Mar
19
2009

Freeview will not break your TV – Phew

12 Apostles In a rare moment, I happened to pick up the Herald Sun on the train on Monday. I noticed an article entitled “Clock ticks for plasmas, LCDs” stating that:

THAT expensive plasma or LCD will be obsolete from May 1 when Australia’s TV population – about 16.5 million of them – and its digital TV system, becomes officially outdated.

Basically the article says that the digital signal for HD channels will go from MPEG2 to MPEG4 on May 1. This is simply not correct.

Yes, Freeview branded products are hitting the shelves on May 1.

Yes, Freeview products must be capable of receiving MPEG4 to get brand approval.

But NO, TV stations are not switching to MPEG4. They might switch to MPEG-4 one day… but they are not now.

Don’t throw away your plasma TV for now!

When that day does come, fortunately I can just switch over the TV card in my Windows Vista Media Centre with an MPEG4 one and she’ll be right mate!

Thanks to Gizmodo for explaining this and putting our minds at ease.

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