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The official "More HD in 2009" thread - Q2 edition

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by rrrick8, Apr 2, 2009.

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  1. Jun 12, 2009 #921 of 1211
    Jeremy W

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    Sorry, new HD just isn't that important to me. With that much money, you could just subscribe to Dish alongside DirecTV and get Travel Channel HD that way.
     
  2. Jun 12, 2009 #922 of 1211
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    Depends, how profitable are they? If they will return my investment in 3 to 5 years with 10% interest I'm in.. Heck, with rates these days, if they return my investment with 1% interest, it'd be better than a bank :D
     
  3. Jun 12, 2009 #923 of 1211
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
  4. Jun 13, 2009 #924 of 1211
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    Myself, the number one HD network I would like to see them add is Turner Classic Movies which just started an HD feed the past week or two.
     
  5. Jun 13, 2009 #925 of 1211
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    Are you kidding? :confused:
    I won't go above 99 cents...
     
  6. Jun 13, 2009 #926 of 1211
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    Two points:

    Some encouragement may be drawn from the fact DirecTV already provides HD programming from all potential suitors specified in the article;

    Query whether the dramatic drop in Travel Channel's value -- "between $800 million and $1.1 billion when Cox first made the deal back in 2007 [to] between $600 million and $700 million today" -- reflects the general economic malaise, management shortfalls or a combination of both.
     
  7. Jun 13, 2009 #927 of 1211
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    Dang, the next six months are going to be hell, watching all these new HD launches without getting them on Directv until the new sat gets up and running early next year.
     
  8. Jun 13, 2009 #928 of 1211
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    Yeah, I long for the early days when Directv ramped up HD, when you heard about a new station going HD, you felt confident we'd be getting it real soon. Stations were even coming online before we even knew they were availabe in HD. Funny how things have completely reversed course in a year and a half. Now, we don't expect to see anything added for a long time and it's been a long time since much of anything has been added nationally.
     
  9. Jun 13, 2009 #929 of 1211
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    What surprises me is how many cable companies have caught up so quickly, delivering channels that D* doesn't have for the time being, or strategically adding as many popular ones as they can.

    I didn't think cable would be anywhere as close to D* as many franchises now are. My own local system only had 10 channels of HD when I moved here; now they've got nearly 30, and this is a poor town of just 15k people. They may not have the sheer number D* does but they have all the ones I wanna watch minus Travel Channel.

    What has REALLY surprised me though is in the last three days I've heard several people mention the opinion that Fios/U-verse/cable's HD has now surpassed the satellite companies, picture-wise. :eek:

    It seemed like the idea was for D* to coast on a huge lead in HD channels until D12 lit up, but all the sudden it seems like they're scrambling to maintain that lead.
     
  10. Jun 13, 2009 #930 of 1211
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    I wish they'd scramble a little harder, they haven't been in a hurry to add anything for quite some time. Other than locals, the additions were mostly part time HD RSN's going full time, which didn't seem to really gain much of anything.
     
  11. Jun 13, 2009 #931 of 1211
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    Unless you are a sports fan wanting more Sports in HD.
     
  12. Jun 13, 2009 #932 of 1211
    rebkell

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    But, did they really give us more sports in HD, most of the stations were part time and carried the games in HD anyway. The majority of the full time RSN HD additions were already there, just not full time, but carried the games in HD.
     
  13. Jun 13, 2009 #933 of 1211
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    Delray...
    There has always been talk that fios hs better PQ than D*. I wish I could compare.
     
  14. Jun 13, 2009 #934 of 1211
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    Thanks for the info about the SD change over to MPEG4.

    D* SD pics overall are passable on most channels the only issue I have seen is the poor video levels on a number of them, which takes nothing more than a NTSC scope and a tech to fine tune at the headend.

    It would be nice to get higher quality, sharper pics on SD when D* changes over all the channels on 101 to MPEG4.

    For now I get a pretty decent discount on the SD service so I can't complain too much, BUT when the discounts go away I will be expecting better for the money on SD.
     
  15. Jun 13, 2009 #935 of 1211
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    Most of the games on the rsn's were already in HD, they just switched several of the feeds to full-time HD, instead of using HD alternates. And they did expand HD coverage in some of the sports packages, like NBA and NHL. But they've yet to go HD with GamePlan/FullCourt, and they didn't even give us ESPNU in HD.

    I don't know if D* got cocky and thought it would take a longer than it did for some of the cable companies to catch up, or they are just going about this methodically. Or perhaps even changing their strategy in mid stream, since they didn't deliver several of the HD channels that were promised over a year ago. Regardless, it does sound like we could get a huge bump in HD channels when D12 goes live.
     
  16. Jun 13, 2009 #936 of 1211
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    I'd imagine Directv will probably use the mpeg2 hd bandwidth to add more bandwidth and higher resolution to the current sd mpeg 2 channels. It would make sense, easy way to upgrade without losing customers.
     
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    Delray...
    The problem with that is other companies are adding HD channels now, and new channels from D12 are 6 months away at the earliest.
     
  18. Jun 14, 2009 #938 of 1211
    Jeremy W

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    Most of the MPEG2 HD bandwidth is on 110 and 119, which makes it essentially useless for that purpose.
     
  19. Jun 14, 2009 #939 of 1211
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    My local TWC had 13 HD channels when I switched to DirecTV back in October of 07, when the festivus' were really festivus'. Today my local TWC has 94 National HD channels, surpassing DirecTV's national offerings. The picture quality is excellent too since they're using SDV. They've also announce another 3 national HD channels will be added by the end of June.
     
  20. Jun 14, 2009 #940 of 1211
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    For a while I had the sports pack, back when all the RSNs were slowly getting added fulltime. And with a lot of national games being blacked out, everything else was almost totally SD only. Even now watching Sports South and FSN South, neither carry much in HD beyond a few Braves games (home only, of course).

    I rank most of the RSNs (except ones like MSN that have gone whole hog) as being little better than channels like Cartoon Network or Fuel TV. Sure, technically they're in HD but it isn't being used but about 20% of time IF we're lucky. :(
     
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