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  1. My point was, essentially, that bitrates are all related to the codecs used to make the data streams inside the container rather than the container itself. Supported codecs are (usually) dependent on what the hardware chipset is capable of decoding, yes, but this shouldn't be confused with the container format which is essentially just a wrapper for the streams contained within. Have a look at this supported container and codec list (yes, I know it is for the updated Media 2.0): http://f.imagehost.org/0979/Samsung_2009_T...rted_Codecs.jpg - see how both MKV and AVI have essentially similar codec support? If you compare this with the supported codecs for the A series you will probably find that H.264 codec support (at least) is missing, along with reductions in supported resolutions and bitrates for the codecs. This is more the limiting factor in terms of hardware support rather than the container format. I would think that that part of the DLNA/wiselink functionality that recognises container formats would be software rather than hardware (i.e. contained within the firmware), however if the hardware is restricted to decoding SD type content then they probably saw no need to add MKV container support to the firmware (indeed, as MKV container use is more prevalent in HD type content, it would have implied playback support to users that the hardware was not capable of). Yes, a valid point and well worth sharing. My only reason for trying to add to this thread was that I didn't (and still don't) know how much further you could push the transcoding capabilities of the PS3 media server to broaden the playback capabilities of the Samsung A series. Perhaps those transcoding capabilities are only intended for a real PS3 as the actual target player, however even being able to use MKV containers without first converting is a bonus (as you have noted).
  2. MKV is just a container format like AVI (though not as limited). Inside the container are the separate video, audio, subtitle streams etc. If you had the same video and audio streams (e.g. video codec was divx and audio codec was mp3) in an MKV as in an AVI, then transcoding would be simple as only the container format needs to be changed on the fly... the Sammy just needs to be fooled into thinking it is getting an AVI. Its when the video and audio codecs inside the container, or the resolution of the encoded video etc are not supported, that the transcoding overhead goes up, because the video would need to changed into a codec and/or scaled down in resolution by the PS3 media server on the fly before it is sent to the Sammy. I'm not sure how the PS3 media server knows what is acceptable to the Sammy (unless that is part of the DLNA protocols, or settings available in the PS3)... perhaps that is the problem with the two movies you found that can't be displayed. If required you can get info about the streams within an MKV container by using a program such as mediainfo - see http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Media_Info.htm
  3. "PS3 Media Server PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding any kind of media files, with minimum configuration. It's backed up with the powerful Mplayer/FFmpeg packages. " ... "Real-time video transcoding of MKV/FLV/OGM/AVI, etc. " Looks like the PS3 media server uses transcoding (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcoding) to support these containers/codecs on DLNA media players that would not otherwise support them. Does that put much of a load on the PC running the PS3 media server (could be the PC rather than the TV that is having trouble keeping up)? Good to know that the PS3 media server is compatible with DLNA capable Samsung TVs though.
  4. It is kinda difficult to get all the specs from the Samsung site as there are missing details e.g. digital audio out and ethernet port for the B650 models. Try this site instead for the specs: Series 6 models - http://www.theelectricdiscounter.com.au/sp...=LA32B650T1FXXY Series 5 models - http://www.theelectricdiscounter.com.au/sp...=LA32B550K1FXXY Series 4 models - http://www.theelectricdiscounter.com.au/sp...=LA32B450C4DXXY The main differences from what I can see are: Series 4 models have resolution up to 1366 x 768 with the older DNIe+ picture engine and Wide Colour Enhancer 2 Series 5 models have resolution up to 1920 x 1080 with the older DNIe+ picture engine and Wide Colour Enhancer 2 Series 6 models have resolution up to 1920 x 1080 with 100hz Motion Plus, Samsung Crystal FHD engine and Wide Colour Enhancer 3. USB2.0 and DLNA (for connection to a media server) supports playback of movie content as well as music and pictures (not sure if movie content is supported on the older "Wiselink" USB2.0 that is included on the Series 5 models) The Series 7 models are much the same as the Series 6 except they have 200Hz Motion Plus and a different case design. No 32" size available in Series 7 though. There is no reference to MPEG4 tuner support but I wouldn't be too concerned about that if I were you. You've got no way of testing that anything sold now will actually work by the time any broadcaster here starts using it, and you can almost guarantee that there will be issues requiring you to update something (hopefully via firmware) when they do. IMHO, as this could be 5 years or more away, the model you buy now could well become unsupported by the time you need this feature.
  5. I tend to agree. While it's nice to have a built in media player that supports a lot of formats, the downside is that you become reliant on vendor (Samsung) firmware rather than being able to pick and choose your own software (the latter usually being much more flexible). That said, it's not like you're paying a premium for the built in media player in this case.
  6. Actually, DivX/XviD are MPEG4 Part 2 and AVC/H.264 are MPEG4 Part 10. The MPEG4 container format is Part 14. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpeg4
  7. When looking at two Strong branded HD settop boxes just prior to Christmas I noted that there was a significant price difference between the MPEG2 only and the MPEG4 model: SRT 5405 (MPEG-2 Compliant) for $99 vs SRT 5410 (MPEG-4 HD/H.264 Compliant) for $200+ Admittedly the MPEG2 only model was on special (reduced from $139) at Myer, but I thought that it was still a bit steep to pay that much extra for something you can't even use (for 5-10+ years, or maybe never). Might be worth it if the particular device can use the onboard MPEG4 decoder for something other than live DVB/T streams e.g. media player function. Perhaps in time as MPEG4 chipset support grows the price difference will go down, but I think you're right about the timeframe (5 years at least for Australia) and there could be something else that comes along in that time that supersedes MPEG4. Nicely detailed FAQ. Thanks.
  8. That's encouraging news then, given that the AU specs for the LA46B750 on the Samsung site don't seem to mention it: http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/detail/...&fullspec=F Yet the AU specs for the previous LA46A750 model did include this: http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/detail/...&fullspec=F I was reading through the Samsung B650 owner's thread on avforums that hazzad linked to earlier and it was mentioned in there that there was an optical output, however there are UK (B6xx) models that have this listed in their specs (just above the section on Power) e.g. http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/detail/...&fullspec=F so I was beginning to think that the new AU models would miss out. I wonder what else isn't mentioned in the AU specs on the Samsung site? Also, can't see any B6xx AU models listed there yet even though there are a couple of B7xx models now.
  9. Another quick update. Just got a reply from Strong confirming that the software update is intended to fix the audio sync issue: The software version you have installed dated 28-11-08 solves this problem. Ensure you have powered the unit off and back on at the rear switch once the update has finished installing.
  10. Just an update on my last post. It seems that doing a factory reset as per the instructions was not enough to complete the software update. I turned the unit off via the switch at the back and then turned it back on again. When I check the software version on the display it now says 1.0 - 2008-11-27. The audio sync problem on all HD channels seems to have gone as well (at least for now). Not a bad little unit for the price ($99 at Myer, if you can find a store that has any in stock). It included a free 512MB USB stick as well which I used to do the upgrade. Apparently you can load MP3s onto the USB and play them back through your TV/sound system as well. I haven't tried this yet though.
  11. I bought one of these from Myer yesterday and have found the same problem that tim2chins is having regarding the audio being noticeably out of sync with the picture on 7HD. Seems OK on 10HD though. Haven't noticed any problems with the picture so far on any of the channels. I'm in Brisbane by the way in case that makes any difference. Downloaded the software update from the website (28-11-2008) and applied it as per the instructions (including a factory reset). It didn't fix the issue. I'm not actually sure if that is a software update on the website though as it says version 1.0 - 28-11-2008, unless the version numbers do not change. The version date displayed by my STB was also 2008-10-18 both before and after the update was applied. I'll send an email to Strong technical support about the issue and report back here if there is any response from them about it.
  12. I think the 550HX-S may have TBC as well, according to the specs on the Pioneer site: http://www.pioneer.com.au/productdetails/h...ifications.html "Picture Quality Progressive Scan: PAL/NTSC 3-D Noise Reduction: Yes Video DAC: 12-bit/108 MHz (Progressive Mode only) 3D Y/C Separation Circuit (NTSC/PAL): Yes Digital TBC: Yes Picture Creation: Yes" Seems to be standard on the Panasonic DVD recorders too from a brochure I was reading: "VCR Refresh Copying to DVD Time Base Corrector (TBC) + 3D Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) When connecting a VCR and DIGA to record VHS videotape images onto a DVD disc, the Time Base Corrector helps reduce jitter and performs signal conversion to create a stable signal. At the same time, 3D DNR detects and virtually eliminates randomly generated noise and color irregularities to help minimise flicker. Thanks to these two technologies, the tape input signal is automatically detected and optimum processing is performed to provide an easy way to even more beautiful digital recordings." Standalone TBCs have been on the market for many years of course, but I guess it makes a lot of sense to include them in DVRs that allow you to capture from an (old, possibly highly degraded) analogue source. More about it here if you are interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Base_Corrector
  13. Hi Alan, Thanks for all the info that you have provided in this and other threads - it really is most insightful. Having bought my first house about a year and a half ago now (in Bray Park), it was a disappointment to find that I couldn't get any signal for digital TV using the pre-existing antenna on the house, but I'm finally looking to address that, most likely with a whole new antenna and cabling. At present I have only a fusion hdtv tuner card in my computer for receiving digital TV, but I had very few problems using that when I lived a lot closer to Brisbane (at Geebung/Aspley). To be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the TV antenna when I bought this house, as it was literally out of sight out of mind. For reasons unknown to me, the antenna is installed inside the roof, directly above the wall cavity for the lounge room where the main TV point is. Maybe it was put there to have a short cable run or maybe it was just easier for the previous owner to install there because this house is a highset. The antenna is sort of propped up but I don't think it is horizontal to the ground. The analogue reception from it is not too bad... channels 7 and 9 are always clear, ch 10 is pretty good most of the time and the ABC only has minor interference now and again. The UHF channels are less clear, however I've had a lot worse from SBS and Briz 31 when I lived at Geebung. There is a second TV point in the downstairs rumpus room as well but the reception is not as good as the lounge room. The other worrying thing for me is that the coax outlet in the lounge room from the antenna is currently on the same wallplate as a dual power outlet (i.e. centred between the two power points). I've not seen anything like that before, but I take it that it would not be ideal? Anyway, having read the info you have provided, I'm thinking it would be best to get a whole new installation, including a new antenna that is just for digital in this area since I don't really care about analogue reception anymore. Ideally I would like to add another two TV points in a couple of the bedrooms as well. Just wondering, since you mentioned a few suburbs in your first post of which Bray Park was one, if there was anything special about this area that I would need to be aware of before proceeding further? Thanks very much.
  14. Sounds like there is a lot of room to maneuver on the price with these units. Clive Peeters had the EX77 listed for $669 on page 41 of last week's Sunday Mail (Brisbane), and that was an advertised price.
  15. I asked about this myself on page 3 of this thread as it seems that the previous ex75/ex85 models had a similar issue (see the link on my post for a discussion of it re: the earlier models in another thread http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtop...p;#entry760992). Sure would be nice to know for sure if it is the same issue with these new models.