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When will E* switch to MPEG4?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Bismarck, Jun 3, 2005.

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  1. Jun 3, 2005 #1 of 10
    Bismarck

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    Does anyone have a good idea when E* is going to make the switch to MPEG4?

    I'm thinking about upgrading by 921 to a 942, but not if it is going to be obsolete in 6 months. It is my undertstanding that none of the current receivers can be upgraded to MPEG4, i.e. it is going to require new hardware.
     
  2. Jun 3, 2005 #2 of 10
    Mikey

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    There is no "official" schedule for MPEG-4. In the March Charlie Chat, it was said Fall of this year.

    IFAIK, no current Dish receivers are MPEG-4 compatible.
     
  3. Jun 3, 2005 #3 of 10
    chewey

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    If I had to bet the over/under I would say over a year.
     
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    tonyp56

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    I will not be upgrading any of my receivers for the foreseeable future! I would advise anyone else not to either. I mean at the very least if you can get them to do it, a 942 is going to run you $250 for you to lease! That is a lot of money only to have to upgrade again in a year or two. (IMHO)
     
  5. Jun 3, 2005 #5 of 10
    Tom in TX

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    I upgraded to the 942, and love it! When, and that's a big ?, they upgrade to MPEG4, my unit will still receive the channels I get now, as Dish will slowly, repeat, slowly, switch the technology. When they come out with the next generation, they will not be throwing a switch, and all receivers are immediately obsolete. I think it is well worth doing now, so as to be able to use the HD PVR functions for the forseeable future. But that's just my take on it! To each his own.
    Tom in TX
     
  6. Jun 3, 2005 #6 of 10
    Mikey

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    Slowly, yes. BUT, all NEW channels added will be in MPEG-4. That's why the current receivers will be obsolete.
     
  7. Jun 3, 2005 #7 of 10
    Tom in TX

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    True, but probably 90% of the recording I do is from OTA Network shows, which will remain useable, and therefore my machine will not be obsolete. Granted, if they add, for instance, Food NetworkHD, in MPEG4, I will not be able to watch it. But I will still be able to record things like CSI, Law/Order, etc. I guess it depends on how people use their machine whether or not it will quickly become obsolete.
    Tom in TX
    PS - did ya'll get some good storms today in OK?
     
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    Mikey

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    It was kinda spotty. Mostly they just scooted by and missed the OKC area. We're still under a tornado watch 'till 7PM, though. People N and W of us got hammered.
     
  9. Jun 3, 2005 #9 of 10
    P Smith

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    Actually it was mention new HD channels will required MPEG4 receiver, not the "all NEW channels ".
     
  10. Stewart Vernon

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    And also... IF you don't absolutely have to be an early adopter on the new channels they add in MPEG4... you can wait until they get to the point where they want to upgrade the whole system (SD and HD) to MPEG4, and they will be in a position to make a more attractive (perhaps free even) upgrade at that point because they will be faced with a large portion of their subscriber base who hasn't budged and won't spend a lot for the transition.
     
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