This doesn't make any sense. I've had this with Verizon DSL for years. They must be talking about something different than ESPN3, or else this is just an old/misinformed article. It it more accurately: "Verizon has had ESPN3 for years, and now FIOS is coming soon...".
You don't even need to be a video subscriber to get it with Verizon DSL unlike Time-Warner's bull**** policy.
I have DIRECTV and I had TWC (and we have it work) and DTV is WAAYYYYY better than TWC. However, I still don't think 1080i should look that bad even with TWC so I'm not sure I'm buying their story either to be honest.
As I said, my plasma is set to native. WTEN, all the ESPN channels, and some HBO channels, all show 720p on my "info" button, as well as on the blue resolution lights on the HR24. WXXA Channel 23 is showing 1080i.
Yup, I just checked my DIRECTV setup, which also has OTA (via a DIRECTV AM21 add-on):
6 (DTV) is 1080i 6-1 (antenna) is 1080i 10 (DTV) is 720p 10-1 (antenna) is 720p 13 (DTV) is 1080i 13-1 (antenna) is 1080i 23 (DTV) is 1080i 23-1 (antenna) is indeed 720p
So ya, they must be re-encoding it differently from the OTA feed. Weird.
One other thing to check on a DIRECTV box is that even though you have it set for Native, make sure 720p is enabled as an available resolution in the setup screen, otherwise it'll avoid it even with the box set to Native.
BTW, how do you like that HR24? I'm jealous, I'd like to trade my HR22s in for some 24s some day and my contract is up so I'm weighing my options. I've heard only good things (very fast) so I'm not sure what I'm waiting for I suppose
That's not accurate. You can ONL:Y use DirecTV MRV with HD Set tops and HD DVRs on DirecTV
It works on any box with an ethernet interface. That is several of their HD-DVRs and HD non-DVRs. If you upgrade (or subscribe) to Multi Room DVR service with connected-home as they call it, you'll get all HD boxes--even if the TV is SD--and MRV will work just fine.
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Just an update that DIRECTV MRV has been renamed "Whole-Home DVR Service" and is officially live nationwide this week. The information below is still valid and can be included for new customers at no charge (basically all new installs are now SWiM and DECA).
Existing customers can "upgrade" to SWiM for $99 and DECA for $49 (if needed) and DIRECTV will not "officially" support using your own network--especially if you weren't participating in the beta already. I can tell that you that I have added it to my unsupported ethernet-based network without issue, but I was part of the beta.
Looks like DIRECTV has gone "live" with MRV in a few markets so it's official. What else that's official is the fee, $3/mo per account (so basically $7/mo. for DVR, $10/mo. for MRV-DVR--both account fees, not per box fees though)
Also all new installs and "upgrades" in these markets where it's live are all SWM installs with DECA. SWM is their single-wire switch technology that lets you run cables to receivers more like cable TV, even allowing splitters, and DECA is their "MoCA" technology that uses the same satellite wiring for networking for the MRV stuff eliminating the need for a seperate ethernet network.