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2001-12-10 02:10:24+00 by TC 4 comments

This Little box removes repetative frames and is currently used for TV stations to squeaze in more comercial time. I think they are missing their true market. Think of the bandwidth a box like that could save.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:38+00 by: meuon

TV Station Management will love this, heck, I bet the major broadcasters are already using it. Soon your favorite show will be 15 minutes of content looking like an old black and white 3 Stooges silent movie... time compressed due to frame rate differences.Everyone in the distrubution channel will 'step on it' adding a extra 30 seconds or minute.

The originating broadcaster/uplink, the local station, the local cable provider...

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:38+00 by: petronius

Back in the 80's, I believe, a compression system was used in TV that speeded everything up very slightly, while equalizing the sound down-frequency to avoid the "chipmunk" effect in the voices, although musical passages did sound a bit weird. I think ABC used it when they reran old "Police Story" shows in the late night slot in those pre-Nightline days. It gained them maybe 2 extra commercials per hour without cutting content, as many UHF stations did with old syndicated programs. Star Trek, for example was notoriously edited by some stations, (mostly Kirk's trans-species love life). To the best of my knowlege this non-digital system was not used in prime time.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:39+00 by: petej

Letterman once ran an entire show compressed that way, just to annoy viewers with the chipmunk-style voices.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:39+00 by: meuon

What!! They cut Kirk and the 3 breasted blue mankiller just for a COMMERCIAL? Those were the best parts. I contend that the reason the later version of Star Trek(s) has such boring near-humans everywhere is Kirk and his crew mated with everything in the universe.

It's a good thing I watch very little television... but boy am I addicted to DVD's.