Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




543 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 87


Topic # 86226 4-Jul-2011 10:24
Send private message

Hello all,

We are looking at moving in to a new house, and from the lay of the land it does not look good for getting terrestrial reception; ie I can't see the aerials (either Waitarua or Sky Tower - in Auckland). Basically the aerials are behind hills/Waitakeres.
 
So given that I can't see them; does this pretty much rule out any chance of getting that signal or is there still a possibility? What are the key factors to consider here?

My other option is to go with Satellite - but that isn't HD :( What is the difference like in terms of real life viewing - am I going to miss it or do most people not really care?

If we end up down the satellite path (not ideal), I am wondering if I should just get a Sky Install done if I can find a favourable deal? Thoughts?


Thanks in advance for your input

Cheers
Troy         

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
15312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4035

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 489069 4-Jul-2011 10:32
Send private message

I'd personally be pretty keen to make sure I could get a HD Signal if it were me, but it depends on your individual preference. I think HD is pretty important in our household, but I'd find out what your options are by calling an aerial company in.

3269 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 413


  Reply # 489071 4-Jul-2011 10:34
Send private message

A MySky HD install would give you the picture you're looking for, all-be-it, at a cost.
Another option is the likes of the Dish TV Satellite PVR... it will upscale the SD content via HDMI, so it will look better than a standard satellite Freeview box, while also offering the ability to access My Freeview functionality (series link, recording 2 shows at the same time etc).
It also offers the opportunity of picking up the Aussie channels (including SBS HD) if you have a large disc. BUT, you need to remember that those Australian stations aren't guaranteed to be around forever... so it's a bit of a 'nice while it lasts' scenario.

 
 
 
 


15312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4035

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 489073 4-Jul-2011 10:36
Send private message

If you can get mysky hd I'd definitely opt for that if you can justify the cost. It's simple, straight forward, and once you have it, you'll never let it go.

2385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286
Inactive user


  Reply # 489075 4-Jul-2011 10:40
Send private message

E3xtc: Hello all,

We are looking at moving in to a new house, and from the lay of the land it does not look good for getting terrestrial reception; ie I can't see the aerials (either Waitarua or Sky Tower - in Auckland). Basically the aerials are behind hills/Waitakeres.
 
So given that I can't see them; does this pretty much rule out any chance of getting that signal or is there still a possibility? What are the key factors to consider here?

My other option is to go with Satellite - but that isn't HD :( What is the difference like in terms of real life viewing - am I going to miss it or do most people not really care?

If we end up down the satellite path (not ideal), I am wondering if I should just get a Sky Install done if I can find a favourable deal? Thoughts?


Thanks in advance for your input

Cheers
Troy         


Have you been onto the freeview website, filled in your address and checked if its going to be available or not? I am not in direct line with any towers and we receive it fine. The freeview website says that our region is "highly likely" 

xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8434 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1144

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 489076 4-Jul-2011 10:40
Send private message

Have you had HD in the past ? If not, then going to DVB-S will be fine.
Im in the same boat, unable to get DVB-T (altho according to Freeview I might be able to now but highly doubt it), never had HD anything before, got Freeview via DVB-S and happy with that. Huge difference going from the old analog to DVB-S....




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

 




543 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 87


  Reply # 489088 4-Jul-2011 11:16
Send private message

Yeah we currently have HD freeview; so am worried about the downgrade. I wonder if the Satellite service will ever get to HD? Probably when TVNZ go Dolby on the sound aye...*groan*

The coverage map on the freeview site, says "unlikely" for HD, but "Very Likely" for the Satellite service.
Can't justify the MySky - let alone Sky normal....we just don't watch enough TV, but when we do we enjoy the world of HD. 
 
Does anyone have recommendations on who a good company out west auckland might be for finding out if it is at all possible?   

Thanks for the comments and thoughts everyone; keep them coming if you have anything else to offer :)  

1888 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 634

Trusted

  Reply # 489120 4-Jul-2011 12:31
Send private message

We used to watch TV in HD before we got Sky (not HDi)

Since then it's all normalD. I don't notice anymore. I dunno what size our TV is, 46" or something.

Don't get me wrong, I certainly do notice the difference when we do happen to look at HD. But after a few days, I bet you're not going to care.





It looks like I'm using an adblocker. I should consider whitelisting Geekzone in my adblocker or a subscription. The Quick Reply box will appear for me when Geekzone is whitelisted. Hooray for me! If I want to reply to this topic I should click on Compose Reply.


2798 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1213


  Reply # 489132 4-Jul-2011 12:50
Send private message

You won't notice it on your 20" in the bedroom, but if you have a flash 50"+ set anywhere in the house the difference is significant IMO. Its a real downer going from an HD broadcast program back to regular def...sooooo disappointing.

Would I go back? If there was a chance I could keep HD I definitely would. Can't be helped much if there is a mountain in the way.

A quick way to see is to check out the neighbors aerial set-ups, or even a friendly knock on the door.








Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman



2385 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286
Inactive user


  Reply # 489141 4-Jul-2011 13:02
Send private message

yea agreed. Going back to SD from HD is like the difference between VHS and DVD. Its very noticeable. But then maybe i have a critical eye!




543 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 87


  Reply # 489165 4-Jul-2011 13:40
Send private message

Oh damn - I was hoping that wouldn't be the case, but secretly figured it would be :( as I usually look at others and go "man that clarity is super average".
I don't pretend to have a uber cool HT setup; but like the clarity etc, albeit only on a 40" panel.

1921 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 135

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 489171 4-Jul-2011 13:57
Send private message

I'm currently stuck on SD until I get a new aerial installed, but I'm using two DVB-S cards under MythTV with a good upscaller to 1080 with HDMI out. Generally the picture is ok, but I'd like to get HD back up and running.




Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat New Zealand as a Solution Architect for all things Linux, Virtual and of course Cloud. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

4748 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Trusted

  Reply # 489179 4-Jul-2011 14:21
Send private message

I think apart from better PQ HD (at least on TV3 and some programmes) has 5.1 audio, the benefits of which cannot be overstated.




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


My Google+ page 

 

 

 

https://plus.google.com/+laurencechiu

 

 




543 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 87


  Reply # 489215 4-Jul-2011 15:56
Send private message

Oh man I didn't even realise 5.1 only came with HD....boy this keeps getting worse...note to self - in next sale and purchase agreement on a house, put in HD TV reception as a condition of sale :(

2484 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 446


  Reply # 489220 4-Jul-2011 16:06
Send private message

Not trying to rub it in - but I found this:
http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/forum/index.php?topic=2487.0
It suggests TVNZ are getting very close to 5.1 surround on HD broadcasts as well.
A lot of people have been wanting that for a while!




Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

4748 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Trusted

  Reply # 489259 4-Jul-2011 16:47
Send private message

E3xtc: Oh man I didn't even realise 5.1 only came with HD....boy this keeps getting worse...note to self - in next sale and purchase agreement on a house, put in HD TV reception as a condition of sale :(


Well I made sure that my house could get TCL cable before I agreed to make an offerLaughing

What about a bigger aerial or are the neighbours going to complain?




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


My Google+ page 

 

 

 

https://plus.google.com/+laurencechiu

 

 


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52


NOW to deploy SD-WAN to regional councils
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:46


Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch
Posted 18-Dec-2017 10:52


New Zealand government to create digital advisory group
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:47


Australia datum changes means whole country moving 1.8 metres north-east
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:39


UAV Traffic Management Trial launching today in New Zealand
Posted 12-Dec-2017 16:06


UFB connections pass 460,000
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:26


The Warehouse Group to adopt IBM Cloud to support digital transformation
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:22



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.