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WIN News – Widescreen

By Hammo - 13 April 2008 26

WIN News in Canberra will be widescreen digital, as of Monday 14 April 2008 (next Monday).

[Ed. This barely passes Riot’s stringent quality controls for news, but as its a slow day….]

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bd84 10:12 pm 15 Apr 08

Actually seeing the news for the first time tonight in HD there is a huge difference to the old analogue even on the trusty old tv, makes you wonder how old their old equipment was.. guessing very from the few times i’ve seen the camera crew out and about. Can’t comment on the sound, but it sounded a lot better to me.

CanberraResident 1:12 pm 15 Apr 08

Hi JG114, actually that makes a lot of sense. Just called a mate, who told me the same thing – unless your TV is quite big (which mine is not), then the HD will make virtually no difference. With regards to DVD recorders, I bought a LG HD Multi whatever with loads of recording hours. Your comment about “freezing” rings true. I get plenty of freezes – very annoying when recording a program. Good to see others have same problem and it’s not unique to my setup. Anyway, you’ve set my mind at ease about the HD thing – stuff it, don’t need it. Might even bring out the old b/w telly from the garage, you know … the one with the inbuilt stereo at one end circa 1968. Hehe, funny thing is, it still works!

JD114 12:38 pm 15 Apr 08

Hi Canberra Resident… don’t panic about the HD! If I strain really hard I can just make out a slightly perceptible difference between the SD and the HD signals on my 1366×768 TV which is classed as high definition. If I had the 1920 x 1080 set at triple the price, I would be able to see a bigger difference of course.

For the forseeable future an SD tuner through a good TV will keep all but the most anal viewers happy, as the pictures are by any definition excellent, and the hardware is a lot cheaper.

I forgot to mention that Sony no longer make their HD HDD PVRs but other brands exist, Topfield seems to be doing quite well in the HD market. In the city DJs, Myer and JB all seem to have a few on sale. There are plenty of good players in the SD HDD PVR market, I bought a Digicrystal one from a reputable supplier on eBay for about $160 with ability to record up to 40 hours of TV, it was a single tuner model but if I was looking now I would make sure I got a twin tuner model.

Stay away from DGTech… their STBs and PVRs are crap. Cheaper but you get unreliability as a result, and there are few things more annoying than setting up a series of programs to record and finding the unit had frozen 5 minutes into the first one on the list!

Ozhair 12:11 pm 15 Apr 08

@caf: You’ve got me scratching my head now. Had never noticed the stereo problem until last night. But then, haven’t really paid much attention to WIN News in quite a while, so it may be something unrelated to the changeover?

caf 11:55 am 15 Apr 08

ozhair: All of the analogue channels except for SC10 have been stereo in Canberra for years… so does the same problem occur on analogue stereo?

CanberraResident 11:26 am 15 Apr 08

thanks Kenneth and el …you know … I don’t consider myself illiterate or a tech dunce, but this new HD TV technology has me baffled, even the high definition website put out by the communications mob didn’t help … anyway, I’ve screen dumped your suggestions above and will show it to the 17 year old next door, he’ll get it going I’m sure, and I’m happy to pay extra for another set-top box if needed … mind you, I won’t be going to ‘you know where’ though … their catalogue is all pooped over so there’s no chance of viewing the specials as I drink my morning brew …

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