On Saturday 08 May 2010, Paul Murray wrote:
> would seem to suggest that there is a difference between Irish DTT and
> the UK Freeview, and that not all UK freeview receivers will be able
> to receive the irish signal. This could be simply an advisory to keep
> people from buying the UK freesat receivers in the hope it will work
> with DTT or there could be something different in the encoding.
Importantly the main UK Freeview spec uses MPEG2 as the transport, while
(apparently) the pilot in ROI uses MPEG4. I have seen it happen that a
nominally DVB-T capable device (Verbatim MediaStation) would get sound and
some text but no video.
> would suggest that the DTT signal is somewhat internationally
> standards compliant given that it can be received by this receiver.
I think France is on MPEG4 too.
Ultimately, they aren't going to say any kit is approved until they are good
and ready. In particular, they aren't going to want punters complaining
because they bought kit that then didn't work, and they want the option to
change the standard before the release.
For added giggles, the UK is rolling out Freesat HD, which may use MPEG4, or
at least kit released to support it might be built with half an eye on the
market next door.
> Worth keeping in mind.... I'm going to try one of the above freesat /
> DTT combo receivers myself soon and have been reading up on it, just
> not sure what to make of the statements from RTENL regarding
> compatibility, perhaps they could change the whole modulation before
> the eventual launch....
While the combo concept is sweet, I just went and got the Humax Foxsat HDR.
Does what it says on the tin, and it means that I could run a DTT focused
PVR alongside it without conflicts.
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