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Re: Now TV Smart Box HD Channels


@SeeMoreDigital wrote:

 

ITV do things a little differently. Apart from the 'national' ITV 1 HD channel they also provide several large regional ITV 1 HD channels (ie: ITV 1 Wales, ITV 1 Granada, ITV 1 London, ITV 1 Anglia, ITV 1 Meridian, ITV 1 Central West, STV HD (Scotland) and UTV HD (Ulster).



 

Did not know that (I don't watch local ITV1 HD much).  I assumed BBC1 didn't offer local HD because of lack of capacity on transmitters or somesuch.

 

If ITV can do it, then I'm disappointed that the BBC don't.



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Re: Now TV Smart Box HD Channels


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If ITV can do it, then I'm disappointed that the BBC don't.


 

It actual fact, both BBC and ITV offer around twenty 'local' standard-def channels each Smiley Surprised

 

If you had access to a DVB-S tuner and dish, you would be able to access them all 😉

 

 

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Re: Now TV Smart Box HD Channels

@DarylM more to do with satellite space/cost. ITV have an incentive in that they sell regional advertising and those companies want the right eyes on their products.

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I know ITV have local HD channels on satellite.  But how about Freeview?



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@SeeMoreDigital wrote:

 

It actual fact, both BBC and ITV offer around twenty 'local' standard-def channels each Smiley Surprised

 

If you had access to a DVB-S tuner and dish, you would be able to access them all 😉

 


 

I'm referring to local channels in HD, not standard-def.  Specifically on Freeview.



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DarylM wrote: 

I'm referring to local channels in HD, not standard-def.  Specifically on Freeview.


You'd think the BBC would have found a way to slip-stream 'locally' produced content directly into the local transmitters HD multiplex. Which is currently every half hour for 4 mins during BBC Breakfast. 15 mins at 13:30, 30mins at 18:30 and 15mins at 22:30...

 

With regard to the regional ITV HD output, the last time I watched the news (which isn't local) via ITV Central West HD and ITV Granada HD it wasn't actually HD, it was 'up-scaled'. Which raises the question... How many local BBC or ITV studios are geared up for HD Smiley Surprised

 

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@schnapps I live near Bristol but the local Freeview transmitter is pants so I point my aerial towards Wenvoe and get perfect reception on all the Freeview channels.

 

Personally I am looking forward to having one box for all my live TV. Plus the 50hz output is a big bonus. As for recording I'll be using a Raspberry Pi with 2 tuners. 

 

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I am Lucky the Wenvo local transmitter is only about approximately 15 miles from my house and on a dark clear night from my Bedroom window i can see the warning light on top of the transmitter mast for low flying aircraft.

 

When i did an automatic channel search on the NowTV smart box menu settings i was given two options to pick Wales (Wenvo) or England (Which i am guessing was Mendip).

 

When selecting Wenvo my local transmitter the box picked up about 170 channels (TV & Radio) can't be bothered to go through the channel list to see if there any duplicate stations etc and to be honest i tend to watch the HD channels only (can't stand watching anything in SD the picture looks terrible on any Freeview connected device) .

 

All my other TV viewing is spread across BT TV (mainly sports) NowTV, Netflix and Amazon.

 

Haven't done much comparison on the NowTV smart box over the SD channels, but the HD pictures look nice and sharp on my TV and IMO is on par with PQ with my Panasonic TV inbuilt Freeview Tuner and my BT UHD YouView box. Smiley Happy

 

Also, i am guessing if you live in Bristol and you are tuned into the Welsh Wenvo Transmitter, that all your BBC programmes from England are being watched from the BBC iplayer app or some other source ? 

 

 

Another thing worth mentioning, is that the NowTV new smart box uses 50hz video playback & has a quad core processor under the bonnet and navigating the UI appears snappier to me compared to any other NowTV device that i  have owned (the BBC IPlayer app works fantastic on the new smart box over both the live and catch up BBC service if you have a good sufficient broadband internet speed).

 

 

BTW - I had a Raspberry PI for a while in my home set up (firstly used it for XBMC then has a Squeeze box server, now the PI is sadly gathering dust in my cupboard) it has now been replaced with an Amazon Fire TV box and a cheap 500GB NAS drive server which i mainly use for Spotify streaming to my Squeeze box devices dotted around the house. Smiley Very Happy   

 

 

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@schnapps I thought you lived close to your local transmitter. Mine is 15 miles away and I thought that was a long way.

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@4268

 

Been thinking about the distance since your post, 15 miles approx would be driving by road to get there in my car.

 

Where as the direct line of sight distance to the transmitter mast would be much less (don't know how far though).

 

Also, where i live there are no high rise buildings (like if you live in the big city) or mountains blocking the transmitter path which would have an effect on the signal strength or quality. Smiley Happy

 

Anyway all good my end with the number of channels and signal strength from the roof aerial. Smiley Very Happy

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