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MPEG2 -> MPEG4 Transition Discussion: HDNet


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#26 OFFLINE   Busterbear

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:01 AM

From Sky Report

Headlines for Thursday, July 31, 2008:
DISH "Turbo Charges" HD Upgrades
DISH Carriage Dispute Heats Up in Quad Cities
SIA: Satellites Integral Part of Safety Communications
Comcast/P2P Hearing Set for Friday
NEWS BRIEFS: Topping Joins T. Howard Board




DISH "Turbo Charges" HD Upgrades
This morning, DISH Network announced plans to enhance its high-def services, offering HD programming delivered by the DBS platform in 1080p resolution thanks to the company's rollout of TurboHD.

DISH Network said the HD push will be supported by a proprietary "turbo-charged" system upgrade that, starting Friday, will be rolled out to all MPEG-4 HD and HD DVR receivers. The upgrade activates a feature in the set-top boxes that allows for the output of 1080p programming, the company said.

By early August, all DISH Network customers with MPEG-4 HD and HD DVR receivers will have set-top boxes enabled to display 1080p content.

Also, as previously announced, DISH will launch 17 additional national HD channels Friday, surpassing its goal of reaching 100 national HD channels by the end of the year.

The satellite TV company said it plans to nearly double its national HD channel count in less than one year and offer up to 150 national HD channels by the end of 2008. The effort is made possible by the recent launch of EchoStar XI.

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#27 OFFLINE   syphix

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:03 AM

From Sky Report...

No offense, but this post doesn't belong in this thread...
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#28 OFFLINE   Busterbear

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:09 AM

Sorry,
I didn't know exactly where to post it, but thought is was important. I'm hoping that D* can react quickly and stay ahead. While we all agreed that D* was not in a race with Dish, it looks like Dish wants one.

#29 OFFLINE   ChrisPC

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:16 AM

I can see the difference. The movie trailers this morning looked a bit better with sharper color and less pixelation.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:26 AM

What is your signal strength on 103? Should be close to the numbers for 99.

Did you lose HD from 103 during the storm?



Just the ones from 99

Signal strength for 103 c

1-8 95 96 92 95 93 95 89 85

9-16 93 94 91 95 95 n/a n/a

17-21 97 n/a n/a n/a n/a 97 n/a n/a


It's still raining right now.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:43 AM

Nothing but Trailers looked very sharp and no noise what so ever great job by the best channel of all the old MPEG 2 channels IMO

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:07 PM

I just checked my SL for Torchwood, still showing on the original. So I tried to delete and set a new one on the new channel. Here's what happened:

1. Original channel SL put back in the list
2. New channel shows no episodes

Weird!


To do list takes a few hours to update when you make prioritizer changes. Give it some time.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:24 PM

PQ looks alot better, I think they could of put the channel on a better #, I would of liked it better around the 260-290 range, also HDNET MOVIES around the mid 200s.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:29 PM

Watching "Get Out!"...............WOW!!!!

:D:D


Oh...and the PQ looks swell, too!;) Looks GREAT! :up:
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 10:38 AM

I cant comment on picture quality. But I do like the fact that I can(finally) view HDnet.
I had a LOS issue and could not receive the majority of HD channels in the 70s but now that is also on another channel I finally can view the channel.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 10:41 AM

To do list takes a few hours to update when you make prioritizer changes. Give it some time.


Same happened to me last night on my two HR20s. I wanted to program the HDNET Test patterns and get a better quality recording. The next scheduled is 10AM on the 2nd. A search only showed up the one on Channel 79. I had to go to the guide, and manually set the recording for channel 306.

I just did another search and it still only brings up Channel 79.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 11:52 AM

Watching "Get Out!"...............WOW!!!!

:D:D


Oh...and the PQ looks swell, too!;) Looks GREAT! :up:


Yeah baby, chocolate never looked so tasty! ;)
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:00 PM

it looks like lindsay has gotten some "help" upstairs recently.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 03:17 PM

h20-600 HDNET (306),HDMOVIENET (552) not showing up on guide. All new channels coming in and looking fine.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:44 PM

I do like the new MPEG4 channels, but I will miss having them grouped all together though.

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 12:32 PM

it looks like lindsay has gotten some "help" upstairs recently.


I didn't want to say that but I think you are correct. I have mixed feelings on the augmentation thing, but she didn't get silly bigger, kind of just right, if you ask me. :)
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Posted 02 August 2008 - 12:33 PM

I do like the new MPEG4 channels, but I will miss having them grouped all together though.


I agree, the 70's were an easy set of channels to surf, now I have to remember where they are located to punch them in...
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Posted 02 August 2008 - 01:02 PM

I agree, the 70's were an easy set of channels to surf, now I have to remember where they are located to punch them in...


That's cause they are everywhere......HD channels, that is.

It is just a move of specific channels. It always takes some time to get used to them.
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Posted 02 August 2008 - 01:26 PM

h20-600 HDNET (306),HDMOVIENET (552) not showing up on guide. All new channels coming in and looking fine.


if u are in a favorites list u may have to add them.

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 01:47 PM

Same happened to me last night on my two HR20s. I wanted to program the HDNET Test patterns and get a better quality recording. The next scheduled is 10AM on the 2nd. A search only showed up the one on Channel 79. I had to go to the guide, and manually set the recording for channel 306.

I just did another search and it still only brings up Channel 79.


I had some issues at first with finding the moved channels but they are showing up for me now in searches. Must be an indexing thing.
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Posted 02 August 2008 - 09:22 PM

The Vince Gill concert today looked spectacular. I could see every little scratch and smudge on his guitars.

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 09:07 AM

MLS game last night is the best I think I've ever seen, also the MMA news show following was very crisp.

Loving the MPEG4 HDNet
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Posted 03 August 2008 - 09:30 AM

I honestly don't see much difference. Well let me preface this by saying I don't see much difference when there's not much going on on screen. With the MPEG2 feed if there was any quick motion I'd get a slight motion artifact (I assume this is the correct term) that I don't get with the MPEG4 channel. So I guess taking that into account the MPEG4 feed IS better.

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 10:39 AM

Art Mann looked fantastic, though I had already seen the episode, so I watch enough to notice if it looked better than MPEG-2, and to me, it did! ;)
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Posted 03 August 2008 - 10:41 AM

Art Mann looked fantastic, though I had already seen the episode, so I watch enough to notice if it looked better than MPEG-2, and to me, it did! ;)


I hope you mean Art Mann the program, Art Mann the person isn't that fantastic to look at.:D


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