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DIRECTV Remains Clear HD Leader with 130 HD Channels (and 1080p content)


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#1 OFFLINE   seanb61

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:29 AM

DIRECTV Remains Clear HD Leader with 130 HD Channels
on Tap for Mid-August
Jul 28 at 10:26
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DIRECTV Adding More Than 30 New HD Channels and is First to Offer All HD
Programming in MPEG-4 AVC and Dolby Digital; Will Offer HD Movies in 1080p Later
This Year


EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
DIRECTV, the nation's leading satellite television service provider,
continues to dominate the HD landscape by delivering significantly more quality
national HD channels than any other television provider in the nation via the
most advanced technology. Beginning August 14, DIRECTV will launch more than 30
additional HD channels, bringing the total HD channel lineup to 130.

DIRECTV will also transmit all of its HD programming in the MPEG-4
Advanced Video Coding standard, by the end of this month
- the first to do so in
the industry. All HD programming will also be available in the Dolby Digital
audio format, and later this year, DIRECTV will begin offering movies in 1080p,
the highest resolution format available for HD video enthusiasts and the same
format used by Blu-Ray HD DVDs.

Among the new HD channels that DIRECTV will launch next month are Showtime
Extreme HD, Showtime Showcase HD, Planet Green HD, ABC Family HD, additional
DIRECTV HD pay per view channels and an additional 23 Regional Sports Networks
(RSNs) in HD 24 hours a day.

"Despite all the sound and fury of confusing HD claims from our
competitors, our customers understand that DIRECTV is the destination for the
most compelling and complete lineup of HD content," said Derek Chang, executive
vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV, Inc. "Our message is
clear - DIRECTV is the content leader, and our delivery of the best quality HD
via the most advanced technology is one way we continue to dominate this
category and offer our more than 17 million customers nationwide an unparalleled
entertainment experience."

In addition to its full lineup of linear HD channels, DIRECTV continues to
lead the industry with the most sports HD programming available, by broadcasting
exclusive, interactive sports packages like NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, NCAA® MEGA
MARCH MADNESS™ and NASCAR HOTPASS™ all in crystal-clear HD. DIRECTV will
also continue to add HD content to its newly launched DIRECTV on Demand
platform.

The full DIRECTV HD programming lineup, including the new channels, and
details on receiving equipment needed for the new DIRECTV HD services, are
available by calling 1-800-DIRECTV or visiting directv.com.

With the DIRECTV 11 satellite now part of the fleet and the launch of the
DIRECTV 12 satellite next year, DIRECTV will have the capacity to deliver 200
national HD channels and 1,500 local HD and digital channels in addition to new
advanced programming services for customers nationwide.


About DIRECTV, Inc.
DIRECTV, Inc. (DTV), the nation's leading satellite television
service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more
than 17 million customers in the United States and is leading the HD revolution
with 95 national HD channels - more quality HD channels than any other
television provider. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 265
channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming,
industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed all national cable
companies for eight years running) and superior technologies that include
advanced DVR and HD-DVR services and the most state-of-the-art interactive
sports packages available anywhere. For the most up-to-date information on
DIRECTV, please visit directv.com.

Source: DIRECTV, Inc.
Contact: DIRECTV, Inc.
Robert Mercer, 310-964-4683
or
Darris Gringeri, 212-462-5136


Edit: (Tom Robertson) Added some more bolding for highlights and restored some spacing from the original Press Release.
Moderator comment: (Tom Robertson) Excellent find seanb61!!!

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#2 OFFLINE   mike_augie

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:34 AM

ahhh it was nice of them to wait until my birthday to start the roll out....lol... bring it on.. :D
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:36 AM

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:38 AM

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:42 AM

"...More Than 30 New HD Channels..."

23 additional Regional Sports Networks
2 Showtime channels
1 Planet Green
1 ABC Family
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27 + some unknown number of "additional DIRECTV HD pay per view channels"

It will be interesting to see the final list of new HD channels. I know that we all have our favorites that we are looking for.

It is exciting to see that they will begin offering movies in 1080p.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:44 AM

but are the legacy channels going to conver then or this wednesday, as already mentioned here several times?

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:45 AM

1080p baby!!!!!!!
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:48 AM

but are the legacy channels going to conver then or this wednesday, as already mentioned here several times?

They are going to be simulcasted.

MPEG-4 equipment will tune the MPEG-4 version.
MPEG-2 equipment will tune the MPEG-2 version, until they are shutdown at an undetermined future date.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:48 AM

"The full DIRECTV HD programming lineup, including the new channels, and
details on receiving equipment needed for the new DIRECTV HD services, are
available by calling 1-800-DIRECTV or visiting directv.com."


Has anyone found the channels yet? a little early or late for a easter egg hunt.
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:48 AM

"...More Than 30 New HD Channels..."

23 additional Regional Sports Networks
2 Showtime channels
1 Planet Green
1 ABC Family
----------------------------
27 + some unknown number of "additional DIRECTV HD pay per view channels"

It will be interesting to see the final list of new HD channels. I know that we all have our favorites that we are looking for.

It is exciting to see that they will begin offering movies in 1080p.

No mention of the HBO/MAX channels in HD, no FOX News, etc...

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:49 AM

Don't we have enough PPV-HD channels? Geez!:nono2:
Plus making 24 RSN HD channels 24x7 is not my idea of progress! Its
not like everyone can see pro HD sports without being blacked out. Although Im excited Im a little disappointed too, especially after seeing Verizon Fios' newly
announced lineup for the NYC!!:confused:
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:51 AM

Don't we have enough PPV-HD channels? Geez!:nono2:
Plus making 24 RSN HD channels 24x7 is not my idea of progress! Its
not like everyone can see pro HD sports without being blacked out. Although Im excited Im a little disappointed too, especially after seeing Verizon Fios' newly
announced lineup for the NYC!!:confused:

I agree... a bit disappointed...

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:51 AM

what happened to the rest of the HD channels?
Travel Channel
Fox News
Hallmark
WGN
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie
Wealth

And i see on the list of 100 that Verizon FIOS will have in NY that QVC HD is included I didn't think that channel had launched?
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:52 AM

Ummmmmm, what about the multi-plex HBO/Cinemax channels in HD?!

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:53 AM

Disappointed to not see the Travel Channel HD mentioned. Would also have liked to see WGN America but knew that wasn't coming based on info from contact at the station.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:54 AM

This announcement is a bit underwhelming. Let's hope there is more to come!
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:55 AM

what happened to the rest of the HD channels?
Travel Channel
Fox News
Hallmark
WGN
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie
Wealth

And i see on the list of 100 that Verizon FIOS will have in NY that QVC HD is included I didn't think that channel had launched?

Maybe a big second date rollout too? No mention of ESPNU-HD launching next month...

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:57 AM

Maybe a big second date rollout too? No mention of ESPNU-HD launching next month...


I surely hope so, because based on those listing the new satellite will net me a whopping 2 new HD channels, planet green and ABC Family
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:59 AM

As an HBO/Cinemax sub, this announcement really annoys me. There's a whole host of multi-plexes in HD now available and Directv won't even add one?

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:59 AM

I surely hope so, because based on those listing the new satellite will net me a whopping 2 new HD channels, planet green and ABC Family

Surprised about no HBO/MAX and Encore-HD...

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