Ok. The point remains that it passes through another lossy encode. Even if they were to get the feed in MPEG4, it's still re-encoded due to statmuxing. I'd be interested in learning more about this. Are you saying some of the networks are sending their feed to the affiliates in MPEG4, and it's being turned around to DirecTV without any re-encode? How do local commercials and station bugs/overlays come into the picture? I know that this can't be true for at least Fox, as they send an MPEG2 stream to their affiliates that is passed along without any lossy re-encode... local channel bugs and other local content is added much like an overlay. Why would you ask that? Do you work for Nabisco?