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National Geography HD on channel 77?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by amitgupta_email, Mar 2, 2007.

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  1. Mar 3, 2007 #141 of 456
    leww37334

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    6 pages on the possibility of a channel that may show up at some time on some yet to be determined date. That shows how starved Directv users are for even a hint of a new HD channel.
     
  2. Mar 3, 2007 #142 of 456
    PoitNarf

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    And in another few months the lunch lady will have a much bigger pot to cook with so that all of us may take a larger portion :D
     
  3. Mar 3, 2007 #143 of 456
    VeniceDre

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    We'll be happy for about five minutes watching lions chase down gazelles then the "When will DirecTV get more HD?" threads will continue.

    :beatdeadhorse:
     
  4. Mar 3, 2007 #144 of 456
    VeniceDre

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    Supersize my Hi-Def serving please! This is the USA!

    :flag:

    I won't be happy til my belt's bursting!
     
  5. Mar 3, 2007 #145 of 456
    clueless

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    Nude pygmies...
     
  6. Mar 3, 2007 #146 of 456
    HDTVsportsfan

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    Yeah, my wife was commenting on how wonderful it was going to be seeing the guts ripped out of a wildebeast by a pack of lions in HD.:lol:

    WIth that being said we're both looking forward to some new HD channels.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2007 #147 of 456
    Earl Bonovich

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    Okay... Here is what I have found out.
    (And this is subject to change)

    National Geographic HighDefinition Channel...
    MPEG-2 Channel 77
    Part Time

    Because of the current bandwith limitations, the NGHC will not be available 24/7.

    Right now... early indications are that it will only be available in the early hours of the day... (this could change).

    So right now... consider NGHC a DVR "friendly" channel, and not so much Live Viewing.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2007 #148 of 456
    jkimrey

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    Starting on the 6th?

     
  9. Mar 3, 2007 #149 of 456
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Earl, thanks for getting the answer.
     
  10. Mar 3, 2007 #150 of 456
    DonCorleone

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    Hmmm, now if there are bandwidth issues, why wouldn't they broadcast MPEG-4 instead of MPEG-2 (just because non-HR20/H20 people can't view them?)
     
  11. Mar 3, 2007 #151 of 456
    HDTVsportsfan

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    What date does it start? Is it what's in the guide?

    Oh, btw, Thanks.
     
  12. Mar 3, 2007 #152 of 456
    Earl Bonovich

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    No definitives on a date.
    Other then soon.
     
  13. Mar 3, 2007 #153 of 456
    VeniceDre

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    Well hell why even bother... Just throw us a whole bone not just some chicken wing that's gonna get stuck in my dog's throat.

    :mad:
     
  14. Mar 3, 2007 #154 of 456
    HDTVsportsfan

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    It's better than nothing.
     
  15. Mar 3, 2007 #155 of 456
    Earl Bonovich

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    Why bother?

    Well I don't know about you... but I DVR just about anything... so it doesn't matter if it is on at 7pm or 4am...

    Given the bandwith limitations... they have very few options.
    They could just leave it dark to after the next set of sats go up.
     
  16. Mar 3, 2007 #156 of 456
    TheRatPatrol

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    Good question. Ok now a stupid question, can the current sats at 110/119 support MPEG4?
     
  17. Mar 3, 2007 #157 of 456
    Tom Robertson

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    DIRECTV either can't or needs to avoid trying to make an MPEG4 CONUS feed from S1 and S2. While the specifications for S1 and S2 "look" like CONUS is planned and theoretically possible, they may have found that reality is somewhat different.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  18. Mar 3, 2007 #158 of 456
    RAD

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    Dripping...

    The satellites don't care what it is, but they'd have to free up an entire transponder and make it MPEG4, can't mix MPEG4 and MPEG2 in the same stream. So they would have to convert a number of channels to MPEG4 to do this, which would tick off folks that don't have a MPEG4 STB yet since they'd loose those channels.
     
  19. Mar 3, 2007 #159 of 456
    Tom Robertson

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    Yes and no. The sats. mostly just exist as bent pipes, what goes up comes right back down. So in theory they could encode everything as MPEG4...but that would require replacing almost every receiver and uplink equipment. So techincally yes, practically no.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  20. Mar 3, 2007 #160 of 456
    VeniceDre

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    I DVR everything that I watch on a regular basis, but it's always nice to flip through channels in the evening and land on something nice... I'd rather them part-time during prime time or peak viewing hours... I know more channels are coming but the wait's frustrating.
     
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