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#3246013 Report: Weather Channel returning

Posted by Stuart Sweet on 08 April 2014 - 01:02 PM

I have never heard of a CEO actually apologizing before. DIRECTV wins huge here.
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#2056107 Cutting Edge: Rules

Posted by Doug Brott on 02 June 2009 - 06:16 PM

The Cutting Edge program was founded by former DBSTalk moderator Earl Bonovich in cooperation with DIRECTV. The Program is a way for you to give valuable feedback to DIRECTV by downloading pre-release versions of firmware to your DIRECTV receivers. A set of risks are outlined here so that you can understand what it means to be a part of the Cutting Edge program.


What you should not do

Do not contact DIRECTV
You agree that all support for this software will be through DBSTalk.com. Contacting DIRECTV about your receivers while they are running pre-release software is grounds for immediate removal from the group.

Do not post about Cutting Edge versions in public forums
The Cutting Edge program is located in a private area that requires opting in for access. This is to protect the information so that it cannot be easily searched on the Internet. All Cutting Edge discussion should take place here in the Cutting Edge forums. You should never post information about the Cutting Edge versions in public areas either on DBSTalk.com or other forums.

Do not download just to get a new feature
Cutting edge versions are typically not "customer ready" which means that there is an increased chance that a major bug may exist.

Do not download if you are unwilling to risk it all
If you are not willing to accept these risks, then do not download a cutting edge version to your receiver.

Do not create polls right after a download
All polls created on the first day a cutting edge release is available or on the two (2) days following the day a cutting edge release is available will be deleted without discussion. The reason for this is to give people a chance to see the changes in action before passing judgment.



What you should do

Understand a cutting edge version may not be stable
This is the cutting edge. There is a chance that your receiver may stop working. There is a chance that you may lose all of your programming. Understand that there are no guarantees of anything.

Understand there is a chance of decreased performance
A cutting edge version often includes new pieces of code as enhancements are added and bugs are fixed. As a result, there are times when the performance will decrease.

Report issues at DBSTalk
You should report issues whenever appropriate, so as to improve the software in future releases. All reports should be made @ DBSTalk.com in the Cutting Edge forum. Do not contact DIRECTV or post issues in the general forum area.

Inform all members of your household
Make sure folks who use this receiver understand that everything could be lost. Downloading a cutting edge version could lead to unsatisfactory results.

Understand that participation is voluntary
No one is forcing you to participate in the Cutting Edge program. If you are dissatisfied with your receivers while running pre-release software, you have one and only one recourse: revert to the national release.

Have the right equipment
In order to participate in the Cutting Edge Program, you must have the right receiver. This list includes an HR, H, D or R series receiver from DIRECTV.


While the Cutting Edge Program is a cooperative effort, DirecTV and DBSTalk are not affiliated. DBSTalk is ultimately not responsible for any issues related to DIRECTV hardware, software and programming.

These rules are subject to change at anytime without notice.
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#3061556 Transponder Maps: Domestic & LatinAm ~ Data Refresh 10/15/2014

Posted by Gary Toma on 26 December 2012 - 04:47 PM

Data Updated 10/15/2014

DIRECTV TRANSPONDER MAP
For Satellites

@  95W:  G3C, DLA1

@  99W:  SW2 , D11, D14

@101W:  D4S, D8, D9S

@103W:  SW1; D10, D12, D15

@110W:   D5

@119W:   D7S

 

 

MPEG2 / MPEG4

Blue shading identifies channels using MPEG4 compression;  these typically are HD channels. However, a small number of SD and Audio-Only channels use MPEG4 compression.   Un-shaded records indicate channels using MPEG2 compression; MPEG2 is not used for HD.  Blue shading in the 'Market' tab identifies those 58 DMAs served with only MPEG4 LIL channels.

 

MPEG2 DISPLAY NOTE

MPEG2 records have their channel name and channel number columns presented in 10 point instead of the larger 12 point font used throughout the Excel. While the Blue shading distinguishes MPEG4 from MPEG2, some versions of Excel do not display the color shading while other Excel implementations, such as iPad, ignore shading.

 

SD CONTENT DELIVERED BY MPEG4

Green shading identifies Standard Definition (SD) channel content transmitted using MPEG4 compression.  This information can be manually determined by using 'Native' mode on your receiver.  Puerto Rico has most SD channels delivered in MPEG4.

 

PUERTO RICO

December 17, 2012, Puerto Rico began transitioning from Directv Latin America (DLA), to Directv US Domestic resources. This new Puerto Rico service is administered as if it were a US DMA; see the LIL tab for complete details.

 

VIRTUAL CHANNELS

See this link  for an understanding of "Virtual" Channels which appear throughout the LIL data.

 

ATTACHMENTS:
 

1. TPN_MAP Domestic This Excel presents all US DIRECTV Channels and Transponders CONUS (Continental US or wide/National beams) and LIL (Local-Into-Local or narrow/Spot beams).

 

 

There are eight tabs at the bottom of the Domestic Excel page

 

CONUS all CONUS channels, grouping first MPEG4 then MPEG2 channels in channel number sequence

 

LIL all Local-Into-Local channels in DMA Market Name sequence, grouping first MPEG4 then MPEG2 channels in channel number sequence.  As noted above, Puerto Rico appears as a pseudo DMA

 

OTA the Directv supported database of Over-The-Air channels in DMA Market Name then channel number sequence.  The Directv OTA database has not been supplemented or updated since November, 2009.

 

HYBRID includes Video-On-Demand channels, Interactive channels, Test channels and Offline channels; each grouping in channel number sequence. A large number of part-time channels, seasonal channels, RSN Alternate channels and ‘Game-Only’ sports channels appear since such channels are typically inactive at the time of day the TPN Map is assembled.

 

MARKET Local Market or Designated Marketing Area (DMA) database with status and reference information

 

CHANNEL COUNT a periodic snapshot of channels provided per satellite

 

NETWORK DECODER correlates satellites and their transponders graphically to explain the receiver's signal strength presentation

 

TUTORIAL  procedure to acquire channel information and signal strength using interactive IP (SHEF) commands with your receiver

 

Additional insight for US Domestic channels is available regarding:

OTA (Over The Air) information and discussion in this DBSTalk thread

DNS (Distant Network Service) information and discussion in this DBSTalk thread

 

 

2. TPN_MAP Panamericana is the first division of DLA.  Entities in this division are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.  El Caribe entities are Aruba and Curacao,  Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Caribe Regional.   Puerto Rico is transitioning from DLA to US Domestic resources.
 

There are eight tabs at the bottom of the Panamericana Excel page

 

BEAM OESTE all channels in Network 0, grouping first MPEG4 then MPEG2 channels in channel number sequence

 

BEAM SUR all channels in Network 1, grouping first MPEG4 then MPEG2 channels in channel number sequence

 

BEAM PR all channels in Network 2 in channel number sequence

 

OTA the Directv supported database of Over-The-Air channels in Regional Market Name, then channel number sequence

 

HYBRID includes Video-On-Demand channels, Interactive channels, Test channels and Offline channels, each grouping in channel number sequence

 

MARKET Satellite Beam and OTA Network Numbers

 

LA NETWORK DECODER correlates satellites and their transponders graphically to explain the receiver's signal strength presentation

 

TUTORIAL procedure to acquire channel information and signal strength using interactive IP (SHEF) commands with your receiver

 

 

 

3. TPN_MAP SKY-Mexico is part of a second DLA division. A fledgling Excel attachment presents SKY-Mexico Channels and Transponders.  Other entities in this SKY Division are Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.  There is much detail to be added, but little interest has been shown, limited certainly by our English-only presentation.  The SKY-Mexico data is very stale, last updated 10/6/2012.

 

 

4. TPN_MAP SKY-Brazil is a third DLA division but is not yet presented here
 

 

All documents are fully unprotected so you may copy and use the data as you wish
 

 

The free Microsoft Excel Viewer

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#3227718 THE WEATHER CHANNEL

Posted by catnapped on 07 February 2014 - 02:37 PM

The Weather Channel's spokesmodel:

 

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#3251028 How many of you think Directv should start compressing their hd more so we ca...

Posted by Diana C on 25 April 2014 - 06:00 AM

To paraphrase Ben Franklin, "he who sacrifices quality for some temporary quantity, will have neither quality nor quantity."
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#3298152 Flag Discussion (moved from DirecTV Installation/MDU)

Posted by krunk84 on 10 October 2014 - 07:32 AM

I've spent the better part of yesterday afternoon and this morning reading through this entire thread.  LV, you are my hero!  As a DVT subscriber and a two time combat veteran, your fight against your apartment complex had me intrigued.  I own my house and live in an HOA.  I've had similar fights on my dish placement as it has to be on the top of my house in full view of the street to get the best signal due to trees.  I had to use the same federal regulations to get them off my case.

 

As for the flag, I know where you are coming from.  I had an American flag displayed from my porch on Memorial Day.  I got a letter from the HOA stating that said display could be seen as "offensive to other neighborhood residents."  Really?!?!  Displaying the flag of the country we currently live in is seen as offensive?  Ok, this got me heated.  The original flag was a small one that I bought from Walmart.  After mentioning this to some buddies in my old unit, they got their hands on and sent me a much larger flag that had been recently retired from flying on post.  This flag was large enough to cover the door of my two car garage!  I hung the flag over the garage door (making sure it never touched the ground and letting my family know that the door was off limits) where it stayed for nearly 4 months.  

 

After several more letters, I got a visit from the property manager assigned to my street.  He again stated that I was "disrupting and offending neighboring residents."  I then told him that I had been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and was a 60% disabled veteran according to the VA.  I told him that I fought for the right to fly this flag and there was no way I was taking it down.  The property manager then threatened hefty fines and getting law enforcement involved.  I went inside and retrieved the federal flag display laws that I just so happened to have printed out and provided him a copy.  I even pointed out the highlighted sections of the law that protected my right to display it.  He said he would have to review it and get back to me.

 

Over the next few weeks, I got visits from people higher and higher up the food chain of the HOA.  They used the same tactics against me, threats, fines, possible criminal charges, ect.  Every time, I would explain my position and provide them with a fresh copy of the federal law.  Finally, the president of the HOA came to speak with me and politely asked for some kind of compromise.  The whole situation was making them look bad as I would openly discuss it with anyone who asked.  I told them that there was no way I was going to not display the flag.  They asked if I would be willing to display a similar flag to the one that had started the whole mess.  I honestly wanted to be able to use my garage again, so I agreed to take the gigantic flag down as long as I wouldn't be hassled again for displaying the more modestly sized one from the pole on my porch.  We shook hands and I took my protest flag down and put the smaller one back up on my porch.  This was two years ago and the smaller flag is still on display to this day.  But I have the obscenely large flag folded up neatly in my office, ready for the next time they decide to tempt their fate.  Never get into either a drinking or a pissing contest with a soldier.  You will lose every time!


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#3277561 SEC Network

Posted by sigma1914 on 04 August 2014 - 05:33 PM

I was the first one to report this here. I heard it on the radio coming home at 4:00 PM. My ESPN Radio Station Reported the Breaking News Just As I was Pulling Into My Driveway That DirecTv Just signed the deal Today. It is official we will be getting the SEC Network.


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#3259430 Newsmax TV signs with DirecTV

Posted by treecastle on 29 May 2014 - 03:55 PM

Sounds like Fox News Jr.  :down:


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#3246006 Report: Weather Channel returning

Posted by MysteryMan on 08 April 2014 - 12:51 PM

David Kenny, Chief Emasculated Officer.


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#3217961 The Weather Channel and DIRECTV

Posted by sdk009 on 11 January 2014 - 10:27 AM

Boy if TWC thinks that "Highway to Hell", "Heavy Metal Monster", & "Prospectors" (part of Saturday's line-up) are critical programs then they are really full of themselves.
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#3262714 DIRECTV Satellite Discussion D-14

Posted by Diana C on 10 June 2014 - 10:10 PM

Speculating about the launch date can be great fun. The NASA Space Flight website is largely built on launch related news and speculation.The impact comes in the form of not throwing the customer a bone in a rather long time. Kind of like when DIRECTV promised dozens and dozens of HD channels back in 2004. In this marketplace where cable's fortunes seem to be rising again (while DIRECTV's US fortunes are looking flat) and with OTT services gaining familiarity and interest, this should not be ignored. DIRECTV is charging premium prices but they're still not offering some important channels (probably more than 5% interest if the anticipation thread is to be considered) in HD as well as a few channels that aren't offered at all (the international news channels are always chewy). The AT&T thread has also driven home some non-negligible deficiencies in the race for market share but it will be at least two commitment cycles before that really catches on.DIRECTV has offered up one not yet linear news channel in the foreseeable future and it is a domestic news channel. Is this the best they can do? I'm pretty sure that there would be a whole lot more interest in MAV TV if it were offered in HD.DIRECTV doesn't shut down their precious PPV channels for more than a few hours at a time. Imagine how much more they could make if they didn't shut them down at all.

MAVTV was just added (in HD) to FiOS-TV this week (as was Fusion)...<yawn>. If EVERY registered member of this forum clamored for a given channel, that would translate to 0.025% of all DirecTV customers - good luck getting 1/4 of the members to back a "missing" channel.

I just went through the exercise of comparing the channel lineup of DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon and Cablevision...I don't think there was more than a 4 or 5 channel difference between any of them, and each one was missing a few channels that one or the other carried. While we here love to speculate about all sorts of things, from satellite launches to channel additions to new features in the next software release, the reality is that pretty much anyone would be satisfied with any of the major providers' channel lineup.

While DBSTalk may be important to DirecTV, they don't run their business based solely on what they read here.

All that said, I think you missed my point (either accidentally or purposefully): nearly every post you make is derogatory to DirecTV, either overtly or by inference. You criticize their satellite technology, their content management, their business practices and virtually every aspect of the service and company one can name. So, you should not be surprised when some other posters call you to task for it. One can only reap what one sows.
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#3156903 Anyone call DirecTV and reduce their bill? Share stats here!

Posted by CCarncross on 13 July 2013 - 03:48 PM

Its an entertainment luxury item, if you can't afford to pay for it or dont want to, move on to another provider, or drop to lower programming package/less equipment.  In my opinion, the packages prices and discounts should be fixed so everyone pays the same and there is no more of these BS threads.


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#3296687 TiVo Wants Access To a Combined AT&T/DirecTV

Posted by Diana C on 05 October 2014 - 01:06 PM

First of all, despite the Basset's (as usual) incorrect characterization of the proposed law, the new satellite legislation would only end the requirement that cable operators include Cablecards in their own equipment. Whether you realize it or not, every cable box manufactured within the last 10 years has a Cablecard inside doing the decryption of the cable signal. The requirement that cable operators support Cablecards for third party devices (which include TiVos, PC tuner cards, Samsung cable boxes, etc.) has not yet been eliminated. The purpose of the rule was to make third party equipment equal in function to proprietary equipment. However, the cable companies only enable 2 way communication on their proprietary boxes, eliminating VOD on the third party boxes in most cases. Cablecards are perfectly capable of 2 way communication, just not as implemented by the cable operators.

That said, Cablecard was a deficient standard that was out of date before it was finalized. AllVid is already DOA. Comcast and TiVo are jointly working on a new downloadable security solution that would not require specialized hardware like Cablecards or Smartcards (the system used by satellite). Comcast already supports VOD on TiVo DVRs via an IP based applet. Verizon could do the same thing tomorrow if they chose, since they already deliver VOD as streaming IP traffic.

The TiVo requested condition on the AT&T/DirecTV merger is that DirecTV and UVerse be required to support third party devices, not Cablecards. They, along with Dish Network, were exempted from the Cablecard rules because they used an incompatible broadcast system and they were too small to warrant the creation of a separate standard. Today, the second part of that justification is no longer valid. The satellite companies are 2 of the 5 largest content distributors in the country. AT&T/DirectTV will be second only to Comcast in size. It is time to establish a way for them to support third party devices. It would do nothing more than level the field.

Of course, the big disincentive is that ALL operators, cable and satellite as well as UVerse, make big profits on equipment rental fees. If I had to pay Verizon's monthly fees for the equivalent of my two Roamio Pros and 5 Minis the monthly cost of FiOS versus DirecTV would only have been about $15 and would have made my switching providers unlikely. So, if DirecTV were smart, they would allow the current TiVo software (the version now on Premieres and Roamios) to be ported to the Genie hardware. They would win back a lot of subscribers that they have lost to FIOS and Comcast.
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#3263412 Long time DirecTV customer moving to FiOS and TiVo

Posted by Diana C on 13 June 2014 - 08:40 AM

I think this has gone on long enough. I'm asking that this thread be locked. My intention was not to start a debate, but rather share my personal analysis and answer questions others might have about that analysis. I'm saving a ton of cash and thought some of the other members here might be interested in how.

Time to move along....nothing to see here.
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#3262800 Long time DirecTV customer moving to FiOS and TiVo

Posted by Diana C on 11 June 2014 - 10:21 AM

bingo ! this is what I have been saying all along
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And at no time did I suggest that everyone should do as I do. You started out by saying: "I can't see myself wasting over $1500 dollars for equipment that would be obsolete in a few years" and then went on to make a completely invalid comparison to somehow "finessing" the system to get DirecTV equipment for free, which almost never happens for existing customers. As each of your points were refuted by others, you kept changing the context of your responses, and it was that practice that raised the ire of several members.

The point of my post is simply that if you have access to a viable alternative for multichannel TV there are options that can save you a lot of money in the long run. Had I not seen Sixto's original post a couple of months ago, I would never have considered switching. Once I did, I spent weeks working on a spreadsheet analysis of the costs, the payback period and aggregate savings. I found a path that realized significant savings, although with the caveat of a fairly significant up front investment. I simple shared the results of that analysis. I never criticized DirecTV - I only observed that, compared to the options I investigated, they are charging a premium for their service. I leave it to the individual reader to determine whether or not, in their particular circumstance, that premium is justified.
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#3262232 Long time DirecTV customer moving to FiOS and TiVo

Posted by sigma1914 on 09 June 2014 - 06:51 AM

Why do people critique or care what provider anyone chooses? It's their house and money. Diana or anyone doesn't need to justify to any fanboys why she's switching.

 

These topics are very helpful to learn about other options, though, it's just a shame naysayers and zealots muddy them up.


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#3260535 Auto Delete on Genie

Posted by Scott Kocourek on 02 June 2014 - 01:21 PM

Thank you !
I complained ,called directv for an update, they don't have one yet. But its well know wide spread issue.
They flat out said do not force a download. And since my equipment is leased I'm not authorized to do such as its the property of directv.
FLAT OUT told me this.

But okay now I know a fix is on the way, so I'll wait.
They did say it's an urgent issue.
So that should be quick.


I'm glad the information I had was able to help some of the members at DBSTalk and if there are anymore opportunities I will certainly pass them on. For those that were not comfortable forcing a download I wish there was another way I could help. I do not work for DIRECTV so information I give is obviously not going to be supported by DIRECTV but I do my best to give out correct information. I try and post when I know and don't go off of other websites for my info.
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#3252128 Sort of a Poll

Posted by James Long on 29 April 2014 - 12:24 AM

All of your favorite channels changed to SD so I can get all of my favorites in HD. :D
(Isn't that pretty much the answer?)
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#3178836 DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-13 Thread)

Posted by I WANT MORE on 05 September 2013 - 05:39 AM

DirecTv, Please remove all soccer channels and replace them with something I like.

Thank-you, Me


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#3295129 DIRECTV Satellite Discussion D-14

Posted by LameLefty on 29 September 2014 - 06:33 PM

It would be nice to have some factual D14-related news and discussion in this thread rather than the usual baying of the hound. Er, "hounds." Yeah, that's what I meant to type.


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