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#1326 OFFLINE   ProgPic

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:43 AM

Slightly off-topic, but I have a Doctor Who question since we are finally getting BBCAmerica and there are obviously some fans around here. I've never seen the show and am wondering if it's okay to jump right in with the new season next month, or is it advisable to catch up with past seasons(which I understand are numerous). Thanks and once again, my apologies for momentarily going off topic.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:45 AM

Throw in beIn Sports 1 in HD and I'll be good for the rest of the year.



With all the rights they've gobbled up, I think we're going to need beIn Sports 2 as well. :)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:50 AM

Slightly off-topic, but I have a Doctor Who question since we are finally getting BBCAmerica and there are obviously some fans around here. I've never seen the show and am wondering if it's okay to jump right in with the new season next month, or is it advisable to catch up with past seasons(which I understand are numerous). Thanks and once again, my apologies for momentarily going off topic.


I would catch up. There are 80 some episodes plus specials. The show builds. Last season, the entire season played off of the previous couple. All are available on Netflix. You can skip the classic shows. Even though they are part of the history, they are not necessary at all.

Next season is the 50th anniversary so there will probably be a lot of references to the past thus season building to next. I get that impression from the season trailer.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:54 AM

You're famous once again:


That man is annoying. Reads our posts then uses them to make money.
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#1330 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:59 AM

A journalist COULD still name him... both for confirming, as well as the additional hint.

Of course, a journalist with integrity would ASK his permission first, but very few of those exists these days...

Then again, we're talking about journalists, and I don't consider Swanni one, so... :D


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Yeah... I sort of expected as much.

Then again, he mentioned SatelliteRacer, not Satelliteracer, so... maybe he was talking about somebody else! ;)

Oh yeah, Swanni might want to use a halfway current Doctor Who picture... you know, with current cast members... :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:04 AM

Slightly off-topic, but I have a Doctor Who question since we are finally getting BBCAmerica and there are obviously some fans around here. I've never seen the show and am wondering if it's okay to jump right in with the new season next month, or is it advisable to catch up with past seasons(which I understand are numerous). Thanks and once again, my apologies for momentarily going off topic.


I would catch up. There are 80 some episodes plus specials. The show builds. Last season, the entire season played off of the previous couple. All are available on Netflix. You can skip the classic shows. Even though they are part of the history, they are not necessary at all.

Next season is the 50th anniversary so there will probably be a lot of references to the past thus season building to next. I get that impression from the season trailer.


As much of a crime as it'd be missing David Tennant's run, I think he'd be mostly okay starting at season five.

Then again, aren't the Weeping Angels coming back in season seven? I'd definitely recommend watching at least "Blink" prior to then...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:32 AM

Very pleased about the announced augmentation of the HD channel lineup.

Moreover, HD LIL channels in our DMA are scheduled to appear sometime in 2012; if DirecTV ever adds H2 HD, I’ll finally be able to change my Comcast TV package and save some money.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:52 AM

You better believe I "LIKED!" that post! ;) :D

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Glad that you finally got the channel you wanted. I don't usually watch BBCA, but will now tune in, now that it will be in HD.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:54 AM

Slightly off-topic, but I have a Doctor Who question since we are finally getting BBCAmerica and there are obviously some fans around here. I've never seen the show and am wondering if it's okay to jump right in with the new season next month, or is it advisable to catch up with past seasons(which I understand are numerous). Thanks and once again, my apologies for momentarily going off topic.


I'd get it from the beginning..... there is a doctor change somewhere along the line, as well as a few assistant changes, each one with their own charms. :D

No need to get the super old stuff, you can get going right from the 2005 series and onwards.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:57 AM

Glad that you finally got the channel you wanted. I don't usually watch BBCA, but will now tune in, now that it will be in HD.


A channel I wanted (still want more)... ;)

BBCA has a lot of good programming. I thank you'll like it...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:57 AM

I'd get it from the beginning..... there is a doctor change somewhere along the line, as well as a few assistant changes, each one with their own charms. :D

No need to get the super old stuff, you can get going right from the 2005 series and onwards.


TWO Doctor changes... ;)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:58 AM

As much of a crime as it'd be missing David Tennant's run, I think he'd be mostly okay starting at season five.

Then again, aren't the Weeping Angels coming back in season seven? I'd definitely recommend watching at least "Blink" prior to then...

~Alan


There is a scene in the trailer that leads me to think there is a culmination that has far more impact than if someone didn't watch before season five. Besides. Season five requires the earlier library and Angels shows to make any sense at all.

I have a friend who got tired of a couple of us at work getting all excited over episodes. We showed him Rose last Christmas. He devoured all the seasons on Netflix and started on torch wood. He wants to watch Sarah Jane next.

It is addictive.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:59 AM

If you count the Doctor Who classic episodes, there are a lot more than two switches!! :)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:00 AM

A channel I wanted (still want more)... ;)

BBCA has a lot of good programming. I thank you'll like it...

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I'm looking forward to watching. Still hoping for HLN,H2, FMC, AND TVLAND in HD.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:02 AM

One of the DirecTV reps just posted this as a reply on their Facebook page.

"Actually..... BBC America in HD is coming as soon as THIS MONTH!!! We are super excited and I hope so are you :) Thanks for your patience while we worked on this awesome addition to our HD Channel Lineup! We will share the exact date of launch and other details as soon as we know. Thank you, -Charles"


2 days of being completely immersed into the Olympics and staying away from Facebook and any other "spoiling" websites.... and I completely missed this.

This is GREAT news. REALLY GREAT news. :D
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:02 AM

As much of a crime as it'd be missing David Tennant's run, I think he'd be mostly okay starting at season five.

Then again, aren't the Weeping Angels coming back in season seven? I'd definitely recommend watching at least "Blink" prior to then...

~Alan


I thought the later season of Tennant's run with the Master, where they tried to turn the Doctor into some sort of Christ-like savior of the planet went badly off course. I've only seen a couple of episodes with the newest doctor, but they look to be back to classic story lines.

Some Dr. Who episodes are also available for free on Amazon Prime. I've been watching Midsomer Murders on there too.

Let's hope BBCA does some marathons on series like Dr. Who, Being Human and White Chapel so we can catch up in HD.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

You're famous once again:


give swanni credit. at least, now he attributes where he gets his material from. :lol:

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

TWO Doctor changes... ;)

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I always forget about the 9th.... Generally, I only seem to remember David Tennant (10th Doctor) and Matt Smith (11th Doctor)
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:10 AM

There is a scene in the trailer that leads me to think there is a culmination that has far more impact than if someone didn't watch before season five. Besides. Season five requires the earlier library and Angels shows to make any sense at all.

I have a friend who got tired of a couple of us at work getting all excited over episodes. We showed him Rose last Christmas. He devoured all the seasons on Netflix and started on torch wood. He wants to watch Sarah Jane next.

It is addictive.


I've seen pics of
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I don't think Sarah Jane is on Netflix, is it?

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:18 AM

Very pleased about the announced augmentation of the HD channel lineup.

Moreover, HD LIL channels in our DMA are scheduled to appear sometime in 2012; if DirecTV ever adds H2 HD, I’ll finally be able to change my Comcast TV package and save some money.


…"if … ever"?

H2 will get added by DirecTV in HD.

It's a matter of when.

If we get, say, a limit of five basic-cable HD before the launch of D14, in 2014, I would estimate H2 HD would be one of those five additions.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:20 AM

…"if … ever"?

H2 will get added by DirecTV in HD.

It's a matter of when.

If we get, say, a limit of five basic-cable HD before the launch of D14, in 2014, I would estimate H2 HD would be one of those five additions.

*Soon* :D

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:22 AM

Many of the older Dr. Who episodes are available on Netflix.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:25 AM

More than just those 2, but yes those channels coming very soon (less than 2 weeks if all goes well). D* will continue to add HD to the lineup moving forward.


Great job, DirecTV!

With BBC America, my core HD needs are met. There are a few more I would like in HD, the top 3 being:

H2.
DIY.
OWN. (My wife is addicted to this channel it seems).
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:36 AM

If you count the Doctor Who classic episodes, there are a lot more than two switches!! :)


Indeed...

I thought the later season of Tennant's run with the Master, where they tried to turn the Doctor into some sort of Christ-like savior of the planet went badly off course. I've only seen a couple of episodes with the newest doctor, but they look to be back to classic story lines.

Some Dr. Who episodes are also available for free on Amazon Prime. I've been watching Midsomer Murders on there too.

Let's hope BBCA does some marathons on series like Dr. Who, Being Human and White Chapel so we can catch up in HD.


I wasn't crazy about the last two Tennant specials, and there was obviously a couple of stinkers in the regular run, but overall, I was happy.

"Doctor Who" airs several times a day on BBCA, but I'm hoping for a marathon of season six since it (and the last Christmas special) are the only ones I haven't seen. Let's not forget that only seasons five, six, and four of the five Tennant specials were recorded in HD.

Ditto on "Being Human"... I have S1 and S2 on Blu-ray, but not S3, and I'd need to catch up on S4 as well.

I don't think "Whitechapel" is available in HD. iTunes has the first episode FREE on iTunes right now (as well as 1st episodes of "MI-5", "Cranford", Lark Rise To Candleford"), and they only have the series in SD.

I'd LOVE a "Luther" marathon, though... :grin: Hopefully one for "The Hour" as well...

Shame "Misfits" is on Logo... :(


I always forget about the 9th.... Generally, I only seem to remember David Tennant (10th Doctor) and Matt Smith (11th Doctor)


I only started watching with Eccleston, so I'll always remember him, but with him only being there for a season, and then Tennant and Smith's performances, I understand your reasoning...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:38 AM

Great job, DirecTV!

With BBC America, my core HD needs are met. There are a few more I would like in HD, the top 3 being:

H2.
DIY.
OWN. (My wife is addicted to this channel it seems).


I'm with you on this. BBCA-HD was the last thing I was hoping for this year.

That said, I really would like to see Epix added soon as it would fill some gaps in my movie watching addiction! :)

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