Originally Posted by dishrich
Well sorry to tell you this...but DirecTV IS still very much installing new SD receivers - for both existing & NEW customers - to this very day; at least for 101/119 MPEG2 locals.
The ONLY MPEG4-only markets out there, were all the local markets that were on the 72.5 (2nd dish) satellite - of which there was only about 25 DMA's - as well as maybe a couple dozen new DMA's that were recently put up in MPEG4 only.
Considering that the bulk of the local (SD) markets are still on 101 & 119 - as well as the fact they are all pretty much the largest DMA's - it's going to be a QUITE a while before you see the MPEG2 (SD) channels shut off, sorry.
Here is a listing of all the DMA's on DirecTV, as well as which satellite they are on; it's very easy to see how massive this would be in these markets:
I understand the new markets aren't that plentiful compared to the legacy ones, but the point is that it's likely the number of MPEG2 SD receivers out there in the wild is likely less than it appears. In certain markets, you'll have people that never upgrade anything if they don't have to. In others, people have probably bailed on the old stuff to get the features of the new - especial DVRs, which have a much lower lifespan than your average tuner box.
Having said that, D* really should have been moving toward this back at least 5 years ago to prevent the issue of a glut of outdated technology.
Honestly, for those that are SD-only with no desire to get a DVR, D* would probably be better off just offering a chance to upgrade and buy the new box outright for, say, $25, just to ween more people off MPEG2. Those folks aren't likely to want to upgrade any time soon after that and they likely aren't going anywhere, so there's little point in worrying about contracts and leases. Then, it will only be a small number of holdouts left when they decide to finally throw the switch to kill the MPEG2 SD channels.Edited by NetworkTV - 1/17/13 at 12:13pm