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Questions about MPEG-4
Posted 04 September 2006 - 02:47 PM
Posted 04 September 2006 - 03:11 PM
I recently added an HR10-250 to my aresenal, after the Mpls area had been lit up for MPEG4 locals. The CSR I ordered from assured me they would be installing the new 5LNB dish, but when I called to confirm I was told it would be the 3LNB because that's all that was needed for the HR10-250.
If you want the AT9 (5LNB) dish installed before you get the appropriate MPEG4 receiver, you would need to purchase one independant of DirecTv (there is currently another thread discussing that) and hire an installer to install it (o do it yourself). You would need all four cables run from the dish, which you most likely already have if you are using a 5x8 switch.
As for the switch, the one that is currently rated to work properly with the MPEG4 signals is the Zinwell WB68. You should be fine with what you have until they light up MPEG4 in your area.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 07:35 PM
I also have one of the new Mitsubishi WD 65732 DLP sets and can tell you that if there's any way for you to get your locals OTA, do it. On HD broadcasts the PQ is noticeably better OTA than it is from the MPEG-4 compressed signals from the D* sat dish.
The MPEG-2 compressed signals (HDNet for example) are also clearer than the MPEG-4 locals.
Last night I watched a few mins of The Ghost Whisperer on CBS. With the OTA signal you could see tiny little facial hairs in the closeups. I could not see this level of fine detail on the MPEG-4 signal.
MPEG-4 locals are better than no HD locals, but if there's a possibility of getting them OTA, then IMO that's what you need to do.
Posted 10 September 2006 - 07:28 AM
Satellite comes along and hooks us on better PQ, then gradually trashes it as the years go by, and most of us don't know what a good OTA signal looks like anymore.
To get my locals OTA would require an antenna 1500 feet up on a hill. It was the only way to get 3 snowy channels when I was a kid, but not too practical today.
Posted 10 September 2006 - 05:04 PM
The existing MPEG-2 signals (DSHD, HDNet, etc) are excellent. MPEG-4 stinks.