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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4 2010 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2010.

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  1. Nov 7, 2010 #2141 of 4034
    cfkane

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    Me too, but it won't stop me from watching it.
     
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    DMRI2006

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    It'll sure stop me from watching it. The whole point is that it was restored for high-def. I'll gladly wait for the Blu-Ray than sit through standard-def again.
     
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    As far as Oprah selling Oxygen probably an offer she couldn't refuse.
     
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    Yep me too!
     
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    Alan Gordon

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    I won't be picking it up on release date, but I'll be getting it on Blu-ray as well...

    Still hoping for TCM-HD though... :(

    ~Alan
     
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    cfkane

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    Don't get me wrong, I'll still be getting it on Blu, but I am more interested in the story and how the newly discovered footage impacts the story. I understand that film is a visual medium and I understand why many would not watch it in SD, but I am 45 years old and for 40 of those years I could only watch SD so for a film as old as Metropolis, I can deal with SD for 1 viewing. Also plan to watch the restoration documentary that fallows. Will also TIVO Lang's Spies later in the evening.
     
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    Touchy, aren't we?

    I just got a kick out of the words. I agree that all that matters for the individual is what the individual wants.

    BTW, other than slapstick, humor comes from words. It was a funny use of words whether I agree with you or not.
     
  8. Nov 7, 2010 #2148 of 4034
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    If I remember correctly, Oxygen was a financial failure for Oprah. The difference with her new network is that SHE will be on it. She is quitting her syndicated show and is launching the new channel at the same time.
     
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    You might be right.
     
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    No problem...tonyd79. Touchy no :), as I said I find it funny how "touchy" some are regarding anything negative about Directv and how some over analyze each and every word someone writes.

    I just enjoy being able to participate however to me It's just a forum, not oxygen!
     
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    I never watch TCM right now because it looks awful. I'd watch it if I had TCM-HD though, most definitely.
     
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    Peace. :)
     
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    btw, for people who have been having slow channel changing issues/slow remote response, etc., I just noticed that D* just had an update to the DVR software. My update took place on 11/3. These types of issues seem to follow updates, and are usually fixed rather quickly (within a month). What was strange, was I was having these issues just prior to the update as well, which I haven't noticed in the past.

    Anyway, back to the regularly scheduled HD channel guess-work, and my blurry Walking Dead program, but just wanted to update people who had brought up those issues over the past couple days.
     
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    The cable provider in my area is launching new HD channels this week. I only get Internet and Phone through them, but I do get a few ClearQAM channels, including their bulletin board channel. Their BB channel said these channels will be added this week:
    In Demand Game HD, In Demand Game HD2, WPPX (Ion), Lifetime Movie, BET, Fox Soccer, Reelz Channel, Sprout, GSN, Ovation, NASA, TBN.

    Last month during the week of October 11, they also did a set of HD channels like that. It seems once a month they are adding 5 to 10 HD channels. That's pretty darn awesome.

    I didn't even know there was an HD Version of Reelz, Sprout, Ovation, Nasa and TBN!

    I was at my Dad's house yesterday and he has the same cable company. I checked some of the HD channels like DIY Network, The Hub HD, SWRV HD(Music Choice) and a few others that we don't get on DirecTV, and they were all showing native crystal clear 16:9 content. I would of thought DIY would of had some "Stretch-o-vision" stuff, but no, it was just as clear as HGTV. The C-SPAN HD's were 4:3 with blue C-SPAN branded pillar-bars.

    I just couldn't stand their slow Motorola HD set top. They have great content, which is king, but the software is so horrible, especially with a big honkin' banner ad at the bottom of the screen. Plus you have to remember 2 sets of channel numbers (HD starts at 500 and goes to 699).

    If only we could get a huge HD channel expantion with DirecTV, we would have the perfect provider. D*'s software and equipment destroys anything that cable has... just the content is not up to par. I would subscribe to this cable co, but I can't afford to pay two providers for the package level I need. I have a friend who works for them, so maybe he can get me a box registered on his account that I can plug in. I'll pay him for the box. Just have to swap that filter out in the box for a different one.
     
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    If a Cable Card Media Center rig wasn't so expensive, that would fix that problem. However the steep entry price is more than I'm willing to pay. Plus it has to pass the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). Having a full PC with Ceton Cable Card tuner is a little complex and something is bound to go wrong. Not to mention the extra power consumption of running a PC. Though Media Center's UI is nice, and the Ceton can record 4 channels at once, again you need a good $1000 to get in the door, patience to set it up and good luck to hope that your cable cards work and stay authorized.
     
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    Quite a bit of the programming on HGTV hd is stretched.
     
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    But not all of it, and I must of caught a newer show, because it was in full quality.
     
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    Anyone try hitting up the content owners from their side of things? I have sent countless e-mails to DirecTV, and spoke with them on the phone to add channels in HD. But I came across a Contact Us link on Rainbow-Media's website. I filled it out and urged them to get an agreement with DirecTV to offer AMC in HD, as well as other Rainbow Media owned networks.

    Here is a link to their Contact Us page. I urge anyone who wants AMC in HD to at least fill it out and send them something.

    http://www.rainbow-media.com/contact.jsp

    I'll see if there are any other contacts for the other networks.
     
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    I followed suit, asking for AMC-HD, IFC-HD and Sundance HD (in 3 separate submissions).
     
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