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Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Kodi Filmic Effect

Thanks Noggin, I sort of had a feeling it was a Handbrake thing. It is a Pi 3B I have. I should have probably said I used LibreElec as a boot OS on the Pi too.

I'll rip a DVD with MakeMKV to see how it looks in its raw form through Kodi and then see if I can use FFMPEG directly or something to cut the file size down rather then letting Handbrake make a hash of it.

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Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

BBC Scotland Archive Request

You troublemaker, you Wink


She wasn't the brightest. She thought Marge Simpson's hair was yellow. I'll say no more than that.


Maybe brightness had nothing to do with it. Even really bright people who can calculate pi to hundreds of places off the top of their heads freeze under pressure on occasion.

Hopefully the girl in question grew up and is now teaching in a University somewhere. This is where you follow up and say she was actually run over by a bus a few years later. But hopefully you're not going to say that. Smile
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Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

The Sport Thread

I thought ITV had an arrangement where they would give time back to GMTV when their coverage conflicted? There were certainly mornings where GMTV's Sunday childrens output went out later in the morning.


That may have only been a "main race" thing and not the qualifying. Certainly races ran over into GMTV time and they got the time back later (I remember they running on until somewhere like 11:40am once)
Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Kodi Filmic Effect

Not sure if this is something that this particular forum can help with but I figure what the hell.

I've gone down the route of digitising all my DVDs and Blu-Rays recently and I've been using Handbrake (or MakeMKV where necessary and Handbrake later) to do the ripping and get it into a compressed format that doesn't take up an obscene amount of room on my NAS drive, this is fed to Kodi through a Raspberry Pi that I can control from Kore, an Android App that acts as a Kodi remote control.

However I have noticed there appears to be a curious filmic effect that happens on most of the ripped TV material that doesn't appear on the ripped movies when I play back. This effect doesn't occur on the original DVDs and it doesn't matter what settings I use in Handbrake to encode, it still manifests on playback regardless of whether I use my Pi or a Firestick or fiddle with the Kodi settings or change the display settings on the TV (I will admit this is 10 years old already). If I play the files on my laptop I can still see the filmic effect but its nowhere near as bad on the laptop screen as the TV makes out.

The only common cause seems to be sitcoms and TV shows that were done primarily or exclusively on videotape (those external scenes in the Gourmet Night episode of Fawlty Towers where Basil's faffing around running to and from Andre's and beating his car up and what not are slightly filmic but not to the exaggerated effect the videotape stuff is) so presumably I'm wondering if this is possibly a interlacing issue that I've inadvertently introduced?
Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Sky News | 16th January 2018 Onwards

Just a small and slightly off-topic curiosity: Given our earlier conversations about the Sky News campaign to establish a General Election Leaders' Debate Commission, it may be of interest that Peter Bone's Private Members' Bill proposing the same thing is up for its second reading in the Commons on Friday. Its first reading was back in 2017, so pre-dates the campaign.


For those interested, the 20-min or so debate on this is now in Hansard and on Parliamentlive.tv. Sky News and Adam Boulton were thanked by name for coverage supporting and "maintaining pressure" on Parliament to pass the proposed bill. Really interesting to ponder how that squares with Section Five of the broadcasting code.


Don't think that's going to be an issue in this parliamentary session as Mr Bone says:

Hansard, 15 March 2019, Column 727 posted:
There is clearly not enough parliamentary time in this Session for it to become law. I am also aware that there are many other Bills that Members wish to debate today. What I hope to achieve today is that the Government will accept the principle of my Bill and introduce a similar one in the next Queen’s Speech.


So nothing will change this side of summer at least.
Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Red Nose Day

TT can't understand when posts are insulting or mocking him, can he?


I beg to differ.

*snip something about Comic Relief - a programming event TT wasn't going to watch but wrote about anyway*

I wonder what TumbleTower has found to watch instead tonight?

Nothing actually. In fact I didn't power up my TV or video recorder at all yesterday. I'm very selective in my viewing.


Your electricity bill will thank you I'm sure.
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Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Sky's Branding

Sky are closing Sky Arts as a linear channel in Germany with it content going on demand. Could Sky Arts be one of the linear channels Sky are talking about closing in the UK?


Its a unique channel, nothing else in the UK (it says here) comes close to it. I suppose BBC Four on occasion (and possibly BBC Two during Proms and the odd occasion when they air ballet or something) is the next best thing.

Remember of course the only reason the channel is still around is because Sky bought into it (it was on the verge of going out of business) and later bought it outright. That was somewhere like 15 years ago now so I'd have argued if it was going to close it would have done so by now (indeed Sky Arts 2 did close and all its content was moved to the first channel).

Viewing wise, well it attracts a higher percentage share than Sky 2 (and Mix) which I believe are now the two channels with the smallest monthly viewing percentage out of all the Sky owned channels (some of the individual Cinema channels and Sports channels rate less but they're propped up by the extra subscriptions).

In fairness to Mix, it came off worse during the last EPG shuffle, being thrown into Entertainment where it previously lived next to the Sports channels and I dare say a lot of people thought it had closed. Sky 2 just seems to limp on regardless.
Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

YouTube Gold

Though on the other hand they probably don't want it to "seriously" compete and then attracy too much attention from the copyright police.


Article 13 might have something to say about that. In fact they've previously been pulled up multiple times by European Courts for doing sod all about copyright infringement, primarily in regards to French and Russian TV apparently.
Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Channel 4

It's funny on Gogglebox when another Channel's logo underlaps the Channel 4 logo.


How so?

I wonder if the Googleboxers watch actual broadcasts when they're made or off-airs recorded by production earlier that they just play back.

I presume its cheaper (for putting together the programme) to use off-air copies, DOGs and all as opposed to go off to production X to ask them for a clean copy? They'll still have to pay for it of course but without the copying fee?
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Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Poor technical quality of TV ads

Actually the advert for Bought By Many Pet Insurance (which for some reason seems to be using Sweep from The Sooty Show complete with the show's theme tune) is so badly put together its surprising its ended up on air at all in that state. Not only is it in 4:3 for some reason it looks like it was done on a camcorder.

I thought it was a new advert but apparently it dates from last year too (this yea they've just changed the disclaimer text colour:
Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Poor technical quality of TV ads

One major national broadcaster was still specifying ads to be supplied in SD which were then upscaled to HD for transmission! Very noticeable during their breaks, even now. When an advertiser contracts a broadcaster for airtime the broadcaster has to provide that airtime regardless of whether the copy is wrong/out of date or not quite the quality we would all expect. How many times have we seen Christmas ads in January because the advertising agencies are often off and forget to supply replacement copy in time? The broadcaster would be in breach of contract by not running the old copy even though it is out of date!


So whose fault would it be in Ofcom's eyes if an advertiser ran a pay-to-enter promotion on, say, Watch, with a closing date that was aired after said closing date? Say it was one of those "solve this ridiculously easy wordsearch that a 2 year can do and phone this 0904 number with a chance to to win a fortune and then some more, lines close on April 1st" and then that's aired by Watch on April 3rd?
Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Red Nose Day

I've no intention of watching any of that lot tonight. Each odd-numbered year from 2003 to 2015 I watched it off-air until late (usually midnight) and the rest on video next day. Looking back, I don't know how I tolerated sitting through them, because each time I thought the shows were predominantly a load of utter stupidity and tommyrot.


While you're entitled to your opinion, it does beg the question of if you thought the shows were "stupid and tommyrot", why did you sit through them and then proceed to post commentary on TV Forum through the years?

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Many of the sketches over the years have been terrible ... In 2017, I assumed the Red Nose Day 2017 TV Show would be just as bad, and therefore didn't watch any part of it. For the same reason, I (almost certainly) won't watch tonight's Red Nose Day TV Show;


That's nice to know.

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I've got better things to do than sit through several hours of what I guess will be more utter garbage like 2013 and 2015.


I know I'm going to regret this but dare I ask what these "better things" are?
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Neil Jones4,873 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

The Sport Thread

The first race of the season is simulcast on Sky One by the way. I wonder how many others will be, I suspect those that aren't in primetime, and the British GP to undermine Channel 4.


To be fair they also did this last year, albeit when some of the big races were shown on Channel 4, notably the British GP. They also do with some Premier League games from time to time. It sort of defeats the object of having Sky Sports Mix as a shop window for Sky Sports as a whole.


I dare say thanks to the EPG shuffle last year I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people thought it had closed.

In fact poking around on Sky Sports website there are no channel numbers for any of the Sports Channels (in fact Mix is presented on the site's TV guide as being after Sky Sports News on the EPG).