alexandrepsf said:I talked to a DirecTV technical yesterday, and she said that she was told to tell everybody that the service (MPEG4) should be up in my area (San Francisco - San Jose - Oakland) at the end of this month.
thedirtyjobs said:That's interesting....i thought that NY & LA were next in line & they are not up yet, so San Fran by the end of the month might mean that SF has jumped ahead of the other 2.
charper1 said:1. Don't expect anything until after they get the new bird up, tested and in their control. BUT NYC and LA would seem real easy to do.
2. After the DET test, don't assume that only one city will rollout at a time, they may be proceed in batches as small as 3 at a time, maybe 6 or maybe all 11 at once, thus no one skipping another city, just all slated to be an ongoing upgrade by 12/31/05. This is what was originally planned, but see #1 again.
jdk said:NY & LA's locals HD channels are already "up" in MPEG2, so I don't see why DirecTV would be in a rush to change those customer's dishes and receivers out. Of course, this is just the major networks - but do we have confirmation that "other" locals will be provided at rollout, or even ever?
Also considering the rumors that the dishes are in short supply, "rationing" the dishes to markets that can use them for new and unique local programming does make some sense.
BEERME said:HD MPEG 4 local programming to launch on 11/22/05
The remainder of the first 12 have been pushed
back, I don't know when.
timmac said:Why would they only do 4? Why does the deployment of the satellite have anything to do with this? Doesn't it take a couple of months to get the thing into position anyway? From earlier posts, I thought they could do the first 24 on the one satellite?