If you look at the (newest) DirecTV channel list under packages at this time...H2 is listed for the Choice Xtra or higher packages only.
I consider every package but Premiere to be a "basic" package... so that would still make it a "basic" in my
Getting back to Festivus anticipation... While there are multiple HD channels I'd like to have (Chiller, Cooking, Fox Movie Channel, LMN, Reelz, The Hub, and to a much lesser extent, GMC and Logo), only the lack of TV Land HD and CW HD-DNS are enough to really disappoint me.
Thankfully, I'm thrilled that TV Land has HD VOD available (I had a marathon of the HiC episodes from this season that are available via VOD this weekend, and it was GREAT to not have to watch them in SD). I need to catch up with "Happily Divorced", and tuning in to a recent marathon of "Soul Man" on BET recently has me chomping at the bit for the new season of it... (I'm hopeful the linear channel will be available by then).
And... with the recent addition of ABC-HD to my local channel lineup, my hope is that DirecTV has made the technical improvements that will allow them to offer the local CW in HD once it upgrades to HD sometime in 2013, so I suspect that will be my best chance of getting that programming in HD.
Everything beyond giving me access (or better access) to those two channel's programming will be a cherry on top...