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#21 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:10 AM

Verizon remuxes the Mpeg-4 stream back to Mpeg-2 to use in their system.
The HBO/Cinamax stream is MPEG-4

Has something changed then? I ask because this 2008 MPEG-4 announcement from HBO ends with the following:

"HBO/MAX MPEG-2 digital feeds will continue to be available:

The MPEG-4 HD feeds are incremental to HBO’s MPEG-2 offering. HBO currently plans to continue to provide the MPEG-2 HD feeds of HBO (East and West) and Cinemax (East and West), and we also plan to continue to provide all 26 SD feeds in MPEG-2."


It makes sense to me that HBO (and most programming providers) would continue to provide MPEG-2 for all the cable systems that are still MPEG-2.
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#22 OFFLINE   Justin85

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 07:02 PM

What is the diff. between FIOS and AT&T U-verse? I am thinking about changing the service. The U-verse is available in my area. I have some tall trees in back and not getting good signal during summer season. Currently, I have Dish Network service.


AT&T U-Verse is a cheap version of FIOS. They run fiber to the node, similar to cable companies, then provide the service to your home using existing copper service lines. U-Verse has lower quality HD, you can only have 1 DVR, and a maximum of 3 HD streams (or less) per home. The service is truly limited only by the available bandwidth to your home, and can be prone to problems depending on the line distance between your house and the node. It is an ideal service for homes with TWO or less HD Tvs, or FOUR or less SD TVs, due to the active stream limits.

I have had U-Verse, the DVR is pretty good, its fast and responsive, but lacks some basic features, like recording prioritization. They do offer Whole Home DVR which is nice, but the things that made me switch were the poor HD PQ, and the fact I could only watch two HD channels IN THE WHOLE HOUSE (in my area, we only got 2 HD streams).

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 08:06 PM

Has something changed then? I ask because this 2008 MPEG-4 announcement from HBO ends with the following:

"HBO/MAX MPEG-2 digital feeds will continue to be available:

The MPEG-4 HD feeds are incremental to HBO’s MPEG-2 offering. HBO currently plans to continue to provide the MPEG-2 HD feeds of HBO (East and West) and Cinemax (East and West), and we also plan to continue to provide all 26 SD feeds in MPEG-2."


It makes sense to me that HBO (and most programming providers) would continue to provide MPEG-2 for all the cable systems that are still MPEG-2.


The original HBO east and West are Mpeg2 however the latest where transmitted Mpeg-4 http://www.afterdawn...for_hd_channels
It was a big whoop to do about the remuxing a time ago but nobody cared after a while, well except for a few diehards.http://www.avsforum....47#post11500547

It like another 10 page argument on Dslreports as well.
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