I find this very interesting:
"the 8PSK transition "will afford us greater flexibility in delaying and reducing the costs to convert our subscriber base to MPEG-4," the company said. "
In other words they will transistion to 8PSK first, then transition to MPEG-4. That's good news for us 942 owners since the 942 already accepts 8PSK.
The caveat here is the news story. Was it accurately written? What does it mean?
Let's take the full context of that paragraph:
"We have not yet determined the extent to which we will convert the EchoStar DBS System to these new technologies, or the period of time over which the conversions will occur," the company said in the SEC filing. If a new satellite, EchoStar X, launches during 2006 and other planned satellites are successfully deployed, the 8PSK transition "will afford us greater flexibility in delaying and reducing the costs to convert our subscriber base to MPEG-4," the company said.
It bugs me that everyone assumes that they are going to get screwed when MPEG4 comes out. The article, from a reputable source I might add, reveals the fact that a determination (at least publicly) has not been made. I know it isn't fun to take a company at their word, and one might make a reasoned argument that the past experience of some users justifies the reaction.. Myself, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt this time. I just don't see Echostar intentionally taking any action that would significantly reduce its subscriber base.