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What to do in the middle of nowhere?

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We are in the (very) early stages of building a new home in, literally, the middle of nowhere--Pahrump, NV.
The area we will build in has no cable tv service and we cannot get any HD signals from Las Vegas due to a mountain range which is inconsiderately blocking their path.
I currently own an HR10-250 and get all of the HD Las Vegas locals off the air and SD locals from the satellite.
When we move, we will be eligible, acccording to D* website, to receive Distant HD, but will continue to receive Las Vegas SD locals off the satellite.
When the house is framed in, we are going to try to get the new larger dish installed before the stucco is applied. This is so when all signals are Mpeg4 we won't have to rip off any stucco to attach the support mast.
My question (finally) is: When we start receiving distant HD, most likely from L.A., will we still be getting the Mpeg 2 signals that I can record using my HR10-250?
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The distant HD locals are MPEG2 and the HR10-250 can receive them.
Thanks for your encouraging reply.
When D* brings out the HR20, will distant HD locals be broadcast in MPEG4 or will D* be limiting MPEG4 to the actual broadcast DMA?
Since the mast for the 5LNB dish is somewhat larger than for current dishes, and since that is the dish of the immediate DTV future, I would thing your best action would be to purchase and mount the 5LNB dish.

That way, it wouldn't matter if you have to go to a MPEG4 decoder and you can continue to receive your current programming with your current equipment.
MPEG4 will be used for "local-in-local". They won't change the current distant east and west coast feeds, as otherwise they would have a large equipment swap on their hands.
Sorry, my reply wasn't too lucid - working on one computer while checking this board on another.

By going to the new AT9 (I think that's what they are calling the 5 LNB dish), the OP has his dish technology solved for the near future. That was his concern, placing the dish so that he wouldn't have to worry about damage to his stucco exterior in the future.

The new dish will work for both today's HD transmissions and those of the next few years as LiL is expanded.

As I understand it, the new HR20 will deccode both MPEG2 and MPEG4, I referred to it as an MPEG4 machine out of laziness, sorry.

Hope that clears things up.
stevel said:
MPEG4 will be used for "local-in-local". They won't change the current distant east and west coast feeds, as otherwise they would have a large equipment swap on their hands.
Ultimately there will come a time when the network HD MPEG2 signals will go away.

DirecTV hasn't said when that is. We just come up with some conjecture on the subject.

But eventually all HD customers will get MPEG-4 equipment swapped for their HD MPEG-2 equipment. At that point, expect the MPEG-2 HD feeds to go away. I doubt very much that'd happen before an HD DVR is available. And in all likelihood it shouldn't happen until the next two Ka-band satellites are operational in 2007.

It just won't be necessary to have national HD network feeds anymore. Someone in a white area can be serviced just as well by neighboring market feeds rather than having to get service from NY or LA stations. So that likely will eliminate the need for national broadcast of NY or LA HD.
Thanks for all your responses.
TheBigDogs has it absolutely right--I know that sometime in the distant future, the Las Vegas DMA will go to MPEG4, but until then, my new house will need to receive the distant LiLs from L.A. I want to avoid having to replace the 3 lnb with the much bigger 5 lnb. Installing the 5 lnb now will be a much cleaner way to do it. I just had a concern that D* would cut the MPEG2 distants when they switched L.A. to MPEG4, leaving me with only SD Las Vegas locals. Apparently, from your responses, this will not happen.
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