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BBC America HD launch July 20...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Cols Dave, Jun 1, 2009.

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  1. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    PlayOn will do NetFlix, Hulu, CBS, Amazon VOD, ESPN and CNN natively and there is a place to add plug-ins for other web sites. Plus, PlayOn is a one-time purchase, whereas Tversity Pro has an annual subscription price, IIRC.
  2. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    That is their standard canned response. I got the very same reply when asking about another channel. All they do is edit the channel name and send out the same email.
  3. dhhaines

    dhhaines Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    Yeah, It'll get added at some point, but NOT in July.
  4. DrZ

    DrZ Godfather

    Nov 13, 2006
    Crap! Looks like there will be no chance that we'll get this at launch. Good thing they got Planet Green and the amazingly boring Smithsonian channel up 24 hrs a day.
  5. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Yeahhh!! Educational and informative tv stinks! :rolleyes: We need foreign tv! :rolleyes:
  6. Ferrino

    Ferrino Cool Member

    Feb 11, 2009
  7. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006

    Hey, at least those channels have HD. If we're going to bash channels, let's bash channels showing little to no HD. ;)

    I actually love :gott: Planet Green & Smithsonian.
  8. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    BBC America is distributed by Discovery, but then so is Travel Channel so I doubt that helps.
  9. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    Direct tv did get MLB network HD at launch but they are part owner of it aslo.
  10. mhking

    mhking Legend

    Oct 27, 2002
    Negative. Discovery sold off Travel to Cox nearly two years ago.
  11. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    Discovery sold it to Cox, but still handles distribution.
  12. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    I can certainly agree with that. I aquired a few Top Gear episodes direct from Jolly Olde England right off the Beeb and there is a lot of content missing. It looks like they try to edit down content that Americans might not 'get' like British celeb interviews and the like, but more often than not they wind up cutting out more interesting stuff too.

    (It's off topic but I got them as DiVX files from a friend on good old fashioned CDs via old fashioned snail mail. And the PQ was still better than BBCA-SD!)
  13. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    As is the PQ of most of the BBC stuff you can download (via torrents) from http://www.uknova.com.
  14. ahintz

    ahintz Legend

    Jan 14, 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    The BBC HD stuff I've ::ahem:: acquired has looked very good - the last Doctor Who was great. I hope I'll be able to record the next Torchwood rather then finding it elsewhere, but I don't have a lot of hope. It looks like this will probably be a post-D12 addition. But, you never know... :)
  15. erpbridge

    erpbridge Cool Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Called up DirecTV after seeing the crawl on tonight's Torchwood (Day2) "To get BBC America in HD contact your cable or satelite provider". CSR Erika said they will be bringing BBC America HD online as a suite of about 10 new HD channels in about a month.

    Too bad they couldn't do it in time for the Torchwood miniseries, but from what I gather, no provider has BBCA HD running yet. Then again, as of today's posting, it's onlly been running a HD feed since yesterday. Here's hoping I can get a REALLY strong OTA antenna in New England and pick up plain ole BBC from over there... Any ideas?
  16. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    It would be nice if that happened, but Satelliteracer (a D* empolyee that's given us hints in the past about new channels) has said to not expect much in new HD before DirecTV 12 launches and goes active.
  17. trainman

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    Jan 9, 2008

    No chance -- the signal isn't strong enough to reach across the Atlantic, and it wouldn't be compatible with your American TV anyway.

    Besides, you've already missed their broadcast of this "Torchwood" miniseries, which was a couple of weeks ago.
  18. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    BBC HD is not yet on OTA in uk it is on FTA sat.
  19. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    First, you train a bunch of ducks to fly in geo-stationary orbit between your home and the UK. If you space them out about one a mile, it'll take around 3,500 ducks. Train them well, you don't want them moving around too much. You'll also need to factor in the curvature of the earth, but I'm sure you could google that.

    Next, you hot glue little mirrors on them. Not too hot, you don't want to get PETA upset.... Then if you get them lined up just right, they can bounce the signal all the way from Old London Town to your place in New England.

    Oh, and they're on the metric system over there, so don't forget to convert the signal.

  20. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Since this thread doesn't seem to be going anywhere, please continue discussion in the "More National HD in 3Q 2009" thread. Thanks.
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