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bilky asko5,519 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I'd rather have ITV HDR than ITV UHD. The picture quality improvement from HD to UHD isn't as drastic as SD to HD for me.


It kind of feels to me that the market for HDR, is the same as that for 5.1 audio. In fact I often wonder when I'm sat watching something with 5.1, if I'm the only person.

Someone told me Sky are able to tell exactly how many people are using Dolby Atmos, because the Sky Q box flags it back to them. On one event it was just 18 people

I think the difference there is surround sound audio is a bit of a faff that people can't be bothered with, as it requires ideally an AV receiver with multiple speakers in the right places and you have to sit in the 'sweet spot' to get the most of the effect. HDR is just a new display technology like HD and UHD were and you can readily see the difference.


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.
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Markymark7,074 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today

It kind of feels to me that the market for HDR, is the same as that for 5.1 audio. In fact I often wonder when I'm sat watching something with 5.1, if I'm the only person.

Someone told me Sky are able to tell exactly how many people are using Dolby Atmos, because the Sky Q box flags it back to them. On one event it was just 18 people

I think the difference there is surround sound audio is a bit of a faff that people can't be bothered with, as it requires ideally an AV receiver with multiple speakers in the right places and you have to sit in the 'sweet spot' to get the most of the effect. HDR is just a new display technology like HD and UHD were and you can readily see the difference.


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.


I don't get a mute, but I do get a splat noise
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PFMC841,576 posts since 28 Feb 2013
UTV Newsline
ITV took a long time to stop cropping films when they acquired them in HD, so god only knows how they'll adapt to UHD and stop doing silly things and implement it properly.
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Orry Verducci1,644 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.
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