Originally Posted by KK in CT
Interesting... particulary the part about all SD broadcasting "ceasing". I assume that's on DirecTV's side? If so, then they must have a plan in place to upgrade everyone's current SD boxes by 2016 - still a way out, but a significant effort at a significant cost.
That's not what it said at all.
It said all the current SD transmissions would be converted it HD. What that means is, channels that are currently being shown in SD instead of HD for whatever reason would be replaced by available HD versions.
Basically, there are some local markets (along with individual channels in other markets) that D* only has available to customers in SD. Eventually, the HD versions would be shown in place of existing SD versions (or SD downconverts). That's why it specifically mentions Local into Local.
However, just like any converter box can create an SD signal for an SD TV from an HD broadcast, it's likely customers could continue to use SD boxes (or HD boxes on SD TVS), as long as they can decode the MPEG4 content. The MPEG2 SD content they currently show for older MPEG2 boxes would cease and that bandwidth would be used for other content.
As far as upgrading MPEG2 customers, this would likely be no greater effort than what was done for HD - which as done far more quickly. All those DirecTV Plus receivers still out there would likely be swapped out with H* series receivers in a staggered roll out. Unlike with HD DVRs, of which there were many MPEG2 models still in use (such as TiVos), a good number of the SD DVRs likely have already been swapped out by now due to age and eventual drive failure. That leaves mostly just non-DVR MPEG2 boxes.
One only needs to check out the UTV thread to see how usage of that model has dropped at this point.Edited by NetworkTV - 10/1/12 at 8:58am