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HD Tivo and MPEG4

07-10-2005, 10:25 AM
I read these other posts and am concerned that my HD Tivo (which I paid 1K for in March) will become obsolete as DirectTV moves to MPEG4.

Does anyone have the definitive answer on what will happen once DirectTV makes that change?

I'm already mightily upset at Direct TV for wanting 300+ a season for HD NFL games, and now I'm wondering if they'll want to hang me out to dry further by requiring me to get a new DVR.

Does anyone know?

Thanks in advance...

07-10-2005, 07:21 PM
As much as we would like to give you definate answer to your question, we can't. We can only speculate as D* is very secretive about announcing Programming and company projections. My advice to you is stay calm and wait it out like the rest of us. Its better to wait than listen to a handful of opinions and speculations then later being disappointed because they never came through.

07-11-2005, 07:28 AM
Thank you for writing back to us. We appreciate your interest in NFL Sunday Ticket SuperFan. The HD games available with this package do not require HD receivers to be compatible with an MPEG-4 signal.

We're almost ready to begin rolling out local HD programming. We expect to be serving at least 12 cities by the end of this year (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington, D.C.).We will be adding more cities soon after these and gradually expanding our coverage to even more cities over the next two years, as we deploy new satellites that use state-of-the-art MPEG-4 technology. The local channels we offer will carry a mix of digital standard-definition and HD programming.

Customers who have DIRECTV HD equipment and want to receive local HD programming from DIRECTV will be eligible for an MPEG-4-compatible receiver replacement after we launch local HD programming in your city. (If you want to replace your HD DVR, you will need to wait a bit longer. Our new MPEG-4-compatible DIRECTV HD DVR receiver is expected to be available in early 2006, after we roll out our local HD programming to our first group of cities.)

More details will be available as we get closer to launching the local HD service in your area, so watch your local TV, radio or mailbox for upcoming announcements or visit DIRECTV.com/HD

Thanks again for writing and stay tuned to DIRECTV.com for the latest news and information about HD programming.


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