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Re: [SLUG] Re: DVB Card Advice
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Re: DVB Card Advice
- From: Rev Simon Rumble <simon@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 13:34:34 +0100
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This one time, at band camp, Ben Buxton wrote:
> Interesting to hear this - I'd have thought that DVB would have
> eliminated the regional variations as there would be no more issues with
> PAL/NTSC or problems with audio/video channel separation. But anywaym
> the Nova-T cards work in oz anyway, dont know about other cards.
DVB is really a cluster of standards. Some of them define
transmission, some encoding, others still the format of the data.
As with all areas of government interference, a large amount of horse
trading went on when Australia was deciding what standard to use.
Packer et al lobbied successfully (does he ever lobby unsuccessfully?)
to reduce the existing networks' costs by using a similar channel width
to existing transmissions.
Similarly Australia decided to use Dolby Digital encoding of audio
instead of whatever they use in Europe. Not sure why this was, but no
doubt there was some behind-the-scenes lobbying from someone with a
These local variants have the effect of raising costs for Australian
consumers because we can't buy off-the-shelf European kit. Fortunately
we stuck to most of the standards, so it's relatively easy for kit made
for the European market to have the extra stuff hacked on.
Rev Simon Rumble <simon@xxxxxxxxxx>
Trickle-down theory--the less than elegant metaphor that if
one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to
the road for the sparrows.
- J. K. Galbraith