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8 Additional Markets to Get HD locals in April

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ScoBuck, Mar 23, 2007.

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  1. myselfalso

    myselfalso Godfather

    Jan 25, 2006
    I'm not complaining that I don't have it because I have old equipment. I'm merely pointing out the fact that D* can't even do this in advance. They could tell the people in that market that D* has gotten the green light for the Harrisburg DMA, and that on x date, they will turn on.

    I only found out immediately because I'm on here. What about other people who have D*, who doesn't check this site out, who doesn't have an HR20?

    Of course I knew it would come down to this. All I'm saying is that D* should be much more proactive about telling customers what's going on. When D* sent out that press release about getting locals by EOY 2006, we put the breaks on getting the national feeds of our networks. They could've said in December that they were having issues and were going to have to delay. In February, they started saying that it was indefinitely postponed. But you had to contact them to find that out. I'm just suggesting that they could run a better business by being more proactive in getting information out.
  2. ScoBuck

    ScoBuck Banned User

    Mar 5, 2006

    Hey can't argue, but really none of the providers have been giving out much advance info. Couldn't tell you why - but they don't. Anyhow, get the stuff and enjoy.
  3. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    In addition to the above four JAX locals, I also get PBS HD and CW HD via
    Comcast. I could do without CW, but PBS HD is awesome - 100% upgrade
    programming from the regular PBS.
  4. chewwy420

    chewwy420 New Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Report on Harrisburg Locals...

    8 (NBC) picture little out of sync with sounds at times.
    21 (CBS) OK
    27 (ABC) not working, says station is having problems
    43 (FOX) Seems to look ok.

    Will know more when I can actually see some HD content.
  5. bamanick

    bamanick Mentor

    Feb 23, 2007
    Anyone have any idea about the timeline for Huntsville, AL area. Running out of patience!
  6. hermanns

    hermanns New Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    Came home today to new HD channels(Jacksonville market). I'm so excited, its been as long time waiting. We were supposed to have them last year. Couldn't get NBC reliably through the antenna, so very excited to get it in HD now.
  7. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Huntsville, AL (#84) is likely a ways off yet. Keep in mind that today's markets are the first since Boston (#7) on December 8, 2006, so it would not be a good idea to extrapolate.

    Of course, they went one market below you with Madison, WI in late October and reached all the way down to Reno (#110) on the same day.

    [rant]Portland, Oregon still doesn't have ABC or CBS[/rant] :soapbox:

    ps: I'm not sure which year D* has chosen to determine their DMA boundaries, so that may impact some subscribers where the DMAs are more densely packed.
  8. sjso395

    sjso395 AllStar

    Dec 15, 2006
    I have been screaming for cox sports for years now. I have sent countless e-mails to Cox and D*. Apparently, I am in the minority because they keep blowing me off with the normal canned responses. I have to still subscribe to my local analog cable (horrible picture btw) just to try and get cox sports
  9. Ext 721

    Ext 721 Icon

    Feb 26, 2007
    "My question is why not turn on OKC and TULSA at the sametime. "

    because they're close together, and it's like housepainting with different colors. You don't do the red trim and the white walls on the same day.

    WIth a house, it's because wet paint bleeds into other wet paint.

    With spot beams it's to get one right before you add a potential "x-factor" in...that is, if you shine both spotbeams down, and the edge where they meet has problems, you'd naturally conclude they were interfering...BUT! that might not be the case at all!!!

    In short, you don't run two experiments at the same time in the same space if there's a potential one will interfere with the other.
  10. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    You're a bit off on your date for Boston, Harsh... they went live in the first wave of 12, on 12/8/2005, not 2006. Between then and today, D* has turned on 31 other markets, ranging from markets 13 to 110.

    Update: OOPS!!! Sorry, Harsh! I noticed my typo in the HD LiL listing by DMA... Boston is supposed to be 2005, not 2006. Soory about that! I'll get it fixed immediately!
  11. Ext 721

    Ext 721 Icon

    Feb 26, 2007
    Because you get people who get told the date, write it on a calendar, and are furious if it gets backed up by a week.

    Hence, they only give exact dates when they're pretty sure!
  12. gonzlobo

    gonzlobo AllStar

    Jul 4, 2006
    So, when local HD is available in my area, will the new channels just show up in my favorite channel list or 'channels I get' or do I have to reboot to see them?
  13. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Will show up in the "channels i get" and the guide (when not on a favorites list.)

  14. djstough

    djstough AllStar

    Nov 26, 2006
    I would bet they will actually be on the same spot beam, don't you think?
  15. whitey2755

    whitey2755 AllStar

    Oct 8, 2006
    After watching some prime time content last night....
    8 (NBC) some 'ghosting' with picture during Friday Night Lights, didn't notice any audio issues. Leno show looked and sounded outstanding.
    21 (CBS) Nothing on last night that I watch that was first run but will check quality with CSI tonight
    27 (ABC) Lost looked and sounded incredible.
    43 (Fox) American Idol looked and sounded great as well. Added Bonus: Gwen Stefani in HD......Yowza!!!:eek2: :eek2: :eek2: :eek2:
  16. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I thought it seemed kind of odd that #7 would come so late in the game. DirecTV hadn't added any local markets since just before Thanksgiving 2006.
  17. Hamiltony

    Hamiltony Cool Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    A little slip up to report from Spokane, WA. Last night i was watching Letterman's lovefest with Al Frankin, so i decided to switch it over to Leno and see if he couldn't love it up with a different liberal that I might be able to stand (repeat of Will Ferrall, yes!). Well, D* was uplinking our CBS affiliate to the NBC affiliates feed. So I was tuning Letterman on both channels. OTA NBC was fine, so it was definately a D* issue. This morning the Today show was missing to showing the CBS morning show. I called up the local NBC tech and told him, he asked me if I was sure, and he said he'd call them up and take care of it. Within a half an hour it was fixed. Just bugs in the system at start up I am guessing. It is weird, though. NBC was working fine all day yesterday until I noticed it last night.
  18. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    Musta been related to the SD NBC-W DNS being open all last night.
  19. cavihitts

    cavihitts Godfather

    Mar 11, 2007
    If you have an HR10-250, you can get a HR20 with 5lnb upgrade for $99 + $19.95. Of course that is a lease upgrade and requires commitment. If your current HR10-250 is owned, then the wo will include to have it relocated as well and you will be able to keep it.
  20. calwan

    calwan Mentor

    Dec 28, 2006
    27 (ABC) HD channel is black, SD channel seems fine.
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