Re: [stella] PAL television color

Subject: Re: [stella] PAL television color
From: "Peter Pachla" <peter.pachla@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2000 15:08:01 +0100

  > Does anyone know if Digital TV will do away with the differences
  >between NTSC and PAL?

Absolutely, digital TV is MPEG-2(?) encoded rather than PAL/SECAM/NTSC/D-MAC
etc encoded so it should do away with that particular problem.

Of course, I'll bet there will still be issues regarding frame rates and
numbers of scanlines....

  >....Will Digital TV eventually be a "universal standard"?

I sincerely hope NOT!

As I said above, digital TV uses MPEG encoding. This is fine in theory, but
in practice the quality of *ALL* off-air transmissions I've seen to date has
been lousy - way worse than analogue - due to the TV companies involved
using high levels of (lossy) compression in order to squeeze more channels
out of the available bandwidth.

I suspect we're stuck with it though, since the average moron on the street
seems to be quite content to accept such a major step backwards in picture
quality....and pay through the nose for the privilege. :-(

  TTFN - Pete.

Hardware & Software Engineer. Sound Engineer.
Collector of Arcade Machines, Games Consoles & Obsolete Computers (esp DEC)

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