I'm going to buy a new tv in the next few months and wanted to know if that's something I should consider in order to "future-proof" my investment. The current tv I have is 16 years old, and I don't wish to have to buy a set-top box in a few years if tv station were to go that way. I read that some of them would be broadcasting in H.264 so that mobile devices can also receive their signal.
My guess is that the current ATSC standard will be in place for at least 25 years.
Mobile is a different technology and even if your tv could receive it you would not want to watch it; not enough definition on a big screen.
H.264/MPEG4 has been part of the ATSC standard for a bit over a year now, but no broadcasters in Canada have attempted to use it because of a lack of consumer hardware capable of receiving it. Mobile ATSC will definitely use it. If you use the Search This Forum tool with the term MPEG4 you will find several earlier threads covering the topic.
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