Gary hasn't updated his website in a while, he's still got CBS-HD listed as 1920x1080i 16.6mbps
I don't understand what is so different about "HD lite" that gets people so worked up. Satellite has been "SD lite" for many years (and getting lighter). Digital HD even uncompressed has it's own set of problems - and there is no way that ANY satellite provider is going to pass the full HD signal on to the consumer. Nobody has the bandwidth.
Some day we will see HD signals in MPEG4 with 7 Mbps video streams. Modified 6000's won't see them (they only do MPEG2) but they will be there. Will they be "HD lite" - by some definition they must be since no satellite carrier will EVER transmit the source signal unmodified. After one has accepted that fact it is all just a matter of degrees.
Sooo whats your point? Should we not strive for the best possible? We've seen what has been done in the past. So many SD stations jammed onto a TP that it barely looks better than an Internet streaming video. We have a chance here, today, to try and change the course our providers take with regards to HD transmission. Sure, they might not listen, but they might as well.
I would think a moderator on a satellite discussion board would want to rally his members around a cause such as providing a higher quality product. Instead, I see a lot of "well, this is the way it is, oh well" defeatist attitudes.
Please explain to me why HDNet and HDNet movies are transmitted 1920x1080i with a data rate of at least 17Mbit/s? Apparently Mark Cuban did not roll over and play dead to Charlie, and demanded his product be delievered to consumers at a quality that deserves the label "HD".
I would have hoped Voom would have the same attitude Mark has with his product, but so far it does not appear so. Thats where we consumers come in. I want to see more channels delievered at the quality HDNet is sent.
You can take a passive approach to these changes, and just sit back and "wait and see what happens", or you can be active and use the facts we have to persuade Dish that we won't accept these changes to Voom.
As for mpeg4, I will be upset if they try and STILL down-res Voom after cutting the new channels from 11 to 5. So far, all their mpeg4 tests have been 1440x1080 which isn't exactly a promising sign of things to come.
Maybe we'll just have to agree to disagree, but I urge anyone reading this who has HD or is thinking about getting HD in the next year to voice your concerns with Dish. A simple email or phone call is all it takes. There is power in numbers, and I thank the ones out there who are putting in the effort.