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HDTV boxes future with DirectTV
Posted 08 January 2003 - 01:25 AM
I am wondering if DirectTV will face the same hurdle that DISH did when they went to add more HDTV channels. With the older error-correction scheme, DISH could only fit 1 channel of HDTV per transponder while with the new turbo-code scheme they can fit 2 channels. It seems that if DirectTV starts adding more HDTV channels, they will also have to go to some other scheme.
Assuming this happens, are these boxes upgradeable like the DISH 6000 receiver? Are there any more HDTV channels on the roadmap yet for DirectTV?
Posted 08 January 2003 - 01:42 AM
Direct TV could probably squeeze 2 channels on a transponder assuming that both signals do not peak past 17 mbit/sec at the same time. Using the new technology Dish could squeeze 3 channels on the more powerful transponders on the new satellites (more power to allow error correction overhead to be lower).
Posted 09 January 2003 - 09:59 AM
This is why I am wondering whether the current set of Directv HDTV boxes has an upgrade path or if Directv really has a plan to add more HDTV channels. There seems to be a hole in the plan here.
Posted 09 January 2003 - 10:11 AM