agregjones said:For anyone saying they don't care about HD LIL birds, think about this for a second. Right now, a considerable portion of the bandwidth on the three main orbital positions is being devoured by SD LIL feeds. The sooner those feeds are no longer needed (because those markets are served by the new satellites), the sooner that bandwidth is free.
lou_do said:It will be quite a while before these SD feeds are shut down, as the new HD feeds will only provide signals to HD receivers and HD-DVRs. The SD signals will still be needed until D* changes its SD receivers over to MPG-4. What D* needs to do is build a receiver that receives a HD signal and converts it to a SD signal, if that is possible. That way they only need to transmit each station once. I guess they are waiting for the FCC to take away all current analog frequencies, then they will only have to worry about a single digital feed, for each channel. But if they eventually change their SD receivers over to MPG-4 compression, that will free up a lot of bandwidth.
donyoop said:Been there, done that with the Ariane 5 in 1996.