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  1. PTI went HD last week, as did Around the Horn.

    PTI in HD is great.

    I never watch ESPN anymore, only ESPN-HD. The difference is huge. For those folk who say there is no difference between SD and HD, they should flick between ESPN and ESPN-HD......god almighty!!

    Sorry off-topic :)

    Secondly, am I the only one who thinks Foxsports 1/2/3 are kind-of-crap?

    They are all mirror images of each other.

    If one of them was dedicated solely to US sports the balance would be way more enjoyable (at least to me). More NFL, more NBA.

    I truly believe that ONE-HD is better than any of the Foxsports channels (especially NFL wise). Foxsports refuses to show CBS NFL games (the AFC, better conference, better teams), they only show Fox-US NFL games (too limiting). If James Packer shuts down ONE-HD I will seriously throw a shoe at the TV.

    Sorry, off-topic again :)

    Yes, more ESPN channels please (especially HD).

    No, not likely in the short/medium term.


  2. Very good announcement, should have been available ages ago.

    It will enable ESPN to show us more live content. Can only be a good thing.

    Did I miss something, I haven't seen any announcement.

    Jumping the gun?

    Hey, I want ESPN2 as well......actually I'd really want ESPN-HD2 to be honest (ESPN-HD >>>>> ESPN). Once you go HD you never go back (especially for sport).


  3. The HD LGs have no AV input for Austar or an old VCR to edit old tapes and such. No DVD/BD record to save shows off the HDD without setting up the network thing and spending extra money on the right software for my PC. The can't use any ext HDD to connect to it. From what I've read the Panasonic has inbuilt edit and can even convert them to other formats for archiving.

    The only downside I can see is the remotes are not compatible so I won't be able to a say advjust the volume on the Panasonic remote.

    So with the LG I can save SD & HD recordings to a PC (with the right setup)? That seems like a positive.

    It appears to not be possible (from the quick web trawling I've done) to record HD on the Panny, then burn to BD, then dump to PC. The UK forum says the Panny HD recordings are encrypted and can't be dumped on a PC (using something like TMPEnc Authoring Works). Can anyone dispute that?


  4. I gave Authoring Works a go at authoring a Blu-Ray disc, and it worked! Menus and all.


    Did you use HD content recorded on the Panasonic as the source for Authoring Works?

    Basically, do you burn a BD-RE (or BD-R) on the Panasonic, then load that content on a PC running Authoring Works?

    Is "yes", that would be really good news.

    A part of me still wonders whether HD copy-once protection kicks in somewhere.


  5. Question,

    Can HD recordings burned to BD-RE be easily dumped onto a PC/NAS?

    I've used a Panasonic DVD-Recorder to burn to DVD-RAM then dumped those recordings to PC via TMPGEnc Authoring Works (formally DVD Author) quite simply (as MPG2 files) for many years. I'm now interested in doing the same for HD content.

    Can I follow the same procedures with these new recorders?

    Or, is HD dump to PC more tricky?

    How do people move their HD content out of these new recorders?

    Any knowledge would be appreciated, thanks,


  6. OK

    well as an fyi watched 20mins of some japanese game show thing and now Lost. So far all perfect.

    For whatever reason maybe the fix works for some and not others.

    Will keep the tech booked and cancel Fri if its still good.

    No, I don't think the fix helped you (placebo effect).

    I too watched Lost last night and it was breakup free for me. Maybe, just maybe Foxtel may have fixed this issue in the last night or two? Noting that Lost the previous week was a disaster (as multiple people including me noted). Not last night.

    I've had two breakup free nights in a row. Maybe it's just luck. If I get multiple weeks of non FTA breakups then I'll consider this issue fixed. I'll be watching and noting.


  7. Id think it is.

    I have been noticing the same thing recently

    Thanks Loon, it's reassuring to read others are in the same boat; no amount of unplugging/replugging cables will fix this.

    Let's hope "eventually" Foxtel clears this FTA retransmission glitch (i.e. fixes their FTA frequency changes from last year).


  8. Well currently watchint Ch 7.

    I am on cable.

    Will post again at the end of the week.

    Maybe if someone else watches Lost/Stargate/Heroes we can compare notes then.

    But so far all is fine.

    Last night was actually a good (non-breakup) night: Top Gear on Nine and Grey's Anatomy on Seven where breakup free.

    But the night before 30 Rock on Seven had 3 breakups in half an hour (grrrr).

    It's soo frustrating especially since the native Foxtel stations like Arena/Fox8/Comedy/ESPN are perfectly fine.


  9. The Sales guy said they had a fix and put me through. They said unplug then unscrew then screw back in then put back in power plug. It restarted and all was fine.

    Did you try it ?

    Yes, I've done that.

    It doesn't fix the issue........noting, I truly believe the issue is at Foxtel's end....they are stuffing up the FTA stations somehow.

    There's nothing wrong with my box as the Foxtel stations are fine. A Foxtel station or a FTA station should be indestinguishable by my Foxtel IQ2, yet it's only the FTA stations that breakup.


  10. The issue is generally the model of STU you have or on satellite platform its the stu and dish alignment. Phone foxtel and book a service call instead of whining bout it!

    I'm on cable, not on sat. My signal strength is usually between -2 to +2 for all four tuners (1-3 bars) and my quality is at max 5 bars constantly.

    Hence, what will a service tech callout actually achieve? With FTA stations I get breakup about [1-3] times per hour (usually about 1-3 seconds goes missing)......but some days I have no issue (this is rare) and other days I have more (again this is rare). What would I show the tech? A random breakup on an IQ2 recording?

    Rememeber, it's only the FTA stations effected......since it's only the FTA stations how can the fault be at my end (cable/box/etc)? I think a service tech would be useless.

    If the problem is at my end then why are the Foxtel stations uneffected? It has ALL the hallmarks of a retransmit problem at Foxtel (unless I am missing something obvious). I believe the following post to be nearer to the truth:


    Again I think Foxtel are at fault. A service tech call will achieve nothing IMO.


  11. Why would unscrewing/rescrewing the cable make any difference?

    Just to answer my question, over the past few months I've done the unscrew/rescrew thing a few times due to recabling my home theater. It does NOT fix the channel 2/7/9/10/SBS breakup issues.

    Why would it? It's Foxtel who have stuffed up the retransmission of the FTA stations (at least on cable). Foxtel have to fix this issue at their end.


  12. Why would unscrewing/rescrewing the cable make any difference?

    It's ONLY the free-to-air stations that are breaking up; the Foxtel stations are mostly fine (except for the odd overseas dodgy satellite feed glitch every now and again).

    I too have this frequent free-to-air breakup issue, and it's a huge pain in the a****

    Foxtel have f***ed something up at their end when they grab the free-to-air signal and retransmit. Too many customers are having this issue; it's not a cable problem at the customer site.....it's a FOXTEL BUG!!!!


    Watching Lost was painful; channel 9 breaks up and skips forward all the time. It's crap and has been crap since last year.


  13. Yes Mon - fri, weekends normal U.s edition.

    Looks like all of month of march as well still getting the aus edition. WORST

    But they are leaving the weekend editions alone.....so it's not a complete disaster; the weekend 6pm editions of Sportscenter have always been the versions I've watched the most.

    Don't get me wrong, I hate the change, and I want a reversal.

    But, it's not as bad as it could have been.


  14. Good 720p sport should look very nice (e.g. ESPN NFL Monday Night Football)

    Good 1080i sport should also look very nice (e.g. certain Foxsports Rugby has looked great).

    It's not a 720p vs 1080i issue.

    It's a quality issue.

    Either La Liga is being captured rubbishly or being compressed to buggery or some technician is just stuffing things up.

    HD is not always HD; there is good quality HD and crap quality HD.

    Sounds like EPL is good; La Liga is crap.

    Complain about it.


  15. I think 3D sport will be rubbish.

    Watching HD sport is good and immersive enough for me.

    3D (unless managed well) is likely to lead to headaches and general eye fatigue. One needs to be locked and focussed in to obtain the 3D effect; plus 3D doesn't work so well on the relatively small screens we ue (between 40-55inches).

    Avatar at an IMAX is one thing.

    3D sport on a 42inch screen; not so much.

    Be aware, one needs a new TV (double speed for the two images); these are coming later this year.

    Be aware, one needs glasses; most likely expensive active shutter glasses (battery, etc).

    Avatar as a once off was fine; but I am not desparate for more 3D.

    Till I'm convinced that 3D will be great I will say no. I suspect that it won't be great.


  16. Yes, an extra ESPN channel would fix this mess up. I think we all agree on that: either

    * ESPN + ESPN2 (two general channels [mixture US/Euro/Aus]).

    * ESPN + ESPN-US (one general channel [mixture US/Euro/Aus]), plus one focussed solely on US).

    * ESPN-International + ESPN-US (one Euro/Aus channel, plus one focussed solely on US).

    However, how likely is that to happen?

    I'd love it......I won't hold my breath.....give us back our prime-time Sportscenter (US version) in the meantime.


  17. You only say that because your a soccer fan, those people that like American sports would prefer it to stay the way it is or to even become more American centric.

    Yes, I want ESPN to become more American not less (or at least keep it the same as before).

    I am glad to hear that the new Sportscenter is rubbish. Hopefully it proves a complete disaster (trashes the ESPN brand) hence ESPN are forced to reverse this stupid change.

    Give us back the original Bristol or LA Sportscenter for heaven's sake.

    I just wish there was a way for us to protest this such that the people in charge are made aware of the negative effect of this change. My only protest at the moment is to never watch the new show.


  18. I didn't watch it.....and will never ever watch it. It's just sooooooooo un-necessary; we have lots of Aus sport coverage already on the various Fox Sports channels, One HD, Sky. Hello, we live in Australia; we have cricket on 9, tennis on 7, etc etc. We are not lacking for Aus sport coverage.

    But for US sport highlights and analysis there is only ESPN. This is why this change is crap; we Aussies now have less than we had before (not more).

    Giving me back the proper Sportscenter you dropkicks.


  19. you got that right !!

    I just want them to Leave the ESPN australia Channel alone. we have 6 Fox sports channels sd/hd including 24hrs sports news. Pleanty of aus sports content.

    Yes, yes and yes.

    No more Scott Van Pelt and the rest of the US SportCenter crew? Depressing, very depressing.

    Side note, those Jeff Van Gundy commercials are great, especially the gorilla suit one :)


  20. Letterboxed? I would have said Pillarboxed.

    Yes, when I watched last Wednesday Entourage was pan-scaned (pillarboxed) to 4:3......basically the edges where chopped off.

    They should move Entourage to Fox8 so we can watch it in HD......or they should create a ArenaHD channel.


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