...and with the future D14 destined to supply LiLs and re-directed HD nationals through Ka-band spotbeams to PR and the Caribbean ala the way Hawaii is served, what does that mean for the required subscriber equipment in those locations?
A big replacement program of MPEG-4 receivers and new type of ODU for 99, 101, 103, and 110? Or perhaps the 1.2m AL-Hi dish pair for those areas?
I don't think any big hardware changes are planned or necessary.
Reason 1: they are six months away from the promise of doubled HD programming, and not even a whisper of any equipment changes has been made.
Reason 2: remember the Latin folks have their own hardware lineup -- they have a LHR-22 receiver, for example. DLA (DIRECTV Latin America) has had lots of time to get the embedded HD receiver base positioned properly. And like the US several years ago, HD is a new kid on the block; the growth boom will be triggered when they reach a critical mass of HD programming.
Edited by gct, 21 June 2012 - 12:41 PM.