Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by MUD, Jul 9, 2001.
ANYBODY know when when this will take place.
thanks in advance.
Oreilia says "I was told by a Sky rep today that they hope to launch DD5.1 broadcasts by christmas on some channels, movies being the most obvious choice." in a reply to my thread
"SkyPlus looks very interesting but..."
If this is indeed the case things are definitely looking up!
Did the rep say anything about bandwidth suffering due to 5.1. Hopefully we wont have to pay with a worse image than we already have.
I just hope people don't expect too much, 5.1 will only be there if there is an original 5.1 source so I suspect it will only be movies and a few sporting events if they set things up correctly (assuming they can code DD fast enough from a 5.1 source for a live sporting event, I dunno!).
I think the technology to encode DD on the fly does exist as I read an article somewhere (I'll try and dig it out) that one of the PC soundcard makers is on the verge of releasing a card to do just that for PC games so that the sound can be passed to a DD amp via co-ax or optical. Therefore if they can cram this onto a pc card I'm sure the big guys can do this already???
I think the technology does exist for 5.1 sports.
The Superbowl was broadcast in the states in 5.1 this year on their HDTV service and I believe has been for a few years now.
I would love to hear Sir Alex crying in 5.1 after Fulham have stuffed Man U on the opening day of the season.
I wouldn't hold your breath for 5.1 on Sky though.
Oh yes, the potential for 5.1 sports is fantastic. The Pro-logic crowd sounds on Sky has been okay, but nothing special.
Uncle Eric has a valid point though unless it is a REALLY REALLY limited 5.1, I wonder how many people will find their decoders won't decode DD at 1200 bits per second!
My question would have to be, if 5.1 does come out, how much will a new, compliant box be?
I doubt they'll issue an upgrade board to be retro fitted to existing boxes!
Perfect opportunity for Sky to shaft us for £££££££££'s!
The following is a quote from the blurb for the new Sky Plus system available later this year. Sky don't see a problem it seems!
"Dolby Digital Compatibility - SkyPlus is compatible with Dolby Digital 5.1 [viewers should connect SkyPlus to a multichannel amplifier with Dolby digital decoding via the Optical Digital Output]."
Only boxes like the Sony I take?
No upgrade available for older ones?
I would imagine that to have the premium Dolby Digital 5.1 sound system we'll have to have the premium box i.e. the SkyPlus. I'd also imagine that the Sony will not actually be able to decode 5.1 material? Perhaps they'll introduce a completely new range of decoders (without a record facitlty) which can cope with 5.1 sound, at a later date?
I believe the SkyPlus system will cost £200-£300 but this isn't too bad considering I was one of the 'lucky' ones who paid £200 for my box way back in 1998!
I'd love to hear the full story from someone in the know?
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