[mythtv-users] Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Fri May 23 01:14:48 UTC 2008

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 1:02 PM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 12:59:44PM -0400, Carl L. Gilbert wrote:
>> On Thu, 2008-05-22 at 10:23 -0600, Brian Phillips wrote:
>    SD digital is never going to get anywhere near your computer if you are
> in the US. It's going to go through some sort of STB first. By the time it
> gets to your computer it will be analog again.

The US is not the only market in the world. In NZ we have two common
sources of digital TV:

1. Satellite, broadcasting mpeg2 SD streams. Service provided by the
(NZ) Freeview Consortium. There is also Sky satellite, also SD (so
far) and encrypted. Sky are intending to go HD from the satellite, but
this won't be much use to Myth users except through an STB (and
therefore converted to analogue and probably down sampled to SD).

2. Freeview's new DVB-T HD service which is h.264 encoded and
variously comes in 720p and 1080i, and with some variant of AAC audio.
 Myth is not yet fully ready for these streams as the interlacing in
the 1080i streams is not properly handled by Myth and similarly for
the audio streams.

So my point is, digital does not equal HD everywhere in the world.

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