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  1. al5000

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    High Definition TV news Posted Friday, March 17th, 2006

    Europe likely to be affected by imminent HD receiver shortage

    A new report for Screen Digest suggests that Europe may be hit by a high definition 'shortage' this summer, as manufacturers struggle to meet the huge public demand for HD receivers likely to be generated by the World Cup.

    The report's author, Vincent Letang, suggests the problem is caused by a Europe-wide shortage of HD decoder chips - though he stresses that the problem will only be short term, and so it shouldn't take too long for the industry to catch up with consumers once the World Cup rush is over...

    Posted by John Archer

    Could this mean Sky-HD will be effected too.:rolleyes:
     
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    It already is, supply of boxes will at first be limited to dealers and high end customers. MPEG chips are very new and to start with demand will be massive, but it will settle down and hopefully so will prices
     
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    I thought supply of boxes was limited to people in department stores, up the pub and anyone who is anyone who meets an av techy or sky engineer at a service station and has an HD box but doesn't know what HDCP is?
     
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    How do they (or you) define a high end customer horny?
     
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    How do Sky define their 'high end' customers?

    Woops, jinx ....... can't post until I say your name ....
     
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    I would be willing to bet that they have names such as "Scottish and Newcastle".

    Regards,
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  8. hornydragon

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    I have no idea but commercial use pay thousands a month for Sky! i recon if you appear on sky sports regularly and 3-4 Full subs with + you may be in with a sniff of a box but dealers are having to put in big commitments to flogging sky to get a demo unit..........doubtless DSG will get a batch and then make it look NAff!
     
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    i smell an X-box 360 ploy here....

    if the can produce DVD players in the quantity they can, there is no reason they cant supply HD receiver boxes in the same quantity.......christ, the technology involved is still way behind what you get on a graphics card! its only new in the sense of the application, its not new in the sense they just invented 720p or 1080p quality....lol...thats been around for a couple years now!!!...just with games not video....

    they stifle supplies to make sure demand goes up, everyone panics they might not get one so orders one early to make sure......stocks in companies go up, the traders are happy....

    the consumers will most likely get one, mebbe some wont because they live in an area or rather all ordered from the same company, which of course is only likely to have so much stock available simply because they have to store it somewhere!......
     
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    Ehh? I thought MPEG4 was brand-new technology, hence the shortage of chips. I don't think the market is flooded with MPEG4 chips on graphics cards either...
     
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    Hardware MPEG4 is relatively new, though software codecs have been available for ages. HD resolution isn't the problem it's the shift from MPEG2 to MPEG4 that's causing the chip shortage. Frankly I can live with a short lived chip shortage for the benefits MPEG4 will bring.
     

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