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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-11 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 28, 2011.

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  1. cypherx

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    That's an ok trade since all of that content is available in HD via on demand.
    Well their on demand works better than DirecTV's on demand. Ok it doesn't look as nice... but you can fix that with the iPad app (if your in a Motorola based headend).

    Their on demand is great because when you click on it, it actually plays right then and there! No Hard Drive required. Imagine that :rolleyes:
     
  2. maartena

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    TWC is the same. In the same DMA, they inherited everything Comcast, and everything Adelphia, after the big Adelphia failure and TWC and Comcast cutting up the pieces. They swapped a few markets, and as a result TWC went from operating in about 1/3d of the Los Angeles greater area, to over 80% of the LA area. (With some on Cox in South OC, and some areas on Charter in LA County).

    And that was in 2008. They still haven't got it right. Capacity in my town, Orange, CA, was not expanded until this summer, and they went from about 70-ish to about 100-ish HD channels. But not every city has been upgraded yet. There are some that can't get past about 50 HD channels because they still haven't got the capacity.

    People some times say.... "BUT BUT Cable company X has this channel in HD!!", Yeah, cable company X has this channel in HD in THAT PARTICULAR CITY, but not necesarily everywhere. In the greater L.A. it was a big blanket with spots. City A has 54 HD. City B that is 2 miles east has 81 HD. City C that is 2 miles east of that has 62 HD. City D had its network upgraded 5 miles further down and has 99 HD.

    It's a crap shoot. You never know.
     
  3. kevinwmsn

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    Some Cable systems HD quality vary...ie HDLite
     
  4. georule

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    It's been about 3 years since I used Comcast VoD, but I recall the remote functions also sucking pretty heavily. . . and you couldn't even pause it long enough to get to the bathroom and back without it dumping you out to godawful music on their VoD menu and having to find your show again and restart. Has that improved?
     
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    Ultimately, it comes down to what services are available at your particular street address. FIOS may have an interesting service, but if it's not available to you, there's not much point in looking at it. But if your local cable tv company has channels you want that Directv doesn't offer, then it's a fair comparison. And some people have line of site issues, so considering Directv or Dish isn't an option.

    If someone in Duluth, Minnesota, is complaining that the cable company in Amarillo, TX just added their favorite channel in HD, that's not really a fair comparison. It's what services are available to you in your home that count.
     
  6. tonyd79

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    It is more than bandwidth. Comcast in my county is using old SA headends and are limited to what they can distribute in HD regardless of bandwidth. The irony is that my area was one of the first to have all digital SD available (they ran it side by side with analog SD and you could tell the difference between devices that could see the digital versus those that saw the analog).
     
  7. tonyd79

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    On Demand usually doesn't let you FF or rewind more than 2x and most on demands don't have skip at all. Not to mention that some (NBC) sources enforce no FF at all on some systems. On Demand systems that stream also are lacking in response. Odd since streaming from netflix or amazon is pretty responsive on my Roku.

    They are a convenience but do not come close to replacing local recordings.

    As for Comcast's on demand. Mine sucked (SA headend) but my brother is on Motorola and it is not as bad.
     
  8. spaul

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    Comcast,s service and equipment drove me from them to Directv back in 9/06. Comcast after 3 service calls couldn,t fix problem with their box when using VOD kept needing to reboot.This happened after 3 Sundays of which they lost the hd feed for local Fox channel during the Eagles game twice.After the game tried to watch something off the VOD when kept saying not available.Great,more anguish after 3rd service tech all connections at house inside were okay it was obvious the line from the box run under the ground to the house was the problem but,nothing was done.Which at that point a call into Directv and haven,t looked back since first what a difference in picture and definitly in DVR,s going from 15hrs to 50 hrs in HD was an eye opener now forward to today with whole house and now 2 DVR,s with 100hrs hd .Since then I grown more attached to the whole system of Directv even with losing my home teams games .
     
  9. maartena

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    It was somewhat the same with my city. Time Warner Cable upgraded our city to digital cable in 2000 or so, but was not one of the first to do so.... other cities had digital cable installed earlier in the 90ies.... and as a result, when HD came around, the equipment in my city was not yet considered "out of date" and wasn't upgraded until this summer, 2011. Until 2011, the HD count was pretty much stuck at about 55.... they had to remove a few channels in 2008 temporarily, just to be able to offer the Olympics in HD. Other cities, who had Digital Cable since the late 90ies, all saw their systems upgraded in 2007 or so, so that lots of HD could be offered.

    In Los Angeles there is a "mix-match" of equipment too due to the Adelphia fail. When Comcast and TWC divided the pie, Comcast pulled out of this market and left TWC with a mix of more-or-less 40% TWC, 35% Comcast, 25% Adelphia equipment (this happened in 2007), and now had to somehow get all those technologies working together. So this DMA has a blend of technologies.... For instance, I COULD take my DVR to my friends house who lived about 15 miles away, because we were both legacy TWC, and it would be recognized by the network, to play some recordings. But I could NOT (and still can't) take my DVR to my mother inlaw who was on legacy Adelphia, and has Motorola boxes - but only lives about 2 miles away.

    It's messy. ;)
     
  10. kenmoo

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    I'm in the Serra foothills with no OTA reception of any channel. Had Comcast cable until 2006 when they were not able to transmit HD signals. I switched to DirecTV then and have been very happy since then.

    Comcast has just built fiber optic in my whole county finally. Now that DTV seems to be stalled out in new basic additions and HD VOD offerings I may suspend my DTV account and try Comcast HD for a few months if there is a contract bundle introductory offer.
    I'll report back on quality and channel offerings if I push the button Dec 6th.
     
  11. HD4MePlz

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    I finally got a chance today on my Birthday to log back in. Thanks for the replies everyone. I can't believe I didn't realize I could arrow over to the channel to see more info. I do have 2 questions. When you use a receiver in a bedroom, that is just streaming to your box right. It sometimes seems as if the quality of the image is slightly lower than the main HD DVR. Also when you select the VOD option for a show you missed or didn't record, is that just a streaming option or actually recording from a channel in the thousands. I tried to start a show that kept timing out, but I went back an hour later and it appeared to have been downloaded. I wish those VOD options for missed broadcast show were more in HD, I hope they increase that option.
     
  12. bfkidd

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    Since HLN went to a 16:9 feed for the SD broadcast it has become obviously noticeable that DirecTV is seriously dropping the ball on adding basic HD channels.

    They claim to be a premium provider and with a normal subscription in the $100 range not having these channels when they are available elsewhere is an inexcusable failure.

     
  13. Laxguy

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    What channels are carried—or not—is a complex matter, not reducible to broad remarks. If you are interested in the details, there's been a ton of discussion over the past months (not to mention years).
     
  14. maartena

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    The subscriber growth says otherwise. Obviously subscribers care more about sports packages and premiums then about basic HD additions.

    Otherwise Dish (which has MORE basic HD, including HLN) would not have LOST customers, and DirecTV would not have GAINED any.

    Don't get me wrong, I am royally ( :D ) peeved that BBC America is not in HD yet. But the market numbers basically confirm that.... no one really cares about basic HD. Otherwise they would have simply switched to Dish already.
     
  15. bfkidd

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    I understand that this is a complicated ongoing contractual matter with several providers. But I'll preface this as being an over 10 year subscriber who has not complained about the quality of the service previously.

    BUT, when I tune to a basic channel that is obviously primarily broadcast in HD and it is not available to me in HD even while paying over $100 a month for service is definitely something that I feel is a glaring issue.
     
  16. maartena

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    And it happens at every provider. Dish doesn't have ESPNU, Disney Channel, ABC Family in HD for instance (and a few others), and I am sure your local cable provider has a few missing HD channels as well that either Dish or DirecTV carries.

    Looking at the total package, DirecTV isn't doing too bad. Personally, HLN to me is nothing but a "talking heads" channel, they deliver the news and they have some people talking turkey to each other. Regardless of in which quality I can see their botched make-up jobs, it will be the same information to me.

    Sports, Movies, high quality TV series, should all be in HD. News channels? Sure it's nice.... but the need for HD is not as great. As others have said, we are "scraping the bottom of the barrel". DirecTV has plenty of HD channels to stay competitive in the market, and the lack of HLN in HD is not going to change that. Nor is the lack of BBC America in HD.
     
  17. bobnielsen

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    It would be better if they changed SD channels like HLN and BBCA from 4:3 to 16:9. At least there would be fewer pixels used by inserting pillar bars.

    Of course this should only be temporary until Directv can offer a HD feed.
     
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    On the Live With Kelly show this morning Jerry Seinfeld was co-hosting with Kelly and he mention how Festivus is becoming a new holiday for the rest of us. Does he knows something we don't.
     
  19. maartena

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    Yes.
     
  20. JoeTheDragon

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    comcast does not have the big ten HD alts that other cable systems do have.
     
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