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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Scott Kocourek, Mar 17, 2011.
What is your assessment of DirecTV when it comes to HD?
Then you better switch to Comcast or Dish!!
Uh, No. If you look at the attachment the channels listed in RED are all new ones that will be added on April 5th. I received the email announcing this on March 2nd.
I'm pretty sure this is the result of analog reclamation isn't it? Did everyone in your area recently lose a lot of their analog channels and have to get DTAs to keep getting the same channels?
If so (which I'm guessing it is) then this is exactly what I mentioned in the other thread. It is very easy for your cable company to put out an announcement like this because they have probably had carraige agreements in place with all of these new channel providers for quite some time. They were probably already being offered in other areas that Midcontinent serves. Your area had to wait until after the analog reclamation was done, and then they can add thse channels in a big batch.
DirecTV on the other hand adds the channels nationwide all at once instead of one market at a time. So they put the channels up shortly after completing the agreement. Evidently someone there has decided it's not worth sending out a press release saying HBO Family and HBO Signature HD channels will be added on March 30th, when they just signed the agreement on March 21st. Instead they just wait until the channels launch and are up and running ok, then they announce them.
When DirecTV does know about channel additions well ahead of time they usually do announce them. Like last spring when they announced all the channels they were going to launch over the summer. They also tend to announce when they are launching locals in new markets, because they have those agreements in place already and are just waiting for the hardware to get installed and the channels uplinked.
D* does announce future HD in advance, they did so last year near the end of April. They have delivered all of them too.
Also as of March 30, most of the promised HBO channels from 2007 have been turned on, so no need to get mad about that any more. Better late than never.
won't stop them at all.
BTW. Fios is running free starz weekend. Wow. Is their starz lineup weak. Total of 5 HD for starz and encore.
This is exactly correct.
AFAIK Flix doesn't have an HD Feed yet.
I did leave HBO Latino (east) HD out orignally (fixed now)
I actually believe though that DirecTV might add these in SD as well if they add them in HD: HBO Zone (currently HD only), HBO Comedy, ActionMax, ThrillerMax, @Max, OuterMax, Wmax, & 5StarMax. Cause you would think that maybe thats what the channels owner would want (more wide current availability), both SD and HD versions of the channels available and also there are still MILLIONS of DirecTV SD subscribers that would not be able to view any of these new additions if they add them HD only like they did with HBO Zone, some of the Starz/Sho channels. Also HBO and MAX VOD was launched in SD as well as HD so its very possible. But, again I'm not the owner (in this case it would be Time Warner) so I could be all wrong and they might add all of them in HD Only except for HBO Latino and MoreMax.
Sorry I wasn't able to get back to this sooner. Okay, went to 1100 again (no internet, no phone line). Chose all and clicked on All the Right Moves (no circle with check mark, just the $ in a circle) because it's an old movie.
Clicked on Record - Get message saying This high-def program is available in pristine 1080p (highest quality) and Fast Load (faster download). Which would you like? Two options presented - 1080p and Fast Load.
I chose 1080p - Got message saying This program has been added to your Playlist.
I went to List - All the Right Moves is showing, Pending Download 1100 Cinema. I click on it and it says "this program is waiting to download".
I hope this gives you what you're looking for.
In looking at the lists of possible additions elaborated by other posters, I would be satisfied with a small number of channels not currently provided by Comcast in my DMA, principally History International with lesser interest in BBCA and Cooking. I’d love to see HD LIL as well. However, I don’t anticipate receiving a response from SR stating “I think you will be happy” with respect to any of these wishes.
To help Sixto with this key project can't we get one of the top execs here at DBS Talk to contact Satellite Racer (privately) and have him get us the direct answer (on the PUSH VOD transponders) from either Derek Chang or Romulo Pontual at DTV ?.... Let's just fast-forward the chase here and get to the bottom line regarding these five D12 transponders (with 20+ HD VOD "channels") ....
Now that Sixto and DBS Talk have uncovered this use of D12 this is no longer some state secret that DTV needs to keep under wraps... This important discovery is now in a public forum and the least DTV can do is provide DBS Talk with the objective facts (and thus end all unnecessary speculation in one direction or another)...
They record the programs when you aren't using your background tuners, and from stations you don't see in your program guide. It doesn't show up as something you can actually watch right now, unless its actually coming over the internet. The sat feeds are always going to be soon, except for pre pushed material.
if they used one transponder (5 channels), it would take about 6.6 days to show all 400 titles. With more channels, they would be providing more opportunities to record the program, and get them to people in less than 7 days, probably less than 3.
Why wouldn't it work? I think they are putting all these 400 titles in a hidden guide in the system, and basically, the dvr knows when it will be available off of one of the hidden pushed channels, and it will record it at the next opportunity on one of the pushed channels, or eve a PPV channel if its on one of those channels. No need to tell directv you are going to record it. NOW, at some point, if you aren't connected to the phone line or Ethernet, then you will have a billing issue in the future.
I have a unit I can disconnect from phone and internet and see what happens with. I'll let you know. I will see how many programs I can get into the que..
Different folks have different processes. There are people who if they can't watch a VoD immediately, in the moment, aren't interested. And that's fine. But they aren't the only people out there.
For example, I'm a Premier customer. I regularly go thru the schedule on all my premium channels and record stuff that I might not watch for a week or even a month or more. That's the beauty of a 500MB drive --it gives you that leisure. Sometimes I might even let one of my series records get backed up a couple weeks and watch 2 or 3 one right after the other.
If they are doing this, I'm very ambivalent about it. I don't like losing that capacity for national HD channels either. It does occur to me tho that what a great way it would be for them to have redundancy that pays for itself while waiting for the (hope-it-never-happens) day it needs to backstop the core business when something happens to one of their birds.
Very simple question ... with no technical proprietary info needed ...
Can a subscriber with an HD DVR, but without an internet connected receiver, purchase (order/download/watch) recordings from the "new" DirecTV Cinema 400 title video collection at: http://www.directv.com/entertainment/movies/
Indications are that the answer is, or will be, YES.
Simple as that.
Even more simple question: Is this "Push VOD" going to be a replacement for linear PPV (125-199)?
I think "replacement" would be far too ambitious, for various reasons, not least of which is the pool the traditional ppv channels provides for dipping into for temporary one-off situations (usually sports). And there will always be those "if I can't watch it in the next 1/2 hr, then I'm not interested" folks, particularly for new releases. But it did occur to me that "reduction" might be possible. . .
It seems that there are three levels of service.
Cinema HD channels: Immediate access to the top movies for DVR and non-DVR customers, with no requirement for an internet connection.
Cinema: 400 titles for DVR customers, possibly with no requirement for an internet connection. Download may start within minutes for those with an internet connection, and available within a few days for those without an internet connection. (this is the category that we're trying to verify)
CinemaPlus: 1000's of titles for DVR customers, with a internet connection being required. Download may start within minutes.
I've had a movie in the queue since Thursday morning and it still is not ready to watch (no internet here). I doubt very serious I would use this service because that is a little slow for me. I have never ordered a PPV movie and doubt I would do it with this demand system.
Why would directv do it this way? Most folks have high speed internet and could hook up there system thru the internet. I choose not to do it on mine because I can record anything I want to with the DVR.
I hate losing potential channels in the future by this possible new demand feature but I know it is about money.
What happend to the new additions S.R. refered to, and everyone speculated about, starting last week?