[opendtv] Re: News; Dish to Expand HD Roster, Offer 1080p Movies

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> While broadcasters fiddle with M/H...

You have GOT to be joking, Craig. That is, if you're implying that somehow 
transmitting 1080p is something OTA broadcasters can't do?

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6583200.html?display=Breaking+News&referral=SUPP&nid=2228

> Dish delivered a software download to its new MPEG-4
> HD digital-video-recorder set-tops that will enable
> them to receive HD video encoded in the 1080p/24
> frames-per-second format -- the same format that
> Blu-ray movies are mastered in.

[ ... ]

> Dish won't reveal what bit rate it will transmit 1080p//24
> movies at;

Maybe, but broadcasters have been able to do this already now for 10 years, 
right? And every single ATSC receiver out there can decode this, including the 
very first ones sold back when, without needing any recent software update.

> Blu-ray movies are usually encoded at bit rates ranging
> from 16 to 24 megabits per second.

And that they can make it fit within the 19.39 Mb/s channel.

That's why broadcasters can now spend time thinking up other tricks, likle M/H 
f'rinstance.

Bert

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