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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 26, 2013.

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  2. HarleyD

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    Thank you.

    I appreciate it.

     
  3. fleckrj

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    Perhaps there should be a separate thread for discussion of the changes to the board. None of this has anything to do with HD anticipation.
     
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  4. APB101

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    Capacity: Does anyone know how many more linear HD can be added before the next satellite [D14] becomes launched and operational?
     
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    HD: Would like to see FMC HD and all of the Encore's in HD. [​IMG]
     
  7. georule

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    I've lost track, but I believe it is still likely in the upper 20s. It's a squishy number with a bunch of assumptions built-in.


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    So, to give a more complete answer. It is believed that DirecTV, starting in March of 2012, began to convert to new mpeg4 encoders that would allow for six HD on one HD transponder (rather than the previous five per) due to increased compression efficiency of the encoders themselves (reported as high as 20-25% depending on content mix over the previous generation of encoders). There are 44 transponders on the D1x series, 38 of which are currently used for linear HD.

    So, some assumptions.

    1). The six other transponders are reserved for something else (like "push" VoD).
    2). All 38 other HD transponders can have an appropriate mix of channel content matched to them (which there is some reason to believe may or may not be true based on an engineering presentation) to allow all 38 of them to be moved from 5 HD to 6 HD.
    3). D* doesn't decide to use some portion of the "new"/recovered bandwidth for something else.
    4). Whatever "strategic reserve" of bandwidth D* had prior to March of 2012 is still being strategically reserved for. . . whatever.

    If all that holds, subtract however many new HD channels D* has added starting with the perm add of TruTV in March 2012 from 38, and there ya go. I used to remember a thread around here somewhere that had a HD add history in it by date, but I seem to have lost track of it.
     
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    Thanks, georule!
     
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    Thank you, you are correct. I even looked at the top of that thread with that expectation, but the reformatting caused my eye to just "not see" given what my memory was looking for.

    So, including TruTV, and netting out the removal of a 3D channel, that's 22 since the move to the new encoders, leaving 16 spots remaining *if* all the assumptions I listed upstream hold true.

    Dang, 22 in the last 13 months (yes, obviously that's higher than I was expecting from my original upstream. . . we tend to remember these things in calendar year chunks). . . pretty impressive without a new bird, if you ask me.
     
  12. JoeTheDragon

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    How meny slots are saved for missing RSN's?

    How meny last min over flow slots are there?
     
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  14. APB101

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    Let me go with the number … 16.

    I'm going to allow space and dial it back to … 15.

    If we were to get up to an additional 15 linear HD before D14 gets lauched in the year 2014, I suppose the following might come in. (Not that I'm predicting. Not that I'm believing; in fact, I don't think we'd get more than half that. This is a harmless exercise.)

    GUESSING 15
    01. 233 GSN HD
    02. 235 Style Network HD
    03. 238 Reelz Channel HD
    04. 251 Oxygen HD
    05. 260 We TV HD
    06. 294 The Hub HD
    07. 295 PBS Kids Sprout HD
    08. 328 TV One HD
    09. 333 MTV2 HD
    10. 339 Fuse HD
    11. 540 Encore Drama HD
    12. 543 IndiePlex HD
    13. 544 RetroPlex HD
    14. 60x Pac-12 Network HD
    15. 68x Comcast SportsNet Houston HD
     
  15. JoeTheDragon

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    Pac-12 likey will come with some like dish up to 7 part time feeds.

    sawp HSN HD for 257 chiller HD

    sawp QVC HD for Fox Fox Soccer Plus HD full time / what even it's new name will be. Moveing to old fox soccer slot? 619

    going up to 22

    21. 524 Outer max
    22. WWE Network ( premium channel) 5XX or 6XX
     
  16. TheRatPatrol

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    16. Sportsman Channel, which currently has HD VOD content.
     
  17. APB101

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    JoeTheDragon,

    I got a little mixed up as to whether remaining capacity is 16 or 22.

    I did a count of how many were added since truTV HD (last March 2012), and the amount is 22 linear HD. So that made me think … 38, minus 22, leaves a remaining 16. (Shown in my edited list as captured in the quote by TheRatPatrol.)

    Sorry about a mix-up on my part.

    Very briefly: I can't articulate to a strong degree that I think sports (national and/or regional) will get covered if there is room and a contractual agreement is reached. (That's why I have Pac-12 on the list. But I'm not confident of all seven screens.) The expanded Starz/Encore screens also make the list. (From what I understand, MoviePlex is still not available in high def. Is that about to change?) As for basic-cable programmers, the Comcast/NBC Universal and AMC Networks programming makes the list. (I'm actually mixed up as to whether there is an American feed of Sundance Channel in high def. I leave it off the list for now.)

    Hopefully I didn't screw this up too much.

    :eek2:
     
  18. APB101

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    Sorry. :bang

    I wonder, if there were to be a No. 16, if Ovation (ch. 274) would benefit following sister Reelz Channel in high def. (Not that has to do with a lot.) I did consider The Hub's sister channel Military Channel in high def. It was on the list, still quoted at the moment by JoeTheDragon, before I edited it down to 15. Had the answer to my earlier question been closer to 25, there would have been more satisfaction from my "Guesses." Hell, I would have had room for both the HDs of both of DirecTV's carried C-Spans.


    I am really looking forward to how the remainder of 2013, and leading up to D14 in 2014, will be handled by DirecTV.
     
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    All of you have left out Universal Sports. I believe that one will be added before PAC 12, GSN, TV One, Indieplex, Retroplex, or MTV2.
     
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    That's a great little program, works like a charm.
     
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