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When will IceTV start providing EPG data for SBS3 and a new restacked 9 ??   :o  :-\
SBS will launch its new channel, the Food Network, at 1pm November 17th.

The channel, to broadcast on on SBS 3 (Channel 33), follows a major output deal and licensing agreement with US-based Scripps Networks Interactive. Scripps channel brands include Food Network, Cooking Channel, Asian Food Channel, Fine Living Network, Travel Channel, HGTV and DIY.

The announcement follows SBS also being denied recent legislation to allow it to increase its primetime advertising, to address government funding cuts.

Also, I notice channel 9 will re-stack and provide different channels (one or more of which are mpeg4) ... when will IceTV start providing data for those channels ?
LCN 9 - Nine (SD version)
LCN 90 - NineHD (HD version identical bitrate and MPEG-2 as currently used by GEM)
LCN 91 - Nine (duplicate LCN of LCN 9)
LCN 92 - GEM (moved to SD MPEG-2)
LCN 93 - GO! (will also use LCN 99 for a while until people get used to the new number)
LCN 94 - NineLife (bandwidth reallocated from old EXTRA channel)
LCN 99 - GO! (temporary duplicate LCN of LCN 93).
The network has announced a radical shake-up of its current broadcasting channels. Its current HD channel Gem will shift to standard definition, Nine will introduce its new free-to-air broadcast lifestyle channel 9Life, and Nine will begin broadcasting its primary channel as a pair of standard definition and high definition channels.
To accommodate the extra channels that will broadcast, Nine has had to embrace a different compression type. From the commencement of digital TV broadcasting in Australia, networks have broadcast their signal with the MPEG2 compression type. To broadcast 9HD, Nine will employ MPEG4. This means that older TV sets and receivers may be able to receive a high definition MPEG2 signal, but are not equipped to receive MPEG4.
For most viewers, this shouldnt pose a problem. It is believed that the average life cycle of a television set in Australia is about five years, with older sets that dont support MPEG4 no longer being used as a households primary set. Of course, some viewers may still be using older TV sets.
When asked how many viewers may be negatively effected, Nines director of broadcast operations Geoff Sparke advised Mediaweek that its hard to say. We believe that MP4 decoders have been inbuilt since about 2007, and on average about one million panels are sold per year. So I would suggest the main screen in about 90% of homes are MP4 capable.
Viewers who cannot receive the HD signal will be able to continue to watch Nine as a standard definition channel.
The shift to adopt MPEG4 compression broadcast does bring with it a significant video quality upgrade. Currently the Australian HD signal offers a 1440 x 1080 resolution, but MPEG4 will provide greater clarity, with Sparke confirming they will broadcast in full HD 1920 x 1080.
Nine will re-stack their channels on 26 November 2015. Some viewers may need to re-scan their television sets to receive the new channel lineup.

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Re: when will IceTV start providing EPG data for new channels SBS3 / Nine ?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2015, 12:20:07 PM »
Hi Chopper,

Because it is a change of mapping we will not be able to turn on the channels until the day they air otherwise it will affect existing recordings.

Both channels will go online on the respective days, however there will be some channel mapping issues in areas outside of NSW while we gather the DVB Triplets once the channels start broadcasting.


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Re: when will IceTV start providing EPG data for new channels SBS3 / Nine ?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2015, 08:13:10 PM »
Thanks Daniel.

Looking forward to a new EPG for SBS3 in particular (food channel) :)

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