Comcast Confirms MPEG-4 Shift
by Karl Bode 11:00AM Friday Aug 29 2014 Tipped by telcodad
A TiVo support note
first spotted by Dave Zatz
is the first to highlight Comcast's looming migration away from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4. According to the note, Comcast is transitioning its systems in Augusta, Georgia, from MPEG-2 format to MPEG-4, meaning "that cable channels in this region will not be viewable on older equipment that is incompatible with the new format." I contacted Comcast who confirmed that they were migrating HD channels from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 in Augusta (SD channels will remain on MPEG-2), which the company notes will provide a "much more efficient use of bandwidth." The company could not offer any information on upgrade timelines for other markets.
95 comments .. click to read
|reply to maartena |
Re: Smart plan
FWIW, Google Fiber is doing MPEG4 at 15M+. Looks better than OTA TV.
Only 7 years behind DirecTV (and apparently only for one trial market)!!
At this point, why not just wait a year or two and do HEVC (H.265)?