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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Sep 23, 2013.

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  1. Oct 15, 2013 #61 of 379
    APB101

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    D14, scheduled to get launched in 2014, is likely to shore up a host of "Missing HD" in numerous and various categories. This would include religious programmers like Eternal World Television Network and Trinity Broadcasting Network. It's not common but not uncommon to find those two carried in high definition from other cable providers.
     
  2. Oct 15, 2013 #62 of 379
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    TBN HD isn't very common. Comcast dropped it in the areas it carried it (Most notably, Baltimore and Pittsburgh), and Time Warner/Bright House has never had it. They do, however, have EWTN HD, EWTN Espanol HD, INSP HD, BYU TV HD and FamilyNet HD now. There are many religious channels in HD. Charter carries some local TBN affiliates in HD as they convert to all-digital in their markets. Service Electric Cablevision in PA has TBN HD, but that's one of the few even substantial companies that have it. Some very rural companies like CAS in WV have it.

    I don't know how much capacity D14 will have when it launches, but it certainly should make all HD channels more likely to launch. I think EWTN would be higher on the pecking order than TBN overall, but both could easily be seen. The question there comes down to whether they're adding capacity for 20 HD channels or 40 HD channels.

    I think right now the most likely additions whenever D14 launches (or if there's some capacity before that) are going to be companies with existing content deals already that have received additions recently.

    This tells me a collection of Discovery networks (Military Channel, The Hub), AMC Networks (WE, Fuse, Sundance), Fox Networks (FXM) or Viacom networks (MTV2, Nick Jr., Nicktoons) are the most likely things to be added. It's hard to say what will happen with independent channels like MavTV, Ovation, Reelz Channel or Pivot. I would especially like to see Pivot HD and Ovation HD added, there's some good programming on both networks.
     
  3. Oct 16, 2013 #63 of 379
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    Bright House Networks, in Michigan, doesn't carry TBN HD, but it does have four other religious programmers in high def. (AT&T U-verse carries TBN HD.) The four right now being offered: Brigham Young University Television HD; Eternal World Television Network HD; FamilyNet HD; and INSP HD.
     
  4. Oct 16, 2013 #64 of 379
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    bright house in central florida carries the same channels.
     
  5. Oct 16, 2013 #65 of 379
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    TCT (ch 377) is the national feed of the TCT network. If you have a local TCT affiliate, you get a similar schedule on xx-1 (mine has some local programming, too). xx-2 is TCT Family, which is HD. Just for fun, TCT Kids is xx-3 (shows classic shows at night) and xx-4 is TCT La Fuente (Spanish.) So TCT Family HD is another one they could add.
     
  6. Oct 19, 2013 #66 of 379
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    I don't think either company will any HD channels until next year.
     
  7. Oct 19, 2013 #67 of 379
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    directv added a new hd channel channel 125 is now in hd
     
  8. Oct 19, 2013 #68 of 379
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    Based on the transponder maps, it was a result of several shuffles. The HD Cinema previews channel replaced the feed previously used by channel 136 on D12 transponder 11, while channel 136 and a new PPV Movies channel on 141 replaced the MLB Game Mix on D11 transponder 1. Looking at the guide for tommorow, channel 136 and 141 are some of the many HD PPV channels that go off air to make room for Sunday Ticket. Basically it's them monetizing part time bandwidth.
     
  9. Oct 19, 2013 #69 of 379
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    The new HD channel(125) is 1080P


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  10. Oct 19, 2013 #70 of 379
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    I wouldn't count PPV channels. Those are flexible, like NFL ST channels.
     
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    Exactly, it's just a way for DirecTV to monetize the part time space when they're not in use, the HD Cinema previews channel as well as the new HD PPV Movies channel on 141 came from space that was created as a result of the MLB Game Mix no longer being in use. I doubt anyone (both viewers and the networks themselves) would want to have an actual channel there only for it to go away once the NBA or MLB season returns or for it to be pre-empted when they need the space on Sunday afternoons.
     
  12. Oct 19, 2013 #72 of 379
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    also not exist ESPN3D was in HD.


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  13. Oct 19, 2013 #73 of 379
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    When the latest transponder map was made on Wednesday they still had ESPN3D up as a placeholder, so it wasn't related to the recent changes. Since then it was finally taken down, so we'll have to wait until next week or the next Sixto report to see if they did anything with that bandwidth.
     
  14. Oct 19, 2013 #74 of 379
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    Why not have NBA or NHL mix or even super sports pack MIX?
     
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    Don't league based mix channels require a deal with the leagues? Also, doesn't any channel on a mix channel require an agreement with the channel to be on the mix channel?
     
  16. Oct 20, 2013 #76 of 379
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    Yep, I noticed it on Thursday morning. Just posted the results of the Thursday report: http://www.dbstalk.com/topic/163524-sixtoreport-directv-national-hd-listing/page-79#entry3194143

    There's always some Cinema movement, and I sometimes wait for more substantive activity before posting, but with the discussion here just posted the details. There's also sometimes Cinema in test (*CINEHD) but I usually don't make a big deal about it since Cinema PPV come and go very regularly.
     
  17. Oct 20, 2013 #77 of 379
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    It could be a harbinger of a new round of HD. Until D14 comes, we are in pattern. Increasing capacity on existing transponders, test with changing loads and then uplink new HD channel. Hopefully, we are seeing the metamorphosis play out.
     
  18. Oct 20, 2013 #78 of 379
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    Hmm that's interesting we got a new cinema previews channel in HD. The 1080p indicator did light up on the TV and the receiver, but honestly I can't tell a difference between 1080i and 1080p on this channel.


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  19. Oct 21, 2013 #79 of 379
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    Adding 125 cinema previews HD to favs was a big mistake. Hundreds of gaudy banners are attached to it. I promptly removed it from favorites.

    While seeing new movie previews in HD isn't a bad idea once in awhile, I'll just manually type in the number if I want to do that.


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