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so you's think E* will get these soon as well?

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by projectorguru, Aug 15, 2007.

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  1. Mikey

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    FWIW, it's been reported that E* plans to launch two satellites next year, and begin an MPEG-4 only service. No more details on that, but lots of speculation.

    E* is going to be limited on how much more HD they can add to their current satellites over the next few months. Maybe 10 or 12 channels.
     
  2. davewolfs

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    Yikes, that is not the news I was hoping to hear. If the quality of DTV's HDTV feeds is decent it might just be time to switch. Their HD lineup seems like they are going to have a lot more then what is currently being offered by dish network.
     
  3. Stewart Vernon

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    I don't know Dish's current state of bandwidth... but since they just started converting the Voom channels to MPEG4... that effectively doubles the available space there.... so there has to be at least 10-15 HD channels worth of space just now freed up from that move. But Dish also has other bandwidth not being used right now, so the actual number of potential new channels is higher. I just don't know how much higher. Maybe someone else can hazard a higher guess.
     
  4. davewolfs

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    I read in another thread that they are converting from 1920 to 1440. Is it possible that they are trying to free up space for some anticipated channels to be adding?
     
  5. James Long

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    E* has enough space to meet the expected demand ... before launching any new satellites. They will make their own decisions what HD channels to add when those channels come available. As noted previously, I'm not worried that E* will make the wrong decision.
     
  6. Stewart Vernon

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    Voom (even on the Voom service) had been 1440x1080. When Dish launched Voom, they had some channels at 1920x1080... but slowly over time many of them have been reduced to 1280x1080 based on some postings I've seen.

    But part of the recent conversion to MPEG4, these channels were all reportedly possibly going back to 1440x1080 and some have seen picture quality improvements that would tend to indicate that was true speculation.
     
  7. Stewart Vernon

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    I agree with this. Thus far, Dish has kept up and provided the majority of customers the channels most demanded. Sometimes in the sport-channel arena they lag behind DirecTV, but this is a known area of focus by DirecTV so I think it is mostly a non-issue as those who wanted sports most are probably already with DirecTV or are willing to wait a bit if Dish adds other channels first.

    I am sure, since Dish does still have available bandwidth, that we will get the most significant HD launches this year if not all of them pretty soon after they are launched. If we do miss anything due to bandwidth issues, I doubt it will be that many or that it will be that long of a wait for Dish to carry them.

    For the moment, Dish is still leading the way so I have no reason not to be confident that sticking with Dish is a good thing.
     
  8. TD22057

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    Well that's it! I'm quitting E* and going to D*. I can't live w/o HD weather channel! Oh wait a minute - I never watch SD weather channel. HD weather channel == worst waste of bandwidth ever.
     
  9. msmith198025

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    Haha, thats actually one that im looking forward to the most. I watch it constantly!!!!!
     
  10. nataraj

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    From the answers I got, 3 HD MPEG2 used to occupy one transponder. Now 6 MPEG4 HD channels occupy a transponder. So, yes, we can get 15 new channels for the 15 moved voom channels.
     
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    nice find. I doubt they would do it though, might get wailed on by the "hd-lite" activists :grin:
     
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  14. Mikey

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    But, six of those VOOM channels are already on one TP in MPEG-4, and those spots were taken up by the channels launched last week. So when the other nine move to MPEG-4, that opens up room for up to nine new MPEG-4 HD channels in September.
     
  15. upnorth

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    So are you saying that D* does not serve the Atlanta area with HD locals.
    Just what HD market are you speaking of.:confused:
     
  16. upnorth

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    Well come September D* will launch there HD channels and chances are both E* and D* will have close to the same amount of HD channels give or take a few.
    I am not here to bash E* or anybody. There is no dought E* has a great HD lineup I could care less who is the HD leader what matters to me is what selection they have to offer not the quantity of channels I am a sports fan so D* is my choice for now that may change in the future.;)
    Competition is good keeps both services on there toes.
     
  17. ssmith10pn

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    Yea I guess that would help. :)

    Montgomery, Alabama.
    I have 2 residences. One in Montgomery and One on the North Side of Atlanta.
     
  18. upnorth

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    I see where Montgomery has there SD locals but not HD

    http://www.dbstalk.com/ekb/dishlist.htm
     
  19. ssmith10pn

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    Not on D*
    E* has had them for years. D* has been promising Montgomery Locals for 5 years that I know of.
     
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