Oh well, I dumped HBO-HD on my 4DTV sub several years ago because after the first couple of days of each month there wasn't anything to watch or they repeated what I watched several times. Bottom line is that they charge too much for any programming, IMHO.
the bad thing is they may exploit dc II combo mode before it's gone. DCII is a very aged standard and will go away. It has to. With dvb s2 becoming mainstream it would be almost crazy to keep renting the extra bandwidth on these satellites that it takes to distribute using old dvb or dc II standards. You can cut as much as 33-35% of the required bandwidth going with dvb s2. another beauty is if you go with SA-You don't have to pay motorola's access control center to authorize the recipients of your signal. You are your own ACC. It essentially decentralizes the ACC system.
..... another beauty is if you go with SA-You don't have to pay motorola's access control center to authorize the recipients of your signal. You are your own ACC. It essentially decentralizes the ACC system.
Maybe I'm not understanding what you're saying, but I think you're saying that if they abandon the home subscriptions and just want to have point to point encrypted signals, like to cable heads, etc, that they'd still need to use the Motorola control center??? If that's what you mean, I don't think they need to use motorola's control center at all. I think that all that's requirred is for them to put the unit IDs of their recipients in their authorization stream. Ie I think the control center is only necessary when they need to have subscriptions for multiple services all controlled at one point. But when an uplinker only has a few locations receiving their signals, I think that can all be done without involving the control center.
I may be wrong, but I think that's basically how the commercial DCII receivers are used. When I got my first 4200, I was in a group that knew someone at one of the facilities using DCII, and we just gave them our unit ID's and the contact entered them into the stream to authorize our receivers. I don't think it ever involved anyone at Motorola (General Instruments actually), plus I think the commercial receivers were used before the 4DTV system even started, so I don't think there even was a control center when the DCII stuff started. But again, I may be all wrong.