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HD Extra Pack-Time to sign up?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bnglbill, Oct 16, 2007.

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  1. Oct 19, 2007 #81 of 104
    Michael D'Angelo

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    HDNET, HDNET Movies, and Universal HD is a part of the HD extra package and you will need to pay $4.99 to keep them.

    All HD channels will be moved to MPEG4 some time next year.
     
  2. Oct 19, 2007 #82 of 104
    Ken984

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    Bossier...
    No if you are using legacy equipment, you will continue to pay $9.99 just like now for the same channels as always, in the future they may require an upgrade to mpeg4 and then things will change for you.
     
  3. Oct 19, 2007 #83 of 104
    mrroboto007

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    I see. Thank you all for clearing this matter up. This is a truly informative board.
     
  4. Oct 19, 2007 #84 of 104
    kaysersoze

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    Much better explanation:D
     
  5. Oct 19, 2007 #85 of 104
    harsh

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    I agree with BMoreRavens on this one. Unless DIRECTV is going to offer a special MPEG2 HD bundle, the price of the existing programming will jump up to $14.98/month for the same programming they are getting today.

    I can't see them not bumping up the price or they would have considerable confusion with subscribers who have the HD Extra channels on their MPEG2 receivers but not on their MPEG4 receivers. $14.98/month for as few as seven channels (or $9.99 for four) is pretty sorry.
     
  6. Oct 19, 2007 #86 of 104
    harsh

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    I bet you're wrong.
     
  7. Oct 19, 2007 #87 of 104
    Ken984

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    I could be, but it is a very simple thing for them to do, legacy equipment has one set of rules and the new stuff has another set. It won't be too long before they get around to telling the legacy people to come on and get with it anyway, they will get rid of mpeg2 HD pretty quickly once they get D11 up.
     
  8. Oct 19, 2007 #88 of 104
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    But what about us who have both the HR10 and HR20?

     
  9. Oct 19, 2007 #89 of 104
    kaysersoze

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    I know he is right.
     
  10. Oct 19, 2007 #90 of 104
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    And to confuse things even more, some of us don't have the 5 LNB dish yet but do have a HR20. One of my HR10 was just replaced with a HR20 throught the DirecTV PP. :confused:
     
  11. Oct 19, 2007 #91 of 104
    ccr1958

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    i just tried to record ch 4-1 ota & ch 5 sat & could not get to a 3rd
    channel....so unless i am missing a trick i don't think it is possible
     
  12. Oct 20, 2007 #92 of 104
    harsh

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    Does D* have a viable L-band capable MDU solution that is widely deployed? Many have used the defense that all that needs to be done is replace the receivers, but the installed base of MDU systems is a much bigger problem for some percentage of the subscriber base.
     
  13. Oct 20, 2007 #93 of 104
    harsh

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    You should press them for the new dish. I would guess that you won't have any trouble convincing them. You might get roped into a 24 month commitment by the dish install though.
     
  14. Oct 20, 2007 #94 of 104
    harsh

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    This is a widely recognized error in the manual. Recording of three channels of your choice simultaneously is not currently supported.

    Recording three channels at once (2 satellite, 1 OTA) seems to be an exclusive feature of the DISH ViP622/ViP722.
     
  15. Oct 20, 2007 #95 of 104
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    Thanks, I'm in the process of installing the dish myself. I don't want a commitment and the installers who have come out in the past looked and acted like they just escaped from San Quentin. :D I don't live far from there so it might be true. :eek2: My LOS situation is iffy because of trees, so I've put up the Slimline dish and I'm waiting for a meter to arrive to see what kind of signal I can get. The Phase II+ dish I'm using now doesn't have a strong signal but it might just need tweaking.
     
  16. Oct 20, 2007 #96 of 104
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    Also for those of us who have legacy equipment only or no 5 LNB dish or no H20/HR20, it looks hopeful that we won't lose the HD Extra pack channels we get now. See the posts by incog-neato here.
     
  17. Oct 21, 2007 #97 of 104
    fredandbetty

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    i still don't see any reason for me personally to add the extra pack, since there aren't many things ( except the MHD) that i would be willing to pay for . I actually LIKE the MHD channel, its really cool and gives you the feeling that you are there at the concert!

    Can't justify paying for just that channel though ( until they add something more to it), i will not be adding it.
     
  18. Oct 21, 2007 #98 of 104
    HDhysteria

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    ....and then there is this article

    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageNR.jsp?assetId=P4390010

    which contains the quote

    "The best part? Those new feeds won't cost HD subscribers an extra dime. There's a word for all this...heavenly."
     
  19. Oct 21, 2007 #99 of 104
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    Im waiting till Dec when the channels cut off, then Ill activate the Extra pack.
     
  20. harsh

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    Remember that this is in reference to the previous paragraph which mentions only SciFi, FX and CNN.


    It doesn't surprise me that a population who seems bent on dismissing the VOOM channels would also be willing to give up real 24/7 HD programming because it is placed a little "out of reach". It is obvious to me that DIRECTV had second thoughts about the HD Extra package when they decided to leave Discovery HD Theater out of the mix. I think DIRECTV HD subscribers are going to find that their HD offerings are substantially lacking compelling HD content without the rumored HD Extra package.
     
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