Star Choice Digital Audio Confusion

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  1. KrisM

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    I recently purchased a new 2nd receiver for my Star Choice system and decided to get the 401 model with the digital audio output.
    I realize that there will not be alot of programs in 5.1 but I have been looking for a week and have not seen one movie in 5.1. I have the audio menu set up for digital audio and my stereo reciever shows Dolby Digial 2.0. Does anybody know of any upcoming shows/movies that are to be broadcast with 5.1?
    Also, when I switch to stereo out instead of digital on the audio menu, my stereo reciever shows a PCM signal instead of a Dolby Digital signal. The PCM signal is louder but does anybody know if it is better as is the case with DVDs with PCM and Dolby 2.0 soundtracks?
    Any help would be appreciated. I tried calling Star Choice but they had no clue at all(surprise, surprise).
    [Edited last by KrisM on October 31, 2001 at 01:56 PM]
     
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    The only 5.1 programming I've seen is on HBO or Showtime. Check web listings. Some channels will make it a point to note 5.1 presentations.
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  3. Peter McDonald

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    The only 5.1 audio programming Star Choice offers is TMN (The Movie Network). Which is only for subscribers east of the Manitoba/Ontario border. Movie Central is the channel for everyone west of the Manitoba/Ontario border. Movie Central doesn't broadcast anything in 5.1
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    Just as an update... looks like SC is doing 5.1 broadcasting tonight for ABC shows. This may only be for HDTV viewers though...
    Peter
    [Edited last by Peter McDonald on October 31, 2001 at 08:33 PM]
     
  5. KrisM

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    Thanks for the info guys. The guy at Radio Shack that sold me the unit said that Band Of Brothers was in 5.1. Maybe he was referring to the HDTV broadcast.
    Anybody have info on the PCM vs Dolby question?
    Regards
    KrisM
    p.s. I'm still confused as to why eastern Canada and western Canada still have different movie channels. What is this, 1985? [​IMG]
     
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    Kris,
    Band of Brothers is in 5.1, but only on TMN not Movie Central.
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