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HBO to use MPEG-4 for HD channels

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Jun 2007 11:42 User comments (7)

HBO to use MPEG-4 for HD channels This week at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, HBO announced that all of their HDTV programming will now be distributed in MPEG-4 instead of the standard MPEG-2.
By 2008, HBO will distribute 26 channels in HD MPEG-4, and the decision should have an impact on operators who work in an MPEG-2 environment.

The MPEG-2 operators will be forced to either transcode the HBO signal back down to MPEG-2 or upgrade their customer's set top boxes to be able to offer MPEG-4 distribution. Most operators will have to upgrade their networks as well.

Another complication of the decision is that HBO will encode their signal at 8 Mbps and mandate that there can be no further compression of the signal. That decision will give a competitive edge to cable MSOs and DBS networks that can easily distribute the signal and provide a better viewing experience. Operators using a DSL infrastructure will have problems, because the signal will become a "bandwidth hog" when compared to other signals.

Source:
Engadget

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7 user comments

123.6.2007 12:37

damn thats a high quality signal
hope they dont end up charging the consumer for upgrading those boxes...

223.6.2007 13:38

Originally posted by sk8flawzz:
damn thats a high quality signal
hope they dont end up charging the consumer for upgrading those boxes...
It gives them all the more reason to do so.

323.6.2007 18:47

Well at least they are improving picture quality. If the Mpeg4 format works with no problems then i dont see how this would be a bad thing and it would be worth the money to upgrade your set top box.

423.6.2007 21:12

Im all for a prettier picture.

523.6.2007 21:39

AWESOME--any mpeg 4 video i've seen is always good if encoded right...this outta be gr8:)

624.6.2007 14:27
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heh who needs bluray now eh ;p

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