Originally Posted by DonB2
MH DTV will fire up later this month and it will disappear forever
Is mobile devices seriously what 17-3 will be used for? I hope it is not a third Music video subchannel in the local area.
I probably am the only person that really liked Winter sports on the sub channel that is now been taken away.
Officially, I can say the Weather sub-channel is gone forever. We are getting lots of calls and emails about it, but it makes no sense to fire it back up and pull it off again. I can't spare the bandwidth to keep it.
The new encoder is amazing and makes me wonder how low it can go and still look good. I guess we'll find out in a few weeks.
We will use the bandwidth from the third channel for a mobile handheld signal. Beginning later this year, smart phones will be equipped with mobile decoders so you can watch TV at 70 MPH going down the Beltline on your phone. It's an MPG-4 signal and transmitted much like Sirrus-XM radio, where the packets are resent several times and the receiver keeps them sorted out in order. WRAL and WRAZ currently have it on air now. Devices are few and far between at the moment, but were demonstrated at CES in Vegas a few weeks back.
No music channel going on. NBC decided to pull Universal Sports off air and use it as a cable channel along with the re-branded Versus channel they had on Comcast. Their apparent strategy is to compete and blow ESPN out the water with better sports. They are sewing up the NHL games and going after others. That's going to be interesting to see if they convert the ShopNBC channel to sports too.