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Sixto Report-D11 Status: In Operation July 31, 2008

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Mar 19, 2008.

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  1. Greg Alsobrook

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    I just noticed all the test channels in the 480-490's... I don't venture down that far very often... How long have those been there??
     
  2. LameLefty

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    They were initially setup after D10 was parked. I haven't looked up there in months.
     
  3. Greg Alsobrook

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    Me neither... Have they been there that long?? Looks like 2 for 103, 101, 119, and 110 (an even and an odd for each)....
     
  4. Radio Enginerd

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    For those of us not in front of a TV, are the airing anything?
     
  5. Doug Brott

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    :sure:
     
  6. Greg Alsobrook

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    Nope... Just a black screen with a blue box in the bottom right corner that says "Test 1 SAT A (101) Odd Txp 13V"
     
  7. Greg Alsobrook

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    Ok... I've scanned the entire guide... I'm not seeing what the mods are hinting at... So I'm guessing maybe they've bumped an SD channel to HD??
     
  8. Doug Brott

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    I haven't looked in a couple of months but I was playing around with these not that long ago. Certainly long after D10 was put into service. I don't think that these can be considered "new" at this point ..
     
  9. FHSPSU67

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    I can say that I routinely check the 480's and they've pretty much been there since Directv 10.
     
  10. krock918316

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    I can't check myself, but maybe one of the channels has been changed from MPEG2 to MPEG4?

    Move the highlight in the guide all the way to the left on some of the MPEG2 HD channels, and see if it says anything about MPEG4 now? (Like ESPNHD 7x is MPEG2, but they have changed 206 to MPEG4)

    Just guessing. I would check myself, but I forgot to fire up my Slingbox (wait.....that's right, I don't have one :( )
     
  11. lobofanina

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    My guess is content is already showing up on peoples receivers who have the special smart cards, just like what happened with D10. A few days after that content appeared for a select few DirecTV threw everyone else who cared a bone and began cycling new HD programming (Animal Planet, HGTV, National Geographic etc.)on a couple channels. About a week later the first new HD channels appeared permanently.
     
  12. LameLefty

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    Oh I have no doubt folks with engineering test cards have been seeing stuff for a good while, probably since the initial tests at 99 before the temporary move to 101 and now again since the transponders all lit up.
     
  13. Ernie

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    Technically correct. However, from a marketing prospective, they are no longer being "beaten" by Blu-Ray. Thats probably enough incentive for the feature to become available sometime.

    Ernie
     
  14. LameLefty

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    They can claim whatever they want, but it's unlikely most stuff sent over IPTV, broadband VOD, or special satellite PPV feeds will have the same bitrate as a well-mastered Blu-Ray disc. I've seen some really, really excellent MPEG4 1080i HD that rivals Blu-Ray, but nothing (yet?) that beats it. I guess time will tell.
     
  15. Matt9876

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    Whats tricky is the Engineering mode DirecTV has,weeks before D10 went active there was a long list of hidden channels in the 9000s.

    With channel 9300 and 9301 becoming active to the general public.

    Also 9301 was shut down a few days later if you didn't have premier/sports pak.


    I'm sure testing is in progress now and the insiders have seen video many times already from D11.

    It's all about flipping the software switches and giving the public a look.

    Come on DirecTV throw us a bone. :)
     
  16. DarinC

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    OT, but....
    There is one slight difference... if the source 24fps, broadcast in 24fps, and output as 24fps, you have the potential of judder-free video if your display properly supports a 24fps content. But if it's converted to 60hz via 3:2 pulldown, you introduce judder. It is possible to do a reverse pulldown then bring it back up to 120hz via 5:5 pulldown, but it appears that Faroudja has a patent on that process. I don't know if any current displays can actually do that. I think for the most part, they will treat a 60hz input as is. Of course, many displays don't even process 24hz properly (some apply 3:2 anyway, then double it to 120hz), but some do.
     
  17. Tom Robertson

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    On single full frame you are correct... but the timing is correct for the motion in frame by frame as it was in the original source.

    But this is not a 1080p thread. We gots thems elsewhere.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    But pretty soon we'll have a "Saw the first new D11 HD Channels thread"....:D
     
  19. Tom Robertson

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    We already have those. We'll just use the existing one. :)

    Cheers,
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  20. MIAMI1683

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    alas,,,,,but who has seen it :D , or them?

    Edit : Has anyone is my question!
     
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