In recent months, DirecTV has made considerable improvements to the encoding of the locals in my DMA. My question is this. I know in many (if not all) markets, DirecTV is receiving locals via OTA reception. In that case, HD locals will never look as good as their OTA counterparts since the OTA signal needs to be transcoded to MPEG4 for delivery on DirecTV.
In my DMA, locals are received via OTA and sent via fiber to Los Angeles and then uplinked.
How close is DirecTV to having direct fiber to affiliates in large markets? Is this being considered or is an OTA transcode "good enough"?
If you have any information or an opinion, please share.