Yep, sorry about that - known bug that's on the fix list.
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I have been experiencing picture blackouts lasting 1-2 seconds every few minutes while watching BBC HD on my Toshiba WL768 TV. Other HD chanels are perfect.
We'll contact some more manufacturers for comment on Monday.
Calm down - no reports of any effect on Panasonic sets. Some mention of picture issues on some Samsung TVs, but we're looking into that.
What a mess for weeks the BBC said it was Sonys problem, Sony said at first there was no problem then said the BBC "was just testing", then Sony say we are working on a fix but have no fix date. All this time set users have to put up with the problem... nice
Sony have put out at least 2 firmware updates since the problem first showed itself. Did the updates solve the problem no.
All in all a very poor show from both Sony and the BBC
My dealer has told me if the problem is not fixed in 6 days I can have another set.
I now have a 40 LX903 what would others choose to swap it for Plasma, LED, LCD any make but Sony
The new set must have 3D and can be upto 42" size.
The picture from by Sony is actualy very good so the new set must be as good
Digital Stream works just fine - I have mine manually set to 1080i (as most programmes work best in this mode on my TV), but I know others have theirs set to Auto, which does the same as yours in terms of resolution output, and they have no issues either.
Can anyone advise, by name, which programmes have been broadcast in 1080p? Whenever I presss the information button on my V20 remote I'm informed that I'm watching 1080i 50Hz.
Are certain programmes only broadcast in 1080p on Freeview HD, while Freesat transmissions all remain 1080i?
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That's a shame.
Is there a technical reason why Freesat don't transmit programmes in 1080p where possible? I can't think of one.
That said, in a few months Freeview HD will be available where I live, so I'll be able to compare the two (assuming BBC are still broadcasting programmes in 1080p by then).
Though personally i think their time would be better spent addressing current issues like broadcasting @ 1920 x1080i, instead of the current 1440x1080, the low bitrates and broadcasting HD in DVB-S2 rather than DVB-S instead of 'experimenting' with 1080p
Still no info on which programms are broadcast in 1080p.
If I don't have the info how can I check?
"They may not have sufficient capacity on their current transponder (since they leased their spare capacity to ITV just before xmas) and secondly i dont think any of the 1st gen Freesat HD boxes support 1080p, nor do Sky+HD boxes."
Good point. I've no idea if the intergrated tuners in my Panasonic V20 can reproduce a 1080p transmission. If they default to 1080i, the discussion becomes redundant (at least from my perspective).
There is lots of 1080p bits in the BBC HD demo loop
I think the way to deal with this problem is to
A) make sure to keep telling your dealer the set is not working on BBC HD
B) get the message out to other forums that Sony TV's suck on BBC HD freeview
It really is the dealers problem if the set does not work and it is up to the dealer to deal with Sony
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