ABC Transition to HEVC Encoding pushed back to August 14, 2019

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  1. ancient

    ancient Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Pro

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    Just happened to catch this, looks like the date has been changed:

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    I'll include the usual warning: Do NOT call any of the numbers shown, or email any of the addresses shown!
     
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  2. VictoriaFTA

    VictoriaFTA SatelliteGuys Family

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    Why don't y'all just black out the numbers/emails on these slates?

    Don't even give visitors the option of doing something dumb
     
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  3. Magic Static

    Magic Static FTA Geek Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU! Lifetime Supporter

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    Dumb people always find a way even when you tell them straight up. ;)
     
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  4. Scott Greczkowski

    Scott Greczkowski Scanning the Skies! Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    I wonder how many calls they are getting from the public? Our local ABC station has shown this slide on the air a few times.

    Almost like no one pays attention anymore at Master Control.
     
  5. glen4cindy

    glen4cindy SatelliteGuys Pro

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    What does this mean for OTA viewers?


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  6. comfortably_numb

    comfortably_numb Dogs have owners, cats have staff Pub Member / Supporter

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    Potentially better picture quality
     
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  7. VictoriaFTA

    VictoriaFTA SatelliteGuys Family

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    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.

    Hopefully this 720p HEVC is just an intermediary step to upgrading the feeds to 4K HEVC next year. There are ATSC 3.0 affiliates launching in 2020 so they're going to need a way to feed them. I can't see any other reason for them bothering to upgrade to HEVC and buy all this new equipment because they're still leasing the same amount of transponder space so it doesn't seem to be a bandwidth savings measure.
     
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    glen4cindy SatelliteGuys Pro

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    I suppose my point is compatibility.

    Any changes in equipment required?


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  9. comfortably_numb

    comfortably_numb Dogs have owners, cats have staff Pub Member / Supporter

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    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 equipment
     
  10. SkySurfer80

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    So does this mean we wont be able to still view them or will we start seeing different type fta receivers?
     
  11. Titanium

    Titanium AI6US Lifetime Supporter

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    A cheap or free option is to stream the 4:2:2 channel from a compatible satellite receiver to a tablet, smartphone or PC on your home network. Any of these devices can either display the channel on its screen or connect to a monitor via HDMI or cast. My Samsung Smart TV is able to view my STB directly via the streaming app.

    Alternatively, a PCIe card in a computer can also receive and display on screen or connect to your TV via HDMI.
     
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