Originally Posted by petergaryr
Quite frankly, I think you are right on the money. MPEG4 is a better compression format. D* has the bandwidth at the moment to pass full resolution....plus it would squash complaints about compromises.
The'd be silly not to offer the best PQ, at least at inception.
By "better" I assume you mean MPEG4 has a higher compression factor, it remains to be seen if the image will look as good as the original, and if they can get full resolution/bandwidth out of the encoders they are using. I recall reading awhile back that some MPEG4 encoders crapped out when pushed to 1920x1080i/19mbps, hopefully that issue has been resolved with the equipment DirecTV is using.
As far as offering the best PQ at inception, I think that would depend on how well they have the encoders working, it's possible the image quality could improve as they get the encoders dialed in, or, if we're lucky, they've already got them optimized and we will get a good image at inception.