Great News for Dish Subs
Now all my OTA locals have guide data including the sub-channels.
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Well yesterday was a very interesting day here at SatelliteGuys and for customers of Dish Network.
Yesterday Dish Network made a MAJOR change to its HD broadcasts on 6 of its HD Channels, and while we openly discussed those changes in our uplink report, we knew not many folks read the uplink reports after they are initially published, so in knowing this we took a poll.
The questions were as follows:
1) Hows the Picture Quality?
2) Does it look better, worse or the same since yesterday (or the last time you watched this channel if it was before yesterday)
The channels which changed were
9425 - ESPN2 HD
9426 - NFL HD
9429 - National Geographic HD
9435 - StarzHD
9461 - HGTV HD
9462 - Food HD
The overwhelming majority reported that the HD quality looked good, in fact most pointed out that the picture looked a little better then it did before!
This was surprising to hear especially from some of our "HD Lite" diehards.
So what did Dish change? What was the secret? Well here is the answer.
Yesterday Dish Network combined all 6 channels onto one transponder using new MPEG4 encoders.
Yes that is correct 6 HD Channels on one transponder! Before yesterday there was only two or 3 HD channels per transponder.
These encoders must be good, real good especially with folks reporting the picture looks better because the bandwidth for each channel was cut by more than HALF!
The MPEG4 channels were running at 12mb/s to 14 mb/s on Tuesday, and yesterday they are running from 5mb/s to 7mb/s! Quite a difference!
It should also be noted that the screen resolutions for all 6 channels have no changed in this upgrade.
Here are the resolutions:
9425 - ESPN2 1280 x 720
9426 - NFL 1440 x 1080
9429 - National Geographic HD 1280 x 720
9435 - StarzHD 1440 x 1080
9461 - HGTV HD Got - 1440 x 1080
9462 - FoodHD - 1440 x 1080
Finally we are seeing what true MPEG4 can do! But whats this mean for us the consumer? More HD Channels! I am hearing some buzz that Dish has some big HD plans coming down the road, they claim to be the HD leader and intended to stay that way!
A bit hats off to all the engineers and folks at the uplink to reach this milestone. We can only think that as MPEG4 technology advances things can only get better!