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Mpeg4

Looks like Comcast is moving forward with implementing MPEG4 in the Houston area. I received a letter from them today stating that incompatible equipment needs to be replaced by 10/26/16.
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Looks like Comcast is moving forward with implementing MPEG4 in the Houston area. I received a letter from them today stating that incompatible equipment needs to be replaced by 10/26/16.
A quick note on this. Many of the Comcast areas that have switched, Comcast has started downgrading a number of the 1080i channels when going to MPEG4 (h.264) they're re-encoding them as 720p.

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Non-X1-...784744#M183460

I'm no longer in the Houston area as I now live in Sacramento, CA last fall and this affected us recently. They're claiming it's a good thing going all 'Progressive' but when you de-interlace to 1080p which is the right thing to do, and then down-res to 720p you loose a lot of graphic fidelity that will never be recovered no matter how good your TV/AV Equipment up-res's the result.

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Looks like Comcast is moving forward with implementing MPEG4 in the Houston area. I received a letter from them today stating that incompatible equipment needs to be replaced by 10/26/16.
What would be an example of incompatible equipment?

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Well one example might be the SA8300 which I have from way, way back and worked fine till Saturday and now doesn't show a picture. Talking to tech support and "resetting" the box does nothing; and they didn't mentioned changing out the box. I came to this necro thread suspecting that they might have rolled over to mpeg4 in my area (The Woodlands) and neglected to tell us. What is happening now in terms of getting xfinity "the nice box with the decent GUI" when you only do cable TV? Do they still give you the POS box because you aren't double or triple play?
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What would be an example of incompatible equipment?

The TiVo Series 1, Series 2 and oldest Series 3 boxes will not work with MPEG4. Also, as pointed out above, the older Comcast equipment will not support MPEG4.


If you are still using a CableCard plugged directly into the back on your TV it probably will not support MPEG4 but that will vary between manufacturers.
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The TiVo Series 1, Series 2 and oldest Series 3 boxes will not work with MPEG4. Also, as pointed out above, the older Comcast equipment will not support MPEG4.


If you are still using a CableCard plugged directly into the back on your TV it probably will not support MPEG4 but that will vary between manufacturers.
Just a side note: TiVo Series 1 is officially no longer supported by TiVo (I believe as of this week) as they switch over to Rovi's guide system which they couldn't update the SW on them.

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