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Master Geek

#58440 12-Mar-2010 06:37
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 I mistakenly thought DVB-S was using MHEG-5 for the guide info until i was set straight, which led me on a google hunt.  Stumbled on to this link this link:


Freeview NZ has adopted the MHEG Interaction Channel from D-book 6.1 allowing hybrid services to be provided on the platform.

Freeview NZ has used MHEG since launch on both its satellite and digital terrestrial services.

Tim Diprose, Technology Manager with Freeview NZ, says, "We believe hybrid IP and broadcast TV technology is the future and is also relevant right now. To have high bandwidth HD mainstream shows broadcast via DTT and niche, catch-up and other on-demand content delivered over IP really makes sense. The New Zealand government has announced plans to roll out ultra-fast broadband to 75 per cent of New Zealanders and this will further support these hybrid platforms and applications."

The MHEG-IC gives access to streamed on-demand video content in addition to traditional text and graphics as well as the ability to support secure transactions.

Diprose says, "By deploying the MHEG-IC we enable a more diverse range of viewing options available on the platform and therefore encourage more consumer uptake. It could enable viewers to easily and comfortably catch up on shows they've missed, watching on-demand on their TV in the lounge (not from their PC) retaining show/series loyalty and viewership, providing broadcasters with new revenue opportunities."

This sounds like what Tivo NZ is doing today? 


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  #306458 12-Mar-2010 07:40
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Freeview do use MHEG5 for the EPG on both terrestrial and satellite however they do also transmit EIT on DVB-S due to an established base of DVB-S receivers that did not support MHEG5.

Freeview internally demonstrated some very cool interactive stuff before Xmas and there were a few articles in the media at the time talking about their plans for interactive services.

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  #306460 12-Mar-2010 08:21
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Cheers. Corrected again! I guess MCE ignores the MHEG-5.  

Do you have any links for articles that were up before Christmas?  I had a look but couldn't find anything.  Would like to learn more about what's in store. 


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  #306472 12-Mar-2010 09:08
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Media Center has no support for the MHEG5 profile used in New Zealand.

There is a brief mention of the details here

There were another couple of articles elsewhere. I've heard a bit more about the plans but nothing that I can really talk about because I'm not sure what's public and what's not.

A quick Google search will tell you a lot about the interactive capabilities of MHEG5 - what we will see launched in NZ however is anybody's guess.

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