EchoStar plans for MPEG-4 transition

November 22, 2004

dishnetwork_logoTWICE is reporting the start of EchoStar’s transition from MPEG-2 to the more efficient MPEG-4 digital compression codec for its DISH Network digital television service is “about a year away”. The Company plans to start transitioning customers to MPEG-4 in 2005, in order to carry more channels.

EchoStar is looking to add additional HDTV channels, which require greater bandwidth than standard definition channels. The transition to MPEG-4 will require replacement of current set top boxes in subscriber’s homes. The change out is expected to take four years to complete.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Dish Network News