igator99 said:What are the advantages of mpeg 4? I assume better picture quality and more channels. I understand HDTV so how close would mpeg 4 be or I could be totally wrong about everything.
ebonovic said:MPEG-4 is a compression standard.. It is just one of the many ways to take the 1's and 0's that make up the digital HD image, and transmit it from source to destination to your TV.
"Picture Quality" is in the eye of the beholder... and depends on what you are comparing it to. There is a lot more too it then just how compressed things are.
But in general....
"Yes" picture quality should improve... As you should be able to fit more data in the same pipe stream.
"Yes" to more channels, but in actuallity, the more channels has to do with the fact that DirecTV is launching more Sats
MPEG-4 is just a method to get "HDTV" from the provider to your TV.