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HD Discussion: National Geographic Channel HD (Channel 276)


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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 02:04 PM

Discussion thread for the new HD channel: National Geographic Channel (Channel 276)

Topics: PQ, Programming, Stretch-0-vision (we hope not!), etc.

And don't forget our other coverage of the new DIRECTV HD channels:

The list of Launched Channels,
Troubleshooting Tips for the New HD Channels,
and just for fun, The "I Got Them!" Challenge.


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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 03:59 AM

New channel has been confirmed.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:18 AM

does D* puts this on a higher tier package? (as E* does)

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:19 AM

New channel, runs for Media room......
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:41 AM

does D* puts this on a higher tier package? (as E* does)


No. It's in the family package which is the lowest base package.
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#6 OFFLINE   smiddy

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:44 AM

I didn't see this one this morning...my son won the battle of the remotes and put it on Noggin. I'll have to check it out later today. How was the PQ? The previews looked stunning a while back, but I saw that this channel was going to be 720p and not 1080i. Can someone confirm this?
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:52 AM

I didn't see this one this morning...my son won the battle of the remotes and put it on Noggin. I'll have to check it out later today. How was the PQ? The previews looked stunning a while back, but I saw that this channel was going to be 720p and not 1080i. Can someone confirm this?


Only paid programming right now but it does show as 720p

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:52 AM

No. It's in the family package which is the lowest base package.


Yes it is in the family package then removed in the choice pkg and added in the choice plus pkg.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:23 AM

When I glanced at NGC-HD this morning, it seemed like it was showing a non-HD infomercial of some kind so I really don't know what the picture quality will be like. Glad to see we're finally getting it and am looking forward to watching more of it starting tonight!

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:29 AM

Took 'em long enough. Now if they can put on some actual HD programming...
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:46 AM

No stretch: Good.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:53 AM

I had NGCHD via Comcast for several months (just switched to D* this week). They don't stretch anything, but some programming (and most NGC promos for their other shows) are zoomed/upconverted SD.

Overall, though, NGCHD was one of the most watched channels I had w/ Comcast whenever I watched "live" (non-DVRed) TV. Nice that I only had to live w/o it for a couple of days.

Considering the number of HD stations I have now via D* (and seeing 4 new HDs pop up just this morning), it's a wonder this long-time Comcast-er hasn't had a heart attack from all the excitement :).
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:10 PM

I'm glad NGC finally went HD, looks good. Hopefully they have plenty of HD content.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 01:49 PM

I had NGCHD via Comcast for several months (just switched to D* this week). They don't stretch anything, but some programming (and most NGC promos for their other shows) are zoomed/upconverted SD.

Overall, though, NGCHD was one of the most watched channels I had w/ Comcast whenever I watched "live" (non-DVRed) TV. Nice that I only had to live w/o it for a couple of days.

Considering the number of HD stations I have now via D* (and seeing 4 new HDs pop up just this morning), it's a wonder this long-time Comcast-er hasn't had a heart attack from all the excitement :).


I'm surprised to hear the part about the upconverted SD. I read awhile back that NGC prepared to go HD for more than a year by recording their programming in HD long before they were ready to show it in HD. I was under the impression that almost all NGC originals were HD.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:51 PM

Go on vacation and come home to more HD! Good to see the NG HD finally, explorer looked great, but then again anything has today after watching no HD for 10 days!
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 12:37 PM

This is the one I've been waiting for. Thanks DirecTV !
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