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Motorola’s New MPEG-4/MPEG-2 Receiver

Motorola officially announced today the technology behind recent encoder deals with the launch of the DSR-6000 series of receiver-transcoders. Basically, the new technology can deliver content using either MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 compression – an excellent solution given our varied video-delivery landscape.

Three points of interest:

  • For content folks this means a new ability to create material in one format (MPEG-4 or MPEG-2, in HD or SD) and rely on receivers to transcode the video depending on what operators need. Suddenly MPEG-4 is a lot more attractive because content producers know that everyone will receive their video, even if not everyone will see it with MPEG-4 compression. (Satellite operators have deployed MPEG-4 set-tops; others have not.)
  • Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth. The new Motorola receivers promise bandwidth savings of up to 75%. That comes from a combination of MPEG-4 compression and delivery via DVB-S2 modulated signals. (DVB-S2 is an enhanced satellite broadcasting spec.)
  • Cable won’t make the transition to MPEG-4 quickly, but the DSR-6400 series is creating a smoother migration path – one where cable won’t get shut out when networks like HBO launch 26 HD channels using MPEG-4.

UPDATE: Bob Larribeau saw a DSR-6000 demonstration and reports he saw no difference between regular MPEG-2 HD content and MPEG-2 HD content that had been transcoded from MPEG-4.

7 Responses

  1. […] About ← Motorola’s New MPEG-4/MPEG-2 Receiver […]

  2. […] not a bad deal for companies like Motorola working on every stage of HD […]

  3. […] to use MPEG-4 compression with its HD channels starting this summer. Like HBO, Starz is using the Motorola DSR-6050 receiver/transcoder, which supports both MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 […]

  4. […] Originally Posted by duckydan Has anyone else had a problem with Starz HD? I tried watching 3 different movies throughout the week since signing up for starz and all three have looked awful. For example on Monday we tried to watch Enchanted. The picture was not OAR but almost 4 x 3 stretched. Last night we went to watch Spiderman 3 and there was black crush throughout the picture to the extent that the film was way too dark. I have had no problems with cinemax and even HBO which many rate as inferior to the other premiums has had a better picture. Is this a temporary flaw with Starz or is this how they always air their programs? Starz is in the process of converting from sourcing in mpeg2 formate to mpeg4 so there probably still in the optimizing phase tweeking the Motorola DSR-6050 receiver/transcoder setup. But the premium programmer won’t go to MPEG-4 across the board right away. Initially it will use the advanced compression scheme, which promises to boost bandwidth efficiency by as much as 50 percent, on its HD channels — Starz, Starz Kids and Family HD, Starz Edge HD, and Starz Comedy HD. Encore HD will also be delivered in MPEG-4 when it launches later this summer. (See Starz Lights MPEG-4 Plan and Encore HD Set for July.) Cable Digital News – Cable Digital – Starz Aligns on MPEG-4 – Telecom News Analysis Motorola?s New MPEG-4/MPEG-2 Receiver Media Experiences 2 Go […]

  5. […] will take a good long while before every consumer has a set-top that can accept MPEG-4. The result: new receivers/transcoders that can use both MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 […]

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  7. […] Will 3D Push the Industry to MPEG-4? Posted on January 25, 2010 by Mari Silbey The boys over at EngadgetHD just ran a podcast interview with Motorola VP Bob Wilson on the subject of 3D. You can listen to the full 40-minute conversation for all of the details, but I thought I’d pick up on one of the discussion threads here. Will 3D finally push the TV industry from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4? […]

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