Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:17 PM
Guessing well in advance what we'll get in high-definition additions over the next two years — prior to when D14 has been successfully launched — I figure the HD that could be feasibly added to the DirecTV lineup are as follows.
There is a priority for the brand-new programming launches of Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD and Time Warner Cable Deportes HD. Add other regionals necessary. (But not necessarily much.) And then there is Pac-12 Network HD, which appears to be tricky but, at the same time, seems inevitable.
The April 2012 contractual agreement, between DirecTV and Starz Entertainment LLC, for expansion of carried Encore programming, has me looking for not only IndiePlex HD and RetroPlex HD but whether there will be delivery of Encore Action HD and Encore Drama HD.
After DIY Network HD comes in, I feel its sister, Cooking Channel HD, will get added at a later date. Since we did get truTV HD and Turner Classic Movies HD, I look to Headline News HD for the same reason. With E! Entertainment Television HD now available to DirecTV subscribers, I believe Style Network HD will get added before 2014. And while many justly want H2 HD added, I think A&E Networks' other missing HD (on DirecTV) will come in: Lifetime Movie Network HD. I don't feel strongly that all three basic-cable Viacoms — MTV2 HD, Nick Jr. HD, and TV Land HD — will get added, but I would feel more comfy predicting the last of the three due to originally-produced series which do have name stars. Dish Network carries none of those Viacoms, so perhaps DirecTV will beat Dish to the punch.