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DirecTV & DISH Network HD Channel Lineup Comparison

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by James Long, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Attached is a HD channel comparison between the two satellite providers, DirecTV and DISH Network. Presented in PDF form, channels available on either DirecTV or DISH are listed along with the usual package needed to see that channel and channel number.

    Note - for the most part only channels that are carried in HD on DirecTV or DISH are included. Channels that are not carried in HD by either satellite carrier are generally not included.

    The file attached to this initial post will be updated as the channel lineups change. A post will be made in the thread at the time of the change to let people know what changed.

    As with previous threads, this is NOT a thread to attack either provider or other members. This is NOT a thread for comparing DirecTV and DISH Network in other ways than their HD lineup. A reminder - There are threads in each of the provider forums here at DBSTalk for channels one might desire or anticipate their carrier adding.

    The intent of this thread is to provide a simple reference for people wondering what HD each satellite carrier carries. Enjoy!
     

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  2. mokosmith

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    James,
    Thanks so much for creating this list. It's really helpful to see how it compares. Is there a way to get it in spreadsheet form? And do you know of a forum that does channel comparisons for comcast/time warner?
    Thanks again for any help.
     
  3. James Long

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    AVSForum has a chart that has channels on cable and channels no one carries. It was the inspiration for this chart ... with this chart listing (for the most part) only channels that either DISH or DirecTV carries. Keeping it to two providers keeps it simple. (It is enough of a challenge to keep up with two providers let alone a half dozen, some with regional differences in channel offerings.)
     
  4. James Long

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    DirecTV adds Longhorn and Fusion ... in HD only. Charts updated.
     
  5. zippyfrog

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    I think DirecTV has also launched Buzzer Beater in HD.
     
  6. James Long

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    Thanks for the reminder. Updated!
     
  7. coolman302003

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    DirecTV added NBC Universo in HD (formerly mun2) on January 30th.

    NHL Network is now available in Xtra package & above for DirecTV. LINK LINK #2
     
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    James Long

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    Thanks for the updates and the link ... I wish that more of the channels were "real" and not alternates turned on or off as needed. The extra channels have pushed the chart to four pages. I've moved a few other channels around to make room for more "basic" channels.
     
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  10. James Long

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    File updated.
     
  11. James Long

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    A couple of updates ...
    DISH no longer caries MavTV but added WeatherNation and MBC (international channel).
    DirecTV added Fox Deportes.
     
  12. coolman302003

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    DirecTV added Nick Jr. HD on June 1, 2015.
     
  13. zippyfrog

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    A general DirecTV question as I look at this chart - for the alternate RSN's, such as Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Carolina, etc. I know they are subfeeds of Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports South. Does DirecTV keep a 24/7 SD feed of all the subfeeds, then only turns on HD for games? Or do people in those areas go to the main RSN's and the subfeeds are only turned on during a game?
     
  14. coolman302003

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    No, they don't keep any of the subfeeds SD or HD on 24/7, it's game only (and usually the pre and post game shows). Occasionally there are times where they might have the SD subfeed active for content other than a game (special news conference etc.) and may not have the HD subfeed active but it's a more rare case. The subfeeds don't really exist 24/7 either, as it's just switched remotely for cable companies at the master headend by FOX Sports. KyL416 has explained it in more detail before:

     
  15. zippyfrog

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    Thanks - that is what I needed to know, and that extra tidbit from KyL416 is extremely interesting - never knew those RSN's were so complicated, but makes sense given how each of the different sports leagues have different territories for different teams.
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Another point of reference: We have Comcast Sports Net in the greater Bay Area, and they have dead air but not a lot. But they rebroadcast the baseball games and the pre and post shows; that takes up 4-6 hours!

    I must say that the local CSN broadcasts are very high quality, better than Fox's national offerings. Both on field camera work and announcers are way better than Fox ever has been, except maybe playoffs in the Fall.
     
  17. zippyfrog

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    Agreed - I live just outside of Chicago, have CSN Chicago, and I agree - the only time there is "dead air" is the early morning hours with the Paid Programming. We have the replays of Sox, Cubs, Bulls, and Hawks games, and we have the talk shows as well as Sportsnet Central. CSN Chicago also has the rights to our high school championship games, so we get Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Basketball, 8 classess of football playoffs. This past year, CSN Chicago Plus went to a full time channel, and it is full of programming. So I definitely agree on the Comcast side of things
     
  18. RAD

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    James, you might want to update the list, DIRECTV added XTRA network HD on channel 255.
     
  19. James Long

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    I'll update the list eventually ... perhaps after 1000 people have actually watched the infomercial channel DirecTV upgraded to HD. :)
    (It only went HD this morning.)
     
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  20. James Long

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    Now moved to channel 358 as CASH HD and added to the chart. (I was holding out for other channels ...)
     

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