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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 26, 2013.
some new news for next month?
Where did you hear this? Thought they were rebranding their soccer channel.
It's my understanding that the Speed Channel is becoming Fox Sports 1; Fox Soccer Channel is becoming FXX.
I will check it out, once it is in HD.
Yep and FUEL to Fox Sports 2 too.
This isn't officially announced yet, but I'd say 85% chance of it happening within a month of FS1 launch.
On the topic of MavTV, I'm fairly upset that they put it on 219. For a channel that is making a strong push AWAY from sports programming, it makes no sense to me to put it in with the other sports channels. I just checked it out (the SD looks terrible as expected), and on the channel below it, Golf (218), there's live US Open coverage, on the channel above it, NBCSN (220), there's an outdoor sporting show on, BUT on MavTV (219) there is a 1969 western movie, followed by a 1948 western, followed by a 1971 western, followed by a documentary on some guy (non sports related), followed by a reality show about Alaskans living in the extreme elements. Seems to me like MavTV should be in the 250-260's range, and that it has almost no business being in the 200/210's.
Perhaps they switch MavTV to 607 when FS1 launches, and they put FS1 at 219? Who knows, but it's kind of bugging me right now...
I am ALL FOR Weatherscan (even if it would just be sd). When I switched from Comcast 5 years ago, this is THE ONLY channel that I lost that I actually cared about. It is 1000X better than the active / red button on 362 trash that directv has right now. If they were to add this, I would really hope that it is the local versions like on cable / dish and not the national version like on Verizon.
Being bugged that it is SD rather than HD I can understand, but does it really matter to which number it is assigned? For what it is worth, all of the numbers between 221 and 299 are already in use, so 219 makes as much sense as anything else.
Would much prefer HD if I were to watch it at all, but I was actually surprised that the SD did not look as bad as I thought it would. Windowboxed but watchable, if there were anything I wanted to watch on it.
Maybe I'm just imagining it, but I noticed the SD picture quality of MAV TV to be not "that" bad here myself. Therefore zooming ("Crop" on the D* receiver) in on the SD letter-boxed 4:3 image produces an acceptable 16:9 full image on my HDTV.
Still want the actual HD channel of course, but at least it's tolerable for now.
I don't think we are imagining it at all. Channels themselves vary in quality. The delivery mechanism to DirecTV varies per channel. And the bandwidth that DirecTV allocates to a channel can be monkeyed as well. And, the age and quality of the hardware in the pipeline makes a difference.
There were a lot of theories around that DirecTV was giving higher quality to TCM before it was taken to HD. They can do that if they wish.
Is it MPEG4 SD?
I haven't checked (added it) to any favorites lists. Its not HD I really don't care but if I get a chance tonight I'll direct tune it in and see what it's like.
Wow a "new" channel added as MPEG2 SD! What a bonehead move!!!!
Again I can't believe networks are still sending out SD signals. Unless D* is getting the HD signal and just sending it out in MPEG2 SD, and will add the HD feed later.
I'm personally bugged by Directv's ENTIRE channel lineup, except for the local channels since I really like how those correlate with the stations identity.
As for 221-299 being full, one of the infomercial channels could easily be moved. I'd put MavTV at...
263 (currently infomercial) so that it is close to TCM and AMC (if the focus of the channel is more older movies)
288 (currently infomercial) so that it is close to Destination America (since the channel is branded as American Real)
309 (currently empty) closer to TV Land (if they show more things like Bonanza which they are doing tomorrow)
607 once speed / FS1 is hopefully moved to the 200/210's (if the network turn out to be more sports related)
Nearly every network, including MavTV still send out SD feeds. As of now the only ones that switched to strict HD distribution are ESPN (except for ESPN Classic), HBO/Cinemax, Fox's entertainment and sports channels (except for Fox College Sports), Comcast's RSNs, NFL Network, MLB Strike Zone, Universal Sports Network and Fearnet, along with HD exclusive networks like AXS, HDNet Movies, MGM HD, Palladia, Shorts HD, Sony Movie Channel, Universal HD and Velocity.
And considering what Turner does to the pre-HD content on their HD feeds like Married with Children and Fresh Prince, or the cropping Discovery does on their channels, many of us who don't want to watch a distorted picture are thankful that the SD feeds are still there.
BTW, to the earlier posts about FXX, this is what Fox is telling their affiliates:
Speed becomes Fox Sports 1
Fuel becomes Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Channel becomes FXX
Fox Movie Channel completes the transition and becomes FXM 24/7
Nothing yet about what the fate of Fox Soccer Plus is.
It's a rebranding of the soccer channel to FXX and then they are moving some of their big hit shows to FXX.
ESPN 3D to end by end of year. maybe we can get a new HD SLOT to replace it.
ESPN 3 coming to an end means room for one more HD channel.