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Sky HiDef service - sound formats?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by Tarbat, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. Tarbat

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    I know we've all been discussing the video format for Sky's HiDef service, but what about the sound formats. Sky state that "many of our HD programmes will include a Dolby 5.1 surround sound track", but that raises a number of questions in my mind:

    1. Does this mean Dolby Digital (AC3), or Dolby Surround? My guess is AC3.

    2. What sound format(s) gets output on the HDMI interface?

    3. How do I find out the capabilities of any particular HDMI implementation? For example, I've got a Samsung SP46L6HX TV, which has an HDMI socket. But, how would I find out whether this can handle an AC3 soundtrack?

    Any thoughts on this?
     
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    Has any source outputted audio via HDMI yet?

    ( I realise outputted may not be a real word :D )
     
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    Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC3 by any other name) as used now on Sky film channels 1 to 3 (and Disney).

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    I don't think you can really use the term 5.1 to describe matrix-surround audio carried as a stereo pair (and decoded using ProLogic or ProLogic II receivers) - and as Sky are already using Dolby Digital 5.1 (though you need a Sky+ box to access it) on some of their movie channels - I think it is a fair bet that DD 5.1 (aka AC3) audio will be the multi-channel format of choice.
     

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