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Master Geek
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# 39100 8-Aug-2009 21:08
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Hi, I finally got my MacBook pro a pinnacle nano stick dvb-t receiver to run freeview on my 1080 external monitor, and im extremely shocked to find how average channels 1,2,4 etc look (3 is acceptable). So much for decent looking 720p /1080i, there are compression artifacts all over the screen and pixelation is horrible! Its like this in both eye Tv and in windows 7 Media Centre, any one else with similar experiences?

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  # 244307 8-Aug-2009 22:01
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Sounds like a reception issue to me. What are your signal strength values?

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  # 244309 8-Aug-2009 22:21
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I'm also watching on a macbook and it can struggle playing TV3's HD picture from freeview|HD.

Otherwise picture quality is excellent on the HD channes of One, 2 and 3. C4 is only transmitted in SD

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  # 244377 9-Aug-2009 10:30
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On my 46" 1080P LCD, Freeview DVB-T is looking great, analog TV is now unbareable/awful in comparison.

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  # 244389 9-Aug-2009 11:27
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As a thread title "Dissapointed With Freeview" is a bit inaccurate. It seems like the dissapointment is with either poor freeview reception, or inappropriate hardware for watching freeview. Once one or both of those are sorted out Freeview|HD isn't bad at all.

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  # 244407 9-Aug-2009 12:19
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I too tried dvb-t through the laptop - problem was signal strength and quality -  Unless youre in a strong signal strength area my experience is that terrestial digital was frustrating
so i relented and went to a simple sat dish dual lnb and topfield receiver setup and feed that through the laptop audio/video inputs - no reception issues and not particularly
concerned about striving to get top quality hdtv the basic optus d1 and d2 feeds do ok imho only when in a good reception area is it worth tring dvb-t through a laptop imho

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Master Geek
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  # 244482 9-Aug-2009 17:41
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Hey I just checked my signal strength / quality, both are at 100% (I live near central auckland and I also have an amp plugged into the uhf ariel. I'll upload some samples a bit later to show you what I mean.

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  # 244485 9-Aug-2009 17:55
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dawnraid: Hey I just checked my signal strength / quality, both are at 100% (I live near central auckland and I also have an amp plugged into the uhf ariel. I'll upload some samples a bit later to show you what I mean.

What does the freeview HD demo channel on the Kordia MUX look like,


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  # 244488 9-Aug-2009 18:02
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well there isnt really anything wrong with freeview (apart from the fact that it's made me really really hate prime ie analogue tv) - the problem must be somewhere after it's been transmitted. freeview (tv123) is like watching bluray - pretty sharp (unless you get closer than 5m on my 50" that's when you see massive loads of imperfection on non hd shows, and closer than 3m for the hd ones - due to compression quality loss). how close are you staring from?

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  # 244516 9-Aug-2009 19:12
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5 metres?, I watch a 46" from 1.5 metres and wouldn't go further without binoculars. The point being that if you watch from further away you have no appreciation for the defective picture quality, Telethon was a nice example, with vast variation in effective resolution.



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  # 244550 9-Aug-2009 21:23
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kiwijunglist: On my 46" 1080P LCD, Freeview DVB-T is looking great, analog TV is now unbareable/awful in comparison.

Colour me green. My WAF is not yet high enough for a new 1080p LCD. There is always some mumbling about "but TV looks great with our current TV"...

TV1,2,3 look great on freeview HD. Prime is hard to watch in analogue.

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