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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-12 Thread)


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#781 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

Would be nice but do not believe Wikipedia!


Heh. I bet 90% of the overall info is fairly accurate..... it's the 10% FUD, BS, etc., you have to watch out for....
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:21 PM

It was D* dropping of XM that got me to subscribe to the service and how I have it at home and in my car so even if they start carrying it again I will not use it.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

With Pandora added, I wouldn't use it either, especially since they dropped Cinemagic.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:17 PM

With Pandora added, I wouldn't use it either, especially since they dropped Cinemagic.


Forgot about Pandora, when I am home I have either XM, via my receiver, or Pandora playing so have no need for XM from D*. The only thing Sirius,XM has for movie music lovers is a weekly one hour show on the Pops channel.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

I know a little OT, but with Pandora and Sonic Tap, there's no need for SiriusXM on DirecTV. I'd rather see the budget go towards audio apps like last.fm, IheartRadio, Spotify, etc...

I reduced my Sirius subscription to Internet only (iPhone). The sound quality is MUCH better streamed from cellular and it doesn't cut out under bridges or parking garages. They should just change their delivery method to switched multicast over cellular data.

Anyway major thanks to SatRacer for all you do and I really appreciate that more basics are coming. I'm sure your fully aware of the various lists posted here frequently. Glad to know what's coming will address some of that. Anything you can do to help the HD lineup is awesome to make the best TV provider in the USA if not the world.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:19 AM

Anyone have any idea what's going on with H2 HD and why D* still doesn't carry it? The local cable and FiOS providers carry H2 HD. History Channel has been putting alot of their good shows on H2 in the past 6 months and I'm tired of watching these shows in SD. IS it a contract thing? An HD capacity thing?
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

maybe we know more this week what hd channels coming.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:29 AM

Anyone have any idea what's going on with H2 HD and why D* still doesn't carry it? The local cable and FiOS providers carry H2 HD. History Channel has been putting alot of their good shows on H2 in the past 6 months and I'm tired of watching these shows in SD. IS it a contract thing? An HD capacity thing?


No idea.

I'm all for H2 in HD but only if the History Channel promises to not turn it into a second reality TV network.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:41 AM

Anyone have any idea what's going on with H2 HD and why D* still doesn't carry it? The local cable and FiOS providers carry H2 HD. History Channel has been putting alot of their good shows on H2 in the past 6 months and I'm tired of watching these shows in SD. IS it a contract thing? An HD capacity thing?

maybe we know more this week what hd channels coming.

No idea.

I'm all for H2 in HD but only if the History Channel promises to not turn it into a second reality TV network.

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.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:21 AM

I'm all for H2 in HD but only if the History Channel promises to not turn it into a second reality TV network.

Thus far, H2 is the home of all of the cool programming.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

No idea.

I'm all for H2 in HD but only if the History Channel promises to not turn it into a second reality TV network.


H2 is a reality network, but at least generally it is real reality. Ancient Aliens might be debatable.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

H2 is a reality network, but at least generally it is real reality. Ancient Aliens might be debatable.


History and analysis of such is not considered "reality programming."
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

Thank you!

My guess, with basic cable in HD, up to a maximum five:

204 Headline News HD
232 Cooking Channel HD
253 LMN HD
271 H2 HD
304 TV Land HD


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HLN and TV Land seem overdue. And I would probably watch more Cooking Channel if it was in HD -- I tend to skip over it now.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:54 AM

History might be reality but they at least select shows that have some historical connection (usually). Pawn stars, American pickers, counting cars, American restoration, How the states got their shapes, the men who built America; mankind the story of all of us,
The hatfield McCoy movie - you don't have to squint hard to see the history connection and they do attempt to give some historical context for the things they are showing. Swamp people... Meh. Less of a connection there.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

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 book.




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... :)

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:32 AM

History might be reality but they at least select shows that have some historical connection (usually). Pawn stars, American pickers, counting cars, American restoration, How the states got their shapes, the men who built America; mankind the story of all of us,
The hatfield McCoy movie - you don't have to squint hard to see the history connection and they do attempt to give some historical context for the things they are showing. Swamp people... Meh. Less of a connection there.


Pawn stars and American pickers are not history shows. Next you will try to call This Old House a history show. Having an appraiser telling you that Abe Lincoln was President is not history

Some of the other stuff yes. The states show is history. Hatfield/McCoy is history.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

I know a little OT, but with Pandora and Sonic Tap, there's no need for SiriusXM on DirecTV. I'd rather see the budget go towards audio apps like last.fm, IheartRadio, Spotify, etc...


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

HLN and TV Land seem overdue. And I would probably watch more Cooking Channel if it was in HD -- I tend to skip over it now.


Give me The Cooking Channel in HD, H2 in HD (because they have moved everything I watch on the History Channel to the SD Version of H2, and HLN in HD and I am a Happy Camper!!! :)
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:44 AM

This may have been addressed earlier, so sorry if it has. Has there been any talk about adding the WatchESPN feature that is available to Comcast and a few other cablecos? ESPN is putting more and more of their internet broadcasts here instead of the regular ESPN3 avenue. It would be nice to be able to have access to those events. Thanks in advance to SatRacer or anyone else for their input.


Good question, and the previous response is likely accurate - ESPN doesn't want to deal with it separately so it will have to wait until the next round of contract discussions. That said, DirecTV Latin America already has WatchESPN. See http://www.dbstalk.c...66&postcount=70

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:00 PM

Still curious to know where GSN HD is, 42% owned by D*.




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