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HD Discussion: The Science Channel (Channel 284)


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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 02:15 PM

Discussion thread for the new HD channel: The Science Channel (Channel 284)

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   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 04:34 AM

SCIHD - Confirmed Channel 284

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:25 AM

Looked pretty good.
Nice crisp images, no blocking or pixilating that i saw.
Good, clear HD!

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:04 AM

I still have the old "Total Choice" package, so this isn't part of what I can receive. Is the content worth an upgrade?

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:30 AM

Could not find 1 HD show in the guide for this channel.

Will it just take time for the HD flag to show for the shows on these new channels?
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:47 AM

Waiting for new episodes of Survivorman....Les stuck in HD...
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:01 AM

I get error 721 even though I have the Premier package. Solutions? I already called D* to get Starz HD fixed.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:02 AM

I get error 721 even though I have the Premier package. Solutions? I already called D* to get Starz HD fixed.


They should have refreshed your HD package and that should have cleared up everything.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:03 AM

Nice. "The Sun" looks pretty clean in HD
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:25 AM

Finally got it fixed by calling them again. Recent account activity now looks like this:

09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx DIRECTV DVR Service $0.00 $0.00
09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx Starz HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00
09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx Cinemax HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00
09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx SHOWTIME HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00
09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx HBO HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00
09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx LOCALS HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00
09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx Sports HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00
09/26/2007 xxxxxxxxxxxx Sunday Ticket HD - Charge

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 11:39 AM

I had the old total choice package which didn't include this channel. I just upgraded on the website to choice extra package. I didn't see any difference between my old bill and my new bill so I upgraded. I reset my receiver and still I get the 721 error.

I guess I'll have to make a call

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 11:53 AM

I had the old total choice package which didn't include this channel. I just upgraded on the website to choice extra package. I didn't see any difference between my old bill and my new bill so I upgraded. I reset my receiver and still I get the 721 error.

I guess I'll have to make a call


I still have total choice and was watching Smithsonian today at lunch. edit: i have total choice plus. sorry
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 11:57 AM

I still have total choice and was watching Smithsonian today at lunch. edit: i have total choice plus. sorry


I get smithsonian too but not the science channel which this thread is about.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 12:43 PM

Perhaps it is bad timing, but I haven't seen anything in HD on the Science channel yet. It all looks like upconverted SD to me.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:32 PM

i haven't seen/watched anything the suggest this it isn't upconverted SD. anyway it still looks way much better than just regular SD.
and i can't wait to see Survivorman tongiht
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:49 PM

Waiting for new episodes of Survivorman....Les stuck in HD...


Unfortunately, I've seen them all. The new season ended about a week ago. They're rerunning the new ones though.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 05:52 PM

I've been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Science Channel (284) in HD...but of all new HD channels, it appears to be the least crisp and visually impressive...I thought it might be the current programming that's being shown, but saw a Science Channel program the other night on Discovery HD that looked much much better, and how I'd expect it to. Any thoughts or similar observations?
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 05:58 PM

I've been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Science Channel (284) in HD...but of all new HD channels, it appears to be the least crisp and visually impressive...I thought it might be the current programming that's being shown, but saw a Science Channel program the other night on Discovery HD that looked much much better, and how I'd expect it to. Any thoughts or similar observations?



When I checked Directv last they said this channels was in the list of upcoming HD channels in October... Yet it's been on since the start of the new channels... Wassszzzup with dat?:D

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:01 PM

When I checked Directv last they said this channels was in the list of upcoming HD channels in October... Yet it's been on since the start of the new channels... Wassszzzup with dat?:D


was it science HD or Sci Fi Hd in October?

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:04 PM

was it science HD or Sci Fi Hd in October?


Big difference...

Sci-Fi HD is not available yet

The Discovery: Science Channel.... is
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