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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 #321 of 3975
    cypherx

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    Cable varies greatly from area to area. My area it's pretty darn good for HD channel lineup and picture quality. Its the stupid DVR software they use keeps me far away though. Yeah DIY, H2 and BBCA in HD would be nice but I'd rather have multi room DVR along with a nice HD UI with Pandora, YouTube, TVApps, iPad app streaming and control, HBOGo and DVR programming from the web. Our local cable doesn't offer any of those additional features that I use.
     
  2. Jul 4, 2012 #322 of 3975
    studechip

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    I didn't say it was he, but I suppose he might work for them. I don't know.
     
  3. Jul 4, 2012 #323 of 3975
    dpeters11

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    Not to mention limited markets that really won't be expanded.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2012 #324 of 3975
    Davenlr

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    I think not. Nothing in the TOS says I cannot move my account to another address.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2012 #325 of 3975
    Hoosier205

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    If the account is in your name, but the service is not being used at your residence (not to mention not even being used by you)...think again. I have no idea why, if you are going to do something like that, you would say so publicly. You're not exactly anonymous. Not even close to being anonymous.
     
  6. Jul 4, 2012 #326 of 3975
    Davenlr

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    I am saying so publicly. I just did. Feel free to report me to the DirecTv police, and watch them laugh their butts off.

    Show me where it says I cant pay for an account at my parents house. DirecTv has no problem charging my credit card for my parents Extra Innings and Sunday Ticket. My name is on their account, and their name is on my account as well.

    Show me where in the TOS it says how many hours a week I have to watch DirecTv at the address of my account before it ceases being a "violation". For the record, I watch one baseball game there every weekend. You are just so hilarious in your rants. Humor me some more.

    Loving that you are getting TCMHD soon. That is one less channel to worry about.
     
  7. Jul 4, 2012 #327 of 3975
    Sixto

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    Back to HD please. Take the rest to PM (if more to discuss). Thx!
     
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    Sixto, looks like a lot of LIL's lit up today..Did any of those ever have to be in test to be spotted? or was that on a whim that D* added so many today?
     
  9. Jul 4, 2012 #329 of 3975
    Sixto

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    Usually they're in TEST first. gct and the gang track those.
     
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    I'm very happy with the NYC additions..WLNY & the spanish station Telemundo.
    Mainly WLNY!! they have alot of TV shows and movies. SO it'll be interesting to see how the HD renders there..Its affiliated with CBS as of 2011 but per say no CBS core broadcasts air there..

    Kinda like the way the Fox station here has a sister station here as well with no Fox content...just the news reporters..same with wlny and our local cbs affiliate.

    I was hoping the ION affiliate was shown some love and HD'd also WPXN-31...guess not this round...and the more popular PBS station from Garden City, LI WLIW-21 still doesn't beam in HD but a mere 480p signal per wikipedia...think D* could ever add that would it be any improvement to the current SD version that airs?? I know its a silly question would D* add any channel that only broadcasts a 480p signal?

    Game on!! peace out...
     
  11. Jul 5, 2012 #331 of 3975
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    Okay. I feel that I need to correct this.

    It is true that cable providers' stock DVR/receiver interfaces are awful. But... it doesn't have to be that way. The FCC instituted CableCARD rules for a reason. Even though it took us years to get here, Ceton kicked off the golden era of the CableCARD with their Ceton InfiniTV 4 CableCARD tuner in 2010. Since then, cable has been MUCH better and we now have even more options than the Ceton card: SiliconDust's HDHomeRun PRIME 3-tuner networked unit and Hauppauge's WinTV DCR-2650 2-tuner USB unit.

    Every cable provider now offers a nice HD UI, better than DirecTV even. This is because they must conform with the CableCARD™ standard. AT&T, Dish Network, and DirecTV do not. You just have to set this nice UI up yourself, something which should not be a challenge for anyone posting on this forum.

    Using CableCARD tuners and a Windows 7 PC you can have a pretty wild set up: want a dozen simultaneous HD channels on one machine? You can have them by putting three Ceton InfiniTV 4s in your PC. Want a 40 terabyte DVR? You can have it by putting ten 4 TB hard drives in your PC.

    Want a multiroom DVR? That'll work with CableCARD tuners too. Using a Media Center extender box like an Xbox 360, you can network in to your PC equipped with CableCARD tuners and record, watch TV, etc. on the TV connected to the Xbox 360. The sky's the limit.

    Check out this video for an example of what Windows 7 Media Center's interface looks like using a CableCARD tuner.

    I'm not trying to be some anti-satellite troll or cable shill. I just think it's important that we have all the facts out there.
     
  12. Jul 5, 2012 #332 of 3975
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    I'm with you. We need DIY-HD!

    -- Rob
     
  13. Jul 5, 2012 #333 of 3975
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    True. But can you think of an instance where the online guide started disappearing a channel in test when you asked it to hide SD duplicates that didn't launch?
     
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    Of course it is perfectly legal for you to pay their account. Only when you start spreading the same account across multiple addresses is when it becomes illegal.
     
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    Move: no problem.
    2 Addresses, 1 account (ergo, 2 dishes, 1 account): Problem.
     
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    I'd suspect that the date was picked before TCM reacted to AG's passing. Who knows, maybe D* will recognize the circumstances and adjust.
     
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    Yeah... of course we are all going to say now that is an unmissable event, and MUST be seen in HD. :D

    You are probably right in that the date was already picked. I am guessing with some of the (possible) Olympic temp channels coming online, they just chose to launch the test early.
     
  18. Jul 5, 2012 #338 of 3975
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    All cable providers offer a Hi Definition ui. That's hilarious! I don't know of a single one anywhere in southern California. Maybe FIOS has rolled it out in a few areas. Sure, I can build my own box with a Hi Definition ui and connect it to cable, but no cable company provides it. none. TiVo with a cable card is not the cable company offering a Hi Definition GUI.

    And other than a TiVo, do yo know how very few people that sub to cable or sat would ever actually build a htpc like yu are suggesting, much less have the know how, or how much more they would have to spend to build something like that?


    You didn't correct anything. The other persons statement was right on and completely correct. Cable varies a lot from one area to another.
     
  19. Jul 5, 2012 #339 of 3975
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    Does your brain just stop working after you read 5% of peoples' posts or something?

    My goodness. I'm not even going to bother responding to that abortion of a post. Anyone who actually READS my ENTIRE POST will go on to read yours and then go... "WTF? This guy just completely missed the point on that one."
     
  20. Jul 5, 2012 #340 of 3975
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    I read your entire post, and that's why I know how misguided it was from start to finish, because it's premise is poor. You can't say a company offers something great because someone else makes part of it good. And I am not even getting into the fact that TiVo is poor at best IMHO. (cable card dvr extrodinare they are) Granted , you are pushing something ten times more complicated to create for most people, in suggesting everyone build a htpc. THat might have some decent interface, maybe better than DIRECTV, I haven't played with one in the last year. However, something so impractical can't make up for what cable offers, and can't make cable better than sat, dish or DIRECTV. Not in my area,and not in any other area near me.

    That'd be like arguing that DIRECTV is the best provider because they offered a channel in 3d. Who would care if everything else about them that was important was sub par. I haven't seen one person say that 3d is the reason DIRECTV is a good provider.

    And on top of that, cable companies do not offer a Hi Definition ui in my area at all, period. That's a flat out fact that flys directly in the face of your claim they do. Other companies can provide hardware that will work with cable companies that might allow you to use a Hi Definition interface. Big difference.

    It seems the point of your posts are to bag on companies and claim they don't offer pq at a good quality level. As others have said, why don't you get some real screen shots of DIRECTV on channels with five per transponder and some with six per transponder and show us the difference. Then do the same with a local network here in Los Angeles over the air and via DIRECTV and let's see what you find out.

    As for the interface, not counting the Hi Definition part, (not all dvrs i have used have ever had a hd gui) I have used most of the DVR interfaces ever made at one point or another, ( accept for some of the brand new ones that are hitting right now in some areas, like fios) and DIRECTV current one, I'd rank it third, behind replaytv and ultimate tv. Htpc maybe fourth (as of the last time I used it). TiVo is barley better than a cable DVR, both at the bottom of the barrel IMHO. Sad I can still rate two sd only five plus year old interfaces higher than DIRECTV current one, but then look where I find everyone else to fall..... Shameful for all manufactures I think.
     
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