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The next transition darn well better not be just to MPEG4! The last transition gave us something revolutionarily (is that a word?) better than the analog system it replaced. The next system better give us more of an improvement than just the ability to put 2 1080i or 3 720p programs on 1 RF channel. It better give us at least a main channel of 4000p 3D UltraHD and 5 subchannels of 1080i 2D HD per RF channel! MPEG4 certainly won't allow that. A year ago someone posted an April Fool's joke of a new system being developed using polygon compression. Why should that be an April Fool's joke? If they could invent such a system for real then it could handle a payload of programs along the lines of what I said earlier. Polygon based graphics revolutionized video games. Using polygons instead of bitmapped rasters could do the same for tv. Any new nonbackwardcompatible system had better be a huge improvement over the old system. Let it all happen at once, not a series of transitions starting with MPEG4 then MPEG5, then MPEG6, etc. A nonbackwardcompatible transition is a huge undertaking for all concerned. We can't be bothered with doing it for small steps of progress such as 2 HD streams in one RF channel just so we can clear bandwidth for mobile broadband internet.
How can we say "the digital transition is complete" when thousands of low power stations are still broadcasting in analog?
LOW POWER ANALOG NEEDS TO DIE NOW!!! And now the deadline has been extended again!