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Hotpass going HD only

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#21 OFFLINE   djrobx



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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:43 PM

It would not free up lots of hd bandwidth but it would be significant. What would be more significant is that the SD would be much, much better and quell some of the desire for HD on lesser channels.

No, that would not quell a thing for me. The biggest issue is not bitrate of SD channels, but the 4:3 aspect ratio for channels which contain widescreen material.

Example: DIY mostly broadcasts 16:9 widescreen material because they have a HD channel. But because DirecTV only carries the SD version, we get letterboxed 4:3 (black bars are encoded on the top and bottom). Now, when I tune into it on my HD set, I have a choice of stretch-o-vision or watching a show the size of a postage stamp in the middle of set I paid good money for to get the size that it is. I can choose to use my TV's "Zoom" feature, but that just magnifies the fact that resolution was lost on the black bars around the picture.

If they could at least figure out a way to encode anamorphic 16:9 on "SD" channels, I'd be much less annoyed by missing HD channels.

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#22 OFFLINE   PrinceLH



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Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:06 AM

"If you wish to upgrade to High Definition, call 1-800-531-5000."

Good. Do that item by item. Do it for Sunday Ticket (if the NFL will allow them). Do that for the premium channels (HBO, etc.). Next year do it for EI, etc.

Entice high end folks to get off SD/MPEG2 and start opening up bandwidth slowly but surely. Always thought they should start with the speciality stuff and sports.

Leave the basic, basic only customers on SD until last. But add all new channels in MPEG4 at the least.

It is called transition planning. You can't dump everyone at once (too costly and difficult) but you carve up the low hanging fruit until all you are left with is a small enough group to finalize the transition.

They've started doing that in Canada, last year. They turned the NFL Sunday Ticket and NHL Center Ice, into MPEG4 only programming. They're trying to funnel all of the specialty stuff to that first and get people to switch over. Seems to work OK, so far.

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