The ABC Is Changing To HD, Just In Time For 4k

Great news gang, while we're all in the process of getting ready for 4K, with our televisions and our consoles and our Netflix subscriptions and our NBN -- the ABC is getting ready for the almighty switch...

To regular HD.

The change will take place in December.

To be fair to the ABC, multiple factors outside its control dictated the slow pace of change, but it doesn't negate the fact our national broadcaster is tremendously behind the curve here.

Well, Australia as a whole is tremendously behind the curve. 7 and Ten only recently launched its HD channels within the last year.

But yeah, talk about coming late to the party. The party is literally about to finish.

You can find out more here, on the official ABC site.

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    a bit of a negative spin on the story?

    why switch to 4k when there is 8k already

      Because unlike 4k; 8k is not supported by consumer display & output devices.

        but tech is already there

          Tech isn't the driving factor behind decisions like this, availability is.

          The internet infrastructure however is not

        But 8k, just like 4k, is indistinguishable from HD at normal viewing distances. Its a waste of bandwidth and serves no purpose but one-upmanship and a way to extract money from cashed up bogans.

    No 7 HD in Queendland, ever.

    Unless someone wants to pay Ch 7 to replace all its Qld broadcast equipment, 7 will remain SD with the occasion switch to the older MPG2 HD (7mate) for special broadcasts.

      I have 7HD on the Gold Coast, where do you live?

    The major problem is we are broadcasting an MPEG4 stream. If the system were switched out to H264 all the minor channels (go 11 GEM seven2 abc2 .... ) could also be in 1080p because H.264 has a much smaller foot print. Almost all TV sets are capable of receiving it. I don't think there would be any major technical reason not to do it.

    Well my internet is too slow for 4K and I'm certainly not going to pay $500 for a 4K player and then have to pay up to $50 for each disk. And seeing many of the disks are sourced from 2K masters what difference will it make?

      with our televisions and our consoles and our Netflix subscriptions and our NBN

      ha! My house was built in 2008 and there is no plans for NBN in my estate. Surrounding estates are marked as "plans underway" and we're sitting in the middle of them all, not getting NBN. Literally surround by NBN houses in some sort of isolated pit.

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    I'd rather people at the ABC kept their jobs than spend big on new equipment. Personally I think it would be nice if their iview worked at an even lower resolution so I could stream it. As for NBN: "80 per cent of customers on the National Broadband Network (NBN) running on speeds similar to ADSL technology" -SMH E.Han

    I Think this is a bit harsh saying ABC is behind the times. I don't even watch abc on TV anymore, however ABC iview has been around for years, well before any of the other channels hopped on the wagon, and their implementation is still the best (have you ever tried seven catch-up?). I would appreciate high definition for iview but also realise that quadrupled bandwidth demands could be cost them. As for the free to air streams, they have limited bandwidth and have had abc24 in HD which makes sense to me because if I were to watch TV it would be for live news not a show I can stream later.

    Good on them for moving forward in such a difficult time for the ABC.

    The ABC were waaaay ahead of the pack when they released iView.

    And the AFL broadcasting on 7 only went into HD in the middle of the 2016 season, so I'd say the ABC aren't too far behind the others.

    As for 4K, I thought there was no discernible difference between HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p) on a 42" TV at over 3m. Where's the cut-off in screen size and distance for Full HD versus 4K? I doubt I'll need to upgrade to 4K for another 5 years.

    Also, higher frame rate > higher resolution.

      Higher frame rate? So we can get a baked in soap opera effect? No thanks..

      Good eyesight is rated at one to two arc-minutes of resolution. This equates to a maximum of 5040 resolvable points (think pixels) over 90 degrees. This means an HD TV (1980 lateral pixels) has an optimum viewing distance of roughly twice the diagonal dimension of the screen (8'4" away from a 50" TV). One would need to sit closer than this to benefit from 4K, which has an optimum viewing distance of about the diagonal of the TV.

    So what do they define HD to be? 720 or 1080? Going by that youtube ad it could even be 480...haha.

      May be the ad will become HD in December with the rollout :)

    Lets hope its ABC Kids too. We all need the wiggles in 4k.

    now if only I could get my ISP to upgrade our network to ADSL2 instead of vanilla ADSL... so I can actually watch such things as "full HD" video instead of suffering buffering 3 out of 4 seconds and no, not out in the sticks, middle of inner suburban Perth. (two streets east NBN, 5 streets west NBN, 5 or so houses down either direction ADSL2.)

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