TV2 HD over the air from June 25 in Norway

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) was launched in some parts of Norway in September 2007 and the whole country was covered in November 2008. Unlike US which killed the analogue switch in the whole country on June 12, Norway have taken an other approach. Norway have been devited in regions. Each region have had simulcast for 6 -12 months before the shutdown of the analogue signals which took place in the first part of Norway in March last year. On December 1st, 2009, there will be no more analogue signals.

In opposite to many other countries who started their DTT with MPEG-2, Norway chose MPEG-4 from the start, which is a much better compression technology. Norway, as rest of Europe, use the DVB-T standard. There are 25 TV channels available and 16 radio channels. Only the three TV channels from NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Coopration) are free-to-air, unencrypted. The rest of the channels are available from the commercial pay-tv operator RikstTV.

It was said that because of the simulcast in the transition from analogue to digital, only three multiplexes would be available from the start, which wouldn’t give enough room for HD TV. In an ectually big surprise for me, TV2 (the biggest commersial broadcaster in Norway) announced that they will start to broadcast in HD from June 25, 2009 over the air. At first TV2 HD will only be available  on digital terrestrial television. But other providers like Get, ViaSat and Canal Digital will probably get a deal to broadcast TV2 HD through cable and satellite TV later this year.

TVNorge HD was the first homegrown HD channel in Norway and launched in October 2008, and is only available from Canal Digital. TV2 HD will be the second homegrown HD channel. And NRK are planning to start HD transmition next year with the Vancouver Olympics. TV2 HD will broadcast in 1080i.

TV2 HD will start to broadcast some shows in HD, and then expand on that. The first show is Allsang på grensen (best described as a sing-a-long-show) then Tour de France. They will broadcast movies on Friday and Saturday in HD, main match in Norwegian Soccer on Sundays, TV shows like Greys Anatomy/ Cleaners/ Scrubs/ Brothers & Sisters/ Criminal Minds / Life on Mars/ X-list, Nordic TV shows, Varg Veum (Norwegian crime show), Jakten på kjærligheten (love show), Da damene dro (When the Ladies left) and Skal vi danse (Shall We Dance)

I’m very excited over this and think I will be watching a lot more TV, just beacuse it’s in HD.

Source: NTV.no and RiksTV.no (Google-translated version)

UPDATE: The first HD show have been aired on TV2 HD, I watched in and have written about it in a new blogpost.

a-ha signing in Oslo

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a-ha released their new album – Foot of the Mountain – today, and they was in Oslo to sign some CDs. A lot of people showed up, and I had to wait around 40 minutes to I got my CD signed by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy. It was worth the wait.

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The new a-ha album – Foot of the Mountain – have a total of 10 songs. I’ve only had time to listened to it once before posting this, but so far, so good. I like it.

  1. The Bandstand
  2. Riding The Crest
  3. What There Is
  4. Foot Of The Mountain
  5. Real Meaning
  6. Shadowside
  7. Nothing Is Keeping You Here
  8. Mother Nature Goes To Heaven
  9. Sunny Mystery
  10. Start The Simulator

I also made a small video which I’ve posted on YouTube.

 

Here are some more pictures. All pictures on this post have a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported lisence.

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Added three new pictures on June 16.

Retro Game #64

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Well, it’s actually been some weeks since Retro Gamer #64 showed up in my mailbox, but this is what you can read in this issue of Retro Gamer:

  • Back to the Eighties – March 1987
  • Back to the Nineties – November 1991
  • In the Chair with… John Twiddy
  • The 10 Best Tetris Games you’ve never heard of
  • The Classic game – Garou: Mark of the Wolfes
  • The Making of… Dandy
  • Retroinspection – Virtual Boy
  • The Making of… Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • From the Archives – Beyond
  • The Making of… Qwak
  • The Complete Story of Shinobi

You can get Retro Gamer from ImagineShop.co.uk.

WordPress 2.8 Baker – available for download

The new version of WordPress 2.8 Baker is now available for download. The new version have 180 new features, changes and upgrades, and over 790 bugfix.

Here is a video from WordPress.org, showing some of the highlights of the new version.

Here is the highlights of the new version, check out WordPress.org for a full rundown of all the new features.

  • New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and new widgets API
  • Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors
  • Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns
  • Allow configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options
  • Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment
  • Support IIS 7.0 URL Rewrite Module
  • Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation

The History of Microsoft – 1993

This time, The History of Microsoft have come to 1993. Quote taken from the Channel9.net, where you also can find all the other episodes:

For Microsoft, 1993 is a stellar year as we introduce Microsoft Encarta, the first multimedia encyclopedia designed for a computer. The Microsoft BallPoint Mouse is launched into Space and Microsoft reports that the number of licensed users of Microsoft Windows now totals more than 25 million, making it the most popular graphical operating system in the world.