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Smithsonian HD channel? (SMTHHD)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Slyster, Dec 22, 2007.

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  1. Slyster

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    I lost the Smithsonian HD channel (SMTHHD)... shows I've recorded just give me the 'searching for authorized content' screen.... I've had this for a month or more... what happened?

    I looked on directv.com but no channel package seems to list it.
     
  2. Xaa

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    It's part of the HD Pack. You were getting a free preview for the last three months and if you call, they'll give you three more months for free as well. It's $4.99 and has Smithsonian, MGM, MHD, UHD and HDNet Movies I believe.
     
  3. Slyster

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    But I do have the HD pack. At least I think I do.. I have the HR20 with tons of HD channels....

    Is there an HD 'standard' package plus this other "HD Pack"?

    EDIT: OK.. I THOUGHT I had UHD and HDNet etc.. I guess I don't....

    Hmm... wonder why they do that. I liked Smithsonain.. but not THAT much to pay $70 per year for. Poopy heads.

    Thanks Xaa

    EDIT EDIT: I still don't see "The Smithsonian Channel" anywhere on the DirecTV website packages.. what actual package do you need to get this channel?
     
  4. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    It's called the "HD Extra Pack".
     
  5. Xaa

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    Yep, when they added all of the channels this fall they changed their methodology from the simple Ala Carte HD Package for all the HD channels to one where you pay an HD Access Fee (10 bucks/month) to have the HD versions of the channels to which you subscribe to in SD and then the HD Extra Pack for the HD channels that have no SD counterpart became the Ala Carte and is now $4.99. They gave everyone a free preview of it until 12/15 and like I mentioned above, if you call to sign up, they'll give you 3 more months of that for free as well.

    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageNR.jsp?assetId=P4370078
     
  6. Wicker 54

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    I am beginning to think some people on here just like to complain about the new HD Extra package knowing in advance they were going to have to pay for it just to play stupid.
     
  7. Xaa

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    I hear ya and mostly agree Wicker, but I think the OP in this case honestly was unaware about the change or the free preview etc. Seems like he's honestly just trying to get the programming.
     
  8. PittCaleb

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    I had some reorded content on SmithHD come up unplayable. I checked the web site, and it said something about HDNet and HDNet Movies, but I was still getting them, only SmithHD I wasn't getting.

    Phoned tech support and learned I had to subscribe to the package, etc. But I was still getting everything else in the package - so strange.

    But in the end, without complaining one lick, I was told this "extra" package I need to subscribe to is going to be free for 3 months. My theory is by then, something may change...

    PittCaleb
     
  9. scottru

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    BTW, I'm a new HD subscriber, I called today and the first tech I spoke to set up the free trial, no questions asked.

    This trial does automatically roll into a monthly charge, so if you don't want it at the end don't forget to call!
     
  10. Agrajag

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    I am left to wonder what they're going to do when everything is HD. It'll be fun to see how they rationalize these extra charges down the line.

    Soon we'll have the HD Extra Special pack and then the HD Hung Like A Bear pack.

    Maybe this is good as DirecTV could be the leaders in the next technology beyond HD just to keep these fees going.
     
  11. Tom Robertson

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    My long-term guess is that at one point the packages will be merged and realigned and there won't be a separate HD access fee. I also bet that won't happen until well more than 50% of the customers have an HD receiver and that won't be for several years yet.

    Until then, we'll likely have various packages as new channels emerge that don't have an SD counterpart.

    Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!
    Tom
     
  12. Drew2k

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    Let's get back to teh OP for a minute:

    Are you saying that if you go to Playlist, you can no longer play shows that were recorded from Smithsonian HD before this channel became unavailable? If so, that's the first I've heard of this and it is worth a follow-up discussion.

    If the recording was made while you were eligible to watch the channel, you should still be able to watch the recording even after you no longer subscribe to the channel.
     
  13. carl6

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    I am not subscribed to the HD extra pack, and I do have recordings from Smithsonian made prior to the conversion date. They play just fine.

    Carl
     
  14. HolmesCo

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    I am like the OP here. I did not know anything about this 'extra pack', until fairly recetnly, on this forum. Did D* actually tell anybody they were giving this free 3 months?

    I had been wondering why I no longer got UHD and HDNet, but really saw no formal news from them.

    I don't know that 6 stations is worth 6 bux but I may try to get this free trial which I knew nothing about, since xaa here seems to say they will give it out again to anybody who calls, which I have to admit puzzles me why they would do that. But it can't hoit to try.
     
  15. HolmesCo

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    There is actually a mistake on that page Xaa gave
    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageNR.jsp?assetId=P4370078

    it clearly shows there are 6 channels to the extra pack, which is not true. HDNet is not part of it

    HDNet is part of Premiere package. HDNet Movies is part of Extra Pack I found this out when I signed up and got the 3 free months, asked him what channel each was and he didn't mention HDNet. So called back and got someone else and he told me that hdnet was not part of the extra pack, there are only 5 channels, for 4.99, but I am getting HDNet anyway, because I have Premiere.

    He said he is going to notify the right people about the mistake on the web page, but somehow I doubt that. :lol:

    Anyway, yes Xaa you are right, thanks for the info, and for anyone else who didn't know, you can get these 5 channels for free for 3 months, then cancel it if you don't want to start paying for it. He told me that in time there will be more added to the package, he thought. But only time will tell on that. I'm a pessimist, I doubt that too. :D
     
  16. Duffycoug

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    I'm beginning to think that some people on here are just arrogant aholes who have nothing to add with their post and like to feel superior to honest poster like the OP.....I, too, knew NOTHING about those channels being "free trials" and was suprised when I was getting searching for signals on those channels....I came right to this forum and found out quickly that was the case......NO WAY I'm paying $.10 a month for those channels, let alone whatever they are trying to charge.....
     
  17. jpenneck

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    I've had HDNet Movies & Univseral since they were launched. Did I lose these channels when they re-configured the packages ? I noticed that I wasn't getting SMTHHD any more, but haven't checked HDM & UHD yet. I had heard something about being "grandfathered in" sometime ago, but wasn't sure what channels where affected.

    Edited: Now that I've checked - looks like I lost HDM & UHD which kinda sucks seeing as I had them for ages... guess I'll call DTV and see what they have to say.
     
  18. frederic1943

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    I can see Jpenneck not having seen anything about it. But how do people with hundreds of posts here not see anything about the HD Extra Pack that's been all over these boards since September?
     
  19. Tom Robertson

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    I can very easily understand people who have been too busy, especially of late with the holidays, and/or not perused other parts of the DBStalk forums, so are surprised by the change that appears "sudden" to them. We should remember that not everyone has 15,000+ posts here... :)

    As I've mentioned elsewhere, I couldn't begin to tell people what my ISP might have done to my account. I just don't follow that on a monthly basis.

    So please be kind to the people who nicely state surprise. They do not deserve the jibes.

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  20. tonyd79

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    Old joke:

    A man convicted of a crime is brought before the King, who has sentenced him to death. The man begs and pleads with the King but the King is steadfast. While talking to the King, the man notices that the King is paying quite a bit of attention to the royal dog.

    The man, desperate to live, says he can make the dog talk but it will take a year. The King, intrigued, gives the man one year of life to make the dog be able to speak. If the dog speaks, the man will go free.

    After the session, the man's friend walks up to him and says, "Are you crazy? You won't be able to make the dog talk and you will certainly be put to death in a year's time."

    To which the man answers, "I was going to die now. In a year's time, I may die of natural causes, the King may die, or the dog may talk!"
     
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