On Sun, 05 Mar 2000 21:49:16 +0000 Paul Kelly <longword at esatclear.ie> wrote:
| Ronan Kirby wrote:
| > > Worthless fact for the day: NICAM stereo, which is 'hidden' away in a TV
| > > signal, is nearly three quarters of a megabit per second per TV channel.
| > > Add up how much bandwidth that is for even Cablelink's meagre selection
| > > of channels. Not bad for a hidden signal eh?
| > Ah, that would probably explain why stupid Irish Multichannel do mono
| > only! Its funny, because nobody there was able to give me an explination!
| Most likely because they're too cheap to buy the encoder equipment which
| is fairly expensive. I doubt it's a cable quality issue. The quality of
| Cablelink's network isn't up to much, and any kind of cable network that
| gives a picture acceptable enough to pay for should be fine for NICAM
FWIW, Horizon AKA Irish Multichannel _do_ provide NICAM for the four Irish
stations to us on cable in Portarlington, OTOH they don't supply some of the
other channels I've seen available in Dublin or an FM feed, and the picture
quality is hardly pristine.
That said, I'm more than slightly glad that I stood my ground when it was
installed and got the cable, as opposed to MMDS, whatever about simultaneous
viewing, I would be a pain if I couldn't program the video last night to tape
three different things on three different channels with a view to watching
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