American HDTV in UK?

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by mattmarsden, Oct 11, 2002.

  1. mattmarsden

    mattmarsden
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2002
    Messages:
    1,444
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +68
    Does anyone know if it is possible to receive HDTV from an American satellite here in the UK? It would be great if this was possible...
     
  2. Gordon @ Convergent AV

    Gordon @ Convergent AV
    Distinguished Member AVForums Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    13,999
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Living in Surrey, covering UK!
    Ratings:
    +2,803
    No, I wondered if it would be possiblet to get "forces" american TV but I think it's a no hoper.

    Gordon
     
  3. Chris Muriel

    Chris Muriel
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2002
    Messages:
    7,112
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +713
    Gordon wrote
    "No, I wondered if it would be possiblet to get "forces" american TV but I think it's a no hoper. "

    I would agree. AIUI the receivers used for American Forces TV firstly use an encryption system unavailable to the public and, secondly those boxes do not contain an HDTV decoder.
    3rdly , I'm not sure whether the satellite transponders used could handle the required bandwidth/data-rate (I would have to refresh my knowledge of their ATSC standard to confirm this).

    Chris Muriel, author of Digital Satellite FAQ.
     
  4. jim.rae

    jim.rae
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Let's start with greed, over regulation, total disrespect for the poor bloody viewer - and technical arrogance...

    That'll do me for now!
     
  5. Starburst

    Starburst
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    17,838
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Ilkeston
    Ratings:
    +979
    All the more depressing when so many of the TV shows I've seen from the USA open with large banners proclaiming "Simulcast in HDTV" or "High Resolution Digital Widescreen" or even IMO the most annoying "Dolby Digital where available" because that technology is already with us!

    Having the US government support the TV broadcasters into adopting HDTV certainly encourages them to increase the amount of programming available and gives the TV manufacturers a market for the next gen displays.
     
  6. jim.rae

    jim.rae
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Now that I have got the rant off my chest, I have to say that UK TV properly set up with a digital source and RGB or component feed, looks pretty good.

    And the US NTSC system was past its sell by date.

    But HDTV in Britain is a generation away at least...
     
  7. Timh

    Timh
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2000
    Messages:
    4,820
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Altair-4
    Ratings:
    +140
    Quantity before quality :rolleyes:
     
  8. encaser

    encaser
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    Messages:
    1,566
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Suffolk/Essex
    Ratings:
    +112
    Yet another possible reason to get a blu-ray dvd recorder when they surface, as pre-recorded HD stuff is supposedly going to make its way to the discs...:)
     
  9. Starburst

    Starburst
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    17,838
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Ilkeston
    Ratings:
    +979

    I was more than happy to import a R1 DVD player before the format was launched in the UK and I would do the same if HD material was made available on whatever evolution of DVD comes next. It'll also give me the push to get a display that could handle HD programming, so far I haven't found a reasonable excuse to get rid of my aging but reliable RPTV :)
     
  10. McPastry

    McPastry
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    S'pose you could import a DVHS deck which will output movies in 1080i, but the software available at the moment is pretty limited (and expensive). Here's what's listed at DVDBoxOffice:

    Behind Enemy Lines
    Big Momma's House
    Don't Say A Word
    Entrapment
    Fight Club
    Galaxy Quest
    Haunting, The
    High Crimes
    Independence Day
    Kiss Of The Dragon
    Men Of Honor
    National Lampoon’s Van Wilder
    Peacemaker , The
    Planet Of The Apes 2001
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    X-Men

    Mmmm T2 in high-res lovlieness...
     

Share This Page

Loading...