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DIRECTV to Carry 11 HBO/Cinemax Channels In HD


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#1 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:18 PM

DIRECTV to Carry 11 HBO/Cinemax Channels In HD

The new channels will be added in September.
By Phillip Swann

Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2007) -- DIRECTV plans to carry 11 HBO/Cinemax channels in High-Definition this September, TVPredictions.com has learned.

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See the rest of the article at TVPredictions

Other articles there discuss that HBO will have all 26 of their networks in HD... just not confirmed for DirecTV.
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#2 OFFLINE   RobertE

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:26 PM

WooHoo....Bring'em on. :dance01: :icon_bb: :jump3: :joy: :dance:

Could you please add these channels to the Predicted sticky?
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:26 PM

Yeh no need

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:28 PM

Not *that's* what I'm talking about. Between those and 5 Starz channels in HD I'm all set.

And Kudo's to Swanni for actually getting a scoop vs. just copying from the forums. I haven't seen this anywhere else today.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:28 PM

Good, more HD content!

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:30 PM

In related news:
Here is the discussion thread about the other 15 NOT announced for DirecTV.
http://www.dbstalk.c...ead.php?t=89726
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:32 PM

You think that somewhere in there that they would at lease be able to squeeze in HBO Comedy (SD or HD) somwhere.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:35 PM

DIRECTV to Carry 11 HBO/Cinemax Channels In HD

Of course I just cancelled HBO post-Sopranos, after 20-something years as a subscriber. May have to reinstate it now! :)

Interesting timing by HBO. Probably important for them to get some good news for subscribers out there. Many either cancelled or are prepared to cancel at the end of the month, in protest over the Soprano's ending. /s
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#9 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:36 PM

And Kudo's to Swanni for actually getting a scoop vs. just copying from the forums. I haven't seen this anywhere else today.


I clipped it by just happening to be there when it posted.
The 26 channel article was there, and when I refereshed... then there was the DirecTV one.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:40 PM

Not *that's* what I'm talking about. Between those and 5 Starz channels in HD I'm all set.

And Kudo's to Swanni for actually getting a scoop vs. just copying from the forums. I haven't seen this anywhere else today.


Did you copy a PM I sent to Earl? Your first paragraph was almost verbatim! :D

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:40 PM

You think that somewhere in there that they would at lease be able to squeeze in HBO Comedy (SD or HD) somwhere.

They're probably saving that spot for QVCHD :lol:

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:40 PM

Good start. Hopefully D* will pick up the rest but if not. I'll be happy.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 04:38 PM

Good start. Hopefully D* will pick up the rest but if not. I'll be happy.


Interesting thought, "the rest". While D* is the leaders in a lot of areas they sure are falling behind in the amount of Premium movie channels. Here is the current amounts by provider.

I am including this areas local cable, and I know the numbers may vary from cable company to cable company, BHN.

Just wondering why we get fewer than the other services.

Be nice to have more, to choose from, but I am really looking forward to all the new ones in HD this fall.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 04:45 PM

I was thinking well what about all the other HBO channels as well and I must say I am very disappointed about not seeing other HBO channels added to list.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 05:52 PM

Great step in the right direction. Personally I'd much rather get what we already have in SD in HD before worrying about "new" premiums, so this is good news.

After that, expansion is great too... :)
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 05:57 PM

I was thinking well what about all the other HBO channels as well and I must say I am very disappointed about not seeing other HBO channels added to list.



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Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:16 PM

Read Page 2.:rolleyes:


Page two was about HBO's announcement...not DTV's. No announcement for carriage w/DTV other than those listed on page one.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:29 PM

Once D11 makes it up safely then they would have the bandwidth to add the rest if they so choose.

All the announcements are starting to push the limits of what they can put on just D10. I honestly didn't think they'd get close to 150 that both sats will provide but holy cow they may get close within a couple years easy. They may just need to get that ground spare, D12, up and running and in the sky to provide more bandwidth, assuming they have the in orbit capacity to do so.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:47 PM

Once D11 makes it up safely then they would have the bandwidth to add the rest if they so choose.

In addition, if D* replaces the first generation Tandberg MPEG-4 encoders they bought in 2005 with the new, second generation EN8090, they may be able to deliver 3 channels in the same bandwidth that 2 take today. Here's a quote from the brochure:

"The EN8090 Encoder excels in encoding performance. Supporting a range of horizontal resolutions at 1080i and 720p, extraordinary picture quality is supported at under 6 Mbps with improved visible artifact removal. This new level of performance represents up to a 50% improvement over currently deployed MPEG-4 AVC HD encoders, enabling operators to pack more services into the available bandwidth without sacrificing video quality."

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 08:00 PM

guess i need to start diggin' around in the garage for those BBC's




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