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Telewest Digital Audio Output?

Discussion in 'Cable TV & Virgin Media TV' started by adrianharvey, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. adrianharvey

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    Could someone tell me if the telewest digital cable boxes have any digital outputs for audio (preferably optical)?

    Also, anyone know of plans for telewest to start sending dolby digital audio signals down the pipe with the broadcasts?

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    Adrian
     
  2. Big Jim

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    nope on digital audio outputs.

    Also I believe the latest 4000 series are scart output only (no phono outs)

    AFAIK no plans on the DD front - would be nice if the upped the picture quality though!

    Wish cable/sky would do an HD service!
     
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    Thanks.

    Just donm't understand why DD hasn't caught on with the cable/sky services? Seems to me that they could sell this as a premium service.

    There must be some licensing or technical hurdles in the way. Anybody know what these might be, and what the chances are in the furture of Dolby Digital being broadcast on more than just sky+?

    Adrian
     
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    DD 5.1 soundtracked material is in plentiful supply, majority are movies of course but there is more and more TV programs that use the format.
    There are two issues though, the first is that a DD soundtrack requires more bandwidth ontop of that required for a stereo soundtrack and that means either higher satellite charges or less /lower quality channels for a given capacity.
    The second is that 99% of digital STB's are not capable of handling a DD5.1 datastream and do not have the software or hardware to output the format to a suitable amp.

    I agree that a premium priced digibox should be available from SKY and more DD5.1 material broadcast. This would remove any problems with existing subscribers who quite rightly think they were getting a substandard service. While there are over 6million subscribers with digiboxes that can't access DD5.1 and new models that don't carry the facility SKY can not offer one make/model with the option within the subsidised install offers.

    Right now it seems apart from one or two STB's the basic idea is to make them as cheap as possible and that normally means minimum connections and expansion capabilities.
    Just like High Definition TV in the UK it looks like DD5.1 is for quite a while going to be on the back burner thanks to the short term profit motivated views of SKY and other commercial channels and the BBC's decision to turn their back on being the world leader in TV advances.
     

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