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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. KyL416

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    Also "subcribing to HD services" doesn't mean every TV in the house has HD service. We have 2 CRTs that we got from Crazy Eddie's in 1983 that are still going strong and outlasted another CRT we purchased in 1998.

    Not to mention there's a nice chunk of us who rather watch pre-HD content on the SD feeds than watch it cropped and/or distorted like what Turner and Discovery do with their HD channels.
     
  2. studechip

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    Some percentage of those sd customers have mpeg4 equipment though, the ones in mpeg4 local markets. I wonder what that percentage is.
     
  3. mrro82

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    Hell my mother tells my father she can't tell the difference between SD and HD. The old man thinks she nuts. :D
     
  4. cypherx

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    That's why I LOVE DirecTV! Inlaws come over and they are automatically watching HD here! I go to their house and its really gamble. Sometimes they tune to those HD duplicates in the 600+ range (on their cable), but most tikes they just type in the one or two digit number and watch SD. Cable blows!
     
  5. georule

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    Jeez, that's discouraging. 40% total SD I wouldn't have had too much trouble believing, but 40% of new subs in 2012 is really depressing.
     
  6. cypherx

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    I thought I read another thread on here with someone saying SD equipment wasn't even offered when they tried to get their parents signed up.
     
  7. studechip

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    I printed a page of hd channels and their numbers so my Mom would know which channels she gets are in hd. It's really pretty simple.
     
  8. Davenlr

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    I just coped all the channels to favorites, and deleted the SD duplicates. Works just fine.
     
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    You are referring to this thread:
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=213386
    Directv wasn't allowing a mix of HD and SD equipment on the same account.
     
  10. sangs

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    Is it available as a stand alone option though, like with FiOS? I didn't think it was (without having to jump through hoops).
     
  11. tonyd79

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    No, it is not.

    But, for channel listings, that does not matter. Different systems use different packaging in channels. It exists. AVS acts as if it doesn't.
     
  12. sangs

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    OK, gotcha.
     
  13. James Long

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    Is the RedZone Channel that is available as part of Sunday Ticket the same channel that cable subscribers get as a stand alone?

    The last time I asked they were separately produced channels ... with the stand alone coming from the NFL Network cable channel. It would be nice to see the stand alone channel be made available to DirecTV subscribers who subscribe to NFL Network (channel 212) but I suspect that would affect sales of Sunday Ticket.
     
  14. sigma1914

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    They're different.
     
  15. RACJ2

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    Does you mom need glasses by chance? Or an updated prescription? Or maybe shes watching on an SD TV or on a 20" HD TV? Otherwise, the difference between an SD and HD picture on DIRECTV are pretty obvious.
     
  16. mrro82

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    In her defense it isn't DirecTV. It's Brighthouse. They don't compress their SD like DirecTV does. In all honesty she's one of the types who doesn't really care how clear it is as long as she's seeing it. Pops on the other hand loves him some HD since I introduced him to it some years back.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    Agreed, but I don't think that covers the majority of those. I believe that most of the mpeg4 DMAs are some of the smaller ones.
     
  18. fleckrj

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    My parents could not tell the difference either. I turned out that even though they had HD cable, the box was connected to the TV using the RF modulator My nephew brought them an HDMI cable, so now they are seeing HD.
     
  19. tonyd79

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    My brother (retired) had the same problem when they replaced his cable box with a dvr years back. He actually went from HD back to SD without seeing it. His wife kept saying something was wrong and he laughed at her.
     
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    As a born and bred Scotsman I am intrigued by that comment. What is the relevence?
     
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