I know most here are concerned with HD, and so am I. But there are some channels that are still SD and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Additionally, my parents, who are Russian-speaking, subscribe to the RussianDirect II package, and those eight Russian SD channels look terrible. We all know DirecTV's SD quality has become nearly unwatchable, especially as compared with HD. But even other providers' SD channels look comparatively better. So, while everyone's priorities are understandably with HD right now, I wonder if D12 means anything for improving SD quality?
D12 likely won't directly
help internationals or other SD channels.
That said, there might already be movements underway that could help if we're guessing correctly.
As we know, there are some important parts to SD PQ. (And HD for that matter.)
The Source PQ
. Very hard to improve upon that, tho there are some smoothing and enhancements that actually can make it appear better. I don't know if there are any efforts on those lines. So I'm not guessing about this part. Bandwidth
back to the home. As I recall, the internationals are mostly on an older, less powerful leased satellite. Less powerful typically means more bandwidth is used to replace missing bits via error correction. More error correcting bits, leaves fewer real data bits. Receiver video shaping
. The next generation of SD receivers (will actually most likely be HD receivers...) might have better SD shaping and reproduction abilities. As video shaping chips continue to mature and get less expensive, SD shaping can improve.
Ok, so my real main point--As the MPEG2 HD channels are turned off, the internationals might (are expected?) to be moved to the more powerful satellites at 110° and 119°. If that happens, that might translate to more bandwidth available for those channels. Woohoo!
The reason I don't expect D12 to make any difference is that the MPEG2 HD channels are already up on MPEG4. I'll leave it to the readers to think about who might still be using the MPEG2 channels: HBO, ESPN1&2, and TNT.
One hint--we're not talking homes...
Anyway, when they are finally turned off, if Internationals do move, that might have more bandwidth and look better.
PS: MPEG2 to MPEG4, an off topic discussion in this thread, is not going to happen until the 40M or so SD receivers are replaced--at a huge cost. Think $100 per, plus installation, support, waste disposal, and shipping.