MPEG4 Receiver

MPEG4 is a type of audio/visual format used by device developers, and MPEG-4 receivers are the devices that work in this format. The latest encryption device for high definition cable providers offers an even larger amount of channel offerings, if that was even conceivable (or necessary). While there are lesser known brands that product MPEG4 receivers, they appear to be edged out by DirectTV and the Dish Network, leaders in the high definition television industry

MPEG 4 technology allows it possible to perform a who new array of functions, including multimedia cell phone applications, video phones, mobile audio-visual interfaces, multimedia e-mail, digital newspapers, multimedia databases that are interactive, text messaging that is audio and visual, better games, better computer graphics and even closed captioning in sign language.

High definition television boasts up to 1080i picture resolution, color and clarity. Features include a program guide, a search function for shows up to a week in advance and parental controls. More than 130 channels are available in high definition, of which you can search by channel name, keyword, title or person. You can even customize the set-up so that you are only seeing channels that you want to see. Direct TV receivers have Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound compatibility, and can work with both MPEG 2 and MPEG 4 formats for the time being, both in standard and high viewing formats, although this feature becomes obsolete after the summer 2009 switch from analog to digital. Your screen can be changed to stretched, full screen, letterbox, crop mode or pillar box. DirectTV receivers also meet the government’s Energy Star guidelines and offer HDMI, S-Video, component, optical audio, and composite ports.

For people who rely very heavily on HDTV recording, there are even additional boxes you can by for extra storage. You can buy this stuff at most consumer electric stores or through your online high definition cable provider. Hooking up these boxes can be as easy as plugging one into the receiver via a USB port. Then you can export this information from the DVR receiver to your hard drive. With feature, you can record and store even more television programs and films. There is a one-time activation fee.

Top models of MPEG4 receivers include the following:

The DIRECTV H21 MPEG-4 High Definition Receiver includes 1 HDMI output, 1 component output, 1 S-Video Output, 2 composite outputs, 1 digital optical outputs, one digital, coaxial output, 1 digital output, 2stereo outputs and a satellite, an antenna, a USB and a phone connection. At six pounds, there are options for both standard and high definition, although this feature becomes obsolete after the summer 2009 abolition of analog signals from network television. With this device, you can use DolbyDigital 5.1 surround sound and there’s a one year limited warranty each for parts and labor. The device also includes on-screen caller ID.  Once can receive this device by calling DirectTV and it is supposed to be easy to activate. There isn’t a worry about quality of signal, there is only the matter of whether or not you get a signal at all. DirectTV still charges a lease fee after you purchase the receiver.

The DISH Network Vip-211K is a stylish, black device that ensures bold color and sharp quality, made for people trying to connection their televisions in high definition television. This device also boasts standard and high definition compatibility, and it also is compatible with Dolby Digital 5.1 and includes on-screen caller ID. Includes 1 satellite port, a telephone jack, an antenna input, a USB port, an Ethernet port, an HDTV audio/visual output, an S-Video output, a channel ¾ modulated output, and a digital audio output. This device, which weighs 7 pounds, comes with a one year parts and labor warranty.

If you want to go off-brand, you’ll likely be going foreign. The Sichuan Jiuzhou HDTV Digital Satellite Receiver is distributed globally and supports both the MPEG 2 and MPEG 4 formats. You can program up to 5,000 “services”, and there is multilingual audio and menu text. You edit channel listings, colors are true to life, there are parental locks and there is firmware upgrade capability through USB. This device also includes MP3 decoding.

One thing to consider is that if you already have a MPEG 2 receiver, MPEG4 providers have yet to reveal the backward compatibility from MPEG 4 to MPEG 2. In other words, millions who use MPEG 2 receivers could be forced to purchase a MPEG 4 receiver if their satellite providers decide to go completely 100 percent MPRG 4. While purchasing high definition receivers is expensive, it is too early to worry about the MPEG 4 compatibility problem, and it is quite possible that current MPEG 2 devices will work, should high definition cable providers decide to go al the way MPEG 4.

This MPEG4 Receiver Review is Written/Updated on Dec 8th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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