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PBS HD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by grafixfreak, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Apr 8, 2010 #1 of 53
    grafixfreak

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    I remember reading here a while ago about the addition of PBS HD. Whatever happened? Was it just a rumor? Just thought Id ask.

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  2. Apr 8, 2010 #2 of 53
    Coca Cola Kid

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    Most markets have it. Check here for upcoming local HD launches
     
  3. Apr 8, 2010 #3 of 53
    REDSKINSFAN47

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    alot of us got our local pbs stations,i got 22 mpt.don't know if national 1 is in hd or not.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2010 #4 of 53
    bamaweather

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    Are you in the Boston TV market? There's apparently some sort of issue between DirecTV and WGBH, because Boston is the only top 20 market (where a local PBS HD is available - in Denver, it allegedly isn't) where DirecTV doesn't carry at least one PBS HD. The New Hampshire PBS station has a test HD channel in the guide data, but it has been there for several months and they obviously still haven't made it available.
     
  5. Apr 9, 2010 #5 of 53
    dennisa

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    D* keeps saying "wait" when I ask about PBS HD in this area. Does anyone know what the problem is, or when it will happen? We watch PBS more than anything and it is very frustrating not to have it in HD, especially as it is available by our local cable company.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2010 #6 of 53
    Ed Campbell

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    I keep hearing PBS locals choose whether their D* carriage is their HD or SD vehicle.

    Our local used to output great HD - but, they have about 5 sub-channels, now, including 2 in Spanish and have [to my old eyes] reduced the quality of their HD feed, as well.

    Anyway, we still only get the SD feed via D* and I have been told by local folks associated with the channel it's their choice - not D*.
     
  7. Apr 9, 2010 #7 of 53
    wallybarthman

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    I went to AM21+Antenna route - PBS HD + all my sub-channels. It would be nice if it was part of D* though.
     
  8. Apr 9, 2010 #8 of 53
    seern

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    Here in Richmond, VA we have the PBS primary channel in sd and then a subcarrier in sd plus their alternate main channel also in sd. When I called D*, they told me it was the local channels decision to carry the sub instead of the HD. When I called the local PBS station, they said they had told D* to carry the hd, but D* decided to carry the sub instead. Go figure where all this finger pointing will lead too, the viewer getting the bad end.
     
  9. Apr 9, 2010 #9 of 53
    anleva

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    No PBS HD in Colorado.
     
  10. n3ntj

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    Most markets? Not here in the Harrisburg/Lancaster, PA DMA. We're number 39. We've had some HD locals (ABC, Fox, CBS, and NBC) for 3 years but still no CW or PBS. Stinks!
     
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    We have 2 PBS stations in HD through Direct in my market
     
  12. adkinsjm

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    DirecTV reneged on a deal to provide a PBS HD channel in all new local rollouts. And what happened to the two new SD channels DirecTV was supposed to provide as part of the PBS deal?
     
  13. Davenlr

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    Just a FYI, if anyone wants PBS HD East and PBS HD West, Oklahoma PBS HD, and Louisiana PBS HD, and Montana PBS SD, they are available subscription free, with the purchase of a 90cm dish, and a HD receiver (total cost about $400 for standalone receiver, or $200 with a PCI computer receiver). They are all located on satellite AMC21, along with several part time PBS feeds.

    Just in case you really love PBS like I do.
     
  14. RAD

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    Do you have a link to a new/press release for that? All I remember seeing is the original release just saying that D* and PBS came to an agreement but not that part.
     
  15. bamaweather

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    Technically, yes. DirecTV offers PBS HD in 109 markets, which is more than half (and 97 more markets than Dish Network does).
     
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    I wish a couple of markets would have done without PBS HD so Fargo could have gotten NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox in HD :p
     
  18. RAD

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    OK, that says:

    "“This is a forward-looking, innovative agreement for the digital age. It means the great HD programming from PBS and local public television stations will be available to DirecTV customers in every market where DirecTV carries any local HD,” stated APTS president and CEO John Lawson. “We will also work together to make available a vast library of on demand content from local public television stations across the country.”

    I don't see where it says it will carry PBS HD in all new local rollouts.
     
  19. shendley

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    We've had HD locals in Birmingham, Alabama for about ten years now and still no PBS HD . . . which is especially a shame since the PBS SD feed really stinks here. Easily the worst quality SD picture we get from directv. And, in my case, alas, too many trees to get PBS HD reliably with an antenna.

     
  20. adkinsjm

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    "It means the great HD programming from PBS and local public television stations will be available to DirecTV customers in every market where DirecTV carries any local HD."

    It seems clear that DirecTV is supposed to give everyone an PBS HD feed, at least everyone who can get HD locals, because isn't the part about getting great HD programming mean that you get it in HD.
     

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