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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Sep 24, 2012.

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  1. Oct 1, 2012 #21 of 808
    HoTat2

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    If quoted accurately by Swanni, Philip Goswitz must have meant "CONUS" Ka band capacity, not "local into local."

    Yes, particularly when transponder bandwidth for the DBS Ku band has long been established by international agreement at only 24 MHz for our region (ITU's AP 30/30A Region 2 Plan).

    Unless they plan on changing the rules or something, they're contemplating to try and squeeze 4k TV through that?

    Won't get many channels ...
     
  2. Oct 1, 2012 #22 of 808
    Alan Gordon

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    Yeah... I suspected that was the case, or PG has no idea what he's talking about.

    Using HVEC, what are your estimates/predictions on the difference between KU vs. KA?!

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  3. Oct 1, 2012 #23 of 808
    HoTat2

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    Might work, requiring all new equipment on both ends of course.

    But the High Efficiency Video Coding ("HEVC") standard is new and all on paper as a draft standard. I'd have to see it in action first outside of vaporware.

    I mean half the bit rate of (AVC/H.264) MPEG 4 with no perceptible loss in PQ?

    I'll frankly believe it when I see it.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2012 #24 of 808
    lparsons21

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    I wouldn't argue about adding more Encore in HD, but if I had a choice between that and adding the Epix channels, I'd take the Epix group. Different studio represented in the newest releases from what the other premiums have.

    And Reelz, if it ever actually goes HD all the time would be welcome for some of their original series.
     
  5. Oct 1, 2012 #25 of 808
    Alan Gordon

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    I believe it's been demo'ed. Supposedly... the first products are supposed to hit next year.

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  6. Oct 1, 2012 #26 of 808
    HoTat2

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    Was basing my view on the recent 8/15/12 date of this article where the standard seems like its all still on paper.

    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2012/08/15/mpeg-hvec/1
     
  7. Oct 1, 2012 #27 of 808
    kevintheoman

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    the hub is the only channel I watch that isn't in HD. Of course a decent amount of their programming is older stuff like Wonder Years and Alf, but the new programming like My Little Pony and Transformers would be great to have in HD.

    Also, I'd watch G4 if that was available.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2012 #28 of 808
    dpeters11

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    But are you wanting the 2012 G4 or the 2013 rebranding?
     
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    H2 please. This would pretty much complete my list.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2012 #30 of 808
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    Very quiet lately. Hopefully, some HD news soon. H2, LMN, FMC, HLN, ID, or TVLAND would be welcome additions.
     
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    BigJ52

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    Other than the sports channels my #1 pick would be TV Land in HD. Wife would like the Style Channel.
     
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    tulanejosh

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    I would like

    H2
    HLN
    FMC
    TV Land
    The Hub
    The Nicks (the ones we currently don't have in HD)
    Cooking
    and a CW-DNS for Alan.
     
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    Carl Spock

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    FMC and TVLand would both be welcome HD additions.
     
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    maartena

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    And CW-DNS for Alan.
     
  15. Oct 1, 2012 #35 of 808
    sabrewulf

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    LMN watch it all the time. Then HLN, H2, and I dont care about GSN but what the heck DirecTV owns 60% of it what gives.
     
  16. Oct 1, 2012 #36 of 808
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    vh1 classic! old videos in high def. maybe i dont want it ....
     
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    I'm going to guess anything we don't get in October, won't be showing up until at least 2013.

    So, with that timeframe in mind, I'll hope for H2, FMC, and TVLand in October (and would be pretty happy to get even one of them --as far as I'm concerned, it's been a very good year already). The fact that DirecTV Facebook has been "pimping" H2 with multiple posts lately, including full graphics and H2 logo, has me hoping that H2HD might actually be on the way in that timeframe.
     
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    Carl Spock

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    I've got to agree with VH1 Classic although I don't think it is offered in HD.

    How VH1 HD can have such sub-standard programming compared to VH1 Classic is beyond me. I could understand if I wanted to see the original MTV Unplugged episodes which were filmed in SD, but it's the later stuff that is only on VH1 Classic that I don't get. I don't understand why that stuff doesn't appear on VH1 HD.

    For example, VH1 Classic has been showing a documentary on the making of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here . It was obviously put together for the album's recent re-release. That's got to be in HD, even though the aspect ratio is 1.33:1 as much of the film is archival footage. But does this documentary appear on VH1 HD? Nope.

    Money has got to be the reason, some how, some way. "Let me tell you the name of the game, boys. It's called riding the gravy train."
     
  19. Oct 1, 2012 #39 of 808
    sabrewulf

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    Very true VH1 Classic is broadcast in HD. I wouldnt mind adding it if it did though. And I so wish they would come out with a channel like the old TechTV was I miss that.
     
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    This year has been pretty good so far. :)

    I still want:

    Cooking
    Encores
    FMC
    GSN (60% owned by D*)
    H2
    HLN
    Hub
    IFC
    Outdoor Channel
    OuterMax
    TV Land

    Sports:
    CSN-Houston
    Pac 12
    TWCSN
     
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