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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 28, 2012 #601 of 1602
    sigma1914

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    Because they have an exclusive deal.
    Those extra views shouldn't be added. They're very corny pointless. If the ball is hit, then what's the point of staring at home? It's a dumb gimmick.
     
  2. Apr 28, 2012 #602 of 1602
    maartena

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    DirecTV isn't about the basic HD. You choose DirecTV if you want premiums and sports in HD, those not willing to pay for those or not interested in those, probably would have chosen Dish from the get-go.
     
  3. Apr 28, 2012 #603 of 1602
    inkahauts

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    No I am saying that when they came on, they add Hi Definition at a very hi rate, not that they have the most. Everyone is missing something and has something others don't. All that matters is that they have what you want to watch. DIRECTV has everything I want to watch in Hi Definition so they have the most for me.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2012 #604 of 1602
    APB101

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    YUMA11,

    One thing that happened with AT&T U-verse: they lost some basic-cable programming in SD and HD.

    Gone since 2010: Hallmark Channel HD and Hallmark Movie Channel HD.
    Gone since 2011: NHL Network HD.

    Dish Network also has its inability to hang on with whichever (I'm forgetting the specific ones) that were part of the Disney/ABC group. A loss of the HDs for Disney Channel, ABC Family, one or two ESPNs.

    DirecTV lost in 2010 G4 (which was never carried in HD).
     
  5. Apr 29, 2012 #605 of 1602
    Lord Vader

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    I'll disprove that belief, then, because as I've posted elsewhere a while ago, my brother has UVerse in north suburban Houston. I've seen his PQ. It's outstanding. Period. Crisp, sharp, and excellent.
     
  6. Apr 29, 2012 #606 of 1602
    am7crew

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    U-Verse has the best lineup HD wise premium and national HD channels but the PQ is another issue.
     
  7. Apr 29, 2012 #607 of 1602
    maartena

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    Sorry, but you need new glasses. :D

    I spent Thanksgiving at a family that has AT&T U-Verse, and we watched the football games.... the pixellation was downright horrible. Really horrible. It wasn't at all enjoyable to watch, the quality was so bad.

    And to prove that, we actually went home during the 2nd quarter or so, and I turned the same game, same channel on DirecTV on the 3d or 4th quarter.... and either CBS magically improved in the commercial break, or DirecTV carried a MUCH better picture of the same game.

    And to add to how horrible AT&T U-Verse is:

    - You can have no more then 2 to 4 HD channels on in your house at any one time. The average is 3.
    - If you have a 18 Mbps or 24 Mbps U-verse Internet, you cannot download at full speed if more than 2 HD stations are on, as it substracts the bandwidth from the 32 Mbps profile.
    - Your DVR harddrive is 320 Gb. Want another DVR? NO you just get 1. Want to add a harddrive to expand the space on it? NO, 320 Gb is what your family must and shall share.
    - If you want MLB Network (and before they lost it, NHL Network), you *must* subscribe to a package that includes Showtime. In other words: You want MLB network, you pay for Showtime too. (And there are a few other channels in that package not found outside of it).

    I would NEVER recommend AT&T U-Verse. I'd much sooner recommend Dish and Cable before I recommend U-verse.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2012 #608 of 1602
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    The picture quality on U-Verse varies greatly depending upon how far you are from the node. I've seen it in my neighborhood and it's not so good. I'm nearly 3500 ft from the node. They had to use pair bonding to get my street serviced.
     
  9. Apr 29, 2012 #609 of 1602
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    I didn't know TV Land went HD,thanks for the information.
     
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    I've told this story before, but I'll tell it again. I maintained the FAQ for a model year of Mits large screens (60-82") at AVS for a couple years. Since these were very reasonably priced models, there were a lot of "first time step-up to large screen" type owners. If noobs weren't *total* noobs and didn't even realize they had to get HD programming separately from an HDTV, then the most common "wow, this doesn't look nearly as good as I thought it would" complaint came from U-verse users. Big screens are where bandwidth/resolution caused PQ issues really jump out at you.
     
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    Yep! it's horrid.
     
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    You need to tell D*'s advertisement crew about this. 'cause most of D*'s ads make no comment about these things at all. Well, maybe a very little now and then.
     
  13. Apr 29, 2012 #613 of 1602
    sigma1914

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    Distance only affects internet speed and number of HD streams allowed. It has no affect on PQ and has been confirmed by employees, techs, & experts on AVS.
     
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    Normally I wouldn't care, but just found that the Giro d'Italia is on Universal Sports...would be nice to have gotten that in HD.
     
  15. Apr 29, 2012 #615 of 1602
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    Had no idea TV Land was available in HD. Does anyone have new updates as to when we can expect more HD additions??
     
  16. Apr 29, 2012 #616 of 1602
    studechip

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    Maybe, but that's not what I was told by my friend who was part of the team that was in charge of U-Verse.
     
  17. Apr 30, 2012 #617 of 1602
    Lord Vader

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    No I don't. I've seen his UVerse PQ numerous times. It is excellent. Period.

    This doesn't mean I'm a UVerse fan; I'm not. I'm commenting only on its picture quality.
     
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    Well, we just disagree on that issue. U-Verse HD is 5.7 Mbps per HD channel in bandwidth. It's technology currently doesn't allow for more bandwidth.

    DirecTV uses somewhere around 7 to 8 Mbps per channel. Now numbers don't say anything, as there are other factors at play such as what compression is used and all that.... but I am by far the only one that is of the opinion that DirecTV PQ is vastly superior to U-Verse.

    Even Youtube is better PQ as demonstrated here: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/63010
     
  19. Apr 30, 2012 #619 of 1602
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    Uverse is a bit of hit or miss. In my opinion it depends how good the infrastructure is for that Uverse customer. My sister-in-law has it and the PQ is so-so, plenty of freezing, studdering, etc. A friend has it and the picture is quite good. Depends how far you are from the VRAD and other conditions, at least that is what some of our engineers have said. Apparently there is also several different kinds of wiring for Uverse customers depending on where you live which also makes a difference. I'm not an engineer, but this is what I've been told.
     
  20. Apr 30, 2012 #620 of 1602
    maartena

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    DirecTV's commercials mostly make comments about which channels they carry over others (mainly Dish) in certain packages, not to the HD-ness of said channels.
     
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