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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 24, 2012.

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  1. Apr 26, 2012 #541 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    I remember the FOX networks were planning to do this... I just don't remember if it's happened already or not.

    I think DirecTV may be receiving BYU's HD feed. My Mom used to enjoy a how-to show that aired on BYU (they stopped airing it) and last year... I think it was last year, they aspect ratio on that program switched to window-boxed.

    I'm not sure about anybody else.

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  2. Apr 26, 2012 #542 of 1602
    inkahauts

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    Are any of those carriers not in Hi Definition on DIRECTV?
     
  3. Apr 26, 2012 #543 of 1602
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Not sure but I'd guess H2 might be one since I see a bunch of their programming in letter box format which might indicate a HD feed being downrezed to SD by DIRECTV.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2012 #544 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    I'm pretty sure...

    I distinctly remember Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel stating it, but they're both on DirecTV in HD. I think I remember Scripps saying DIY and Cooking Channel were, but I'm not positive on that. To be honest, I think I remember a good portion of the missing "Basic" channels stating it.

    It doesn't make it true, and as I stated before, I question whether or not they tie any agreements in with attempting to renegotiate their contracts.

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  5. Apr 26, 2012 #545 of 1602
    inkahauts

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    Maybe they only offer it free with sd if you agree to update terms for their sd channels. And I think DIRECTV is asking for all vod as well in their negotiations as well when they can, and also streaming abilities for the iPad, and so on... There is so much that goes into these negotiations.
     
  6. Apr 26, 2012 #546 of 1602
    slacker_x

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    I can say that while its possible to carry HD over something like a DS3, ~45Mbps over coax. I'm pretty sure that DirecTV prefers to have their signals over Fiber Optic (OC3+) with protection. There was a time a couple of years ago that I would be up in the middle of the night working with DirecTV contractors testing the circuits prior to going live. I also dealt with Dish Network who would turn up unprotected circuits to the same sites. This is in no way a dig at Dish Network just my observation that it is possible to do HD over the DS3. I miss the days when I would turn up the circuit to a site and then read on here a week or two later that the channel was going live in HD.
     
  7. Apr 26, 2012 #547 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    Yeah... as I stated earlier, that's the explanation I've been going with.

    The excuse came up long before they were doing streaming, but they're smart enough to be long-term thinkers, so it's a possibility.

    I'm not sure VOD is the case though, because DirecTV has VOD for almost all of the channels we're missing HD simulcasts of. It's possible you're referring to HD VOD, but there's no HD VOD on AMC, TruTV, and none on E! at the moment (does everyone remember when DirecTV had an HD download for E! on Demand?).

    ~Alan
     
  8. Apr 26, 2012 #548 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    Cool story... :)

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  9. Apr 26, 2012 #549 of 1602
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    I remember that Alan.

    Ok so does the channel itself take it's own HD signal and downrez it to SD and then send it out as an SD signal, or does D* take the channels HD signal and downrez it to and send it out as an SD signal?
     
  10. Apr 26, 2012 #550 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    Yep... that was peculiar!

    I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be left up to the provider to downrez the signal, but perhaps someone with more knowledge on the subject can help. cypherx, perhaps?!

    ~Alan
     
  11. Apr 26, 2012 #551 of 1602
    YUMA11

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    hi.we call and complain to directv,telling put more HD channels,other companies have more basic channels in HD,we have to call all of us.only 3 channels in HD in 7 months,INCREDIBLE.thanks:mad:
     
  12. Apr 26, 2012 #552 of 1602
    Laxguy

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    Well, welcome to DBSTalk!

    What channels are you most interested in adding?
     
  13. Apr 26, 2012 #553 of 1602
    YUMA11

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    thanks for the welcome,i want this channels in HD
    283 NGW,264BBCA.339 FUSE,337 VH1C,271 H2,258 FMC,253 LMN,251 OXGN,230 DIY,279 OWN,287 MILT,285 ID AND MANY MORE.they have money to put whatever they want.:mad:
     
  14. Apr 26, 2012 #554 of 1602
    YUMA11

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    s DIRECTV finally realized it's a good idea to listen to your customers?

    In the past two years, the satcaster has alienated many subscribers by refusing to add basic cable channels in high-def, such as Turner Classic Movies, CNN Headline News, TruTV, E! Entertainment, BBC America and a host of others.

    In addition, DIRECTV upset football fans last year when it decided to offer the NFL Sunday Ticket for free to new subscribers but keep the same price for current subs. Some longtime Ticket subscribers felt like their loyalty to DIRECTV was not appreciated as the satcaster chased new subs at their expense.

    The two policy decisions prompted some subscribers to leave, adding to DIRECTV's churn rate. Although DIRECTV was still able to add 662,000 net subscribers in 2011, there's little doubt that the number would have been higher if HD enthusiasts and football fans were better treated.

    Now, that said, there's evidence that DIRECTV is trying to make amends with these two critical groups.

    In the past month, DIRECTV has added TruTV HD and E! Entertainment in high-def and there's rumblings that more HD channels will be added in the coming weeks. After all-but ignoring the HD audience for two years, DIRECTV suddenly seems extra motivated to make it happy.

    And what about the football fans? Well, DIRECTV announced last week that it was lowering the price of the NFL Sunday Ticket for current subscribers by 40 percent to $199. While the satcaster will again offer the package for free to new subscribers, current subscribers at least now feel like DIRECTV has their interests in mind as well.

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  15. Apr 26, 2012 #555 of 1602
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    That's a Swanni blog. Don't listen to him, he's nothing but a biased anti-DirecTV plagarist.
     
  16. Apr 26, 2012 #556 of 1602
    Jason Whiddon

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    Im glad with the additions, just want BBC. Also glad they dropped the ST price. I called in the other day and got on ST $199 over 5 payments, and was going to drop Showtime and Cinemax since I only watch originals and they have nothing on I like. Hung up the phone with Premier package at the same price Im paying now for the next 6 months.

    Very cool and looking forward to ST this year, first time user.
     
  17. Apr 26, 2012 #557 of 1602
    Davenlr

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    So that $199 price is actually a fact? I will actually subscribe again if its $199.
     
  18. Apr 26, 2012 #558 of 1602
    Jason Whiddon

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    Fact, 199.95. 5 payments of 39.99
     
  19. Apr 26, 2012 #559 of 1602
    Coca Cola Kid

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    199.95 is the standard version, the Max one is 299.95. Standard doesn't have Red Zone channel, on demand highlights, or access to games on computers, tablets, or smartphones.

    http://directv.com/nfl
     
  20. Apr 26, 2012 #560 of 1602
    Jason Whiddon

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    All stuff I care nothing about. I love the stripped down version price.
     
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