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Elite 5
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Registered: ‎31-12-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

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IP1 wrote:

...Dolby Digital 5.1 has often been available on Freeview films if a digital output is taken from a set top box to an AV receiver or decoder.


Actually no it's not! 

 

As I mentioned before... Freeview offers 5.1 channel AAC-HE audio which is transcoded by your TV to Dolby Digital, prior to being sent to your surround sound amplifier.

 

Depending on the make and model of your television, when you press the 'info' or 'option' button you will see the term 'HE-AAC'. Indeed, I'm currently viewing 'Planet Earth 2' on BBC 1 HD which is currently offering 5.1 Dolby Digital via Freesat. But, via Freeview it's 5.1 HE-AAC.

 

 

Cheers


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IP1
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Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

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I don't actually use a television The output goes straight from the Freeview box to an AV decoder enabling 5.1 audio. Just a shame NOW TV doesn't do the same.

Elite 5
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Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p


IP1 wrote:

I don't actually use a television the output goes straight from the Freeview box to an AV decoder.


Then that means your Freeview box is performing the HE-AAC to Dolby Digital 'transcoding'... 


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IP1
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Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

Exactly. It's just a shame NOW TV can't do the same.

IP1
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Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

It's been nice chatting. Bye now and all the best.

Elite 5
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Registered: ‎31-12-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

Yes it's a shame. But unfortunately the Roku built devices don't support multi-channel HE-AAC to multi-channel Dolby Digital transcoding. For any streaming service...

 

Many of us would like NOW TV to offer discrete multi-channel surround sound, as currently we're all having to use a Prologic type processor. I'm sure at some time in the future NOW TV will offer this feature. And, with any luck it will most probably commence with their on-demand 'Cinema' service. But for now, it is what it is.

 

 

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Helper 5
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Registered: ‎17-08-2012

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

I've subscribed to the movies part of Now TV, just for a while so I can broaden my range of movies over the holiday. Having being an entertainment pass subscriber on and off for a good while, I knew all too well the severe limitations of Now TV's picture and sound quality. While watching TVs with sub standard PQ/AQ is a poor experience, movies really, really demand top tier quality. 

 

When Now TV launced 720p with 2.0 channel audio was already poor, but now, years later, it's just comical. The competition has had 1080p with 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus for years already, and is now moving to 4K HDR.The difference is bigger than the gulf between VHS and blu-ray.  Needless to say, watching movies on Now TV is a very underwhelming experience. I find the sound quality especially awful, and it's not just the total lack of any surround sound. Even the raw quality is just brutal, it sounds extremely compressed and course, and is prone to skipping too. It's miserable stuff.

 

I suspect the problem is simply one of Sky not wanted to make it's absurdly expensive legacy satellite offering look dated. A conflict of intererests which cripples Now TV and allows Netflix and Amazon a stunning degree of technical superiority. 

 

In an ideal world Now TV would not exist and all of those studio contracts would go to Netflix and Amazon.

Champion 5
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Registered: ‎17-10-2013

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

@moroboshi

 

Couldn't agree more. I've often said on the forum in the past that I suspect it's nothing to do with demand or technical requirements but simply that Sky TV need as many ways to differentiate their subscription service as a premium product as they can, and being able to offer 5.1 on movies is one of them. That works well for people looking for a cheaper alternative to a Sky TV subscription, but as you point out NOW TV is also in the difficult position of being compared to other streaming subscription services like Netflix and Amazon and, even disregarding the surround issue, the sound quality is way behind those, particularly when it comes to the clarity of dialogue. If there's a movie on NOW TV that I also have on DVD I always watch on DVD as I find the experience more enjoyable despite the lower picture resolution.

First Poster
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Registered: ‎20-02-2014

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

Very interesting topic,i signed up for Now tv movie service again after quite some time and totally forgot that the films are in Pro logic needless to say i cancelled straight away but still have 10 days left,as i have watched Jurasic World in bloody pro logic which totally ruined the spectacle,i wont be watching any more of their Blockbusters,indeed i bought The Martian,Force Awakens,Deadpool,on Blu-Ray on special offer at HMV with brilliant Sound codecs and upscalled picture,i know not every one is in this position to buy Movies but if your prepared to wait Channel 4 ,channel 5 ,E4,Film 4 seem to show most big films in Dolby Digital,Like wise Netflix,Amazon,interestingly Sky are doing a great deal on their movie channels half price i think for 6 months.

Contributor 1
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎05-05-2015

Re: 5.1 Sound and 1080p

Yep, totally agree Andy.