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Question about ... What will DirecTV so with the space when HD leaves the MPEG2 arena

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by sgnhaf, Aug 1, 2007.

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  1. betterdan

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    I have a 36 inch standard def tube tv upstairs and it looks better with SD content from Directv too but it still looks a lot worse now than it use to.
    When SD is given all the bandwidth it needs it can actually look pretty nice, let's hope Directv tries to go this route instead of adding 200 more shopping channels ;)
     
  2. paulman182

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    I have been running an HD receiver into a SD LCD set in one of my rooms.

    This really shows how good SD could look, if all the bandwidth were provided. (The HD is downconverted to SD going to TV via S-video.) Reminds me of how both D* and E* SD looked several years ago.
     
  3. sgnhaf

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    Then DirecTV needs to toss up another SAT for SD in the next year so they can spread channelsaround, add a few more and be able to give back the bit rates they had in the past
     
  4. Earl Bonovich

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    You just don't just "toss up" a SAT... multi-years worth of planning.

    Where do you propose that new SAT go?
    There is only so much licensable space up there....

    Should they take over a 6th orbit slot, and go through and replace all the dishes again?

    With the eventual move of a LOT of programming to HD...
    You would end up better off, having SD equipment, that can accept the HD signal... and downconvert it on the consumer side, thus eliminating duplicate signals in the SAT streams.
     
  5. sgnhaf

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    ok kool, when do you think Directv will have SD recievers capable of (and the other providers .. and distrubitors and whoever lese needs them) having SD recievers who can down convert HD into SD .....

    I think that would be hude, cause then providers could elimanate needing 2 feeds of a channel, (National Geographic for example) but the lineups would have be same (some HD and SD versions of channels Lineup Varies)

    I think that is the solution then...

    Is DirecTV working on this at all ? -- Not meant as a slam, just wondering if they have considered that to alievate capacity problems
     
  6. Earl Bonovich

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    In "theory" you have this today with the H20 and the H21..
    Both of them can be set to output only an 480i output (At all times)...thus effectively downconverting all content.

    So if the price point (for manufacturing, and purchase)... of the H21 (or the H20)... you have it there.... as most of all the same equipment would be there...

    The only difference between the H20/21 and something that would be SD only, would be the video output chipset and connectors... and I don't know how much those components add to the cost of a box.

    So in time, as those units penetrate more... then it is a possibility...
     
  7. sgnhaf

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    and the HR20 & HR21 (when released) be in same boat as H20 and H21 ?

    why mentioned added chipset and cost if the boxes can downcovert hd to sd now ?
     
  8. Earl Bonovich

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    Yes... the DVRs would be similar, if that is the path taken.

    The Video Output Chipset.... is a another (among many), that has to be able to actually OUTPUT the formats... so if the box is never going to output anything other then 480i.... no reason to include the more expensive chipset that can output 1080i

    By the time this comes to be (if it does) the differences in costs will be very minor...
     
  9. RAD

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    Dripping...
    They have then now, the H20 and HR20, the question is how to get a HD received down to the same cost as the SD versions that they'd replace?
     
  10. twistedT

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    D* announced two new Starz HD channels: Starz Kids & Family and Starz Comedy. I would imagine that they would have SD counterparts.
     
  11. MLBurks

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    I emailed them about these two channels last week (for the SD channels) and they said that they have no plans to add them. But what do they know?:D Hopefully they do add the SD counterparts!
     
  12. paulman182

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    If D* adds ALL the HBO/Starz/Showtime HD channels, it might be that much more incentive for customers to upgrade to HD.

    I would encourage anyone with a good SD set to get the HD receiver ($99 or less) and see how good an SD picture can be. It'll also give you the extra channels you don't get with SD, for just the price of HD access. Of course, it'll also make you want to go HD all the way...
     
  13. Bizarroterl

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    I hope they use the bandwidth to return us back to the SD picture they had years ago.
     
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