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Topic # 87142 20-Jul-2011 22:09
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Hi Guys

I have a few questions on setting up freeview HD in NZ.

I have just come back from the UK and brought my TV with me. The UK has had something similar in regards to freeview for the last couple of years, and i had pruchased a HDTV with an inbuilt digital tuner while over there. I was wondering if this would be compatable with NZ digital service or would i need to by a digital receivers .

I also have a couple of questions regarding installation

1. Where is the best place to buy UHF ariel from
2. I currently have a sky dish and aerial on my roof, would the cabling from these be anygood for the HD freeview, it all still looks in good nick. 

My hope is to install aerial, connect old cableing turn on TV and i have FreeviewHD.

What do you think?

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  Reply # 495992 20-Jul-2011 22:19
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if the uk tv can support h.264 and aac your fine

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  Reply # 495994 20-Jul-2011 22:21
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99% sure the inbuilt decoder it won't work, we use a different standard over here.



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  Reply # 496004 20-Jul-2011 22:36
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Thanks for the quick response, can you explain what h.264 and acc is(only if its quick and easy otherwise don't go through the trouble) also what is the current NZ standard?

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  Reply # 496005 20-Jul-2011 22:38
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This is from the NZ Freeview website:

"Will Australian or UK digital terrestrial receivers (set top boxes) and iDTV's (integrated digital TV's) work in NZ?


Australian TV?s made in the last two years may. If the model number was released here it should work. Older Australian TVs and all UK TVs won?t work here as these use MPEG-2 (compression) for their terrestrial (UHF aerial) broadcast and Freeview|HD? uses MPEG-4. Some channels are broadcast in HD (high definition) only and therefore you need an HD capable receiver".



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  Reply # 496009 20-Jul-2011 22:44
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DOH!!! should have look at the freeview website more closely.

Bugger on the answer, oh well....

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  Reply # 496028 20-Jul-2011 23:23
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UK now has a DVB-T2 H.264 mux, if your TV is compliant with T2 H.264 then my guess is that it should work here on our DVB-T H.264.




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  Reply # 496073 21-Jul-2011 08:25
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Even if the video and sound worked, which I find unlikely, you would have no EPG guide.
You could however buy a set-top box and it would work just fine.

TVs are cheap here at the moment(not that I know what they cost in the UK), we just bought a 55" for $1844 from JB Hifi.

Oops, skipped a few words while reading your post Embarassed.

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  Reply # 496881 22-Jul-2011 18:39
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Chambers: The UK has had something similar in regards to freeview for the last couple of years, and i had pruchased a HDTV with an inbuilt digital tuner while over there.


As others have said it really depends how modern the TV is from the UK. Freeview broadcasts started there in 1998, and the broadcast format used then is not compatible with NZ Freeview|HD. However the format for HD terrestrial broadcasts in the UK, which is a very recent development is very similar to NZ Freeview|HD. And just to confuse the issue further the UK has also had satellite-based Freeview (Freesat) HD broadcasts for some time, but I don't believe TVs were ever sold with built-in Freesat tuners.



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  Reply # 496910 22-Jul-2011 19:53
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Looking at the NZ free view site and what it says about UK tvs and from my experence over there it looks like i will need to buy a reciever to get HD. In the UK digital freeview HD was only avaiable through satellite. Even though my TV come with an inbuilt digital Tuner it was never designed for HD signal as it was never broadcast over UHF only satellite.



 

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  Reply # 496918 22-Jul-2011 20:14
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Chambers: Looking at the NZ free view site and what it says about UK tvs and from my experence over there it looks like i will need to buy a reciever to get HD. In the UK digital freeview HD was only avaiable through satellite. Even though my TV come with an inbuilt digital Tuner it was never designed for HD signal as it was never broadcast over UHF only satellite.



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I brought a cheap HD TV back from the UK with me. It can see the channels (and they appear in the channel list alongside the UK channels, which for some reason is still thinks are there). However, it won't show the pictures or sound and the EPG doesn't work (although from memory it will tell you what the current programme on is). Basically useless really.

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  Reply # 496922 22-Jul-2011 20:16
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The Freeview HD broadcasts, DVB-T2 H.264, started in December 2009 and will broadly follow the UK digital switchover programme.  However, five transmitters are to be upgraded early to enable DTT HD coverage of the World Cup in major cities such as London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Bradford and Newcastle as demand is expected to be high.  It is projected that Freeview HD will be available to 98.5% of households by the end of digital switchover in 2012

 




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  Reply # 496983 23-Jul-2011 00:17
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Based on a friends experiance, if you are happy to just listen to tv3 then you are fine, but it you want to have a picture or hear the other channels, then you will need the box.




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