Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:09 PM
Great find on MavTV!
As far as older recievers not being able to use single / double digit channel numbers, maybe the whole master program guide shutoff that is going on now will eliminate the need for locals mapped to 900's (if still applicable today). Once MPG is shut off, maybe this frees up space?
Talking heads work fine in HD because the action and on screen movement is minimum. Therefore you can really squeeze something like CSPAN'S HD, The Blaze HD, NASA HD, and even shopping networks down to 3.5 - 4.5mbps in 720p. Blue Ridge Cable does overcompress The Blaze HD, but it still looks clearer than the SD version.
If you get some channels with low screen movement around 4mbps in mpeg4 720p, it wouldn't be *that* much of a hit to the limited bandwidth. HD now is from 6 - 8 Mbps in mpeg4, so on the low end shaving 2 Mbps thanks to low screen movement and down converting to 720p or maybe even 1024x720 would still look better than the SD they have now.
My DirecTV HD WISHLIST: Nicktoons, FXM, Oxygen, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, GSN, Sprout, GAC, Esquire, El Rey, Up, Music Choice Play HD, NASA, Epix (if reasonably priced)
My DirecTV SD WISHLIST: MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Music Choice, Youtoo TV