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  1. lparsons21

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    Possibly you are correct but I have serious doubts that it is good enough to do it well. But since I don’t think they will do it anyway, it probably is all a moot point.
     
  2. NashGuy

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    We'll see. It's not like they would be doing something that other MVPDs haven't already done. So it's not out of the question.

    But I expect AT&T TV will implement live sports in 4K HDR first. There's no question that the box supports 4K as well as the HDR10 and HLG HDR formats. Wonder if that happens in time for any of the sports happening this year. Did the MLB, NBA or NFL do any 4K or 4K HDR games last season? (I know college football via FS1 did some but I don't think there's gonna be any college football in 2020.)
     
  3. compnurd

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    They all did 4K HDR games
     
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    The chipset the C71KW uses is actually designed to do exactly this.

    But would AT&T would want to quadruple its delivery costs for customers to do this?
     
  5. Rich

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    Right, we logged in using D*.

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  6. lparsons21

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    Probably not! AT&T already as a pricing problem with their streaming services and that would just aggravate it more.
     
  7. NashGuy

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    Streaming delivery costs wouldn't quadruple. And I'd think the additional costs would be outweighed by the marketing value of such a feature, given that premium cable TV service largely targets sports fans. It's a similar cost/benefit analysis for AT&T TV as the decision whether to broadcast in 4K (which is supposedly on the roadmap). (Also keep in mind that most customers wouldn't make use of the multi-view feature and, among those who did, it would be a relatively small percentage of their total viewing time throughout the course of the month.)

    Remember that AT&T TV's live channels are already encoded at multiple bitrates and resolutions (i.e. adaptive bitrate or ABR). Maybe not as many different levels as, say, Netflix does for their pre-encoded on-demand stuff, given that AT&T TV is encoded live, on-the-fly. But AT&T TV does use ABR, because it can be delivered at differing quality levels depending on the speed/health of the user's broadband or cellular connection.

    So, in the case of a multi-view feature, the AT&T TV box would just simultaneously request live streams of up to four different channels at reduced resolution (which would be OK, since each channel would only take up 1/4 of your TV screen). Sure, it would require more bandwidth to serve up four 720p streams at the same time than one 1080p stream. But probably not any more bandwidth than it would take to serve up a single 4K stream. For folks watching on a 1080p TV using the hypothetical multi-view feature, the box might request widescreen SD (480p) version streams of the selected channels. All those different resolutions should already exist on AT&T TV's encoding ladder.
     
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  8. TV_Guy

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    No Yankees games on WPIX or Amazon Prime this season. Not enough overflow games to add OTA. Apparently no Mets games either.
    Amazon won’t stream any New York Yankees games this season after all
     
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    The way COVID-19 is hitting MLB the Yankees may not have another game to televise. Yankees @ Phils and Orioles @ Marlins already canceled for tonight because the Marlins have 12 players and 2 coaches with COVID-19. Yankees @ Phils game canceled because that is where the Marlins just finished a series.
     
  10. Rich

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    If they can't keep baseball players safe how are they gonna keep football players safe? Wear masks and socially distance themselves on the field? I don't see how that is gonna work.

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    A friend and I were talking about that just the other day. I can’t see a way they can have football and keep the players and others safe. Doesn’t bode well for football this year at all.
     
  12. NashGuy

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    Yeah, given the huge level of spread taking place in so much of the US now, the *only* sports scenario that I could possibly see working is "the bubble" approach that the NBA is doing at DisneyWorld. So far, no outbreak there.

    But this idea that athletes can live at home and continually come together to practice, travel and play other teams while at the same time not being segregated away from the outside world -- from friends, extended family, restaurants, bars, retail stores, churches, etc. -- just doesn't make sense. Because obviously various players will catch the virus and then it's going to start spreading on the team before it's noticed. And if that's true for a low-contact sport like baseball, it's WAY more true of a high-contact sport like football.

    I continue to be amazed at the level of magical thinking and denial in our nation with regard to this virus. Sending kids back to schools and colleges in the next few weeks is another example...
     
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  13. James Long

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    Log in every player into the NFL Madden game and have them control their own player. Virtual football.
     
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    Probably not the place to have this discussion...LOL
     
  15. NashGuy

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    <shrug> This pandemic is the issue uber alles. No aspect of American society -- including the sports, movie and TV industries discussed on this forum -- is untouched.
     
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  16. James Long

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    This part of our forum is for the discussion of AT&T|DIRECTV satellite service. We have other parts of our forum for other topics. Not all topics have a place on our forum.
     
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  17. NashGuy

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    OK, cool. I think the pandemic will continue having a negative effect on the ability of professional and college sports to operate, which will lead to even more cancellations of expensive cable TV services, especially DirecTV, which has a particular appeal to sports viewers thanks to NFLST and the huge lineup of sports channels offered.
     
  18. lparsons21

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    If it was just sports with the problem of nothing new to watch, I wouldn’t care. But the same situation is with new scripted shows too. IMO, live streaming/cable/sat are becoming an even worse value.
     
  19. NashGuy

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    If you think it's bad now, wait until next spring. Get ready to watch a lot of foreign imports to fill the holes on American channels and streaming services.
     
  20. AngryManMLS

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    Expect Disney to really push South Korean Baseball even more next year the rate sports are going at.
     
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