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post #46 of 55 (permalink) Old 2017-01-18, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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I really don't understand why Shaw Direct doesn't just try and get Arris to make gateways for their system. Really, all that would need to be changed is the tuners and possibly the addition of built-in multi-switch to allow more than 2 recordings. It would also save a lot on software development. If both systems are running a relatively similar platform, it would make things way easier.

Bell Satellite use to be pretty good at keeping relatively current but these days both satellite companies are way behind in terms of technology.
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It would still require a board up re-design, build of sample units to write and test software, and qualify hardware of emissions and such. They just cannot take already completed hardware for cable and make it satellite compatible at the drop of a hat.

At this point, I think any traditional TV provider is at or passed peak saturation, so no real reason to innovate.
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Question Keeping Up With DISH

Bell uses DISH Network receivers. How far behind DISH are the Bell models?

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...Bell Satellite use to be pretty good at keeping relatively current but these days both satellite companies are way behind in terms of technology.
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If I'm not mistaken, they haven't introduced new models in a number of years. I believe DISH has whole-home PVR units. That type of setup is only available to Fibe customers as far as I know.
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It must be almost 5 years ago that Bell told all the Installers and Installation Companies to get ready to start putting in the Hopper and Joey Systems.

Well, there are still waiting......
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Remember that the topic is "Shaw Direct to transition to full MPEG-4." You can use the following thread to discuss Bell receivers:
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According to the updated transition plan, pretty much every local will be in HD along with the majority of specialty channels. Some channels launching this year include TMN Encore 2 HD East, MTV HD, Canal Evasion HD, Super Ecran 4 HD, Max HD and Musique Plus HD.

This is the 3rd or 4th revised plan so I expect more channels and obviously channel launches or shut downs will also change the plans too.

Shaw Direct could very well have the best HD channel lineup by 2019 with the availability of all the locals but will it even matter by then? I still wonder if Bell is going to announce something similar soon. I'd imagine a lot of their residential and commercial legacy hardware is also approaching end-of-life support too along with their MPEG-2 encoders.
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When is the new 800 series receiver going to be released? I heard that they will be skipping the 700 series.
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Here
is the thread for discussion of any potential 800 series receiver.


This thread is for discussion of conversion to a full MPEG4 service, which current hardware is fully capable of supporting, as planned.
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post #55 of 55 (permalink) Old 2017-03-15, 02:44 PM
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For those without MPEG4 compatible hardware, SD just sent out a letter offering a free HD receiver rental (no term). Fine print says it will be a refurbished rental unit and that the hardware it replaces must be decommissioned permanently.
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