Originally Posted by fender4645
From what I've read Comcast has not committed to using these yet. That begs the question: has anyone heard if Comcast is going to employ mpeg-4 for SDV? If so, I would assume this would be the box they use. What I really
want to see though is Comcast get the necessary infrastructure to support the MoCA options to enable things such as multi-room viewing, music & picture sharing, etc.
I don't think they will. SDV works fine on EXISTING cable boxes. If it needed a lot of new boxes, it wouldn't be the solution that TW and others have found it to be. It should work fine on any box that can handle ondemand.
Because it works on existing boxes, it must be mpeg2.
MPEG4 may eventually get deployed, but it will require new boxes, and simulcasting, just like ADS works today for digital only boxes that can't receive analog.
I find it amusing that folks here think DBS only has a temporary advntage. Yes, Cable has a ton of advantages. But Comcast and many MSO's have failed to exploit them. They could have offered 16 Mbps service 4 years ago, but didn't. They could have deployed SDV 2 years ago, but didn't. They could have turned off a bunch of analog stations 5 years ago, but didn't.
Now DirecTV and FIOS is handing them their head, but this was seen by many people years ago, and still Comcast did nothing. Except raise rates of course. And deploy telephone service. Great - I already have phone service, but they let their core product be uncompetitive. Moto boxes? What crap.... Even the DirecTV boxes look fantastic compared with the trash Comcast deploys here.
Cable should have wiped the floor with the Bells and the DBS guys, but they sat on their fannies and got creamed. Now that they find themselves in hot water, do we see bold action to leap ahead? Nope, an analog channel here, overcompression there, a new HD channel every few months.
THIS IS NOT GOING TO CUT IT! Come on Comcast, stop making half-assed moves and expecting that to fix your problem. Act boldly or you are going to really be in a world of hurt.