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Discussion in 'Televisions' started by jamesrich, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. jamesrich

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    Hmm...very interesting indeed, and I thought that any possibility of HDTV broadcasts in the EU would be a pipe-dream, at least for the next 5-6 years.

    So this is an initial test case for Euro1080 is it? Here's hoping(no, praying!) that it's successful. Although I could be accused of mistruth or exaggeration, it looks as if HDTV isn't THAT far away

    I wonder what other forum members make of this...
     
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    There was no mention of it in the 2 satellite feedhunting groups that I belong to - I just checked both archives.
    I wonder what form of encryption or content scrambling they used.
    I can easily see signals from the satellite they used (2 metre dish).

    I think I'll be trying to make contact with someone at Euro1080 to try to find out more - format, type of endcoding etc.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    Sounds really promising they have a website at Euro1080 . I emailed them about possible access from home and got the following back
    promising! I also asked if they were talking to any of the cinema chains in the UK and they mentioned the "Odeon"

    Can't wait. Maybe this will be the excuse I need to buy plasma or projector.
     
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    This is a good excuse to buy a projector or plasma sure, but I'd rather wait and buy one that's capable of displaying true 720p/1080i, rather than scaled down/compressed. We'll just have to wait and see what effect Jan '04 has for HDTV in Europe.

    If they're willing to send it to selected Odeon cinemas in the UK then I would definitely travel to see the broadcasts.

    Pretty much a case of wait and see methinks...
     
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    Hi Kev,

    You can buy HD capable plasmas and projectors today that can show 720p native. You might have to wait a year or two to get one that will do 1080 native - Samsung have just demonstrated a 70" 1920x1080 resolution plasma. Niiice! :smoke:

    Steve
     
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    Yeah, Dutch, that does sound.......nice. :smoke:
    (pronounced like the presenter off Jazz Club in the Fast Show)

    I'm away off to find out more about that delectable wee beastie, it's got me head in a spin.:smashin:
     
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    Dutch, I couldn't find out anything about that plasma screen. Do you have any links mate?:confused:
     
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    Hello everybody, a short while back I sent an email to Yves Feltes,
    the Press Relations Manager of SES Global, the parent company of Astra. I wrote this:

    Hello,
    I am interested in SES Astra's plans for HDTV broadcasts in Europe. Could you provide me with more information on your plans for HDTV broadcasting within
    Europe.
    Thank you for your time,
    Kevin Murray.

    She didn't email me back, but instead forwarded my email to Frits Schreuder, the Product Manager within the Sales & Marketing dept. of Astra. He emailed me back with the following:


    Dear Kevin,

    We at SES ASTRA are expecting HDTV to be rolled out in Europe in the next 2 to 5 years. In one way or another HDTV is already available in Japan, US, Australia, Korea, China., more and more content is being shot in HD format (also in Europe) in order to be able to sell it to third parties. HD /WM9 will be made available by MS in the very near future, DVDs in HD are
    available etc.

    But the main reason is that HDTV compatible flat screens (LCD, plasma etc.) are becoming available everywhere and decreasing in price. The early adapter already has Dolby Digital, and most probably also a HD compatible plasma screen. He is waiting for HDTV content becoming available via one of the many distribution infrastructures. For the time being it looks like only satellite currently has the capacity to distribute a number of HDTV
    channels.

    In addition we see a growing number of special sporting or cultural events being distributed by satellite to be shown live in HD format in special equipped cinemas.

    You see that the time for HDTV has come!

    Best regards

    Frits SCHREUDER
    Product Manager
    Sales & Marketing Department
    SES ASTRA
    L-6815 Chateau de Betzdorf
    Tel: +352 710725 325
    Fax: +352 710725 324
    frits.schreuder@ses-astra.com
    http://www.ses-astra.com


    Your thoughts on this folks? :cool:
     

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