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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2015-04-05, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Video on demand audio feed

When using Bell Fibe TV I have noticed the majority of the movies available in Video on demand are not broadcasted in 5.1 surround sound. Occasionally a title will but the vast majority are not.

I have called bell and they had no idea what I was talking about. A tech came out he seemed just as confused and end result was some movies don't have it.

Why would bell offer 1080P video but not a Dolby 5.1 audio send.

I know my receiver is set properly because regular fibe TV broadcasts in 5.1 normally.

Anyone else have any issues or ways to fix ?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2015-04-05, 04:53 PM
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It also depends on whether Bell has the rights to air / carry a particular title via VOD with DD5.1 etc.

I had this problem with Cogeco also, but in my case not only no DD5.1 but many titles (this was a few years ago) were in mono. So, if the movie was in stereo, at least you could have used Dolby Pro Logic II for instance and got at least some kind of 5.1 audio... Not a great solution but better than mono....

I think you'll find that it's in the agreements and what type of copy actually gets sent to Bell that they can provide. If the box provides DD5.1, then it's generally not a technical issue.

When discussing the Cogeco issue with the CRTC, I was informed by the CRTC that audio was not in their scope of regulation. This may still be the case, as long as it's "understandable" seems what they're concerned with.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 2015-04-05, 05:15 PM
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Different versions for different applications often surface. See my post on the topic below:

All you can do is discuss the matter with the provider to see if they'll get the "best" video and audio in the future, especially if the cost is the same (it may not be).

TMN/Astral (a premium channel) always ask for HD & DD5.1 and get it most of the time from the rights holders. Some providers and channels are not as "picky".

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2015-04-05, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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That makes sense. Just find it very odd they would limit the audio but run at 1080p. Even Netflix does DD 5.1

Would do a lot more movie rentals from them if they did.

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