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No NASA HD on D*?!?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by lokar, Aug 6, 2012.

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  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    This channel is only available off of a mpeg4 feed now, right? If so, the only way to get it is to have Hd capable equipment. If so, I say dump the sd feed and only carry the Hi Definition feed. Maybe when d14 hits. There are many channels that I believe that are like this, and the shopping channels, that I kind of expect to launch with d14 when bandwidth will be far less of a limited resource.
  2. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Brighthouse in Orlando, FL has it on channel 1230. (They just added it in early June, and its currently 'limited' availability less then 50% of there serviced areas)
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    But he did say "major provider"....
  4. fortnerw

    fortnerw Mentor

    May 6, 2006
    Well Roku carries it in HD. I watched it last night for a while. My hd was partly blocking because at best my att dsl is 5+meg so somewhat limited. People with cable internet should have good picture on roku. I love IPTV if I could just get faster internet, but I live in the boondocks. Thankful for what I got.
  5. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    I actually watched it on my iPhone, came in perfectly clear. Was watching Olympics on the main TV, and as soon as the landing was getting really close I switched to NASA TV briefly on the TV. Great stream though on the iPhone, was maybe 1 second behind the TV.
  6. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Brighthouse has already been mentioned, but the HD Channel Lineups Chart over at AVS Forums indicates that Brighthouse is the only one.

    The AVS chart is a bit controversial around here, but it can be a starting point for information about what HD channels are available on the various major service providers.
  7. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    From the "For What It's Worth Department" . . .

    I was watching the UStream HD feed last night on my laptop while also running the JPL "Eyes on the Solar System" Java app with the mission simulation in another window, which was sync'd to the pre-launch estimated timelines and updated with telemetry as it came in. The Ustream feed seemed to vary from 20 - 30 seconds behind the "live" Eyes on the Solar System simulation. I could check this periodically, as the NASA TV feed would show the same Eyes simulation on-screen that I was also running locally on my Mac making it easy to see and compare the elapsed time and time remaining indicators on each.
  8. Rob

    Rob Icon

    Apr 22, 2002
    Directv should set up a barker Public Access channels in HD on demand. This way we can stream them via the web in HD on our Directv boxes. CSPAN, NASA, other public service channels, etc.
  9. Sea bass

    Sea bass Icon

    Jun 9, 2005
    NASA HD looked incredible tonight on Directv!...SCI (ch. 284) had a Mars Rover 2012 special with NASA HD footage. On again, 1am est.
  10. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Thanks. Got home just now, and so have set for a 10 PM PDT recording thereof!
  11. ChicagoBlue

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011

    By moving it to HD only from SD you're talking about 5X the bandwidth for that channel vs today's usage for SD for that channel. Then the next question becomes, would you rather have Nasa in HD or something else in HD? There are always tradeoffs. Someone should go back here on DBS Talk and see how NASA ranked vs the others. I'll bet it was way down the list.

    Also keep in mind that Nasa is a public interest channel and they are treated in a different manner than regular channels. Nasa is at an orbital slot right now because as a public interest channel, DTV is required to put a certain percentage (4%) per channel allocation to public interests. That is why they moved NASA and Baby First over to the MPEG4 slot at 103 or 99 degrees to begin with.

    I think there is a reason why almost no one carries NASA in HD. It's definitely a cool channel and right now some very cool things going on with Mars and the rover, but the average citizen would rate it fairly low on their list, otherwise you would have every major carrier with that channel. Bandwidth is precious for everyone - telco, cable, satellite - decisions have to be made how to utilize that bandwidth. On this channels, seems nearly unanimous how everyone is delivering it - in SD for the time being for everyone sans one small cable company in one market that happens to be the backyard of NASA.
  12. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
  13. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    As I said when d14 goes live maybe. At that point, I see no reason not to do that. They will have the bandwidth. I might even go so far to say they may have the bandwidth to have every channel in sd and hd that is available in hd.
  14. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, D14 is going to bring us endless HD. Same thing was said before D12 went up, but then 5 of the 24 transponders ended up being dedicated for push, eliminating space for up to 30 new HD channels.

    D14 is needed and may very well bring us many new HD offerings. But much of D14s capacity may be needed as older satellites need to be phased out. When D14 starts coming online in another 18 months or so, we may have a better idea of how the company plans to use that capacity.
  15. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
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