites when it comes to audio..




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  Reply # 197019 20-Feb-2009 20:25
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Is there a box I should be ticking in the media portal config to get AC-3 output? I saw one titled "prefer AC-3 sound" but then I just get no sound (although that was watching a show that I think was being broadcast in stereo).

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  Reply # 197037 20-Feb-2009 21:36
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Do you have an AC3 codec (such as AC3filter) installed?

TV3 transmit two simultaneous audio streams within their transport stream. AAC and 5.1 AC3 - while the Ac3 feed is fulltime 5.1 it only used the LF + RF for stereo content). There is an option to switch between the audio streams while viewing live TV or playing back content, I can't remember what it is since it's been a while since I played with MP but it was mapped to one of the keys on my MCE remote automatically.

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  Reply # 197151 21-Feb-2009 19:00
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old3eyes: If your talk Freeview HD then yes but only on CH3.  TVNZ are still Luddites when it comes to audio..


And given they apparently have a reported budgeted deficit of about $25M this year in ad revenue, I doubt if implementing DD 5.1 is going to high on their priority, despite the amount of public funding they were given to launch their Freeview stations.

Apparently 50(!) top managers are working on the problem. If they all left that would help!




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  Reply # 198370 27-Feb-2009 12:43
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Didn't know I needed AC3Filter! Installed it and now I get a satisfying DD light flashing up on my receiver when I'm watching TV3. As of yet I haven't noticed any 5.1 content though! What particular shows can I tune into to check that it's all working?

Thanks for the help :D

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  Reply # 198371 27-Feb-2009 13:01
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BONES
CSI Vegas

are the two I use it for - Numbers I think

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  Reply # 198395 27-Feb-2009 14:26
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And add to pretty much any TV3 show shown in HD so that should include

CSI
Life on Mars
Boston Legal
Burn Notice (great show by the way)




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  Reply # 198399 27-Feb-2009 14:48
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Ah, I believe I recorded this week's episode of boston legal, so I'll check that when I get home. Cheers!



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  Reply # 198497 28-Feb-2009 10:46
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Yep, worked for Boston Legal. Woohoo! It's kinda depressing in a way though... thinking that some programs I can tune into on TV3 are noticeably higher quality video and just as good audio as my dvd collection! :P

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  Reply # 198512 28-Feb-2009 11:45
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That's why we are annoyed with TVNZ with their poor attitude towards HD broadcasts when we see what can be achieved. And why many of us with HDTV's have invested in BD technology - we hunger for HD content




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  Reply # 198533 28-Feb-2009 14:18
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Haha yeah.

I've just started building my BD library, at 4 movies so far. One of the difficulties I'm having though, is replacing my already existing DVD library. BD looks so much better than DVD on a 1080p screen, but I'm still not sure I can bring myself to replace dvds that I only bought within the last year. And the suckey thing about that is that its my favourite movies that I already have on DVD! Which means no transformers, no hellboy, no iron man or the prestige on BD in the foreseeable future. Then again, I'm imagining that transformers 2 and Terminator 4 will just be hawt BD titles :D It will grow eventually. I'm not planning on buying any more DVDs, to be honest. Even at 1/4 the price - why not just wait a year for the price to drop and then get it on BD?

Oh my, it appears that I just hijacked my own forum thread. Hahah.

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