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Will current national HD on mpeg2 be moved to mpeg4?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by APorter, Jul 11, 2007.

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  1. APorter

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    I'm currently thinking about switching back to Directv from Time Warner. I watch a lot of sports on ESPN and ESPN2, so I was wondering if these channels would be moved to mpeg4 with the new satellite going up?

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  2. Michael D'Angelo

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    At some point DIRECTV will move them to MPEG4. We don't know when yet.
     
  3. APorter

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    Thanks for quick response.
     
  4. Mixer

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    Hopefully they will mirror them before the end of the year that way we can compare the MP2 vs MP4 versions.

    I think D* should and will focus on getting all of the new programming launched and then once they have all the new content in place they can.will mirror everything over.

    Gives them something to do while waiting for D11 to launch ;)
     
  5. syphix

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    I see no benefit to D* to mirror them.
     
  6. bonscott87

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    Plenty of benefit. It gets everything on the MPEG4 system.

    Plus they will have to shut down at least 1 if not more then 1 HD channel during Sunday Ticket and being mirrored in MPEG4 will allow those channels to still be available and can upgrade people to get them.
     
  7. Dusty

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    Why not just put Sunay Ticket on D10 so nothing gets shut down?
     
  8. RAD

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    Because so far D*'s said all you need is a Ku/3LNB dish and a MPEG2 HD receiver for the NFL-ST/SF HD games and you need a Ka/Ku/5LNB dish and a H20/HR20 in order to receive the Ka band signal from D10.
     
  9. Earl Bonovich

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    Definently not going to happen in 2007/2008 season.

    Now the 2008 season... that is a different story.
     
  10. Smthkd

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    Seems like we have had this story every year for the last 2 seasons!!!
     
  11. machavez00

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    I agree. That will allow upgraded folks to still watch TNT etc while the MPEG2 versions are shut down for ST. In fact, I would not be surprised if they shut down all MPEG2 HD on channels on Sundays as a way to motivate folks to upgrade their systems
     
  12. twistedT

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    +1

    BTW I like your avatar :righton:
     
  13. Dusty

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    I assume D* will have to migrate customers to MPEG4 one day. I tend to think NFL-ST/SF HD customers are prized customers. Not that my opinion matters, but if I were calling the shot, I would give them free upgrade now.

    On the other hand, one can think that these suckers are addicted to NFL so much that you only have to worry about upgrading them later.:D
     
  14. hilmar2k

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    As do I....
     
  15. machavez00

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    I figured the Red Sox fans would
     
  16. raoul5788

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    I have a slightly different opinion, but I doubt you guys care much! :lol:
     
  17. APorter

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    Since it looks like there's no set date for the switch, will I be disappointed watching ESPN-HD (mpeg2) on a 102" screen?
     
  18. Jeremy W

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    Most likely.
     
  19. djanis3

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    Is this due to a technical reason or just because of Stuart Scott?
     
  20. paulman182

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    According to standard charts as to proper HD viewing distance, a 720p image on a 102-inch screen should be viewed from a distance of 20-25 feet.

    If that is your distance from the screen, it'll probably look OK.
     
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