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  Reply # 720120 20-Nov-2012 14:42
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How does freeview feel they can compete with the pay-TV market?

The little things make the biggest difference.

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  Reply # 720126 20-Nov-2012 14:52
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my question (which is probably very common and asked way to much)

when will more channels be made available in HD and also on the DVB-S2 service?

currently sky provide TV1, 2, 3 in HD via DVB-S2 but it is encrypted, and not easily viewable.

Prime isnt in HD, I don't believe channel 4 is in HD.


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  Reply # 720128 20-Nov-2012 15:01
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My question to Freeview, and obliquely to Mauricio, is whether there'll be any prospect of HDTV over DVB-S. I'm not in a DVB-T coverage area, and would love to have HDTV available to me.

Mauricio--*if* I were to win this prize, would you make it a DVB-S compatible DVR box ;) ?

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  Reply # 720130 20-Nov-2012 15:06
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The success of Freeview will depend on having more channels and a greater variety of channels being available. My question is what are Freeview doing to get more Freeview channels on air? I presume Freeview are not just waiting for potential broadcasters to contact them but are actively pursuing new customers and new opportunities. How does Freeview plan to increase their presence in the TV market?

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  Reply # 720131 20-Nov-2012 15:06
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(Hoping duplicate questions are not annoying, and maybe show a level of importance...)

I can't get terrestrial Freeview, when will we see HD broadcasting on Freeview via satellite?


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  Reply # 720144 20-Nov-2012 15:15
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Hi Freeview

Would like to know why you use and if you ever plan to stop using the HE-AAC audio codec in your Freeview HD/UHF/Terrestrial service. Many channels now carry an AC3 track which seems to be more universally compatible, why not just use that?


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  Reply # 720145 20-Nov-2012 15:17
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Is freeview investigating launching their own channels to fill any gaps in the market. I think there are already enough channels, but the quality of the programming isn't there. Basically NZ is let down by it's news, business news, investigative journalism, documentary and technology news services.

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  Reply # 720146 20-Nov-2012 15:18
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How about setting up some form of central ondemand online service that includes all the channels that are broadcast on the freeview platform, and having this available as an app on smart tvs/ipads etc. Currently the ondemand services are only provided by a few channels, and are disjointed with varying formats and quality.

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  Reply # 720150 20-Nov-2012 15:27
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Once I get UFB to my home, I won't need an aerial, dish, set-top box, or TV.  Right?  I can just watch Freeview over IP?

Hope that's right - never got around to buying any of that stuff.

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  Reply # 720159 20-Nov-2012 15:38
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When can we expect DTT from Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe) in eastern Bay of Plenty?
It was mentioned in days gone by:

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  Reply # 720160 20-Nov-2012 15:38
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mattwnz: How about setting up some form of central ondemand online service that includes all the channels that are broadcast on the freeview platform, and having this available as an app on smart tvs/ipads etc.


Also, there were reports, but do freeview actually have HD versions of their EPG ready to go?

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  Reply # 720165 20-Nov-2012 15:47
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Given that the content is free to air, could the EPG be made freely accessible too?
Could it be published in a standard form (say XML) from a central location for Kiwis to use in their DIY setups?

DIY is in our DNA after all :)

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  Reply # 720166 20-Nov-2012 15:48
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The DTH service seriously oversubscribed due to the multiple versions of TV One and TV 3. What progress is being made on acquiring additional capacity, or providing guidance to broadcasters around picture quality.

Further to this question, and as noted by other contributors, the picture quality of detailed fast moving scenes (particularly ball sports) is frequently dreadful due to compression and pixelation on the DVB-S platform.

I understand the individual broadcasters wanting (needing?) to provide regional streams, however these multiple streams appear to be at the expense of picture quality across all channels due to the limited bandwidth available. I understand there is a technology (name escapes me, but dynamic changing of vpids or similar concept) that would enable the broadcast of a single program stream, and only having to broadcast multiple regional streams for the parts of the broadcast that vary between regions (presumably advertising the obvious one).

Has consideration been given to implementing this, or a similar solution to reduce bandwidth needs and increase picture quality?

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  Reply # 720181 20-Nov-2012 16:00
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Dear Mr Freeview,

What are you going to do about the rising tensions over the Gaza strip?

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  Reply # 720210 20-Nov-2012 16:40
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I've noticed there are now some "Energy Efficient Freeview Products". Do PVR products with this tick only do their initial hard drive spin up at the time when first required, or whenever they come out of standby?

There has been talk about Freeview launching interactive "on demand" services through IPTV. With the limitations of internet bandwidth in New Zealand constraining "broadcast" quality on existing IPTV services like Quickflix, can we expect to see such a service also support HEVC (the successor to MPEG-4) which reduces bandwidth consumption by 50% ?

Is the Panasonic DMR-BWT720 Freeview approved? It isn't on the Freeview website's list.

A number of Freeview approved PVRs like the Homecast, Zinwell, JCMatthew and to a lesser extent the Magic TV have suffered from either slow downs or rebooting problems after the stations made changes to their broadcasts. With brands coming and going and stations periodically making changes to their broadcasts, can we have the assurance that a Freeview UHF certified device like a PVR will remain compatible with broadcasts in the long term?

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