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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. Jul 4, 2012 #261 of 3975
    tonyd79

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    Of course, that is what I meant. If a movie is 2.35:1, then it will fit side to side unlike TCM SD.

    But why get in the way of an irrational rant? :)
     
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    No, I got it exactly right. I'm absolutely concerned with the details, and they are very important (you'd never hear Tim utter those words), which is why I need the best resolution possible, so I can see them. ;)
     
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    Sounds like I'm not the only one who needs DIY-HD!

    C'mon, DIRECTV, you have guys here virtually cutting off their fingers for lack of DIY-HD. Have mercy and help us out!
     
  4. Jul 4, 2012 #264 of 3975
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    Relax. DirecTV really isn't losing any money by not launching basic HD. After all, would YOU really leave for DIY HD?
     
  5. Jul 4, 2012 #265 of 3975
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    I hope they don't One should NEVER watch an Academy Ratio film in Widescreen, it is not the way it was intended to be seen. There should be 'pillar boxes" on a widescreen tv. conversely, a Widescreen film should never be viewed in "pan and scan". OK I admit it, I am an OAR snob. :)
     
  6. Jul 4, 2012 #266 of 3975
    inkahauts

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    Looks like they are just taking over the cox channel and will fill their non new Orleans hornets programing with fsn southwest programing, as you say. Sounds similar to what they are likely going to be doing with the new San Diego fsn...

    http://www.wwltv.com/sports/basketb...nounce-new-TV-rights-agreement-160289745.html

    Sounds like a perfect candidate for a part time channel. That's terrific because it doesn't take transponder space, just a ppv channel for a few hours during games.
     
  7. Jul 4, 2012 #267 of 3975
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    Actually, DirecTV's lack of basic HD is what's preventing me from subscribing to them. I'd imagine plenty of other people take a look at DirecTV's dry landscape of HD channels when considering switching from cable and reconsider as well. So they are losing money.

    I subscribe to Time Warner Cable because of their much better HD channel lineup. DIY HD is one of the channels Time Warner carries which DirecTV does not - among many others:

    -BBC America HD
    -C-SPAN HD
    -Cooking Channel HD
    -FearNet HD
    -G4 HD
    -Game Show Network HD
    -H2 HD
    -The Hub HD
    -IFC HD
    -Investigation Discovery HD
    -National Geographic Wild HD
    -OWN HD
    -Ovation HD
    -Sundance Channel HD
    -TV Guide HD

    All of these channels air at least one piece of exclusive programming which I like.

    As much as I'd like to check out DirecTV with their MPEG-4 channels which should provide an improvement over Time Warner's MPEG-2 picture quality in many cases, I cannot bring myself to as long as DirecTV has such an atrocious channel lineup.

    And when the only new HD channels DirecTV adds are channels which don't even air anything in HD like TCM HD, that doesn't help.
     
  8. Jul 4, 2012 #268 of 3975
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    I don't watch a single thing on those channels, so DIRECTV and it's far better Hi Definition quality are perfect for me over that lineup. (ok i am basing the quality over my local charter cable company) However, if that's what you watch, you should stick to twc. DIRECTV is not going to lose money by not adding those channels, they just might not gain potential money. Nobody is leaving because of the lack of those channels, and if they are, there can't be very many.

    Of course I'd like to see every provider carry every channel in Hi Definition.
     
  9. Jul 4, 2012 #269 of 3975
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    How can you not watch H2?

    It's what the History Channel used to be before it was morphed into its current redneck reality show heaping pile of garbage.

    The same thing with Nat Geo Wild. It's what Animal Planet used to be before it was transformed into another reality show crap channel. Nat Geo Wild is the last network that's actually about animals... you turn on Animal Planet today and all that's on it are midgets, rednecks, sea hippies, and cats from hell.

    Shameful.

    If it's a capacity issue DirecTV should just scrap History and Animal Planet and give their spots to H2 and Nat Geo Wild and they'd be on the right track.
     
  10. Jul 4, 2012 #270 of 3975
    inkahauts

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    My discovery type viewing goes in waves, and I'm not in one right now. And I have never been big on the animal stuff, except Dino shows, and specials like planet earth.

    Frankly, way to many channels in general have way to much reality stuff for my tastes. I don't like reality.

    And it's not a capacity issue.
     
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    GSN is kind of odd. There are two other channels on your list that I personally think would be very low on their list, CSPAN and TV Guide.
     
  12. Jul 4, 2012 #272 of 3975
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    Well, Whoever promised that we would have TCMHD this morning was full of crap.
    I'm dropping D* forever.



    OK. Just kidding.
    Happy 4th Everyone.
     
  13. Jul 4, 2012 #273 of 3975
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    July 19, of course.

    Wish it were today. 1776 would be nice to watch.
     
  14. Jul 4, 2012 #274 of 3975
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    You are making the right choice for yourself.

    I have remained with DirecTV, even with my frustration (which I've expressed plenty here; and I've contacted DirecTV), because my area cable providers (and Dish Network!) does not offer enough to make me want to switch. There are plenty of flaws with the competition.

    I am taking a leap of faith. With D14 scheduled for launch in 2014, that will be the point in which it will be revealing just how in (or out) of touch DirecTV will be on HD. Cutting the company some slack over this issue of capacity is fine. For now. By then, with all that new space, there won't be any excuses if they fail to deliver.
     
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    Bring in Cooking Channel HD as well.

    When E! Entertainment Television HD came in in April, Style Network HD should have also been added.

    With Turner Classic Movies HD about to arrive, Headline News HD should be joining the lineup as well.

    Crumbs.
     
  16. Jul 4, 2012 #276 of 3975
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    The day after Turner Classic Movies' marathon tribute to the late Andy Griffith.

    Great.

    It really takes seventeen days after the test mode began?
     
  17. Jul 4, 2012 #277 of 3975
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    I think now is a good time to rehash a posting made in the previous anticipation thread:

    Basic Cable Network Rankings for 2011

    Document here

    It has been discussed at length that most of the regularly watched cable networks are carried by D*, thus I will disagree with the "HD dry landscape" mantra. While D* may be deficient in the array of basic HD channels compared to the cable companies, D*'s sports offerings are second to none.

    With all that said, the only ones worth adding from your list are Investigation Discovery, BBC America, H2, Nat Geo Wild, and an outside possibility of DIY and Fox Movie Channel if that is ever going to be in HD.

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    Yeah I saw that story last week but was on my phone when I posted the message you quoted so I couldn't cut and paste it. If we do get it, it'll fit perfectly at channel 680/680-1 with the other 2 FS Southwest subfeeds. :)
     
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    There are plenty of reasons for launch dates. Technical is only one. The only one you mentioned. Could be the contract starts on that day. Could be they are managing other resources including decoders, encoders, people, etc.
     
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