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Old 01-08-2005, 11:00 PM   #421 (Print)
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Here's exactly what DirecTV said:
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DIRECTV will transmit all local HD channels and other new services from three Ka-band orbital slots co-located over the center of the country using MPEG-4 AVC, the new standard in digital video compression, and advanced modulation that will more than double the efficiency of DIRECTV's Ka-band capacity.

Initially DIRECTV will carry each of the primary broadcast networks that offer an HD feed in the market and customers who subscribe to a local channel package will receive both the standard and HD signal. HD local programming will be received via a single dish -- slightly larger than the current standard dish -- and customers will require new HD set top boxes due to new compression technology.
As I have said, they will not transmit HD LILs using MPEG-2, ever. All HD LILs will be carried using MPEG-4 on the new Ka satellites from the start.
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Old 01-08-2005, 11:08 PM   #422 (Print)
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Here's exactly what DirecTV said: As I have said, they will not transmit HD LILs using MPEG-2, ever. All HD LILs will be carried using MPEG-4 on the new Ka satellites from the start.

Well, believe whatever you care to believe. But before you burst a blood vessel, please note that they do not say "from the start" in the press release, do they?

The say they "will transmit" ... "using MPEG-4 AVC". That's all. And it's been said some engineers from DirecTV at CES have confirmed it'll be MPEG-2 initially.
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Old 01-08-2005, 11:16 PM   #423 (Print)
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I see no reason for them to transmit with MPEG-2. No matter what format they're using, a pre-requisite to receiving the new channels will be a new dish. I'm sure you'd agree there is no getting around that. Since the new dish will already have to be installed, why not just install the new receiver at the same time? If you don't have both a new dish and a new receiver, you don't get HD locals. Very simple.

There is no need for a transitional period, because no transition is taking place.
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Old 01-08-2005, 11:31 PM   #424 (Print)
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I see no reason for them to transmit with MPEG-2. No matter what format they're using, a pre-requisite to receiving the new channels will be a new dish. I'm sure you'd agree there is no getting around that. Since the new dish will already have to be installed, why not just install the new receiver at the same time? If you don't have both a new dish and a new receiver, you don't get HD locals. Very simple.

There is no need for a transitional period, because no transition is taking place.

Because you have to manufacture the receiver, perhaps, and it's slightly more complex than a dish with LNBs? Apparently DirecTV didn't even announce a standard HD receiver capable of MPEG-4 at CES, only the Home Media Center. That's not to say there isn't one; there probably is -- but hey, announce it, or something, why not.
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Wasn't there some issue with the last HDTivo software upgrade where the software wasn't switching transponders or sat's properly? I thought the rumor was the new software was to allow the receivers to work with the new dishes. This is extremely far fetched but is it possible that the HDTivos are capable of playing back mpeg4?
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Old 01-09-2005, 10:54 PM   #426 (Print)
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Wasn't there some issue with the last HDTivo software upgrade where the software wasn't switching transponders or sat's properly? I thought the rumor was the new software was to allow the receivers to work with the new dishes. This is extremely far fetched but is it possible that the HDTivos are capable of playing back mpeg4?

That was related to 72.5° and SD locals for some new markets.

The decoder in the HR10-250 is only capable of MPEG-2. The demodulator in the HR10-250 is not capable of 8PSK.
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Old 01-10-2005, 11:55 AM   #427 (Print)
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Well, believe whatever you care to believe. But before you burst a blood vessel, please note that they do not say "from the start" in the press release, do they?

The say they "will transmit" ... "using MPEG-4 AVC". That's all. And it's been said some engineers from DirecTV at CES have confirmed it'll be MPEG-2 initially.



It has to be Mpeg 2 initially unless they have a bunch of equipment they did not disclose at CES ....The only MPEG 4 unit announced ( the HMC) will not be released until at least 6 months or so after HD LiL is planed to start!
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