Category Archives: DTV

H.264 appears on Australian Digital TV

I’m still accumulating statistics on the rearranged digital TV stations, but stumbled across something rather unexpected. On Prime the ishoptv shopping channel, and the RACING.COM horse racing channel, don’t use MPEG2 video encoding. They’re now H.264, aka MPEG4-AVC (Part 10). … Continue reading

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At last … 1920 in Canberra

I’m sure that we’ve all worked out by now that all the TV channels that used to be run by Southern Cross Ten are now being run by WIN TV, and vice versa. A bit confusing, but my TVs and … Continue reading

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Freeview Plus at last!

This morning Freeview announced that Freeview Plus is launching on 2 September, or in fewer than four weeks. At last! The main thing it will offer is an enhanced electronic program guide with a search facility but, more importantly, which … Continue reading

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Cheap

Next month the last remaining areas of Australia with analogue TV will have it switched off. That’s Sydney (3 December), Melbourne (10 December) and remote Australia (10 December). So how much does it cost to get a digital TV receiver? … Continue reading

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Digital TV video bitrates – January 2013

Another two stations added to the free to air offerings. There seem to have been significant changes to some of the broadcasters’ bitrates, and indeed several have changed the resolution of their broadcasts. To gather this data, on 2 through … Continue reading

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Digital TV video bitrates – May 2011

More advertising has recently hit our regional TV stations in the form of a channel called ‘GOLD’ using part of the WIN TV spectrum (it’s on Channel 84). Which, of course, prompts me to update the table of video bitrates. … Continue reading

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84

Time to retune your digital TV and PVRs. It seems that a new station has appeared out here in the sticks. It’s called ‘WIN Gold’, and is honestly labelled on its EPG as offering nothing but ‘Infotainment’, although when I … Continue reading

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It’s official – 3D Olympics! But not for all.

Channel 9 sought a license for a trial broadcast of the 2012 London Olympics in 3D, and ACMA has approved it. The trial begins on 16 July and is open for a month, covering the games which run from 27 … Continue reading

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Scoop: Australia to get free to air Olympics in 3D!

I’ve just been on the telephone to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to ask about whether the 2012 London Olympics, which is being filmed in 3D (using Panasonic equipment, so says Panasonic) will be available on free to … Continue reading

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Digital TV video bitrates – September 2011

The other day Prime TV started broadcasting a new channel in its 6/60 bundle here in Canberra, and presumably elsewhere. This is called ‘Television 4’ and is numbered channel 64. It carries primarily advertorial stuff (exercise programs, Foreman grills and … Continue reading

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