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  • I think it’s also interesting that the BBC are looking into multicasting in the network and a possible hybrid network using unicasting and multicasting, which presumably would allow efficient broadcast quality using less bandwidth, but also the adva…
  • @Roy I think you’re really right about 5g. It sounds like a powerful way of delivering next Gen ultra HD broadcasts to places where fibre isn’t available. It’s also given brief mention in the linked video.  @ 6m.35secs there’s mention of the BBC “st…
  • The BBC are already openly preparing for the day when all live tv will be delivered over Internet. That could change the dynamic with perhaps hardware like the Apple TV/fire stick becoming the preferred way to access tv. Check out this video with a …
  • Sounds like iplayer has the better quality live stream too then. I’m presuming it’s 720p HD. What I have noticed is a lot of on demand programs have quite poor pixelation now. I’m guessing this is SD material which has been overly compressed? Tends…
  • @jonesh yes there is the bbciplayer option, which has more functionality with the live streams. You can start a live program from the beginning. Not sure if they use the new HD live streams on there yet? - i’ll Have to check.  Have to say after usi…
  • Pretty bad buffering on the live streams in S4C player. Get the impression it’s worse on the HD programming. It’s actually unwatchable now. 
  • Strangely not all programs are allowed to be broadcast on the S4C live stream. Seems the live stream in S4C Clic player has rights to some programs and not others, and vice versa with The live steam available in iplayer. 
  • Next year YouView will have a fuller portfolio of apps across the platform. We know that Amazon will come to retail and I suspect talktalk after the BT roll out, and almost certainly the same for full nowtv. New standards that are being developed by…
  • Thanks Roy see here too: https://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdmi_2_0/hdmi_2_0a_faq.aspx#151 So so it sounds like as you said, it varies from manufacturer whether the hdmi will be able to be firmware upgraded from 2.0 to 2.0b 
  • Here’s the most useful discussion on hdmi specifications I’ve found: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/what-is-hdmi-2-0b/
  • Roy said: HDMI 2.0 <> HDMI 2.0a <> HDMI 2.0b <> HDMI 2.0 Is not appreciating this causing any of the disconnect here? Ah right there’s a difference between hdmi 2.0 and hdmi 2.0a. My mistake I thought it was the same s…
  • Roy said: What we are debating, and what a good bit of searching on the net hasn’t thrown up yet, is whether you can have HDR with plain old HDMI 2.0, and/or whether the assertions in the Trusted Reviews quote about the X700 having one (plain …
  • I agree although we have the promise of Amazon, and full nowtv apps incoming, the pace of app development has been really slow. Looks like they’re getting with the program now though. 
  • Regarding HDMI ports, I just just found this review with tech details on the new Panasonic UB820: “The Panasonic DP-UB820 has a nice selection on the back panel of audio/video outputs including a pair of HDMI ports (one HDMI 2.0a for video) one for…
  • Regarding the Sony here’s a quote taken from the article I linked to in a previous post: “Here you’ll find two HDMI outputs: one is 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 support, the other is HDMI 1.4 for those with older soundbars and receivers. Read more at https://…
  • I think Roy is right. Aggregated search across all apps is one of the main differentials between YouView and freeview play.  We’re also seeing a lot of new features being introduced which is refining the YouView experience. I imagine this trickle o…
  • I suspect that until BT get HDR working on their live broadcasts, they may not wish to see it implemented on Netflix and Amazon, as it may make their own ultra HD service appear less vibrant.
  • Looking at the Apple TV 4K specs, it appears they only use hdmi 2.0 and still manage to have Dolby vision HDR. Also the new Ultra blu-ray player from sony is also only with HDMI 2.0, and yet prides itself on being one of the first players to provide…
  • So Dolby Atmos for BT users? I presume that’s only on the T4000 ultra HD box? Makes it a bit of a joke that they’ve not enabled the standard Netflix surround sound for the rest of the YouView users. More so that YouView search results for Netflix i…
  • Dolby atmos? Where’s that? 
  • Does retail YouView get marketed at all these days? Don’t see a lot of adverts so I’m a bit out of the loop.
  • And retail getting things like Discovery first is a two-edged sword; think of Retail as the gamma testers for Subscription  *Deep intake of breath* how dare you 😅
  • With the explosion of UHD 4k tvs (not literally) theres a growing fast market for Ultra HD HDR content. Netflix and Amazon are leading the way, and BBC iplayer has successfully tested HDR broadcast with the world cup. Its inevitable that people will…
  • Roy said: Jeffuk1 said: I know I am possibly asking the impossible or improbable - but does anyone know whether we are likely to get a new bigger and faster Youview box soon?  I really want a Youview version of the FVP-500T which I hav…
  • redchiz said: Personally I have never really bought into the Freeview Play v YouView debate, they serve quite different purposes, hence my earlier reaction. Freeview Play is first and foremost just the latest iteration of the FTA terrestrial br…
  • The T2000 boxes are very good, but I think there's room for a new higher spec version now. Timing seems right for a new retail box - Netflix and Amazon are both supporting the new ultra HD content with HDR using the new standards (HDR10+, and Dolby …
  • Yeah - I guess in terms of simplicity i could recommend Youview knowing exactly what's available on the platform. You know what your getting. With Freeview play I'd be hazarding a guess as there's many manufactures with different selections of apps …
  • "YouView, with its blue livery and extensive search and catch-up functionality, is intuitive but all over the place when it comes to features, depending on your viewing platform." Is this a bit of an exaggeration? For the 5 years that Youview has b…
  • And this is quite accessible too: https://www.whathifi.com/features/bbc-4k-hdr-iplayer-after-wimbledon-and-world-cup-where-next
  • In depth technical BBC summary of the recent UHD trials. Pioneering stuff from the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2018-07-ultra-high-definition-uhd-viewing