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No new HD channels from D*

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by snidely, Jan 8, 2006.

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  1. Jan 8, 2006 #1 of 16
    snidely

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    All the bandwasting locals they are adding don't add to my total number of HD channels available. Like DISH, they are only going to provide the "big" 4 networks. No PBS! (No UPN or WB either, not that I care now ST is off the air.) Only one PPV channel and that at a fair sized premium price.
    Why not add ALL the national channels available? That way everyone can benefit. If I want ALL the networks, I will have to keep my Canadian DBS system from BEV - who offers 4 HD PPV channels.
    Two diff. D* reps at CES told me there were no plans to add any real HD any time soon.
    And, of course, no HD DVR to watch even the few locals they have put up until April at the earliest.
    Of course Comcast doesn't carry all the local HD channels either - altho they do carry the PBS station. It doesn't appear Comcast even has a real HD PPV channel.

    ...mike
     
  2. Jan 8, 2006 #2 of 16
    gquiring

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    There was all this talk that D* would add TNT-HD in January. Even the CSR reps were hinting in area. ANOTHER BIG let down for me.

    My cable company offers a lot more HD content and now has the SA 8300 DVR. I just keep reading that the SA8300 stinks in comparison to the HR10-250. Maybe when the series 3 Tivo gets on the market I can consider swithing back to cable. What has kept me loyal to D* has been their Tivos.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2006 #3 of 16
    stupid0g

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    last reports were slated for release in 07' however no firm date for the national channel hd rollout.


    *really means- we're trying to test the ability of the equipment as well as the transmission equipment with small local upgrades before we roll it out across the country and something happens and lots of perople are mad.

    just my 2 cents
     
  4. zipbags

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    So I guess this means we won't be getting HGTV/Food network in HD soon. :(
     
  5. Earl Bonovich

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    With the exception of ESPN2-HD; There hasn't been more then a day or two notice when they have added any type of channel... Usually the press-release is the same day the channels is turned on.

    Note... look what happened to ESPN2-HD... they announced it, but then it didn't come for what 4 months or something like that?

    I agree that I would like some more of the national HD networks (National Geographic is going HD this month).... but ultimately time will only tell.
     
  6. jcricket

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    The lack of new national HD channels is a little disappointing. SD picture quality is so soft (read: crappy) when compared to even an average HD program.

    Now 80% of what I record on my HD Tivo is from the network channels, and another 10% is HD from Showtime or HBO. The remainder is stuff I care about less, so I can live with SD for now. But if they added just SciFi, HGTV, FX and USA in HD that would probably get me to 95% of what I care to watch/record. It's amazing how few of the channels I watch with any regularity.
     
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  8. GeorgeLV

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    Universal HD = SciFi/USA in HD.
     
  9. Wolffpack

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    Wrong, Universal HD = Knight Rider. I can't believe how many times a day that show is on!
     
  10. jcricket

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    I wish. Monk doesn't get shown on Universal HD until like a year after the original episodes air (unless I'm missing something).
     
  11. JLucPicard

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    There are some programs from SciFi and USA that air on UHD, but as mentioned, they are broadcast on there long after they aired on the original channels. Battlestar Galactica, for one. This season started on SciFi in September (or thereabouts) and the first episode from this season that I saw on UHD was just a couple of weeks ago, maybe. Not quite the same when you have to wait that long.
     
  12. newsposter

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    Stargate in HD, i'd probably even move to dish for that ;)

    the lack of upn/wb really bugs me. Now i have to really get that antenna lined up to try to get all my locals
     
  13. Wolffpack

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    SCI-FI Friday demands HD. Common DTV!!!!!
     
  14. CCarncross

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    Maybe we should be bugging SCI-FI, since if they would just go HD, tons of people could get it...
     
  15. newsposter

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    well if there is no sci fi HD to be had, it's not dtvs fault
     
  16. Wolffpack

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    If HD Universal can pull the SCIFI programming 6 months afterwards, why can't they pull them during the original release??? Pretty much makes HD Universal worthless. Just like other DTV HD offerings.
     
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