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New HD channels coming in May/June!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by PaulieORF, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. hdtvfan0001

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    Usually its about 6am EST.
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    Thank You
     
  3. dcowboy7

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    Tell gregj. :lol:
     
  4. weattv

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    That's one of the brightest points ever made on this forum.

    When we got DirecTV 4 years ago, coming from cable after a move, SD was unwatchable on anything larger than 19 inches. It looked like a 3rd-generation VHS dupe at EP. It still is. Way too many channels still in down-rezzed SD (especially TCM).

    We currently also have an HD Tivo with Bright House. SD from crummy little BH is way sharper & brighter -- only a bit less than OTA. BH HD generally has slightly less contrast & very slightly less resolution (during fast motion or scans) than DirecTV.

    As the new satellite(s) start up, maybe DirecTV could start selling a new product: "These Channels Now in Full SD!" But then there'd be less customer incentive to go to HD.
     
  5. sportshermit

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    Is Encore Western available in HD?
     
  6. Sixto

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  7. hdtvfan0001

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    I suspect what has really prompted this to become more and more evident are 3 things:

    1) More and more folks are getting larger displays - mostly HD - which certainly "highlights" SD broadcast resolution shortcomings - they aren't as obvious on a 32" set as a 60" set.

    2) HD itself - our eyes are simply getting more adapted to seeing that nice clear image, so anything in contrast "sticks out like a sore thumb" in comparison.

    3) There has been little invested in improving SD broadcast quality, as the obvious goal is its eventual format sunset some day.

    No doubt - watching SD is somewhat painful these days, if not for these 3 reasons, certainly for almost any other additional reason as well.

    Our household is now about 90% HD viewing, and as a few more HD channels are rolled out, that percentages grows even closer toward 100% some day.
     
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  9. Alan Gordon

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    I have an HR10-250 hooked up to a 50-inch SDTV. The picture looks fine to me.

    Since you've only been with DirecTV for 4 years, you probably missed how bad SD looked prior to D7 being launched. SERIOUSLY BAD!!

    I'm not saying that DirecTV's SD hasn't gotten worse over the years... I can still remember how good it looked back in the '90s... but it's much better than it was years ago.

    I recently had a chance to see Mediacom's SD channels. It made me thankful I had DirecTV.

    Personally, I'd prefer DirecTV focus their efforts on HD.

    As of tomorrow, there will be 5 (or more) SD channels being made obsolete for many of us! :D

    ~Alan
     
  10. Sixto

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    I actually have given this alot of thought lately ...

    From now forward, there will always be a post#1 somewhere with the absolute latest-and-greatest official HD status, so the answer will always be "see post#1".

    Right now, it's the thread referenced, but I may use the notification thread eventually when the D10/D12 thread goes away.
     
  11. Hoosier205

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    I wouldn't even know that DirecTV still offered SD channels if they weren't mentioned here. Nothing enters my favorites list unless it is an HD channel.
     
  12. Alan Gordon

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    On DirecTV? Nope!
    Anywhere else? Nope!

    However, there are plans for Encore Western to go HD... we just don't know if DirecTV will carry it when it launches... whenever that will be....

    ~Alan
     
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    Don't know if its gotten worse of if HD has spoiled my eyes, but SD looks like total crap these days. My hunch is the quality isn't quite what it once was. Could be old equipment, could be more channels in the same space. Coudl be SD always sucked and we didn't know the wiser...
     
  14. RAD

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    No, but we won't lose DISNEY EAST HD, DISNEY XD HD, ABC Family HD and ESPN News HD either. ;)
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    I suspect you may have answered your own question. ;):D
     
  16. Alan Gordon

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    SD looks so-so on my HDTV. That's not surprising, as DVD can look pretty sucky at times as well...

    SD looks pretty good on my SDTV (as does DVD). Not as great as it used to be, but MUCH better than it did prior to D7 coming online.

    Either way, my interest in SD channels isn't very high these days... and three of mine get HD versions tomorrow. :)

    Considering DirecTV may have negotiations with some big companies later this year, I'd be careful of my words! ;) :(

    ~Alan
     
  17. Paul Secic

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    HSN2 is coming August 2nd!
     
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    That's all fine and good. I like HD channels also. At the same time, I maintain that I am paying DIRECTV for the best possible picture in both HD and SD. That is what they advertise, directly or indirectly, and that is what they should be delivering. There are many channels that will be remaining SD for a long time to come, some perhaps permanently. I would like to be able to see them as they are being delivered to DIRECTV, not in the blurry, compressed form they're in now. I've been a DIRECTV customer for over a decade so I know how the SD quality deteriorated over the years. If a DVD at 480p can look good, even when up-converted to 1080p, on a large HD screen, why can't DIRECTV manage to deliver much better SD picture quality?
     
  20. MysteryMan

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    For me the SD broadcasts arn't bad. Most look like a DVD but some look like a VHS copied in the EP mode. I had my Sony Bravia calibrated so maybe that explains why most look good. That said there's still no substitute fot HD!
     
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