Doubt it. The 720p H.264 encoders @ 17 Mbps were doing just fine with maxing out the fidelity you can get from such a low resolution. The affiliates re-encoding the C-band feeds to MPEG-2 and dropping the bitrate have always been the limiting factor on ABC's PQ. As long as they keep doing that OTA affiliates will continue to look like garbage whether or not they're being fed with a H.264 or a HEVC feed to transcode from.Potentially better picture quality
As VictoriaFTA mentioned, they may be doing this to prepare for ATSC 3.0. As long as a station is still broadcasting a 1.0 signal, you won't need different equipmentI suppose my point is compatibility.
Any changes in equipment required?
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