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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)


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#921 OFFLINE   ep1974

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 01:21 PM

+1


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Any rumors as to the next HD channel(s) to be launched, other than sports?

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 01:27 PM

++1

Any rumors as to the next HD channel(s) to be launched, other than sports?


As far as basic HD? Not heard a thing.... I think we won't see much action during the Olympics anyways. After that, yeah, some sports are expected, but no news and or hints for anything else.

SatelliteRacer, want to drop a hint on us? ;)
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:13 PM

Satracer did post a pic of Jerry Stiller & a festivus pole recently by no word since then

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:14 PM

Satracer did post a pic of Jerry Stiller & a festivus pole recently by no word since then


That was for TCM.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:49 PM

That was for TCM.

Which we had known since July 2.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 06:00 PM

Which we had known since July 2.


And confirmed by another forum on the 3rd.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:06 PM

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:18 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.


Perhaps there is hope for my market's lineup after all! :D

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:59 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.

The agreement both satellite providers made with the FCC states that by February 2013, in any market where that provider carries any local station in HD they must offer all local stations carriage in HD. So if you live in a market with at least one local HD station expect them all by next February - but if you live in a market with no HD local carriage the satellite company can remain all SD. It is a "carry one, carry all" requirement - just like the rules for carrying SD.

Perhaps this will further encourage Alan ... perhaps not. It all depends on if there is any local carriage in the market.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:08 PM

The agreement both satellite providers made with the FCC states that by February 2013, in any market where that provider carries any local station in HD they must offer all local stations carriage in HD. So if you live in a market with at least one local HD station expect them all by next February - but if you live in a market with no HD local carriage the satellite company can remain all SD. It is a "carry one, carry all" requirement - just like the rules for carrying SD.

Perhaps this will further encourage Alan ... perhaps not. It all depends on if there is any local carriage in the market.


Yeah... I couldn't remember the year. Potentially good news though...

I wonder if there is a loophole in the agreement when the channel offers an HD feed, but does not broadcast it over the air.


Either way, the February 2013 rule certainly explains DirecTV's agressive local additions.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:23 PM

I wonder if there is a loophole in the agreement when the channel offers an HD feed, but does not broadcast it over the air.

I believe so ... it must be transmitted for it to be protected. This doesn't mean a satellite carrier cannot carry a HD feed of a station that only transmits SD ... only that they would not be required to.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:53 PM

Aaa

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:55 PM

The agreement both satellite providers made with the FCC states that by February 2013, in any market where that provider carries any local station in HD they must offer all local stations carriage in HD. So if you live in a market with at least one local HD station expect them all by next February - but if you live in a market with no HD local carriage the satellite company can remain all SD. It is a "carry one, carry all" requirement - just like the rules for carrying SD.

Perhaps this will further encourage Alan ... perhaps not. It all depends on if there is any local carriage in the market.


Yep. I wasn't complete earlier. What I don't recall is if it's all markets immediately, or if it scales in.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:02 PM

Aaa


+1 :D

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:47 PM

I believe so ... it must be transmitted for it to be protected. This doesn't mean a satellite carrier cannot carry a HD feed of a station that only transmits SD ... only that they would not be required to.


The LA market has one like that just launched;

KJLA-DT 57 broadcast only in SD, in fact they have to since there's no available bandwidth for HD as they broadcast nine secondary sub-channels! :sure:

Yet its on DIRECTV in 720p.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:39 PM

Yep. I wasn't complete earlier. What I don't recall is if it's all markets immediately, or if it scales in.

It scales in. Effective last February (2012) 60% of all markets with at least one channel carried in HD had to offer HD carriage to all channels in the market that broadcast HD (as a primary signal). Prior to February 2012 the threshold was 30%.

(Note "of markets with at least one channel in HD" - if a market has no HD locals carried or no carriage at all it doesn't count against the percentage. For example, if 100 of the 210 markets had at least one channel per market in HD then right now HD carriage would have to be offered to all channels in 60 of those markets. The other 110 markets could remain SD or not carried.)

The agreement with the FCC is only the minimum. Satellite carriers can carry channels beyond the minimum they agreed with the FCC to carry (for example, second HD feeds where a single station transmits two HD channels or non-broadcast HD versions of the SD broadcasts).

The good news is that, within the agreement, it means more HD - even if it is only within local markets. The bad news is that there is no timeline as to when all stations in all markets must be offered HD carriage.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:49 PM

Sub-channels. Bit-starving, parasitic sub-channels.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:00 AM

Officials Expect DIRECTV to Carry Pac 12 Network

By Phillip Swann (07.27.2012)
@ http://www.tvpredict...pac12072712.htm

Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2012) -- Pac 12 conference and TV executives are optimistic that DIRECTV will sign a carriage agreement to carry the new Pac-12 Network, which will carry Pac 12 college football and basketball games, reports The San Jose Mercury News.



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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:06 AM

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott addresses TV negotiations, scheduling, Penn State penalties

By Jon Wilmer (07.24.2012)
@ http://www.mercuryne...tv-negotiations

UNIVERSAL CITY -- Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday that he is optimistic the league's fledgling television networks will sign a carriage agreement with DirecTV before the football season.

DirecTV has approximately 20 million subscribers nationally.

Scott said the source of his optimism is the "caliber of our content'' -- in particular, the dozens of football games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The programming lineup includes a bevy of matchups featuring top-ranked teams like USC and Oregon.

"Content is king,'' Scott said.

The seven Pac-12 Networks (one national and six regional) are scheduled to launch Aug. 15. Scott offered no time frame for an agreement with DirecTV or any other satellite or cable company.



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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:09 AM

Scott said the source of his optimism is the "caliber of our content'' -- in particular, the dozens of football games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The programming lineup includes a bevy of matchups featuring top-ranked teams like USC and Oregon.


So, nothing about actual negotiations going on, just "our stuff is great! and if Directv doesn't pay whatever we demand for it, it's all their fault."
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