I was just reading through the transcripts of SureWest's 3rd Quarter Earnings call
, and noticed reference to something I've heard and made presumptions on in the past... SureWest is going to change over to MPEG4 from MPEG2.
Originally Posted by Steve Oldham, President and CEO of SureWest states
"We're excited about a rollout of MPEG-4 in early 2009. This tool allows us to reduce the bandwidth required to deliver HDTV content, and it creates bandwidth for additional channels and potentially new services. It also allows us to improve the stability of our video service in Sacramento, and potentially provides us with the ability to deliver HDTV to customers on a copper network."
Originally Posted by Fred Arcuri, Chief Operating Officer of SureWest states
"We will also be launching HD On Demand in Kansas City this quarter, and we regularly look at adding additional HD channels in both regions to ensure that SureWest continues to lead the premium television market in HD offerings.
The CEO's quote appears to support the long-time rumor of a change over to MPEG-4. This again makes me wonder as to set-top-boxes... My in-laws just recently (within the past two months) changed over to SureWest for fiber-based Internet (old DSL customers) and video customers. They were given two AmiNET110 STBs... AmiNET110s are not capable of decoding MPEG4... neither are AmiNET120s. To my knowledge, the only STBs in the Sacramento market that support MPEG4 are the AmiNET130 and the ADB 5810WX DVR. If they know they are going to make the move in early 2009, why give brand-new customers hardware that they know is going to become obsolete quickly, when newer hardware that won't be is available?
I've attempted to obtain a second DVR for my bedroom TV, but I've been told that HD customers are not allowed to have a second DVR due to bandwidth constraints... I'm hoping that upon changing to MPEG4, this will allow me to have a second DVR.
The COO mentioned that Kansas City will be getting HD on demand... when will that come to Sacramento market I wonder. We do
have widescreen content on demand, but it is not HD.