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New MPEG-4 compression technology

ceddy
04-15-2005, 12:47 PM
New MPEG-4 compression technology will bring dozens of HD networks and hundreds of local HD stations to satellite subscribers by the end of 2005

http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5108854-4.html?tag=cnetfd.dl

shellback
04-17-2005, 12:04 AM
Glad to see this article in CNET. I am in one of the test markets coming up and was about to pull the trigger on buying HD-TIVO unit. Too bad it's MPEG-2. And what about my RCA DTC-210 that's <6 months old? Maybe, it can just be upgraded with a software patch if I'm lucky.

RSawdey
04-17-2005, 11:19 AM
MPEG4 will NOT just replace MPEG2... although it IS backwards compatible, using exclusively MPEG4 would obsolete all existing ATSC tuners & DVHS decks. Any compressed streams exported either for viewing or recording will have to be MPEG2. MPEG4 can be used within the closed Sat system, or Cable system, as long as the STB is capable of decoding it & only exports MPEG2... which is required by the ATSC standard.

DTV TiVo Dealer
04-17-2005, 05:22 PM
Channels compressed with MPEG-4 algorithm technology will not be decoded by any existing DIRECTV STB. But don't worry. DIRECTV will be upgrading all field equipment once they begin broadcasting MPEG-4.

You will get a new .66 elliptical 5 LNB antenna dish system and new receivers and DVRs.

-Robert

VE Advanced Digital Technologies Dealer

chrpai
04-17-2005, 07:49 PM
I pay for my D* not hack it, but I was wondering, why can't they just come up with some special access card that transcodes the mpeg4 to mpeg2 right after decryption?

ipodbill
04-18-2005, 10:22 AM
mpeg4 decompressing takes more processing (hardware) power than mpeg 2. thats probably the reason that a firmware upgrade will not work. trans code sounds like a 2 step process, decode mpeg 4 and then a conversion step which would take even more processing power

RSawdey
04-18-2005, 11:53 AM
They could also do what's called 'wrapping' where an MPEG2 file is 'wrapped' inside an MPEG4... one decode then gives the MPEG2...

gtfx35
04-18-2005, 12:57 PM
DIRECTV will be upgrading all field equipment once they begin broadcasting MPEG-4.

You will get a new .66 elliptical 5 LNB antenna dish system and new receivers and DVRs.



Does anyone have any info about upgrade costs for the consumer? I just bought a HD system from D* about a month ago and don't want to see that $ thrown down the drain.

DTV TiVo Dealer
04-19-2005, 05:45 PM
Does anyone have any info about upgrade costs for the consumer? I just bought a HD system from D* about a month ago and don't want to see that $ thrown down the drain.

DIRECTV will be upgrading your dish and HD reciver at no charge once MPEG-4 is available in your DMA.

-Robert

VE Advanced Digital Technologies Dealer

rfrf
04-20-2005, 07:58 AM
DIRECTV will be upgrading your dish and HD reciver at no charge once MPEG-4 is available in your DMA.

-Robert

VE Advanced Digital Technologies Dealer[/QUOTE]


Does that include the HD with Tivo as well?

RF

lee espinoza
04-21-2005, 01:45 PM
DIRECTV will be upgrading your dish and HD reciver at no charge once MPEG-4 is available in your DMA.

-Robert

VE Advanced Digital Technologies Dealer


Does that include the HD with Tivo as well?

RF[/QUOTE]


YES

shellback
04-24-2005, 01:04 AM
Have you heard anything about if they have fininshed their Beta testing? And, if not, if they are accepting applicants for assistance? Any preliminary model #'s?

DTV TiVo Dealer
04-24-2005, 09:13 AM
Have you heard anything about if they have fininshed their Beta testing? And, if not, if they are accepting applicants for assistance? Any preliminary model #'s?
The first HD STB is the H20, whihc will receive MPEG-2/4.

Beta testing has not started yet as the first HD MPEG-4 satellite is scheduled to launch next week.

-Robert

VE Advanced Digital Technologies Dealer

beatboy77
04-24-2005, 01:12 PM
Robert,

Will the H20 have multi-room capibility and use 2.4 GHz, 54 MB wireless functions?

~Josh