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TELE-satellite International

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Alexander Wiese
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Dear Readers,
More and more receivers operate with an Internet connection and offer users an enormous assortment of TV channels that are available via the worldwide Internet. It could be streaming channels such as with a regular TV broadcaster or video files that would first need to be downloaded. The choices are becoming more and more limitless. The selection of the transmission path is actually a way to limit these choices. Of all the different technical variants, terrestrial TV transmissions in most regions offer the least amount of TV channels. A step up in the number of available channels would be cable TV and even better would be TV via satellite. But far larger are the number of TV channels that can be received via the Internet, but theres no way to actually confirm how many there really are. All too often one Web/ IP-TV provider starts up service while another stops service making it difficult to count the number of channels. If you take a closer look at the TV channels that you can receive with the different methods, an interesting picture begins to develop. With terrestrial TV the number of available channels might be small, but theyd mostly be channels that viewers would want to see. Not only that, these channels would naturally offer programming of local interest. The channels available via cable TV fulfill similar criteria; they are also mostly channels liked by the viewers attached to the cable network. The plight of the cable TV viewer, that usually doesnt have any other way of receiving TV, is that they are typically exploited by the cable provider in that they fill up their channel space with far too many useless channels such as shopping channels. The satellite viewer has the best selection but they often have to do without channels that deal with local news and events. The selection of channels is so large that choosing a channel to watch becomes a tiresome task. Even more gigantic is the choice with Web/IP-TV; here theres absolutely no organization at all. On what criteria should you base your decision on? The list of channels that every receiver presents after a scan has become so Alexander Wiese Editor-in-Chief TELE-satellite International long that I easily lose the overview. And thats the problem: I should be able to choose a TV channel based on its name alone. But this is simply not enough information. There are many channels that have selected very peculiar names. How am I supposed to know, for example, that Press TV isnt a journalism channel but rather a news channel from Iran? And how many Tele5 and TV 5 channels are there that appear in a channel list after as scan? Which one should I choose? As a user I think receivers should provide another bit of information for each channel that would help me make a decision. And that would be the picture quality which would be expressed in the bitrate. Ever since Ive had an HD television, Ive wanted to be able to use it exactly for that purpose, and that is to watch TV channels in high technical quality. For that reason my current criteria out of all the channels that are available is to search for only those channels that carry the two letters HD. That reduces the choices significantly but its not cut and dry. Quite a few SD channels also broadcast in good technical quality. Whats missing for me is an indication of the bitrate for each channel in the receivers channel list. Then I would be able to sort the channels based on bitrate and would only surf between the first 100 channels. For those TV channels that dont put any value on the quality of their picture, I in return wouldnt put any value on those channels. Exceptions prove the rule. So this is my wish for the scan function of a receiver: the bitrate should also be measured during a scan and sorting based on bitrate should also be possible. Thats what Id like to see.

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