Sitting in my inbox, I have a press release from one of the companies that makes TV middleware – that’s the stuff that typically does things like the interactive services, and increasingly provide access to online content, like iPlayer, LoveFilm and other material. I’ve been thinking about what, if anything to write about it. On… Read More Security in a connected TV world
Time for another question, from Paul Hunter, who asks “what is the difference between PCM 2.0 stereo channel and Dolby Digital (DD) 2.0? I have a brand new amp (Onkyo) which shows that Standard Definition TV programmes, via my Humax HDR Fox T2 recorder, are transmitted in PCM 2.0, whereas the majority of HD programmes… Read More Q&A: Digital audio formats
I’ve just finished reviewing the TVonics DTR-Z500HD Freeview HD recorder for Register Hardware; it should be published in the next week or so. I can’t tell you exactly what I thought before then (after all, they pay me for my opinion), but I thought it’s worth raising some questions that people will have to think… Read More Choosing a FreeviewHD recorder
For those who didn’t spot it, last week the excellent Broadband TV News site carried a report about a ruling from the European Court of Justice which may have implications for the pricing of PVRs – the hard disk recorders that many people are using for satellite and terrestrial services like Freeview, Freesat and Sky.… Read More EU court decision could cut price of PVRs
Those who’ve followed the saga of Freeview HD since its launch, and the discovery by many early adopters that they couldn’t actually get surround sound using their existing equipment, may recall that I mentioned all that was going to change. Well, in theory, that day is here. The latest version of the ‘D Book’ which… Read More The magic number: 6.2.1
I’ve just made a minor update to my list of equipment that can transcode surround sound for Freeview HD, adding information about the TVonics DTR-Z500HD, which I’m reviewing at the moment for Register Hardware. I’ll also be posting a more general update about the topic in the next few days. Meanwhile, if you have already… Read More Freeview HD surround sound updates
This was originally published in Personal Computer World as part of a feature on Ultrafast Broadband I wrote in 2008. Take a look around online, and you’ll often find people pointing out that other countries have cheaper and faster provision than the UK – and it’s true. But, sadly, that doesn’t mean that we can… Read More High speed broadband: Korea can. Why can’t we?