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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. banditt76

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    My HD wish list:

    H2
    HLN
    DIY
    Reelz
    LMN
    FMC
    WE
    DFH
    SOAP
    DOC
    ID
    HUB
    TeenNick
    GMC
    Fuse
    NASA
    IFC

    These are not in any order other than channel number except for H2...my top pick. I know a lot of these might not have HD feeds even available yet, but hopefully they will soon. SD channels shall die a slow death in my house.
     
  2. tonyd79

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    Of those, i am only interested in H2 (although they stretch older content) and FMC. I've said before, IFC is a big disappointment to me. I have I on fios.

    Not on your list. I want the Plex channels and maybe TVLand.

    None are dire needs though. Everything for me now is bonus since we got TCM and BBCA.
     
  3. banditt76

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    I have never watched Plex and my parents love TVLand so I guess I could want it for them. Also I feel FMC is totally wasted channel if the great movies they show are not in HD. Many times I would have tuned in if the movie was HD, but sadly, nothing yet. H2 I mostly watch shows like Life After People, The Universe and Modern Marvels, which have no business being show in crappy SD.
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    Only four of yours lack HD simulcasts available (DFH, Soap, Doc, and TeenNick).

    Disney, Jr. replaced Soap, so it's expected to be only a matter of time before it disappears altogether...

    ~Alan
     
  5. banditt76

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    SOAP stayed alive after all the complaints about it possibly disappearing. It's a great channel if they only had HD. I watched One Tree Hill reruns all the time on there.
     
  6. tonyd79

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    H2. When History Channel actually shows things like Modern Marvels, if they are older than about 2008, they are SD and stretched. So I am ambivalent about H2. I found I prefer to watch on Netflix. Most is SD but good SD.
     
  7. Alan Gordon

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    I love "Veronica Mars", but I have all three seasons on DVD in less compressed anamorphic widescreen.

    However, I know of no changes to ceasing operations once all the contracts for Disney, Jr. have been completed.

    ~Alan
     
  8. banditt76

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    I actually don't watch it anymore since The O.C. stopped being aired and they stopped showing any OTH after season 7.
     
  9. fortnerw

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    Still looking for RFD-TV in HD. From what I see on this thread I think I am the only one that has asked for it. I guess thats the reason its not there. Lot of the shows that I would watch on there are now shot in HD but on SD they are shown cropped both horzontal and vertical. Makes it like you are looking through a small window on a 46" HD Tv. Good to get the latest stations in HD. Anything in SD is sad. Keep them coming!!
     
  10. banditt76

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    I don't watch the channel but I certainly know what you mean about the cropping around the entire picture. I hate that so much on SD channels. If they are going to do that, just take down the SD feed entirely and go HD only.
     
  11. James Anthony

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    Long time viewer, first time poster! Thought I would register to say how pleased I am with the recent HD additions! All I need now is H2 and Investigation Discovery and I will no longer need to watch any crappy SD ever again!
     
  12. revm1m

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    My HD wish list

    DIY and every HD channel that is out there :)
     
  13. Bonneville44

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    H2 was showing "WWII in HD" today. :)
     
  14. RML81

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    The last Festivus pretty much satisfied me. The wants now are minor in comparison. I would like to see H2 in HD. It would be nice if they'd add the Pentagon Channel in HD as well. I'd be interested in seeing it. Beyond that, y'all can have what you want :D
     
  15. Alan Gordon

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    I know people are getting tired of me talking about CW HD-DNS, but I have to bring up something that happened today after reading the above. :lol:

    I was flipping through my local channels today and noticed that my local CW affiliate which is currently SD only but going HD next year was showing a movie window-boxed. I believe they may be using the CW Plus HD feed for the non-network programming because this is not the first time I've seen something from them window-boxed over the last month or so. I think a movie and an episode of "Seinfeld" were the others...

    Anyway, I flipped to a neighboring market's FOX affiliate's sub-channel of The CW to see they are providing the movie in the natural 4:3 aspect ratio... which means I'm seeing it Pillarboxed as it should be shown via my aspect ratio settings on the HR34.

    I then flip to CW DNS East (WDCW) to see the channel is... well, it looked like someone took my iPAD 2 and attached it to my 46-inch HDTV and is playing the movie on the iPAD 2. Apparently, WDCW was NOT showing the movie in HD, so the picture appeared windowboxed on their 16:9 HD channel which DirecTV then received and downconverted/cropped to 4:3, and was then shown on my TV in pillar-boxed mode. :eek2:

    I've never seen anything like that before... LOL!!!


    Multiple channels have already gotten rid of their SD feeds... but providers downconvert and crop them for distribution. Hence why we are seeing windowboxing occurring on some channels.

    ~Alan
     
  16. banditt76

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    Oh OK I guess I should have realized that's what they were doing. Makes sense to me now. So I guess it's mostly just a bandwidth issue then on DirecTV's end if they keep only the SD feed for the time being.
     
  17. tonyd79

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    It is a customer issue. They need the SD channels for the tons of SD only receivers out there. They are starting to provide some perks like UEFA and NASCAR in HD only to entice movement off SD only.

    Wonder if there is any technical reason why they can't do widescreen SD and have the older boxes pillar box. Can they do that with a software update?
     
  18. banditt76

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    I meant HD in addition to the SD feed. Not replacing it in that post.
     
  19. tonyd79

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    Ah.
     
  20. TheRatPatrol

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    Never. We are all in the same boat, we all want more HD. More HD, more HD, MORE HD! Opps sorry. :D
     
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