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Reelz channel no longer in HD? But now it is HD.


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#1 OFFLINE   eric032706

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 04:26 PM

Is it just my imagination that Reelz channel 299 was in HD, or has it always been in SD ? It was in my favorites list one day, then gone today. When I looked for it in the channel list, it was only listed as being available in SD.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 04:43 PM

Actually you are correct. This is routine apparent per Reelz contract with Dish

Bye (again) Reelz ... Hello Mid-Atlantic Sports Net and Mid-Atlantic Sports Net 2!
9604 REELZ (299 HD) Reelz removed from 129° TP 23 (HD Hidden)
9604 REELZ (299 HD) Reelz removed from 72.7° TP 11 (HD Hidden)

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#3 OFFLINE   eric032706

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:09 PM

Thank you for the quick response and the welcome. I've been reading these posts for years, but first time posting. Seems like Dish is always changing something.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:55 PM

It sux cuz I wanted to watch XIII in HD! Ah well.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:40 PM

Yeah... it's weird. ReelzHD has come and gone at least 3 times now... for a limited run each time. I'm not sure why they don't just sign on full time.

I don't watch the channel, though I did DVR the Kennedys mini-series that first time we got ReelzHD.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:08 PM

This is frustrating! Shouldn't the plan be to migrate channels from SD to HD and not the other way around? I can understand an SD channel that has always been an SD channel migrating to HD. But to have an HD channel change BACK to SD is frustrating. :mad:

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:15 PM

I believe Reelz has done this two or three times now. Each time they add the HD version, it is usually limited for a program they are presenting. Once that program's run is over, the HD version disappears as well. First one was the documentary on the Kennedy's, not sure what this one was.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:17 PM

This is frustrating! Shouldn't the plan be to migrate channels from SD to HD and not the other way around? I can understand an SD channel that has always been an SD channel migrating to HD. But to have an HD channel change BACK to SD is frustrating. :mad:


I agree. It's 2012...HD should be the norm now without adding an extra fee. It now should cost an extra fee to access the legacy SD feeds. :lol:

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:38 AM

I agree. It's 2012...HD should be the norm now without adding an extra fee. It now should cost an extra fee to access the legacy SD feeds. :lol:


Too bad Disney does not think that way. ESPN News, Disney, Disney XD were once shown in HD. DISH was forced to take those echannels down, because Disney wanted addition carriage fees for these channels, plus ESPNU and ESPN Classic HD variants.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:11 PM

I thought I was seeing things too. I could have sworn the many times I skimmed past it and never watched. Now I want to watch something it's SD, and it's not even good SD. Is this a "red headed stepchild" channel?

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:19 PM

I thought I was seeing things too. I could have sworn the many times I skimmed past it and never watched. Now I want to watch something it's SD, and it's not even good SD. Is this a "red headed stepchild" channel?


Totally agree! Never watched Reelz until XIII was advertised and it was HD when I setup the timer. Recording was in SD and noticed the channel is now SD.
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:31 AM

DISH carried Reelz in HD each of the first two times they ran The Kennedys mini-series.

I'm not sure why it returned the last time, but apparently it wasn't permanent.

Reelz is uplinked in HD, so it's DISH deciding to drop the HD feed whenever they feel like it.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:27 AM

DISH carried Reelz in HD each of the first two times they ran The Kennedys mini-series.

I'm not sure why it returned the last time, but apparently it wasn't permanent.

Reelz is uplinked in HD, so it's DISH deciding to drop the HD feed whenever they feel like it.


I may well be, but it could also be REELZ who decided to discontinue the HD feed. If Dish is trying to negotiate a contract, this could explain why the feed is still uplinked. Since we haven't seen any releases from either side on this, it is hard to know for sure.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:51 AM

Thank you for the quick response and the welcome. I've been reading these posts for years, but first time posting. Seems like Dish is always changing something.


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Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:39 PM

DISH carried Reelz in HD each of the first two times they ran The Kennedys mini-series.

I'm not sure why it returned the last time, but apparently it wasn't permanent.

Reelz is uplinked in HD, so it's DISH deciding to drop the HD feed whenever they feel like it.


The irony being that Reelz has been doing a The Kennedys marathon all day today. :D

#16 OFFLINE   eric032706

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:42 PM

It's back in HD again. For how long, who knows?

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:14 PM

Yep ... the flip flop channel.

On the down side, Smithsonian HD was removed from testing. :(

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:43 PM

How do timers work with the channels switching back and forth between SD and HD? Since the channel numbers are the same, how should I handle my timers?

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 05:27 PM

How do timers work with the channels switching back and forth between SD and HD? Since the channel numbers are the same, how should I handle my timers?

It depends on the receiver so I suggest you check your timers often if you expect your programming to record.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 09:18 PM

The best choice in this instance is to use a DISHPass/Seek & Record time with HD preference that way it should use the HD feed when available and the SD feed when HD isn't available. However you may end up having to skip unwanted shows if the title can match more than the desired show.
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