Originally Posted by Reagan
Is ABC really switching to this system?
That would be a major development.
OK...think I think there is a misunderstanding.
ABC had a separate East Coast and West Coast HD Feed. In fact anyone with a little know how could pull those in off C Band.
This, if you think about it, was why GMA was not HD in Central and Mountain Zone.
What they are doing is what Fox has done - put up EVERYTHING into 1 Digital stream and the affiliate chooses what they want out of it. By use of statmuxing, you can effectively put in more streams, where if you have a set feed, you get that and the bandwidth is not able to be shared.
Obviously, this leads to better security as well as the signal must be able to decrypt the stream and authorized to pull out the signal, whether HD or SD for the specific time zone it needs. It's also why they said they would not be able to do GMA in HD in Central and Mountain time zone until 2nd Quarter 2006.
This is what the reference to the ABC Distribution was about and it went live several months ago.
ABC has nothing going on in terms of the splicer (at least that I am aware of - which means zip).
Again, the reference was to the satellite feeds - just like the Cinemax and Showtime (not SHO West HD which is on the old system and is much lower bitrate than SHO HD East - also why consumers can get SHO HD West on C-Band with 4DTV - but not SHO HD East) do when supplying MSOs.