Discovery Communications has started converting its five MPEG-2 HD channels -- Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Planet Green -- to the MPEG-4 format, which is more efficient in its consumption of satellite space. Plans call for Animal Planet and Science to phase out the MPEG-2 format by July 1, and Discovery, TLC and Planet Green, which is changing its name to Destination America, to end use of the format by Dec. 31.

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