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Orry Verducci1,634 posts since 1 Feb 2005
Anglia (West) Look East
One issue with surround sound on Sky is the two or three seconds of silence as it switches between 2.0 and 5.1 and back again, and the blips that cause similar silences part way through programmes.

I believe the problem varies a lot depending on the AV equipment, but isn't possible to get rid of entirely.

That's not a Sky issue, it's down to how the receiving equipment handles the format change.


I don't have an AV receiver so I'm listening in stereo through the TV, but my Sky Q box is set to feed Dolby 5.1 so my TV still has to handle the format switch between stereo audio and mixed down Dolby audio. All that happens on my end is it mutes for a very brief period (less than half a second), other than that you barely notice it changed.
radiolistener651 posts since 8 Aug 2010

Though Cambridge is now a full 30 minute opt at 1830 so there isn't a sub-opt at 1830 or 2225 (not sure if they are pan-regional at lunch time still)? Do you mean sharing Breakfast bulletins and non-News opts with Leeds?

Breakfast, Lunch and Weekends joint service from Norwich.
1830 and 2225 full split from Cambridge and Norwich.
Presenters shared e.g. Amelia will cover Cambridge at times and Amanda presents Sunday bulletin.

Christmas last year saw some bulletins come from Cambrudge instead of Norwich.


Although never Stewart and Susie appear on the west edition, which at one stage got a few comments on social media saying they were missed in ''the west''. Of course, understandably so! One of the best regional duos of well over two decades at the helm.


As were Harry and Christa "in the East". I think Harry still gets tweets from people saying he is missed in Lincolnshire.

And to be fair what was also missed "old region" was the banter between Hudson and Levy at lunchtimes.
Orry Verducci1,634 posts since 1 Feb 2005
Anglia (West) Look East
I read in that thread that BBC1 could broadcast 5Live audio if they needed to. Didn't they do that once with the picture being the breakdown slide? Seem to remember it happening when there was a big match in Austria and lightning knocked out the signal so they eventually continued in audio only (from 5Live) until the feed came back.

It was Euro 2008, a severe thunderstorm caused a power cut which knocked out the IBC, taking down the world feed. IIRC all broadcasters around the world lost coverage, with the exception of local broadcaster SRF who had their own feed.


BBC One quickly put up the breakdown slide with 5 live audio, with the occasional apology from the announcer explaining what had happened. As the IBC started to come back online I believe they gained access to a clean feed without graphics or commentary, so stuck with 5 live audio, until the proper world feed was restored.
james-20014,691 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
That ITV Daytime version of Classic Millionaire was from the summer of 2003, I seem to remember.

Challenge have shown that episode of Millionaire (as well as all of the first 4 series) in its original format rather than the re-edited "classic millionaire" format they show later episodes in (albeit with recreated end credits due to the original having a contenstant appeal over them).
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Jon7,667 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
It works both ways, here's a episode of Classic Millionaire that Challenge apparently haven't shown, though it may be obvious why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_WbqzhZHb4

Although I suspect the play-along stuff isn't burnt in (see the credits) but may have been added live?

I think that’s different ‘Classic Millionaire’ to what Challenge use. That seems to be the series made for ITV daytime. I think was literally ‘classic’ as it was just the more interesting contestants/games. The edits for Challenge are just all the bits from Millionaire and not merely a repeat from this short lived ITV variant.
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james-20014,691 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
but they were typically outputting on channel 37 and then Channel 5 came along)


Channel 36 actually, that was the typical frequency used by VCRs, set top boxes, game consoles and the likes. Channel 5 did use 37 on many transmitters though (and 35 on some others), which would have interfered with VCRs and the likes, which is why the retuning was needed.

So you wouldn't even have been able to use the full 49 channels from 21-69 because you wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) have programmes on adjacent channels due to cross channel interference.
Neil Jones5,195 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
6 push buttons!
You'd never need that many.....


Better than all the TVs that have 99 presets when there's only channels 21-69 in tuning range anyway! So not even possible to tune in 99 different channels, or anywhere close.


Old school game consoles (the ones that only output as UHF) would need a preset.
VHS recorders (before they adopted SCART as a standard needed a present, some TVs had Channel 0 "specifically" for this (God only knows why) but they were typically outputting on channel 37 and then Channel 5 came along)
Anything else? Sure there's something else that was mainstream and ate into a UHF channel? Didn't the analogue Sky Sky boxes use UHF?

I'm sure the "99 channels" thing was just a gimmick, presumably because unless the TV supported multi-standards (PAL, SECAM and whatever the other European standard was) and you were stupid enough to lug it around on holiday with you (why anybody would carry a bulky TV like that on a plane or a boat is beyond me), it would be underused.

Anyway we're going off topic again so...
SonicBen270672 posts since 29 Apr 2018
Meridian (South) South Today
I read in that thread that BBC1 could broadcast 5Live audio if they needed to. Didn't they do that once with the picture being the breakdown slide? Seem to remember it happening when there was a big match in Austria and lightning knocked out the signal so they eventually continued in audio only (from 5Live) until the feed came back.