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  1. It'll be relevant to the many many people in apartment buildings - with no amplifier for that channel in the building's antenna system, they'll see as much of the 3D Olympics as they do of channel 31 - i.e. nothing
  2. Ohhh, they're milking the golden cow with this one, they really are. Meanwhile, the new 3-disc "Collector's Edition" version does not play properly in Sony's S370 BD player; takes ten years to load (not normal for this player), and the Java menus do not work properly; you can't select from the three versions of the movie, for one thing. Works fine on the PS3, but then, that's apparently what the 3.55 firmware update the other week was all about. Fox's BD authoring is dreadful. Always has been. But it's getting worse.
  3. I did some testing with this earlier, and I'm sorry to report that the S370 is NOT region-free: http://i508.photobucket.com/albums/s326/Ne...to/52c70092.jpg The only region 1 DVD I got anything other than the above error message on was the 2001 US version of Final Fantasy, which was authored with Sony's "special" beat-the-region-free-player coding. That one displayed its patronising "there is nothing wrong with this disc, you just need to buy it again in your own region" graphic. Somewhat surprised that, given their past record and the fact that region coding on DVD doesn't mean anything in Australia, Sony didn't get that one covered. Doesn't inconvenience me especially, since I didn't buy the thing to play DVDs, but yep, it's region-locked. Which is ridiculous. I'll post my thoughts on the player as a whole later; it's good, but not without some annoying quirks.
  4. I've been looking at one of these after reading the APC overview of them - I want a stand-alone BD player anyway, so I don't have to turn on the PS3 to watch discs and have my friends list see me signing in and out all the time :-D I *was* looking at the higher-end model (the BDP-S570) but looking at the comparison table on Sony's site, it appears to be near-identical except for the inclusion of built-in WiFi (I'd be using Ethernet), 1GB internal memory (don't care about BD Live, it's pointless) and 3D support (don't have a 3D TV). http://www.sony.com.au/product/CompareProd...models=BDP-S570 They appear to be otherwise exactly the same player, right down to the remote control. I'm also REALLY impressed it supports SACD and, according to APC, the MKV file format What I want to know, though, is how fast it loads discs. I've seen horrific load times on friends' stand-alone players, and I'm used to super-fast loading on the PS3. Anyone able to give me a comparison on a known "difficult" disc? Also, best price for this player at the moment? JB? Good Guys? Or that Sanity offer mentioned above?
  5. What you saw was upscaled SD with a stereo audio track routed through a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio stream. ABC HD, as some may have noticed from the watermark, has just been upscaling and retransmitting ABC1's SD feed for the past couple of weeks. Their upscaler is pretty good, but compared to the 720p HD version of Doctor Who available from the Global Backup Facility it looked dreadful.
  6. It would appear that the DTS HD MA audio track on the Australian release is indeed 24-bit, going by the bitrate quoted in the MichaelDVD review.
  7. Yes, but that plethora of delivery versions was for the theatrical release, in an array of different formats and in many, many different languages. It has nothing to do with the Blu-Ray release.
  8. Indeed they would. UK/Aus discs often have a vast array of different-language audio tracks to cater for European (and sometimes Middle Eastern) markets. This takes up space, potentially requiring the main English track to be encoded at lower bit resolution. That said, the Australian release of Avatar doesn't have THAT many extra audio tracks.
  9. It doesn't, and they don't fix it. They put you in the queue to be sent a "refurbished" one. Totally rubbish service from a global company that really should be doing more for their loyal early adopters who got stuck with Sony's design fault.
  10. I use them all them time, and have bought both games and hardware from them. 100% reliable, very fast delivery. WAY superior to The Hut / Zavvi.
  11. A flashing red light means total hardware failure. Apparently it has a few possible causes, but by far the most common is YLOD - same fault, but flashing RED light.
  12. Come on, though. Hands up who actually USED the Linux/OtherOS feature. Waiting.... Ah. Nobody. Seriously, with all the limitations imposed on what parts of the hardware Linux could access, even the Sony-sanctioned Yellow Dog Linux ran like a dog that had been run over by a car in 1994 and barely survived. It's a non-issue.
  13. Sorry for the slow reply; I don't visit DTVforum anywhere near as much as I used to! I got my YLOD PS3 repaired by this guy: http://www.ausgamestore.com/ps3/ps3%20index.html He operates out of a house in the Eastern suburbs (Melbourne). Took him a few days (his workshop was crammed to the rafters with YLOD PS3s!) but he got the job done and was very upfront about the realities of the situation. He charged $150 (worth it to me to get my saves back) and if he can't fix it there is no charge. He was also kind enough to save me a long walk when I came to pick it up, and instead drove down to meet me at the nearest station. So yes, recommended.
  14. Yellow Light Of Death. The (rather misleading) term for the design fault in Phat PS3s that causes eventual total hardware failure, which manifests itself by a sudden shutdown of the PS3 without warning, and the power LED blinking red.
  15. Ah, so they're all out of refurb 60GB consoles. Good to hear they've stopped shipping out failure-prone garbage :-D In your case, it's a repair that CAN be done and will stick. They just have to open it, pop out the BD drive and replace it. YLOD failures, in my opinion, aren't worth bothering with at the Sony end regardless of whether it's repair (can be done $100 cheaper by an indie repairer) or refurb (bye-bye your last few years of gaming progress). It's probably the better option. +1 to that. At least your failure still lets you boot the PS3 to do the data transfer process, too. YLOD victims aren't quite so lucky.
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