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BBC starts 1080p broadcasts, creates trouble with Sony TVs

05/23, 2:30pm

BBC 1080p broadcasts causing issues with Sony TVs

BBC HD has started rolling out Freeview HD that combines 1080i video with 1080p content that switches on a Group of Pictures (GOP) basis. This is causing issues with some Sony HDTVs, according to early reports on Monday. Some recent Sony HDTVs with integrated Freeview HD tuners are suffering from audio dropouts during the transition from and to 1080i, however. This is likely due to the decoders temporarily losing track of the audio signal. The Freeview HD spec for set-tops requires handling 1080p material at 50FPS, which Sony's integrated receivers don't seem to support.

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Toshiba intros first Freeview HD-compatible PVR

02/10, 6:55pm

Toshiba to launch 500GB Freeview HD PVR in the UK

Toshiba on Wednesday said it will bring its first Freeview HD-compatible PVR to market this summer. The HDR5010 will be capable of recording the digital over-the-air transmissions in the UK onto its 500GB hard drive. Thus far, only two channels send the broadcasts, BBC HD and ITV HD, but both can be recorded simultaneously thanks to the HDR5010's dual tuners.

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