From the CES: Did the CEO of DirecTV just announce the end of MPEG2 in 48 months?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by Leila, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. sshah19

    sshah19 New Member

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    Confused on one point...

    ...heck actually confused on a lot of points, but let's start with one:

    I understand eventually all the HD content will be mpeg4. But will the "100 new HD channels" supposedly coming out this year be mpeg2 or mpeg4 then (in the immediate-term)?

    And if mpeg2, will my Triple-LNB be able to get them?
     
  2. harley3k

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    I cancelled it after it stopped being free. All I watched was my OTA HD channels, and Showtime and HBO HD. When I realized I didn't have to pay $11/month to get those, it was gone.

    :)

    -h
     
  3. harley3k

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    Yah, the key phrase there is "essentially free" wtf does that mean? It means you have to call retention and threaten to quit in order to get your free HR20, and then you still pay $20 shipping.

    I called in for my boss last weekend to activate an old SD DirecTivo in his guest room. He has 3 HR10-250s in his house he paid $800 each for and they told me he was eligable for a free R15, or for $100 off the HR20, meaning for $199 he could pay for the pleasure of beta testing an HR20 for DirecTV, and oh he'd have to re-up for 2 more years of service. What a joke.

    Then it took me an hour and talking to 3 reps to get them to activate an old Hughes HDVR2 DirecTivo because it didn't have an IRD number, as it was a non-IRD device.

    -h
     
  4. harley3k

    harley3k New Member

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    My Sony SAT-T60 from December 2001 is still rockin' and rollin'.

    -h
     
  5. harley3k

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    MPEG4 only. You'll need an H20 or HR20 box and a 5LNB dish to watch them, and you'll need to re-up for 2 years on your DirecTV contract to *pay* to *lease* any hardware from them.

    Oh and the channels will have to actually exist too, which currenlty most of the ones on DirecTV's vaporware channel list do not. To have an "agreement in principle" (quote from the announcement) doesn't mean much. Take an "agreement in principle" in one hand and take a crap in your other hand and what are you left with?

    -h
     
  6. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    Of course, I was joking with that. It's one of the most egregious lies I've seen from a company in a while.
     
  7. reh523

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    Wahhh Wahhh!!! How many people do you think have 3 year old laptops that cost over $1000 that wont run Vista?
     
  8. rcawood

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    I believe my T60 is Dec 1999 - Still the orginal hard drive
     
  9. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

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    Why? SD is SD no matter the unit...and the HR20 has 2 OTA tuners...you don't have to watch the SAT network HD feed, you can pick up the HD OTA feed with the OTA tuners the same way you do it now with the HR10...

    once the HR20 is bug free, it becomes an issue of Tivo or no Tivo...keeping the HR10 for the OTA tuners is not a valid reason...
     
  10. timb2112

    timb2112 New Member

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    I canceled mine last night. I received a card from DTV offering four free months around Christmas. They know their content sucks.
     
  11. bullwinklehdtv

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    Why not- For $5 per month I get as many OTA storage hours as I want (since I can add a bigger drive) from two cities (Baltimore and DC) and save the HR20 storage for all those 100 national channels. :) As soon as the HR20 has dual live buffers and other undocumented features (see Tivo Underground) I'll reconsider.
     
  12. fjwagner

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    then please explain in more depth since I have it so wrong.
     
  13. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

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    I think what he means is the amount of bandwidth remains constant, it's just that more of it is free when you compress the signal a lot more...

    it's like you have a 100 GB hard drive with 20 GB free...you zip all your files so now you have 60 GB free...you didn't increase the size of your hard drive (bandwidth), you just can store more (have more free bandwidth)
     
  14. fjwagner

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    and that is exactly what I meant with my original statement. Could have worded somewhat better. I took some exception to the sarcastic response by RMINSK.
     
  15. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

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    I also interpreted your statement that way...but, in fairness, that's not what you said!

    :D
     
  16. marksman

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    Funny I called in about a month ago and got a free HR20.

    Guess you just got to be the right kind of customer. :)
     
  17. harley3k

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    Did you have to talk to someone in retention?

    -h
     
  18. 3DEngr

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    Not to be overly pedantic here, but a better compression algorithm does indeed increase your available bandwidth. You're incorrectly using only one definition of bandwidth when there are two. Analog bandwidth is the defined as the frequency range available in the communications channel and is measured in Hz. Digital bandwidth is defined as the informational capacity of channel and is measured in bits/second. If you increase the amount of bits/second that you can transfer in a given frequency range, you've increased the bandwidth. For instance, if I used to be able to transfer 100Mbit/s, but with this new compression algorithm, I can now transfer 200Mbit/s, I just doubled my bandwidth.
     
  19. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

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    :up:

    I'm being sincere here: I can't tell you how great I think it is you've been a registered user for 13 months, and you were prompted by a couple of statements in this thread to make your first post!

    Thanks for posting and reminding us that there is more than one way to look at pretty much anything. :)
     

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