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HD Locals and MPEG 4

Sole_Survivor
08-03-2005, 05:06 AM
Directv customers who recieve who recieve their HD locals from an off air antenna will not need the upgrade to MPEG 4.

"most customers will be able to use their MPEG-2 equipment for quite some time." .........

"current HD programming will continue to be broadcast using the MPEG-2 standard, MPEG-4 technology will be used only to provide local HD programming in select cities:

leww37334
08-03-2005, 06:52 AM
OK I am really confused now, according to posts here not only did the new satellites add locals, they should add a number of other HD channels, does this mean that we subscribers with old boxes/dishes will not be able to gt the additional non-local stations?

Sole_Survivor
08-03-2005, 07:33 AM
OK,
What I got from the E mail is these 2 satellites that just went up are only to provide local HD programming. It is my opinion that if any non local HD channel is added soon it will be in MPEG 2.

"MPEG-4 technology will be used only to provide local HD programming"

They said nothing nothing about the other 2 satellites that are to go up in 2007, I guess it's too far away to comment about that so I can't blame them.
But it sounds as though that if you're getting your HD locals from an off air antenna, you won't be needing the upgrade at least in the near future.

Here is another article that may help.

http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/013105DirecTV/

lizardhowson
08-03-2005, 08:38 PM
Good Job D* :mad:

RSawdey
08-04-2005, 04:58 PM
In many ways this seems like a waste of technology... making a big deal over people being able to receive their local broadcast stations with a DISH instead of an ANTENNA!

MichaelB1969
08-05-2005, 03:44 PM
In many ways this seems like a waste of technology... making a big deal over people being able to receive their local broadcast stations with a DISH instead of an ANTENNA!

As someone who comes from the consumer electronics industry, one thing I can say is that while this is not a big deal for the tech savvy among us, it is a big deal for those who are not. DirecTV doesn't make it easy for customers to get the correct off-air antenna installed. At least that was my experience. They only offered two when I called, and they couldn't even tell me whether or not they supported both UHF and VHF, or how well they pull in signals from 13 miles, etc.

For the average CE consumer, simply ordering the local HD channels from DirecTV is a MUCH, MUCH simpler process. Also, for those outside of a reasonable radius, they either cannot pull in the local off-air signals through an antenna, or they would need something that made their house look like an AWACS plane in order to do so.

So, bottom line is that while the folks on this forum won't fully appreciate the local HD channel service through the satellite, the masses out there will.

Mike

Sole_Survivor
08-06-2005, 05:39 AM
I see it differently.


"DirecTV doesn't make it easy for customers to get the correct off-air antenna installed."

But they could have.

"For the average CE consumer, simply ordering the local HD channels from DirecTV is a MUCH, MUCH simpler process."



When you think of it not really, they can't order them right now with MPEG 2 equipment. Their going to have to send someone over their house, reinstall a new dish, swap these great new HD MPEG 2 set tops for a new one, and if I was betting man, it is my opinion there will be an extra charge to receive the local HD programming.
They had to launch rockets into space, and pay a company to create a new box.
They also have to spend X amount of dollars to upgrade customers.
The way Directv has to send someone out to put this new dish on and new box, they could have sent the service tech to install the right antenna, survey the area.
A good antenna with rotor and booster is a lot cheaper than a new dish & a new MPEG4 HD set top and launching a rocket in space.
I have that set up for under 250.00
It is my opinion that Directv didn't do this for the people that live in an area that can't their locals, it is my opinion that they may not want cable companies to keep saying what they have started, that they (cable) can provide locals in HD. Again this is just my opinion. Local Terrestrial HDTV was designed to be viewed from the local tower, that is why most of the HD sets that are now made are advertised with the built in terrestrial HD tuner.
If I was to have Directv send me my locals, they would send me about 5 or 6, I'm getting over 20 right now with an OTA antenna, & I live in a one story home, low lying area with a lot of trees.
Yes there are people that I guess can't pull in local digital signals regardless of what equipment they buy, but that's the breaks, there are areas that can not receive cable as well as people that don't have clear view of the southern sky.
They just sent two sats into space, & these are going to be used for local hd programming, why is that first, while we're still stuck with the current 70-79 HD channels.
Could you image what they could have done if they used these sats for mpeg2 HD channels.
No, let us come second, and let us be stuck still without Cinamax, TNT, Playboy etc.