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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3 2011 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 26, 2011.

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  1. Sep 2, 2011 #4541 of 5479
    sigma1914

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    Checking the AMC site, I see they're currently airing 3 Mad Med episodes every Sunday morning beginning at 5am EST. The first Sunday we'll have AMC HD is September 11, and they're at Season 2 Episode 6 on that day.

    You could try Netflix streaming for a month and watch the 13 episodes of season 1 and 5 episodes of season 2 to catch up.
     
  2. Sep 2, 2011 #4542 of 5479
    jackal24

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    There is an easy solution to the lack of available bandwidth for basic HD. Get rid of the channels that I don't watch like ESPN, Foxnews, etc.

    :::Ducks:::
     
  3. Sep 2, 2011 #4543 of 5479
    slimoli

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    I know renting is not your first option but Mad Men in bluray is special. The transfer is very good and that's a show you must see with the best possible quality. You also have the DTS-HD audio. Try Breaking Bad as well, you won't regret.
     
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    maartena

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    Yes... But... ;)

    - BBC America was on the top in the DBSTalk Poll, but according to Satelliteracer it was "Nowhere near the top" (his quote) in internal DirecTV polls.

    - The sample size might be 1500, but if you poll 1500 tea-party supporters and ask them if the President has done a good job, you will most likely get a 0% approval rating. :D - Point being of course, 90% of us here are "HD Geeks", and will have a different point of view then the average American.
     
  5. Sep 2, 2011 #4545 of 5479
    maartena

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    BBC America will be here "soon".

    No really, it will be here "SOON!"

    (see sig.)
     
  6. Sep 2, 2011 #4546 of 5479
    Tom Robertson

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    I have no current information about BBCA. I believe both parties are still actively talking and negotiating, but that is the extent of my knowledge. A deal could be finished tomorrow or it might take much longer.

    I think the BBCA should hurry up and sign before DIRECTV runs out of space in the short-term. :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  7. Sep 2, 2011 #4547 of 5479
    maartena

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    So that IS still a concern then for adding new channels.
     
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    Maruuk

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    When is this supposed to happen, next Wed.?
     
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    maartena

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    AMC-HD will be going live on Friday, September 9th.
     
  10. Sep 2, 2011 #4550 of 5479
    jahgreen

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    Does crow go well with Coca-Cola?

    How many months do we get?
     
  11. Sep 2, 2011 #4551 of 5479
    TomK

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    Hehe, if you go look at the Directv.com 'Guide' and click the 'hide SD duplicates' button, AMC channel 254 disappears from the channel listing. No showing it in HD inthe Guide until it's officially turned on. (eta: With date set to next week)
     
  12. Sep 2, 2011 #4552 of 5479
    Tom Robertson

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    Yes and no. That's what makes things a bit confusing and we can't share details to clarify. Though several people have guessed close enough.

    Night before last, we had 5 kids over (2 grand, as well as 3 great grand for a short time.) They all love milk, especially the "pink chocolate milk." :)

    They didn't finish all of our milk, but we were pretty certain we'd see some of them again last night. So as we drove home lasterday, we picked up some more. We didn't quite ever run out, but in the short-term we had a capacity concern... Something you don't want to have happen with grandkids! :) :)

    Imagine similar on a far larger scale. Where stopping to the store really means a lead time of months to weeks to years depending upon if you needed milk, pink chocolate mix, or a new, custom built refrigerator. :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  13. Sep 2, 2011 #4553 of 5479
    Tubaman-Z

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    Good and valid points - thanks for that perspective. I look forward to the 2012 poll to see if/how this all may change. I.e. will there be some channels now desired by a greater percentage of respondents or will the fragmentation continue? I can definitely see where the ROI for D* would be quite low if less than 1/3 of us care enough about a channel to even vote for it. (Admitting that our demographics don't echo the broader D* subscriber base.)
     
  14. Sep 2, 2011 #4554 of 5479
    jaihawk

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    Here's a question I didn't see asked regarding the addition of AMCHD on 09/09...Will all of the content on AMC's VOD channel be HD on that day as well (i.e. if you are able to download episodes of The Killing will they now be in HD or will it only be episodes that are aired on 09/09 and after). Thanks!
     
  15. Sep 2, 2011 #4555 of 5479
    Tom Robertson

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    We don't know, but my guess is no. Typically it takes longer to setup, test, and verify the HD VOD content.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  16. Sep 2, 2011 #4556 of 5479
    jahgreen

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    Me, I couldn't be happier that it's AMC. I haven't watched a single movie on AMC, but I've watched every episode of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rubicon, The Walking Dead, The Killing. All of them will be immeasurably improved in HD, especially Breaking Bad, which has spectacular cinematography. And coming soon: Hell on Wheels (about the transcontinental railway) sounds promising as well.

    I'm hoping AMC will try to emulate FX, which also re-branded itself into a source of excellent original programming.

    Now that I've gotten my #1 choice, I hope you all get your #1, too.

    Cheers!
     
  17. Sep 2, 2011 #4557 of 5479
    michaelruggeri

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    Now is the time for SR to give us some of his input on quarter 4. SR, are you there? Can you make any comments on Q4?

    Mike
     
  18. Sep 2, 2011 #4558 of 5479
    moob

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    They did for Breaking Bad before season 4 started a couple months ago. They aired all 3 seasons leading up to the premiere.

    And I'm happy. Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Hell on Wheels in HD (And I'll check out Kevin Smith's show). Now there's only like 3 or 4 channels I still want in HD.
     
  19. Sep 2, 2011 #4559 of 5479
    Avder

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    AMC HD?

    FINALLY!!!!!!

    *explodes from pure joy*
     
  20. Sep 2, 2011 #4560 of 5479
    Stuart Sweet

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    Ewww..

    Hazmat crew, to the HD thread..
     
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