I would agree completely that D* should have used a proper codec. The basic premise is that they didn't and are scrambling as a result. They were sloppy with this implementation. In terms of the "it's just TV" comment I think they thought "What's the worst that's going to happen? People get some pixelation or audio pops, big deal." They did not take into account the ripple effect that having a cavalier attitude towards the codec would have. I do not have the inside contacts to bounce these ideas of D* people, but I feel strongly that this is a real potential source of problems. I really think they thought the H20 would shake all the bugs out of whatever implementation they chose for MPEG4 and that was wrong. They also did not account for the varied MPEG4 encoding systems that have been implemented based upon the various threads in this forum, and that was wrong.