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  1. The five includes RACING.COM (why would you not include it???) It's in the multiplex sucking up 2 Mbps which is half a HD channel. Seven can't dump it because it earns decent revenue for them and moving all channels to MPEG-4 just isn't going to happen any time soon. They tried with 7flix but were losing viewers so had to move back to MPEG-2. What we have now is what will stay until more older devices naturally die.
  2. Seven can't make a 2nd simulcast HD channel unless they got rid of one of their SD channels first. SBS could do it because they have 2HD channels and 4 SD channels. Seven already have FIVE SD channels together with the one HD channel so there is no room to move unless they change to HD only channels with no SD simulcast which would devastate their viewer numbers.
  3. Yep, it's only for 24 hours from midnight to midnight to ensure the AFL tonight is shown in HD. The way they implemented it is beyond stupid. Halfway through the episode of Training Day last night in the middle of an ad break the HD channel switched to 7mate programming without any warning (even though the EPG does accurately show the change but most people including myself assumed it was an error). And again tonight the HD channel will flip back to Seven programming in the middle of a program at midnight. The clowns at Seven really don't give a crap about anything other than their precious AFL. They could have flipped the HD channel just for the duration of the AFL match but clearly that's too hard and inconvenient for them. Screw em and their ratings.
  4. No it's not handy at all. All existing HTPC setups have been locked out due to the ridiculous restrictions placed on AACS 2.0 decryption. Frankly it is a total waste of time to buy (eventually when everything is available) all the parts needed to get it working. It's so much easier to download 4K UHD bluray rips from unofficial sources and just watch them without any restrictions whatsoever. The industry has gone above and beyond to shoot themselves in the foot this time making it so much harder to legitimately view UHD disc content on a PC that all PC users are turning to unofficial sources. They only have themselves to blame and now have no revenue from PC viewing users. And all this comes at a time when iTunes has locked out 1080p download access to older iTunes versions where the download could be decrypted, now only allowing 720p downloads and effectively cutting off revenue from customers that legitimately paid for content but wanted to view it on software that wasn't iTunes. The movie industry doesn't deserve an income if they want to dictate what hardware and software you can use to view their content. Screw em.
  5. The ABC are probably so desperate to save money that by moving to MPEG audio they don't have to pay royalties to Dolby or their license fee. Given that it's a MPEG-4 HD channel the audio should have been AAC rather than MPEG-1 because backwards compatibility isn't needed. Oh, and Alanh, for bitrates of 128kbps and higher (whether stereo or surround sound 5.1+ channels) LC-AAC should be used. HE-AAC is preferred only for <128kbps streams.
  6. Norway is the first country to switch off FM radio broadcasts completely in 2017 in favour of DAB: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2117569-norway-is-first-country-to-turn-off-fm-radio-and-go-digital-only/
  7. You can watch all the Tennis in full HD online for free. No need to waste your time with Prime if they refuse to get their act together.
  8. I can't blame you for having trouble in finding information. The online forums are full of clueless posters claiming that audio transmissions are using PCM etc because they are looking at the already decoded stats on their TV's rather than analysing the transmission parameters. No broadcaster on the planet would waste precious bandwidth transmitting audio in uncompressed PCM (as that would be 48kHz x 16bit = 768kbps just for stereo audio!). Digging deeper they appear to still be using dual stream audio on many terrestrial HD channels with AC3 DD5.1 in addition to MPEG-1 layer 2 (like some of our Australian broadcasters did many years ago). But the UK also transmits their channels on Freeview SAT and they appear to have identical (mostly dual AC3/MPEG) audio streams as on terrestrial, see transponder 10847 V: http://www.lyngsat.com/packages/Sky-UK.html I believe due to incompatibility with some Freeview STB's the UK couldn't fully support AAC audio on the Freeview platform (at least not until those devices are no longer supported). So they have to stick with AC3/MPEG1 for the time being.
  9. The fireworks in Sydney were very good quality. I noticed ABC HD was averaging just above 6 Mbps and with peaks around 6.8 Mbps during the fireworks which is double what ABC HD normally averages. I actually enjoyed the music performances from the Falls festival shown earlier in the night which looked amazing in HD. As for Melbourne fireworks on Seven, well not surprisingly both the fireworks themselves and the broadcast were a dud like they are every year compared with Sydney. Total waste of time unless you want something to scare the pets. Trying to broadcast them in HD wouldn't be worth the effort. Plus Melbourne studio shots and some ENG are still upscaled SD. It's nice of the ABC to repeat the entire broadcast from last night in full this afternoon.
  10. I agree, the Nigella show was noticeably better picture quality, but it still lacked critical detail that made it look like native HD. It still looked upscaled, however the appalling low bitrate can make it hard to tell. Even with a low bitrate (measured on my recording of Nigella as 2.768 Mbps) the very still static scenes should look good but the detail in those scenes is still missing so as far as I can tell it's still just upscaled SD.
  11. Foxtel doesn't want to upgrade all the older SD STB's all at once. They are waiting until natural attrition removes the remaining stock out in the field. Only when the last box is switched off will anything be done to change to HD. But as long as they are milking customers for a BS "HD" fee there is no incentive to change. SD will be around for a long time yet. Heck, they can't even be bothered to stream any channels online in HD. Foxtel are just a pathetic joke. They had good potential many years ago when they started HD but took the cheap way out and compressed more channels onto their transponders, then they pissed off many including myself by locking out 3rd party decoders. They never got another cent from me after that and never will. Financially supporting Foxtel by subscribing to them is just encouraging them to deliver substandard TV.
  12. Alan, where have you been for the past 10 years? ABC & SBS terrestrial multiplexes have been relayed throughout all of Australia in identical form via dedicated transponders for each state on Optus D1 for the past 10 years. There is no need for demuxing and remuxing etc as you claim because the entire terrestrial multiplex is transmodulated from the respective sat transponder for that state (and that now includes the ABC HD channel). Terrestrial re-transmissions of ABC and SBS have nothing to do with VAST. Only selected commercial network channels are demodulated from VAST and converted to MPEG-2 for broadcast locally in remote towns. The ABC/SBS channels on VAST are only there for viewing by direct VAST customers on VAST approved devices, not for relaying to terrestrial transmission sites (which is done via Optus D1). The ABC/SBS transponders on Optus D1 aren't even encrypted so it's relatively cheap and easy to transmodulate them to terrestrial without the expense and complexity of authorised smartcards, CAMs etc.
  13. Earlier this week they decided to massively increase the bitrate of SBS HD at the expense of the other SD channels (some of which had high bitrates of 5-6 Mbps. Up until this week SBS HD had an average bitrate of ~3 Mbps which was bloody awful and caused all the rapid scene change blocking problems. Increasing the bitrate back up to the levels it was at several years ago (currently averaging 9.2 Mbps).has improved the situation substantially. The resolution also increased from 1440x1080i to 1920x1080i. I imagine the "me too" timing of the SBS HD quality change was done deliberately at the same time ABC HD launched as a rather sad attempt to not look like SBS had the worst HD channel of all the broadcasters once ABC HD started. Frankly, it's rather pathetic that FTA broadcasters only get off their ass and improve picture quality when a competitor does something that would make them look bad. They don't give a sh*t what viewers want to see and the quality of the experience for viewers. It's all driven by ego and which network can get away with delivering the absolute minimum to keep the boss happy and money rolling in.
  14. The only changes noticed today are: 1. Recording the HD ABC channel now uses up noticeably less recorded space than recording SD ABC before. 2. The weather graphics etc on ABC News 24 have obvious interlacing artefacts with general coarse edges.
  15. As long as the fireworks are set off one at a time then it should look ok. If two or more fireworks are shown on TV at the same time then it will overload the encoder and the picture will look terrible ;-)