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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. Aug 8, 2012 #1661 of 3975
    mreposter

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    After the initial burst of new HD when D12 first launched, things quickly started looking quite dire. Much of the capacity was dedicated to "push" channels and a big chunk of the additions were to the premium movie services. New HD is great, but it was mainly focused on a fairly particular segment of the customer base.

    Then word followed that D14 would be launched even later than expected, making it appear that we'd have to wait even longer for lots more new HD. Adding in the noises Directv was making about challenging contract negotiations and the possibility of some channels getting dropped, things were really looking bad.

    It was only recently that we began to get word of the new tech that would allow 6 channels per transponder, greatly expanding the capacity of D12. Now, the hope many of us had for D12 to really blow the doors off of HD upgrades may finally be coming true.

    There's still the issue of managing the capacity for the next 18-24 months until D14 gets here and all the new sports programmers that want to get on board. But maybe, just maybe, there's room for everyone to get at least some of what they want in the next year or two - a few more premiums, more sports, more basics, etc, etc.
     
  2. Aug 8, 2012 #1662 of 3975
    georule

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    Well, I definitely am. If we don't get another basic HD channel the rest of the year past those already in Test, I'll feel it was a pretty good year.

    Having said that, with the 6-per encoders, and the apparent (so far) quarterly roll-out of that tech infrastructure, I'm certainly not excluding the possibility that more goodies could be forthcoming in 2012.
     
  3. Aug 8, 2012 #1663 of 3975
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    You are/were focusing on the negative of each of those points. SR kept telling us HD would continue to grow. And it has. The complaints focused on the basic while directv became a giant in sports and premium hd. The growth continued. It was just focused.

    Meanwhile rather than cheap on quality as Comcast and dish did, directv held its path and worked with tech improvements. They took a strong course to differentiate themselves as not just another service and the strategy has and will payoff for them and for us.

    Some of us have been saying that. Reading the tea leaves differently. Saw them proceeding with caution without assuming all was lost. And we got bashed for it.

    I know that the technology was the issue. Everyone should have. SR made it clear several times. The tech has improved. So they can now add more of the non-must-have channels.
     
  4. Aug 8, 2012 #1664 of 3975
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    Absolutely!! ;) Reminds me that someone (Leno) did a piece on the wierd hairdos in Congress- mostly bad comb-overs, frizzies or pieces. Now that'd be a treat in HD.....
     
  5. Aug 8, 2012 #1665 of 3975
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    While it's true that TCM (at this time) only shows upconverted content, the fact that they most shows pre-1953 has little to do with it. Some of the most amazing quality Blu-rays I own are from movies made prior to 1953.

    Also, while I may not know the amount of content that TV Land shows in HD, a good majority of their programming is either available in HD, or is easily transferable to HD.

    It all comes down to tastes. Personally, I feel that AMC, TCM, BBCA, and hopefully future additions of TV Land and DIY to be far superior additions to NGW, but that's just my personal tastes.

    ~Alan
     
  6. Aug 8, 2012 #1666 of 3975
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    Agree on Both C-SPAN's.

    Would like to see CSPAN Three added also. Though I do believe it's only in SD currently.


    Give me Bloomberg over HLN but either would be welcomed.
     
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    You got three of your wishes, I got mine. Not bad :). Though, I will watch Top Gear (if they keep like they have recently and don't wait three years or so to air it)
     
  8. Aug 8, 2012 #1668 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Again, New York City has the ACTUAL local Ion available, so no, it shouldn't be in your LiL range.

    From your fingers to DirecTV's eyes...

    There is a BIG difference between 720p and 1080i/p.

    However, there is also a BIG difference between 480i and 720p, so Ion-HD will be welcomed here regardless of resolution. :)

    There are a TON of markets where DirecTV does the same with the CW DNS feeds. Without doing a count, I'd say there are a couple more markets with the CW DNS feeds than there are those with Ion mapped down to the local channels.

    The difference is that EVERYONE gets Ion East, whereas not everyone gets the CW DNS feeds.

    ~Alan
     
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    No cspan3 is in hd!
     
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    Good to Know. Thanks for the Info

    Would like to see all three C-Spans added then along with Bloomberg.
     
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  12. Aug 8, 2012 #1672 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Only the East Coast feed will be in HD, so no...

    GolTV on 426 defaults to the Spanish audio track, and 620(?) defaults to English if memory serves. If it's kept at 426, I guess English speakers will need to switch audio tracks.

    Personally, I'll be happy if GolTV is only on 426, because CIG works for 426 for me, but not 620, so that'll help a little bit...

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    Mmm, at the risk of reigniting last millenium's hot topic. . . when did that happen? When TV's started automatically upconverting 1080i to 1080p at high refresh rates?

    I've still been hanging on to the idea that 720p and 1080i are roughly equal with exceptions for particular suitability for some content types (like, fast moving stuff like sports is better on 720p). With "true" native 1080p still a very clear "cut above".
     
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    I do wear glasses, so my eyes aren't the best, but I can't really tell the difference between 720 and 1080.
     
  15. Aug 8, 2012 #1675 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Yep!

    While I may only care about two of the three channel additions in test, I find the results to be good news regardless. A good mix of channels so that most of us end up with at least one channel we'll enjoy.

    Not just that, I get one of my Top #3 (BBCA) this month, and one of my Top #10 (Ion) this month as well.

    Not fully sated, but I'm definitely pleased with the progress... :)

    ~Alan
     
  16. Aug 8, 2012 #1676 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Keep doing that... you'll be happier! ;)

    As an aside, I have some ocean front property in Tennessee for sale. You interested?! ;)

    ~Alan
     
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    East Tennessee or West Tennessee?

    Well, I've got a 60" TV, and I'm happy now, so maybe I don't want to know.
     
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    Exactly. The CW feeds are DNS. Ion would be DNS plus locals. And the areas without CW HD cover a lot fewer people than Ion HD. I live in a major market that doesnt have Ion at all. Good luck finding a major market without CW HD.

    That is what I meant. Larger advantage. Directv gets a lot of local HD in this move.
     
  19. Aug 8, 2012 #1679 of 3975
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    Bloomberg I can see. More graphics. But CSPAN? So you can watch a bunch of people not moving? No scenery. No nothing.
     
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