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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by EVAC41, Jun 7, 2011.
The fact that it will remain an SD channel pisses me off.
with Directv adding some more HD channels recently, maybe that pushed the "requirement of PI channels per satellite" up on those...therefore requiring D* to put one on those sats?
Also a SD channel takes up way less space than a HD channel...even in MPEG4
This will make 4 channels that require MPEG4 access for the PI channels
Free Speech TV (348)
Golden Eagles (363)
God TV (365)
and now NASA
But peeps can get HD free & get that $10/mnth waived by doing the autopay option which really isnt autopay since you can put it on a credit card & pay later but dont wanna get into all that again for the 687th time.
Until there is a new manned spaceflight program, I don't see a need to put up a HD channel for NASA. There is just a limited amount of pretty pictures that can be broadcast from the space station, Houston or KSC.
Free Speech TV is already mpeg-4 only? Can someone confirm this?
Correct, you need the HD equipment to watch it even though it's in SD
That's disappointing. I tuned to it a while ago and it doesn't really look any better than any other SD channel.
Anyone know what its bandwidth is compared to a normal SD channel? And aso what its resolution is compared to a normal SD channel?
Because it will be in MPEG4. In order to view MPEG4 channels you have to have an MPEG4 capable receiver. The only MPEG4 capable receivers at this time are the H2x and HR2x HD receivers/DVRs. If you have those receivers/DVRs on your account you are required to have HD Access on your account (unless you live in an MPEG4 local market, but that is a whole different can of worms that DirecTV always leaves out of their announcements).
I'm not interested in SD anything. Frankly the fact that ESPN is in essence giving up on SD (via a FOX like setup of letterboxing) hints the days of SD anything are numbered.
Again, if its not HD, its NOT for me. I paid for HD, I expect HD.
As for the legality of charging extra (eg, HD access) to get those PI channels is a can of worms D* doesn't exactly want to cross.
ESPN is also looking at 1080p60.
D* is not charging extra for PI channels no you need HD access to get MPEG4 hardware in less you are in a MPEG4 locals area.
I thought HD access was for HD channels with no SD duplicate. To me, this doesn't make any sense at all.
I don't see anyone paying $10/month for NASA TV, then again, maybe I'm wrong.
That's the HD Extra package, the HD Access is whenever there are HD receivers on the account.
I'm sure if you only had a SD tv and an mpeg4 receiver and called up and complained about not being able to get Nasa tv they would issue a credit on your account.
The entire situation is retarded though. The channel is free and Directv won't carry the HD feed. People really think BBCA or AMC HD is going to come anytime soon? We can't even get a channel that is free for Directv to carry except whatever it costs for the bandwidth/uplinking of the channel.
Xfinity requires a box but doesnt charge for it. It will give you 2 to 3 DTAs free.
If you have a mpeg4 receiver, you will get it automatically, no need to call anyone.
Free....sure....it takes NO extra capacity, no extra HD encoders, no extra HD buildout, LOL
Nothing is free in life....NOTHING
So is this a sign that NASA TV HD is not in our future at least for quite some time?
That's my take away from what DIRECTV's posted on their site.