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View Poll Results: Are you going to upgrade to the new MPEG4 equipment ??
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Are you going to upgrade to the new MPEG4 equipment ??

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Old 03-25-2006, 02:24 PM   #1  
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Old 03-25-2006, 06:18 PM   #2  
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Current equipment is working fine...in no hurry at this point.
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Old 03-25-2006, 08:01 PM   #3  
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Have no need right now.I get hd locals ota,so whats the rush?
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Old 03-25-2006, 09:23 PM   #4  
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Good point, drock, a point that many miss or mis-understand. Going to mpeg4 only effects the local programming. All other channels are the same mpeg2. I think a lot of people don't realize that.
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When I speak with D* reps, they seem to imply that very soon, much of the HD programming will be moving to mpeg4. They claim to be adding 100+ channels of HD and they will all be mpeg4. What do you think? How soon?
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When I speak with D* reps, they seem to imply that very soon, much of the HD programming will be moving to mpeg4. They claim to be adding 100+ channels of HD and they will all be mpeg4. What do you think? How soon?
This may mean 100+ locals in MPEG-4. D* wouldn't just abandon the early adopters of HD who have an H10 and a triple LNB system.

Oh wait, yes they would.
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Old 03-26-2006, 08:16 AM   #7  
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Already have. I get 6 HD channels only. Locals are to far away for OTA unless it's 50 plus feet in the air and then there is a chance I would not get them all. still waiting for them to contact me about the new dish that I already paid for over a month ago.
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People who live too far from the stations to get local HD are in the minority and I give Directv props for servicing the HD locals when there is not a large market for the service compared to SD locals.

I do have somewhat a problem with the implication that all of the locals will be carried in HD and they are going to add 100+ channels implying these will be new HD networks when it really means more locals for more areas.

Until they get everybody covered with the up to 4 HD local channels all over the US, I doubt if you will see any new HD content added via the mpeg4 format. They still have a bit of room for mpeg2 HD channels, so if there are a couple new HD channels added, they would add them to the 3LNB service, imo.
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:28 AM   #9  
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One nice thing about the AT-9 dish is better reception and less problems with rain fade.
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Old 03-26-2006, 05:42 PM   #10  
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When I speak with D* reps, they seem to imply that very soon, much of the HD programming will be moving to mpeg4. They claim to be adding 100+ channels of HD and they will all be mpeg4. What do you think? How soon?
Do you think they are claiming to be adding 100 national HD channels ?

I don't think there are nearly that many HD channels available.

D* is adding an HD feed for all the local ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox stations in all the major cities, that's all they are doing.

As for me, I get my locals in HD via my OTA FOR FREE.
What we really need is some more high quality national HD channels, not more CD-USA garbage.

Believe me, D* is charging us more $$$ for their half ass channels and promising us the WORLD !!
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I agree, CD USA , is a complete waste of channel space. Maybe D* should let the HD subs vote on HD channel additions. It would be nice if D* would add local RSN's for Hi-def sports.
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I upgraded because I was having problems with my existing receiver. I get terrific OTA local broadcasts so really do not care about locals, which will come on line in May here in Phoenix. I do agree with others that the H20 is an overall better receiver though. My SD appears to be sharper and the OTA looks crisper then before.
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:49 PM   #13  
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I'm not sure I will ever be upgrading. I have all my locals OTA at the moment, which is more than what DTV offers anyhow. I've also had two people tell me (my dad is one), that they couldn't get the new 5LNB dish because the angle for the new satellites is so low in the sky that there were line of sight issues. In my Dad's case, he'd have to cut down two trees. In my friend's case, there's a neighbor's tree in the way, and he's pretty much resigned to switching to cable now.

I have a feeling in my case I'd have something blocking the signals from the new satellite. So, I'm just keeping things well enough alone until I'm forced to do something or lose my HBO HD or TNT HD.
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I'll upgrade when they bloody well force me and pay for the whole bloody thing!!!!!

They'll have to rip my H10 out of my cold hard fingers!
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The only way I will upgrade to MPEG4 is if the new HD DVR is FREE period. No lease fees etc. I have the new Dish, and I live in SFO market. Just waiting until the new box is out. For now, I have SD from The City and HD from L.A. Happy camper./
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