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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-13 Thread)


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#151 OFFLINE   RAD

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:44 AM

Wasn't there several instances of DirecTV getting channels prior to people knowing they were available?


Yes, back when Sci Fi launched in HD on DIRECTV a number of folks swore up and down, including a mod on the Dish side of the house, that it didn't exist.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:47 AM

They may list it that way, but unless NBC-Universal is sending it to them, and only them, via terrestial feed, they are just upconverting the SD feed from AMC-11 and calling it "Chiller HD."

After looking through all the North American satellites on Lyngsat I can find no "Chiller HD" anywhere.


Also don't see Chiller HD on this page at NBC Universal, https://www.nbcunetworks.com/node/881

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

CBC Newsworld was never available in the USA, what we had was Newsworld International, which was purchased by Al Gore to create Current in 2005. Outside of The National and some of CBC's other newscasts the majority of the channel was made up of original content and output from other international broadcasters like ITN, Deutsche Welle and NHK. CBC Newsworld has since rebranded to CBC News Network and I'm not sure if they can be offered in the USA unless they launch an alternate feed due to the rights to some of the documentaries they now air in the evenings.


On 911 Dish put CBC Newsworld on for few days for a different view. They put it on ch: 222 which was owned by Barry Diller.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

After looking through all the North American satellites on Lyngsat I can find no "Chiller HD" anywhere.

Lyngsat is user contributed data, it is in no way a definitive source and has some outdated information, especially in the current post 4DTV era when it comes to newly launched channels where the network didn't post the tech info yet. If it does exist, it's a fairly new launch and the NBC U affiliate site isn't exactly on top of things, their CSN section still has the old pre-NBC logos, is missing CSN Houston and still says MTN exists.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

On 911 Dish put CBC Newsworld on for few days for a different view. They put it on ch: 222 which was owned by Barry Diller.

At the time HSN and Newsworld International were still sister channels. I think it was shortly after their other sister stations Trio, USA and SciFi were sold to NBC. That afternoon many channels were simulcasting the news from sister channels. (MTV and VH1 were airing CBS News, ESPN was showing ABC News, etc) What you saw was HSN simulcasting Newsworld International which was carrying CBC's coverage.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

Lyngsat is user contributed data, it is in no way a definitive source and has some outdated information, especially in the current post 4DTV era when it comes to newly launched channels where the network didn't post the tech info yet. If it does exist, it's a fairly new launch and the NBC U affiliate site isn't exactly on top of things, their CSN section still has the old pre-NBC logos, is missing CSN Houston and still says MTN exists.


CSN Chicago is not on that list as well.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Lyngsat is user contributed data, it is in no way a definitive source and has some outdated information, especially in the current post 4DTV era when it comes to newly launched channels where the network didn't post the tech info yet. If it does exist, it's a fairly new launch and the NBC U affiliate site isn't exactly on top of things, their CSN section still has the old pre-NBC logos, is missing CSN Houston and still says MTN exists.


There is also a possibility that it is a land-based feed. Universal Sports is available in HD for instance, and several smaller providers carry it. But as far as I know, they only have a internet based feed. Which isn't a real problem if your bandwidth is enough.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

It's very possible... but it's an odd occurence that two (I'm assuming unrelated) cablecos list Chiller HD in their lineup...

Link to the links of two cablecos


If you enter in Newport, WA zip code (99156) and select Concept Communications Corp. (the 1st link on AVSForum you linked to above) on Chiller's official website channel finder it lists it as being available in HD.

http://www.chillertv.com/getchiller/

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Chiller is available in your area on Concept Communications Corp Channel 241 and 149(HD).



To try to get more official confirmation I have also sent NBCUniversal an email, although it wouldn't surprise me if they do not respond.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

To try to get more official confirmation I have also sent NBCUniversal an email, although it wouldn't surprise me if they do not respond.


Nor should you be surprised. And yet, I wouldn't be surprised if they do. I've had pretty good luck at just asking for information. . . .
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

One channel I don't recall seeing on this thread is CNN International. I used to have that when I was on Time Warner Cable - only SD, but it may be in HD by now. This channel appealed to me as it wasn't overloaded with all the bells and whistles of CNN itself. If you are interested in world news, including US news, this was a nice alternative. When news broke overseas, it was great to have this option to keep watching rather than have CNN itself break away. CNN does use the International feed sometimes when they don't have the capability to cover something themselves. Also, Hala Gorani, the daytime anchor is nice on the eyes.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

One channel I don't recall seeing on this thread is CNN International. I used to have that when I was on Time Warner Cable - only SD, but it may be in HD by now.


CNN International does have a 720i HD feed, but as far as I know that HD feed is only available on the European ASTRA satellites for distribution on European cable (and satellite) companies. The rest of the world will still have to do with a SD feed only. (The American HD feed for the US version of CNN is available in Asia).

The only problem with CNN International for American viewers is that the American "prime time" block (Anderson Cooper 360, Piers Morgan, etc) is simply simulcasted on CNN International, as that is between 2AM and 5AM GMT. Since there isn't enough viewers in e.g. Europe on that time block, it makes sense to simply broadcast something from a part of the world where people are still awake.

It's nice for the west coast as the actual 6AM GMT broadcast start of CNN International news shows such as World Report would be 10 PM, but for the east coast.... it doesn't matter that much, as between 8PM and 1AM (including a repeat of Wolf Blitzer from earlier in the day) there is little different in the programming on CNN International.

That all said, I don't care if it is SD, I would watch CNN International in SD, and would welcome the addition along with BBC World News.

Edited by maartena, 09 January 2013 - 02:25 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

Would love to see H2 & The Military Channel added to HD - and the addition of Military History to the programming lineup.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

He's referring to the local Time Warner Sports Channel in Ohio that mostly airs local high school sports, some college sports via ESPN Plus and sometimes used as the designated sports overflow channel for FS Ohio. I doubt that will ever happen unless they get the rights to a pro sport. Most of the regional Time Warner Sports networks are just cablecasts that are created at the headend.


Time Warner SportsChannel will be airing a lot of college sports, including Dayton, Xavier, and Miami University. Dayton/Cincinnati is a huge college basketball market that DirecTV will be out of if they don't add this channel.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

Time Warner SportsChannel will be airing a lot of college sports, including Dayton, Xavier, and Miami University. Dayton/Cincinnati is a huge college basketball market that DirecTV will be out of if they don't add this channel.


Considering they don't even offer Fox Sports Ohio in full-time HD it's probably highly unlikely they will carry that channel. Hope I'm wrong.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Considering they don't even offer Fox Sports Ohio in full-time HD it's probably highly unlikely they will carry that channel. Hope I'm wrong.


I thought FS Ohio was full time, that it was just Cincinnati that was part time.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

I thought FS Ohio was full time, that it was just Cincinnati that was part time.


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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

True, but doesn't mean anything is on. Fox Sports covered the Tour of Utah, it was on all the Fox Sports channels, but I had to get the sports pack because DirecTV didn't have Cincinnati on during that time.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:41 AM

HD content has began to populate on Sportsman On Demand (1605). At the time of this posting there was a total of 8 in HD.

Not hardly worth mentioning, but 2 programs in HD are also available on BTN On Demand (1610). I think one is a College BB highlight and the other is an episode of Big Ten Elite.

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DIRECTV Premium Channel Pricing: 1=$13.99 ($17.99 for HBO) | 2=$25.99 ($30.99 with HBO) | 3=$36.99 ($41.99 with HBO) | 4=$45.99 ($50.99 with HBO) | All 5=$57.99 per month

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

HD content has began to populate on Sportsman On Demand (1605). At the time of this posting there was a total of 8 in HD.

Not hardly worth mentioning, but 2 programs in HD are also available on BTN On Demand (1610). I think one is a College BB highlight and the other is an episode of Big Ten Elite.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Thanks!


Any good news?or steel waiting.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:58 AM

Any good news?or steel waiting.


I think it will take a little bit of time into this new year of 2013. I don't recall, from previous years, much in the way of channel additions during the month of January. I do recall, well before HD, that we had numerous launches in 2000. Odyssey (now Hallmark Channel) and SOAPnet were among them. So was Boomerang. I don't recall them added in the month of January 2000. (Maybe they were.) I would be willing more to anticipate once we are into the month of February (at earliest).

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

One channel I don't recall seeing on this thread is CNN International. I used to have that when I was on Time Warner Cable - only SD, but it may be in HD by now. This channel appealed to me as it wasn't overloaded with all the bells and whistles of CNN itself. If you are interested in world news, including US news, this was a nice alternative. When news broke overseas, it was great to have this option to keep watching rather than have CNN itself break away. CNN does use the International feed sometimes when they don't have the capability to cover something themselves. Also, Hala Gorani, the daytime anchor is nice on the eyes.


I'd rather have CNNI

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

I want UNIVISION DEPORTES HD!!!

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

Big announcement coming ... I just need to double check this.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

Huge.
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