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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. Skyboss

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    Not yet. Encore is rather quiet about its plans for HD. We get a leak every once in a while, then nothing...The only thing firm is Encore East HD and that they are launching an Encore West HD later this year - but no info on who will carry it. No word in almost a yeat on the rest of the Encore Channels- more like an "eventually", but that could mean 10 years from now.
     
  2. sportshermit

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    Thank you.
     
  3. Alan Gordon

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    Home Shopping Network 2? ... or a spin-off of "High School Musical"?

    Read my post.

    I pay DirecTV for USA, SyFy, ABC Family, TV Land, TNT, BBC America, etc. I do not pay for SD.

    TV Land and BBC America looks fine on my SDTV, and the rest look great on my HDTV. I feel BBC America will be on DirecTV soon enough, and TV Land will probably be in the next several years. Other than "Hot In Cleveland", I've seen most everything on TV Land already anyway...

    Just out of curiosity... what channels do you not expect to be HD for a long time, if ever?!

    ~Alan
     
  4. IndyMichael

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    After tomorrow, ours will be 99%, only channel we watch regularly that won't be in HD, is BBCA HD. There are other channels I'd like be in HD, but we don't watch them enough to worry about when they'll go HD.
     
  5. Richierich

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    Well, the Only Two Channels that I watch in SD are Headline News (my wife watches it and I watch Fox News) and History International.

    Can't wait until those are offered in HD.
     
  6. oldcrooner

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    That's interesting....I pay for all DIRECTV channels....SD and HD. :)

    As to what channels I watch that may remain in SD for at least the near future and perhaps beyond, some that come to mind are Ovation TV, Link TV,
    Current TV, CNBC World, Documentary Channel, etc. Even if some of these do convert to HD, I'd be surprised to see them as such on DIRECTV for probably a very long time due to such things as satellite capacity, their perceived popularity etc. I still maintain that SD could look MUCH better on DIRECTV and could/should be improved.
     
  7. mdavej

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    +480

    And I don't pay for HD ... at least for the next 2 years.
     
  8. Alan Gordon

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    I pay a monthly fee every month that enables me to get certain channels. If HD is available, I get HD, if not, I get SD. It all depends on how you look at it! ;)

    Ovation is going HD next month, and I suspect it's only a matter of time before the others go HD as well. However, you are correct that DirecTV might not carry any of them for a while.

    DirecTV COULD focus on making their SD channels look better, but outside of something VERY drastic (which is doubtful), any change would require DirecTV to most likely DELAY or CANCEL adding an HD version of other SD channels.

    Personally, I've found DirecTV's SD channels to be acceptable, so I'd rather them focus on the HD channels. That's just me... :D

    ~Alan
     
  9. oldcrooner

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    I personally think they could probably do both using a little creative thinking.

    ...But in any case, we've been wandering off topic, so back to the regularly schedule programming already in progress. :)
     
  10. dcowboy7

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    Will they broadcast in HD like HSN does ?
     
  11. gregjones

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    I know the difference between DTV, HDTV and DIRECTV. But I am not just showing up here for the first time hoping someone will provide some useful information, either. My point is that many regulars mock new posters when they incorrectly use DTV instead of DIRECTV, DirecTV or any other capitalization for that satellite company we pay each month.

    Mocking new members because of this may seem harmless but it does not encourage those folks to ask questions. Instead of helping them, some people are happy to chuckle uselessly. Though meant in good humor, it comes across as snarky and condescending.

    The old discussion, by the way, was to avoid D* as it is a derivative and misleading abbreviation. I agreed then and agree now.
     
  12. GlennDio

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    I wonder if D* could give us "non-bit starved SD" on the channels that didn't have HD counterparts? I know that the people that are SD only wouldn't like it but it would sure make those of us paying more on a monthly basis a little happier
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    That is a true statement.
     
  14. ccsoftball7

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    T minus 13 hours 48 minutes (I hope my math is right)
     
  15. dontknow

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    from your time stamp it should have been 13 hours 37 minutes:D
     
  16. Jeremy W

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    The reason the SD channels are bit starved is because almost all of them are squeezed into the 101 satellite slot. In order to reconcile that, DirecTV would have to simulcast them at 99 and 103. This wouldn't help SD viewers, because they can't see those slots in the first place. We would also be giving up space that could be used for HD.

    Bottom line: SD is dead. DirecTV should waste no time or energy in trying to improve it.
     
  17. ccsoftball7

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    LOL...the funny thing is, I got interrupted...I didn't redo the math... ;)
     
  18. jerrylove56

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    I believe that D* could make a little more SD bandwith by reducing the SD PPV offerings. Can't believe that 1-movie title deserves (4) differnt starting times. Saw one this weekend that had 4 channels separted between 15 and 30-minutes. Seems foolish and wasteful. Same with HD PPV programs.

    Whats up with all the information channels in the 70's. Seems Direct would become a little more conservative in how it uses up channels on the 101 Sat.
     
  19. jerrylove56

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    Quoting another poster, "What are you going to do with the millons of subscribers who could give a tinkers damn about HD? Tell them to turn to cable or Dish?"
     
  20. tonyd79

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    I seriously doubt you will ever see an improvement in SD quality ever again. There is no market and it pretty much stinks anyway on an HD set.

    I have Fios TV as well as DirecTV and the SD there is crappy, too, even though folks say that it is the best.

    SD on a big HD set looks like crap. (Don't compare progressive scan DVDs to broadcast 480i just as you don't compare 1080p Blu Ray to broadcast HD. The bandwidth is not there.) And the better the HD set, the worse SD looks.
     
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