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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)


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#2451 OFFLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:59 AM

Encore Westerns would be a great addition!


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Did you guys see it unfortunately doesn't exist.
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#2452 OFFLINE   MysteryMan

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:03 AM

Did you guys see it unfortunately doesn't exist.


Speaking for myself I know that. Was just agreeing it would be a nice addition.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:38 AM

So who has the most HD channels now? I looked at James list, But he left out all of Directvs RSN's and still doesn't have Rainbow media channels under, ( Directv Carries, But dish does not) section.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:57 AM

Total available HD channels depends on the market you are in obviously. I am in the Phoenix market thankfully and get virtually every HD channel DirecTV offers. If the channel is in SD it is not worth my time, well except for TeenNick. DirecTV should have a lower priced all HD package so I don't have to pay for SD crap I will never watch.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:08 AM

So who has the most HD channels now? I looked at James list, But he left out all of Directvs RSN's and still doesn't have Rainbow media channels under, ( Directv Carries, But dish does not) section.


"Basic" is awfully close. If you include Premiums and Sports, DirecTV is way ahead of Dish.
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:46 AM

my cable company has 203 hd channels. the most recent addition was pac 12 network. turned it on for a few last nite. the picture quality was so bad i turned back to satellite!

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

So who has the most HD channels now?


Total numbers are pretty irrelevant now. What is relevant is which service has the most HD channels you want to WATCH and how much those channels cost after adding the package price to the extras pack prices.

For me personally, that is currently Xfinity, but they are lacking a couple I watch on DirecTv (AXS, 101) and DirecTv is lacking a few I watch on Xfinity (H2, HLN, Local subchannels).

As far as basic channels, its pretty darn equal across major providers now, though. With about 8 more additions, and rolling the HD Extra pack into the Ultimate package (which will never happen), DirecTv would be equal to Xfinity in program pricing.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:19 AM

updating my HD wishlist

DIY
H2
Ovation
Sundance\
Flix (when HD)
Outtermax
Encore Action and Drama, and when in HD Westerns, Suspense etc
FMC
GSN
TV Land
The Documentary Channel (when HD)
Investigation Discovery
Military Channel (when HD it would amazing)
Chiller (when HD)
Tv One
Centric
Fearnet
TVG (when HD)
Sportsman Channel
Outdoor Channel
CSS (I think it only has HD for games)
ESPN Classic (if it ever goes HD)

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:25 AM

Because my use of the TCM avatar worked so well in getting what I wanted, I'm willing to rent my avatar space to the highest bidder for the desired HD channel of his/her choice. I hope to make enough to buy a pack of gum. Either that or I'll think of what I want next. :)

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:27 AM

my cable company has 203 hd channels. the most recent addition was pac 12 network. turned it on for a few last nite. the picture quality was so bad i turned back to satellite!


Yeah they most be choking their bandwidth to death with that many HD channels.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:31 AM

My HD wish list:

H2
HLN
DIY
Reelz
LMN
FMC
WE
DFH
SOAP
DOC
ID
HUB
TeenNick
GMC
Fuse
NASA
IFC

These are not in any order other than channel number except for H2...my top pick. I know a lot of these might not have HD feeds even available yet, but hopefully they will soon. SD channels shall die a slow death in my house.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:49 AM

My HD wish list:

H2
HLN
DIY
Reelz
LMN
FMC
WE
DFH
SOAP
DOC
ID
HUB
TeenNick
GMC
Fuse
NASA
IFC

These are not in any order other than channel number except for H2...my top pick. I know a lot of these might not have HD feeds even available yet, but hopefully they will soon. SD channels shall die a slow death in my house.


Of those, i am only interested in H2 (although they stretch older content) and FMC. I've said before, IFC is a big disappointment to me. I have I on fios.

Not on your list. I want the Plex channels and maybe TVLand.

None are dire needs though. Everything for me now is bonus since we got TCM and BBCA.
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#2463 OFFLINE   banditt76

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:57 AM

Of those, i am only interested in H2 (although they stretch older content) and FMC. I've said before, IFC is a big disappointment to me. I have I on fios.

Not on your list. I want the Plex channels and maybe TVLand.

None are dire needs though. Everything for me now is bonus since we got TCM and BBCA.


I have never watched Plex and my parents love TVLand so I guess I could want it for them. Also I feel FMC is totally wasted channel if the great movies they show are not in HD. Many times I would have tuned in if the movie was HD, but sadly, nothing yet. H2 I mostly watch shows like Life After People, The Universe and Modern Marvels, which have no business being show in crappy SD.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:58 AM

My HD wish list:

H2
HLN
DIY
Reelz
LMN
FMC
WE
DFH
SOAP
DOC
ID
HUB
TeenNick
GMC
Fuse
NASA
IFC

These are not in any order other than channel number except for H2...my top pick. I know a lot of these might not have HD feeds even available yet, but hopefully they will soon. SD channels shall die a slow death in my house.


Only four of yours lack HD simulcasts available (DFH, Soap, Doc, and TeenNick).

Disney, Jr. replaced Soap, so it's expected to be only a matter of time before it disappears altogether...

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:01 AM

Only four of yours lack HD simulcasts available (DFH, Soap, Doc, and TeenNick).

Disney, Jr. replaced Soap, so it's expected to be only a matter of time before it disappears altogether...

~Alan


SOAP stayed alive after all the complaints about it possibly disappearing. It's a great channel if they only had HD. I watched One Tree Hill reruns all the time on there.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:11 AM

I have never watched Plex and my parents love TVLand so I guess I could want it for them. Also I feel FMC is totally wasted channel if the great movies they show are not in HD. Many times I would have tuned in if the movie was HD, but sadly, nothing yet. H2 I mostly watch shows like Life After People, The Universe and Modern Marvels, which have no business being show in crappy SD.


H2. When History Channel actually shows things like Modern Marvels, if they are older than about 2008, they are SD and stretched. So I am ambivalent about H2. I found I prefer to watch on Netflix. Most is SD but good SD.
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:23 AM

SOAP stayed alive after all the complaints about it possibly disappearing. It's a great channel if they only had HD. I watched One Tree Hill reruns all the time on there.


I love "Veronica Mars", but I have all three seasons on DVD in less compressed anamorphic widescreen.

However, I know of no changes to ceasing operations once all the contracts for Disney, Jr. have been completed.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:25 AM

I love "Veronica Mars", but I have all three seasons on DVD in less compressed anamorphic widescreen.

However, I know of no changes to ceasing operations once all the contracts for Disney, Jr. have been completed.

~Alan


I actually don't watch it anymore since The O.C. stopped being aired and they stopped showing any OTH after season 7.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 01:50 PM

Still looking for RFD-TV in HD. From what I see on this thread I think I am the only one that has asked for it. I guess thats the reason its not there. Lot of the shows that I would watch on there are now shot in HD but on SD they are shown cropped both horzontal and vertical. Makes it like you are looking through a small window on a 46" HD Tv. Good to get the latest stations in HD. Anything in SD is sad. Keep them coming!!
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

Still looking for RFD-TV in HD. From what I see on this thread I think I am the only one that has asked for it. I guess thats the reason its not there. Lot of the shows that I would watch on there are now shot in HD but on SD they are shown cropped both horzontal and vertical. Makes it like you are looking through a small window on a 46" HD Tv. Good to get the latest stations in HD. Anything in SD is sad. Keep them coming!!


I don't watch the channel but I certainly know what you mean about the cropping around the entire picture. I hate that so much on SD channels. If they are going to do that, just take down the SD feed entirely and go HD only.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:14 PM

Long time viewer, first time poster! Thought I would register to say how pleased I am with the recent HD additions! All I need now is H2 and Investigation Discovery and I will no longer need to watch any crappy SD ever again!

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:23 PM

My HD wish list

DIY and every HD channel that is out there :)

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

H2 was showing "WWII in HD" today. :)

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 03:00 PM

The last Festivus pretty much satisfied me. The wants now are minor in comparison. I would like to see H2 in HD. It would be nice if they'd add the Pentagon Channel in HD as well. I'd be interested in seeing it. Beyond that, y'all can have what you want :D

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 03:07 PM

Still looking for RFD-TV in HD. From what I see on this thread I think I am the only one that has asked for it. I guess thats the reason its not there. Lot of the shows that I would watch on there are now shot in HD but on SD they are shown cropped both horzontal and vertical. Makes it like you are looking through a small window on a 46" HD Tv. Good to get the latest stations in HD. Anything in SD is sad. Keep them coming!!


I know people are getting tired of me talking about CW HD-DNS, but I have to bring up something that happened today after reading the above. :lol:

I was flipping through my local channels today and noticed that my local CW affiliate which is currently SD only but going HD next year was showing a movie window-boxed. I believe they may be using the CW Plus HD feed for the non-network programming because this is not the first time I've seen something from them window-boxed over the last month or so. I think a movie and an episode of "Seinfeld" were the others...

Anyway, I flipped to a neighboring market's FOX affiliate's sub-channel of The CW to see they are providing the movie in the natural 4:3 aspect ratio... which means I'm seeing it Pillarboxed as it should be shown via my aspect ratio settings on the HR34.

I then flip to CW DNS East (WDCW) to see the channel is... well, it looked like someone took my iPAD 2 and attached it to my 46-inch HDTV and is playing the movie on the iPAD 2. Apparently, WDCW was NOT showing the movie in HD, so the picture appeared windowboxed on their 16:9 HD channel which DirecTV then received and downconverted/cropped to 4:3, and was then shown on my TV in pillar-boxed mode. :eek2:

I've never seen anything like that before... LOL!!!


I don't watch the channel but I certainly know what you mean about the cropping around the entire picture. I hate that so much on SD channels. If they are going to do that, just take down the SD feed entirely and go HD only.


Multiple channels have already gotten rid of their SD feeds... but providers downconvert and crop them for distribution. Hence why we are seeing windowboxing occurring on some channels.

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