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remlap 05-08-2009 16:36

BBC HD New Encoder?
 
BBC HD New Encoder?

Is BBC HD using a new encoder its currently running at 9.7 Mbit used to be 16ish if I remember right.

u006852 05-08-2009 16:56

Linowsat says it was at 16 yesterday, so it can have only changed today if thats the case.

remlap 05-08-2009 17:04

Right so its today it changed and its wasting 9MBit 26% of the transponders packets, enough for an HD channel if needed.

u006852 05-08-2009 17:16

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Originally Posted by remlap (Post 34386260)
Right so its today it changed and its wasting 9MBit 26% of the transponders packets, enough for an HD channel if needed.

Well, one has to ask why turn it down unless the freed up space is going to be used for something?

Perhaps that is wishful thinking of course!

This thread will now explode with theories as to whats coming, CH4HD or whatever!:D

.....and it will probably turn out to be nothing of the sort, but hey whats the harm in being optomistic?

Bob_Cat 05-08-2009 17:37

Can't confirm anything but I think a software update was due to their encoders?

u006852 05-08-2009 17:39

It has been talked about for a long time.

Anyway I'm not getting my hopes up regarding new HD channels.

remlap 05-08-2009 19:02

It is interesting that they have forked out for new encoders if there was no reason to it though.

cbram1970 05-08-2009 19:13

BBC HD+1 of course lol

mrMick 05-08-2009 19:14

they've been on 2 transponders for some time now, one with just the promo. a new, better quality encoder is certainly a possibility...

remlap 05-08-2009 19:19

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Originally Posted by mrMick (Post 34389602)
they've been on 2 transponders for some time now, one with just the promo. a new, better quality encoder is certainly a possibility...

No they have not, that test was long removed and still not proven if it was from BBC anyway.

u006852 05-08-2009 19:20

It is interesting that they have forked out for new encoders if there was no reason to it though



Well they were getting a lot of stick for the picture quality at one point.

Some of the criticism was justified, but IMHO it was never anywhere near as bad as some critics said it was.

It may be a software update, not necessarily new encoders, so costs are unknown.

Also I did speculate if the encoder work Andy Quested said was being done was driven mainly by the freeview HD platform.

AFAIK it will be operating at challengingly low bit rates.

Pure speculation though, just thinking out loud.

We just don't know if the free space will be used for anything at all, or could even be an SD channel!:eek:

remlap 05-08-2009 19:21

SD channel or three mate, enough room for that.

u006852 05-08-2009 19:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by remlap (Post 34389801)
SD channel or three mate, enough room for that.

Well 2:)

anyway Andy Quested is the man that will know the answers.

Andy? Are you out there?

mrMick 05-08-2009 19:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by remlap (Post 34389741)
No they have not, that test was long removed and still not proven if it was from BBC anyway.

what was this?

Txp# 8 11.856 V DVB-S2 MPEG4 HD SR 29.500 FEC 3/4
3853_______HD S2 Format Showing Shortened BBC HD Preview.

if not a second BBC HD on another tx..

carvell 05-08-2009 19:44

As someone has said, that's long since gone and nothing proves it was the BBC running it anyway.

scoobiesnacks 05-08-2009 19:50

I've not been watching over the past week. What's the quality like? Good/worse/about the same?

Boatman 05-08-2009 19:52

According to Linowsat http://www.linowsat.co.uk/0282/all/0282.shtml, the bitrate is still around 16.
Where did the OP get his information from?

u006852 05-08-2009 20:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boatman (Post 34390714)
According to Linowsat http://www.linowsat.co.uk/0282/all/0282.shtml, the bitrate is still around 16.
Where did the OP get his information from?

It says the latest sample was taken at 17:36 this afternoon, but if you check the charts they only show data up to yesterday.

Anyone with DVB viewer out there to confirm?

MrEco 05-08-2009 20:02

DVBViewer is showing 9.6 Mbit/s right now.

u006852 05-08-2009 20:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrEco (Post 34391016)
DVBViewer is showing 9.6 Mbit/s right now.

Wow! Now theres service! Thank you.

scoobiesnacks 05-08-2009 20:20

Watching "Wildest dreams" right now I certainly wouldn't say the picture is better. In fact its average.
I suspect its the same encoder, they've cut the bandwidth to see if we notice.

remlap 05-08-2009 20:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by scoobiesnacks (Post 34391544)
Watching "Wildest dreams" right now I certainly wouldn't say the picture is better. In fact its average.
I suspect its the same encoder, they've cut the bandwidth to see if we notice.

Its a new encoder or at-least different video type slightly DVBViewer's on screen display reacts different to it, similar to how Luxe TV HD is.

u006852 05-08-2009 20:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by scoobiesnacks (Post 34391544)
Watching "Wildest dreams" right now I certainly wouldn't say the picture is better. In fact its average.
I suspect its the same encoder, they've cut the bandwidth to see if we notice.

Well lit scenes seemed OK, however the "performance review" scenes which were less well lit had what looked like camera noise.

It was certainly struggling with the noise and showed artifacts when viewed close up.

Not particularly noticeable from normal viewing distance.

Obviously without a direct A/B it's impossible to say what this looked like at the higher rate.

scoobiesnacks 05-08-2009 20:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by u006852 (Post 34391989)
Well lit scenes seemed OK, however the "performance review" scenes which were less well lit had what looked like camera noise.

It was certainly struggling with the noise and showed artifacts when viewed close up.

Not particularly noticeable from normal viewing distance.

Obviously without a direct A/B it's impossible to say what this looked like at the higher rate.

I've got plenty of recordings. I should be able to benchmark something. eg Wallander.

Agree with you on the noise and artefacts.

My main test is the wow factor. Look at it from a distance and see if I can say to myself its a great picture. At the moment - Life of Riley showing- it isn't.

remlap 05-08-2009 20:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by u006852 (Post 34389983)
Well 2:)

anyway Andy Quested is the man that will know the answers.

Andy? Are you out there?

You could probably run 4 at a stretch :)


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