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Disney Junior debuts on DirecTV Saturday July 14


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#21 OFFLINE   chevyguy559

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:42 PM

Good news! This will make the loss of Nick Jr for the time being (or permanently) a little more bearable for my son. He already enjoys Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, hopefully he'll like some of the other programs :) I also hope they add the onDemand content as I prefer to download episodes for him so there isn't any commercial fillers :)

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:25 PM

Gotta be HD.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:35 PM

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 06:13 PM

I would guess it is SD.

I don't think the target audience of 2 to 7 years old doesn't really care either. :D

Ugh why oh why are we still getting new SD channels in 2012??

I know, I know. ;)

#25 OFFLINE   Rob

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:10 PM

Disney Jr? UGH.
It's only tv!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:02 PM

If it is in SD, there is no need for alarm...

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

Is it a SD Channel? I noticed that the release didn't say.

The Skeptic in me says if it doesn't say HD it isn't.


Sixto-any idea which bird it'll be on? If it's on 99/103 I would think it would be HD.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 02:09 AM

Given the current DIRECTV/Viacom donnybrook, I'm not sure I would have used the phrase "permanently added" in a press release. :)


I believe that Dish has in the past added channels temporarily during their disputes and then taken them away when the contract is settled. So this may be Directv's way of emphasizing that Disney Jr is here to stay and won't disappear if/when things are worked out with Viacom.

The other interesting thing to note here is just how quickly Directv was able to get Disney Jr. on the air. In the HD anticipation thread we occasionally have posts like, "these contract negotiations are so complicated it can take ages for these deals to get worked out." But, apparently, given enough incentive, deals can be cut very quickly.
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:57 AM

It's in SD :(
Plus no HD logo in the guide.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:29 AM

Seriously folks, it is aimed at the 3-7 year old audience. Do you think little kids care that it is isn't HD? Let them save the bandwidth for something good like NatGeo Wild.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:46 AM

From some of the sources I have read they have been working on this deal for a few months, Maybe in anticipation or maybe because of demand from consumers. I really don't care which way it was, my 4 yo is happy either way.
I would think that is a Permanent addition to the line-up. They said it in the release, where as in the other releases they said they are opening access to hub,sprout..ect.ect..

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:59 AM

It looks like the grandfathered plans have Disney Junior as well so that's good. We're on Choice Xtra Classic. The channel listings on-line haven't been updated yet to reflect the new channel yet though.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:13 AM

A great add IMHO. We have a 3 year old and 6 month old, so we will be using this channel for years to come! Subtract Snookie and NBA wives, pick up Mickey and no junk food ads. Cool!:D

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:20 AM

not even in hd what a waste of space and money even getting the channel if any new channels are not in hd forget it might have to look at comcast this is bulls--- directv is going down the drain

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:34 AM

I would like to have it in HD also. But, my son doesn't care if it's HD or SD like adults do. So it makes no difference to me.

It will be nice if HD it added in the future.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:21 AM

Seriously folks, it is aimed at the 3-7 year old audience. Do you think little kids care that it is isn't HD? Let them save the bandwidth for something good like NatGeo Wild.


I'm, frankly, disappointed and confused as to why, in this day and age, DirecTV would even bother adding a channel that IS available in HD (and Disney Junior is) in SD only. C'mon, this isn't 2005.

While I have some understanding of them not being able to (or deciding not to, for whatever reasons) negotiate for the HD feed on existing SD channels. Why on Earth, as policy (kids' channel, or no), would they negotiate a new channel add and NOT have it be in HD? That should be the default!

And, by the way, my just-turned five-year-old checked out Disney Jr. this morning and said, "I don't like this new channel, cause the shows are too small." (And this is while it was playing on of his favorite shows.) So, yeah, some of them do have some idea of the difference.

Plus, on a serious aesthetic note, little looks better in HD than animation, which is the bulk of Disney Jr's programming.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:35 AM

I ask this in all seriousness and with zero snark - does Directv not see HD as anything more than a specialty offering, which they graciously carry, for hardcore technically-oriented subscribers? Is HD seen as a sort of luxury for a fringe demographic?
As those of you above have more-or-less said, it seems almost shocking they'd add a channel that is available in HD in SD. Aside from bandwith issues and such, it's kind of a slap in the face, regardless of the channel's content and intended audience. As was pointed out, animation is stunning in HD, and yet it was passed up. Do they not "get" HD? They've been adding HD basics in a glacial and agonizingly slow way in a time when HD is the wave of the future. What does this tell us?

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:49 AM

I ask this in all seriousness and with zero snark - does Directv not see HD as anything more than a specialty offering, which they graciously carry, for hardcore technically-oriented subscribers? Is HD seen as a sort of luxury for a fringe demographic?
As those of you above have more-or-less said, it seems almost shocking they'd add a channel that is available in HD in SD. Aside from bandwith issues and such, it's kind of a slap in the face, regardless of the channel's content and intended audience. As was pointed out, animation is stunning in HD, and yet it was passed up. Do they not "get" HD? They've been adding HD basics in a glacial and agonizingly slow way in a time when HD is the wave of the future. What does this tell us?


Reasonable question (with some snark but very little).

Only those inside would know the answer but I know it is not limited to DirecTV. Other systems have SD channels that are available in HD and Fios has added SD only in recent months (and hasn't added any HD in quite some time).

We hear conflicting reports of if the HD channels are available within the current contracts or they are not. Probably depends on the channel. Maybe some cannot be added until the contract is up. Maybe some are not worth the investement in equipment.

Whatever the reason, HD as default is far from a done deal for any system. It will be nice when it is.
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:35 AM

Seriously folks, it is aimed at the 3-7 year old audience. Do you think little kids care that it is isn't HD? Let them save the bandwidth for something good like NatGeo Wild.


My kids have been totally spoiled by technology. They are 5 and 7 and have problems watching anything that is SD or has commercials. I appreciate the effort by D* but see it for what it is. Another channel added that My family and myself will just skip over because it's in SD.
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:41 AM

I would like to have it in HD also. But, my son doesn't care if it's HD or SD like adults do. So it makes no difference to me.

It will be nice if HD it added in the future.


Glad it is in SD for me as in recording the movie tonight and Lilo and Stitch and 101 Dalmantions early Sunday Morning as my space on my DVR is at 14 percent and probably 11 percent after taping Richie Rich on ABC Family this morning.




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