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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)


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#901 OFFLINE   MysteryMan

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:42 PM

You got a good one! I was intrigued by this, and tried to search for who was the earliest born actor on films that'd be shown on TCM. Short of going through each one on IMDB, I found lots of references to the oldest living actors, but no db that showed me what I wanted.


William S. Hart? Born 1864. Died 1946.

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#902 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:54 PM

William S. Hart? Born 1864. Died 1946.


Cool. Never made a talkie. TCM does show silent films. In up converts. ;)
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:36 PM

Btw, I'm enjoying the hell out of TCMHD! So is the wife. We watched the 1938 Pygmalion tonight.
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#904 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:06 PM

William S. Hart? Born 1864. Died 1946.


Nice one. You hold the record now!
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:44 PM

TtCM HD looks great
Waiting for
BBCA HD

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:22 AM

I have also looked up a few on IMDB and it seems that many "contract" actors must have been working with few breaks. 10+ movies per year for some of them.


In the days of the contract actors, acting was a job, just like any other job. Actors were paid a reasonable salary and were expected to work full time. It was not like today, where a big name actor makes more on one movie than most of us will make in our lifetime. Today, the top actors can make one movie per year and still make more money than 99% of the US population.

Another big difference is that in the days of the contract actors, very few movies were filmed "on location". The actors showed up for work at the same studio every day, put in a days work, and then went home (or out partying). When one movie was done, they started the next movie. Being a movie star prior to 1952 was much more like being a television star today.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:33 AM

Not counting sports, I would expect to see the Plex channels. The agreement was announced in April. I'm hoping for HD. Some good stuff there.


The Plex has movies from the 40's through 2006. Pretty good actually.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:05 PM

Put on TCM HD today for the first time.....all they had were 1930 moviles. Who the heck wants to see these in HD ( they were so old that the film stars looked like they were out of the silent movies era and graduated to sound movies). Who needs this channel in HD when they are showing mostly real old movies....


They're classics!

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:19 PM

They're classics!


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:25 PM

Looks like the Los Angeles DMA got FOUR! new "basic" HD on their spot beam today. All Spanish..... but hey, it is basic, right? :D
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

Looks like the Los Angeles DMA got FOUR! new "basic" HD on their spot beam today. All Spanish..... but hey, it is basic, right? :D


Yeah they have been on a roll lately adding telefura and some other independent HD channels to local markets. Gotta say great job Directv, that's a big task. Maybe when they are caught up they will come back to national conus HD.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:51 PM

Yeah they have been on a roll lately adding telefura and some other independent HD channels to local markets. Gotta say great job Directv, that's a big task. Maybe when they are caught up they will come back to national conus HD.


Yeah they have been adding quite a bit of PBS in HD as well to markets that didn't have it yet, and where PBS HD was available.
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:19 PM

Looks like the Los Angeles DMA got FOUR! new "basic" HD on their spot beam today. All Spanish..... but hey, it is basic, right? :D


Its five HD ones actually, plus a new MPEG-4 SD channel. :)

And the LA DMA local HD channels carried are now so numerous with 16 (plus two MPEG-4 SD), DIRECTV uses three spotbeam transponders distributed over two overlapping spotbeams from 103w plus space on CONUS beam transponders at 99w for the big four. :eek2:

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:03 PM

Its five HD ones actually, plus a new MPEG-4 SD channel. :)

And the LA DMA local HD channels carried are now so numerous with 16 (plus two MPEG-4 SD), DIRECTV uses three spotbeam transponders distributed over two overlapping spotbeams from 103w plus space on CONUS beam transponders at 99w for the big four. :eek2:


Well.... the "big 4" are CONUS either way, just like the New York ones, for the distant network subscribers that do not have locals.

But it looks to be rather full. :D
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:32 PM

I believe the is actually a requirement for them to have all Hi Definition channels local into local that are available up and running in so many markets by a certain date, and then more and more until they have them all by 2015 or 2016. So at some point, I expect all Hi Definition local channels everywhere to be available in every market.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:58 PM

Looks like the Los Angeles DMA got FOUR! new "basic" HD on their spot beam today. All Spanish..... but hey, it is basic, right? :D


46 Telefutura
52 Telemundo
54 Azteca America

Cool!! now I can watch Mexican League Soccer in HD on these channels...FINALLY :icon_da:

And ohhh those beautiful ladies..... I wish I knew Spanish...

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:36 AM

I'm still loving my TCM HD!!! Thanks again Directv for adding this channel.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:55 AM

So then how come your avatar isn't smiling?

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:03 AM

So then how come your avatar isn't smiling?

Fixed that for you.



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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:12 AM

I'm still loving my TCM HD!!! Thanks again Directv for adding this channel.


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