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Film 4 +1
Sunday 8 December 2019 11:05PM

StevensOnln1: Like a youtube live stream that has rewind enabled? Wouldn't that require personal streams?

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Film 4 +1
Monday 9 December 2019 8:44PM

StevensOnln1: Well, if that's the case, it's incredibly inefficient, costly, and ultimately, unworkable.

With their moans and groans about how few billions we pay them to provide television, how can it be justified?

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Film 4 +1
Monday 9 December 2019 11:37PM

StevensOnln1: Well, perhaps you can enlighten us on how it's technically possible to deliver millions of individual streams - which is the question I asked in the first place.

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Film 4 +1
Tuesday 10 December 2019 4:20AM

Chris.SE: Thanks, I'll take a look later with a VPN and Tor: If you sup with the Devil use a long spoon.


In computer networking, unicast refers to a one-to-one transmission from one point in the network to another point; that is, one sender and one receiver, each identified by a network address. More at "Wikipedia"

In computer networking, multicast is group communication where data transmission is addressed to a group of destination computers simultaneously. Multicast can be one-to-many or many-to-many distribution ... More at "Wikipedia"

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Film 4 +1
Wednesday 11 December 2019 3:50AM

Chris.SE: Thanks again. So, given that an iplayer stream is 5Mbps, we have 5Gbps per 1000 and 5Tbps per million - the engines won't stand it captain! Well, maybe a million, but 20 million?

Searching for "BBC multicast" brought me to an interesting page:

"Multicast streaming

By combining multicast distribution to edge caches with unicast distribution downstream we are also able to support the large installed base of standards-based unicast media players. And using this hybrid model we can even support product features such as "live restart" in a scalable manner."

Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over IP Multicast - BBC R&D

Presumably "live restart" is what we've been discussing. I'm not sure what "in a scalable manner" means.

An early BBC attempt at using Multicast "a smarter way of serving large numbers of people" is here:

Multicast | Radio

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All free TV channels in the UK
Wednesday 15 January 2020 9:02AM

The BBC changed the way their EPG was produced in the last year or so.

The lack of HD Simulcast Event Linkage descriptors was one notable change.

Recently, these have been reintroduced, though not yet implemented for some channels.

For Freeview, the channels that now have HD Simulcast Event Linkages are:

BBC FOUR, BBC ONE, BBC TWO, CBeebies and Channel 5.

For Freesat, the channels that now have HD Simulcast Event Linkages are:


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All free TV channels in the UK
Wednesday 15 January 2020 9:05AM

More BBC EPG Blunders:

All the HD Simulcast Event Linkage addresses for BBC FOUR and CBeebies are wrong.

They are wrong because they point to com7 instead of com8.

As everyone knows, the TSID of com7 is A000 and the TSID of com8 is B000.

An example:

CBeebies, Wed 22 Jan 15:45 - 15:55: Tinpo
How I Roll. Delivery Po needs to deliver her delicate cargo, however the road is anything but smooth. Also in HD. [S]

Linkage: 233A.A000.B030 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 64EC
Linkage: 233A.A001.B030 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 64EC
MPEG-2 video, 16:9 aspect ratio without pan vectors, 25 Hz (und)
MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio, stereo (2 channel) (eng)
DVB subtitles (normal) with no monitor aspect ratio criticality (eng)
crid = /m/3WSB, Type: 31 (item), crid = /m-Z4R, Type: 32 (series)
eventID = 666A, ONID.TSID.SID = 233A.1048.1240, default_authority =, 706 MHz, uhf 50

The intended target is:

CBeebies HD, Wed 22 Jan 15:45 - 15:55: Tinpo
How I Roll. Delivery Po needs to deliver her delicate cargo, however the road is anything but smooth. [S] [HD]

DVB subtitles (normal) for display on a high definition monitor (eng)
H.264/AVC high definition video, 16:9 aspect ratio, 25 Hz (und)
HE-AAC audio, stereo (eng)
crid = /m/3WSB, Type: 31 (item), crid = /m/Z4R, Type: 32 (series)
eventID = 64EC, ONID.TSID.SID = 233A.B000.B030, default_authority =

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Clubland TV
Thursday 6 February 2020 2:20AM

Robert Paton: The latest TVs from LG don't support MHEG.

See this:

Now 90s streams back to Freeview - RXTV Log

"Intriguingly, there are now some devices that no longer support streaming in this method: the LG 32LM6300PLA - a 32 inch Smart TV with Freeview Play, sold at retailers including Currys PC World - was found to not support Freeview streamed channels delivered via MHEG-IC during our tests. Interactive streams could only be accessed via HbbTV - a newer standard adopted by the BBC. This fits in with a wider BBC-led move to withdraw from MHEG in favour of HbbTV."

And this:

Invalid Service - LG webOS Smart TV Questions - LG webOS

which includes this reply from LG Customer Services UK:

"Firstly I would like to apologise about the delay in our response this is due to a high influx of emails, we are working our hardest to clear any backlog of emails.
I have had a look in to this for you and with LG's TVs these support HbbTV format channels where as most of them are in MHEG format. LG were advised that by January 2018 that all the services would be updated to support both formats but this appears to have not been done. So the issue is that the format the channel is in is not supported by the LG TVs. I am sorry for this and y any frustration that this may of caused you.
The best thing that we can suggest in this case, as this is down to the channel providers, would be speaking to them directly to have this resolved for you. Again, I am sorry for the frustration that this has caused but if you do find that you have any other queries please let me know.
I hope my email has answered your query and assisted you today; I would really appreciate your feedback. If you have a few moments to spare, please may you help us to improve our customer service by completing the short survey at the bottom of this email which is based solely on my support.
Please feel free to contact us via our new Twitter account for Technical Support. You can follow us and interact with the team here ->Iaare
Kind Regards, Amy LG Electronics UK Help desk
LG Customer Services UK: 0344 847 5454 Ireland: 01 686 9454 Mon-Fri Sam to 6pm Closed bank holidays"

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Clubland TV
Saturday 8 February 2020 7:25AM

As above, according to the LG Electronics UK Help desk, LG do not support MHEG on their latest TVs because they were advised that by January 2018 all the services would be updated to support the newer HbbTV standard.

At present, none of the following services work because updates to provide HbbTV compatibility haven't happened:

084 01 NOW 90s
211 12 Ketchup TV
212 12 Yaaas!
251 12 365 Travel
252 12 Kiss Chat & Date
253 12 Proud Dating
261 12 Racing TV
263 12 Sonlife
264 12 VisionTV
265 12 Planet Knowledge
266 12 Sports Channel Network
269 12 Arise News
271 12 Channelbox
795 12 Arqiva Test Channel

Note: NOW 90s has a service type 01 "digital television service" instead of type 12 "data broadcast service" as it is transmitted as a normal Freeview channel for two hours a day.

Upon selecting any of the above services, the viewer is presented with a screensaver with the message "Invalid Service" bouncing around the screen.

Freesat on the latest LG TVs also suffers from the lack of MHEG support; instead of the off air CBeebies and BBC Four screens, the viewer sees the "Invalid Service" screensaver and instead of the usual graphics for the radio services, the viewer is treated to an "Audio Only" screensaver.

999 Freesat Info was updated to HbbTV recently and no longer shows as "Invalid Service".

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Information TV
Tuesday 11 February 2020 2:42PM

StevensOnln1: Showcase is back on BSkyB 192 since 6 Feb.

Rowland mills: Showcase is not currently on Freesat but you can access it in non-Freesat mode by scanning it in manually. Tuning details are: 11538 V 22000 5/6.

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