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by Duncan
Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: THIS IS BBC1 / 2
Replies: 13
Views: 1185

Re: THIS IS BBC1 / 2

Re the multiplexing - does the play out of News 24 on three channels (ie 1,2 and news) require the same signal to be included 3 times in the mux or is it one signal relayed three times? In other words - would you have a mega bit rate news on three channels or three feeds having to stat mux the bit r...
by Duncan
Sat May 31, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "British Television Drama: Past, Present, Future" (2nd ed)
Replies: 10
Views: 562

Re: "British Television Drama: Past, Present, Future" (2nd e

"But there's also a batch of academic papers which - by and large so far - have been extremely accessible and generally free from the Television Studies speak which for me, as a non-academic reader, I often find unintelligible but which I understand for this type of publication is effectively requir...
by Duncan
Sun May 25, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2147
Views: 107527

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Gareth - you know full well that DW fans are the most conservative reactionaries around!

How long before we get another yearning for a "strong" Producer/Script editor team and multi-camera episodes - as if nothing has changed in TV since the writing of "The Making of Doctor Who"...
by Duncan
Thu May 22, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Did Kojak ever actually say...
Replies: 49
Views: 2393

Re: Did Kojak ever actually say...

Really? I've been an eye reader for 25 years and only ever recall them using this for john cole as he always seemed to be saying it in his two ways on the news
by Duncan
Thu May 22, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Did Kojak ever actually say...
Replies: 49
Views: 2393

Re: Did Kojak ever actually say...

Hondootedly that was John Cole...
by Duncan
Tue May 06, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Which discs...
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Which discs...

Re SSDs - agree with Bernie and Gareth re these - makes one hell of a difference to the computer if you put your operating system and program files on it

I think I paid about £200 for a 60gb SSD a few years ago, and then £300 for a 960gb one earlier this year - prices are falling all the time
by Duncan
Mon May 05, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Which discs...
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Which discs...

I don't have the right tools to do any kind of a proper test. I've just run around 1Gb of MPEG2 through the software and after 25 minutes it produced 236Mb of what might be H265 - which is nothing like the compression I got on the other file. All four cores of my very average i5-2500 were maxed out...
by Duncan
Mon May 05, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Which discs...
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Which discs...

Well DVD as a playback medium is superb, it's just it's recordable version which is inherently, well... crap There should never have been recorders without on board hard drives in my opinion to at least enable you to have a second go if the disc failed half way through the write I just can't underst...
by Duncan
Mon May 05, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Which discs...
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Which discs...

How long did it take to encode?

I've got a reasonably nippy system but have read that 265 needs quite a bit of CPU power
by Duncan
Sun May 04, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Which discs...
Replies: 45
Views: 2239

Re: Which discs...

I've been directly recording to a computer since 2005 via a combination of freeview and freesat. All using elgato eyetv hardware and software and various macs. Since the launch of BBC 3 and 4 on HD I've now moved completely to freesat and have six direct inputs into the computer and everything is no...
by Duncan
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Julian Wilson (1940-2014)
Replies: 3
Views: 453

Re: Julian Wilson (1940-2014)

Putting The Alternative Voice to one side (although I believe it continues on page 202) it's a great shame to read that Julian Wilson has died. A great enthusiast for racing and a truly authoritative voice. RIP
by Duncan
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: UK v US episodic running times
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: UK v US episodic running times

You can pitch correct but it isn't always done. I found Dexter unwatchable on a uk satellite channel as I was so used to the correct voices from the blu-rays
by Duncan
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network.
Replies: 160
Views: 10452

Re: Network?

Indeed they would. I've bought loads of stuff from iTunes but haven't actually downloaded much of it as I just pull it from the cloud when I need it

Re storage you can now get an external 4TB drive for £127 on amazon, an amazing price
by Duncan
Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network.
Replies: 160
Views: 10452

Re: Network?

More to the point, how many Hard Drives would be needed for that lot ( and back ups of course). Surprisingly few - given that 4TB drives are now available and the capacity will only ever increase I have about 30TB in my system and maintaining backups really isnt as difficult as it sounds - frankly,...
by Duncan
Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Spitting Image DVD differences to TX?
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: Spitting Image DVD differences to TX?

From memory (as my DVDs haven't turned up yet) there was definitely a creak sound effect in a sketch devoted to Roger. Eg "roger give me fear, give me surprise, show me love" all accompanied by the same raising of the eyebrow and sound. Not sure if they used this effect generally but I'd be surprise...
by Duncan
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did big tellys get going?
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: When did big tellys get going?

I recall What Video magazine in the late 80s having pieces explaining that large - greater than say 34 inch CRT TVs werent really practical for the UK domestic market because of the sheer size, weight and expense of them. There were also IIRC problems with physically producing tubes over a certain s...
by Duncan
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It Ain't Half Un-PC Mum...
Replies: 98
Views: 6326

Re: It Ain't Half Un-PC Mum...

RobinCarmody wrote:and we all know that much of the audience for the mostly Oxbridge-educated "refreshingly politically incorrect" set who so blighted the 2000s decade were/are no more "ironic" in their understanding of the work than most of the original audience for It Ain't Half Hot Mum were
Do we?
by Duncan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: David Dimbleby to host his final election programme
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: David Dimbleby to host his final election programme

I think Dimbleby is great as the anchor - with Paxman doing his job as the boot boy on cutaways Just annoyed that Huw Edwards appears to have been given the job from 2020 onwards - how old will he be at this point? They need to skip a generation given that under the new misguided law Parliament's ar...
by Duncan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Tomorrow People
Replies: 61
Views: 3161

Re: The Tomorrow People

Well an episode of something like Mr Selfridge clocks in at about 45-46 mins - which seems to be standard for commercial drama on ITV or C4 So that leaves 14 minutes of the hour... I remember reading some years ago that trailers dont count as adverts and so the gaps between the programmes are made u...
by Duncan
Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Daktari
Replies: 38
Views: 2932

Re: Daktari

Daktari is a series I grew up being aware of (mainly through my parents referencing it and seeing a Daktari annual), but have never - to the best of my knowledge - actually seen. I was born in 1971 and I don't recall it being repeated once I was old enough to remember seeing it (so, say about 1974 ...
by Duncan
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The pre-"World in Action" slot
Replies: 17
Views: 1425

Re: The pre-"World in Action" slot

I seem to recall two sitcoms in 83 or 84 in that slot - The Happy Apple - with Lesley Ash and (IIRC) Nicky Henson, and then the original pre C4 run of Kit Curran - with Denis Lawson
by Duncan
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Things that were on TV on the day I was born
Replies: 51
Views: 2348

Re: Things that were on TV on the day I was born

I was born on Saturday 30th Jan 1971 - so it would have been Doctor Who - Mind of Evil episode one as a highlight that evening. I emerged during Match of the Day - as my Dad was watching that in the hospital when the nurse informed him I'd been born - no namby pamby fathers present at the birth in t...
by Duncan
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 3140

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

Was The Ginger Tree made in 1989? This was HD for the Japanese co producers IIRC. Was their MUSE HD 1125 lines? I thought I'd read Bob or Bernie say they needed 4 D1s for 1125 HD from Wimbledon and Bob mentioning the need to generate HD captions. There's an article somewhere as well about converting...
by Duncan
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 3140

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

I think you'd be surprised how many people do actually have a 3D television given that many reputable brands include the function as a matter of course in their sets above a certain size. Whether or not they use the feature is another matter
by Duncan
Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Promised Programmes that were never made
Replies: 81
Views: 4954

Re: Promised Programmes that were never made

I think he did a few reports - billed as BPs "Countryside Correspondent"

Simon would be ideal doing this on countryfile - he was such an enthusiastic broadcaster
by Duncan
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Promised Programmes that were never made
Replies: 81
Views: 4954

Re: Promised Programmes that were never made

When Brookside finished they were going to continue following some characters via DVD releases but they never did it. They even got as far as filming a trailer for a story where Barry Grant went after Damon's killers but it never got any further. Really? Given that Damon was killed in 1988 or there...
by Duncan
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: American Shows in British TV: Then and Now
Replies: 27
Views: 1157

Re: American Shows in British TV: Then and Now

Inevitably, the impact of imports has been lessened by their easy availability as torrents. Who needs to wait and watch them on a UK channel when you can download them in HD quality the same night they get broadcast in the States? Fair enough, not as many people bother to do that as is often claime...
by Duncan
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 3140

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

I think the HD ready symbol also signified that the set was compliant with the copy protection inherent in digital signals The first HD ready set I bought didnt have SD freeview built in - this was in August 2006 - but then again it was only about £800 for a 52 inch rear projection set - so it was a...
by Duncan
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 3140

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

For me "HD Ready" just meant that it was equiped with an HDMI input as required by most equipment which outputs a HD signal. Ironically one reason to swap out my old CRT is that most equipment no longer seems to support SCART/RCA/SD connections. One of the joys of the move to HD and hdmi has been t...
by Duncan
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 3140

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

Anyone remember the days when people were quite happy to watch a 5th generation VHS copy of A Clockwork Orange? content! content! content! Come off it you are talking about a handful of geeks most of whom were only watching it because of its "banned" status Besides the sensible person ordered an NT...