AC3 in Australia (Was Re: [mythtv] DVB 3.4 report)
richard at interlink.com.au
Mon Jan 10 09:59:19 EST 2005
> I'm an Australian living over in the US, and we see the same things with
> sound as you do - a lot of the programs are AC3 encoded, but with only two
> channels, setting off the ProLogic decoder. The AC3 standard allows for 1
> 5.1 channels (plus whatever DD-EX attempts to do with rear channel(s)) so
> don't be too alarmed. I've only ever seen one genuine 5.1 program over
> and that was a HDTV PBS recording of of some of Strauss's operatic works.
For what it's worth, ABC TV broadcasted a 1985 outdoor Midnight Oil concert
at the Sydney Opera house on Standard Definition TV with AC3 5.1 sound. Yes
- AC3 5.1 on SDTV.
Usually it's standard AC3 2.0 on SDTV.
> I'm planning on returning to Oz this year, what Australian HDTV card do
Right now the DVICO Fusion HDTV card seems to be pretty good but leave your
decision until you get back. Rough cost is AUD$180-$200. It's all a bit
"bleeding edge" at the moment.
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