DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official 2019 Thread)

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  1. Sep 1, 2019 #321 of 389
    n3ntj

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    I guess NASA HD still won't coming to D* anytime soon.. been waiting years and years for that one.
     
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    TheRatPatrol

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    And Sportsman Channel
     
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  3. Sep 1, 2019 #323 of 389
    kevinwmsn

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    A lot of us would like all of locals back in high def.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2019 #324 of 389
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    If it ever comes I’d expect it when they shut down mpeg2 (usually incorrectly referred to as shut down SD.) because then it could become a PI channel even when it’s in Hi Definition.
     
  5. Sep 2, 2019 #325 of 389
    James Long

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    Or to put it another way ... PI channels must be available to all subscribers who can see the orbital location where they are transmitted. A PI channel in HD would not be visible to a SD only receiver. DIRECTV would need to get rid of all the non-HD receivers before they could transmit a PI channel in HD. (The alternative would be to give the PI channel two feeds, but then you're giving two channels to one PI. Unless DIRECTV offers two channels to every PI giving two channels to NASA would be unfair.)
     
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    I haven't had my local NBC affiliate since May 31. :(
     
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    Bout dang time! It'd be nice if that article said when the rest of the Encore HD channels are going to added on D* though.
     
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  8. Sep 3, 2019 #328 of 389
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    Nothing stops them from carrying it in MPEG4 SD once they drop MPEG2 SD...
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that when DirecTV shuts down MPEG 2 everyone will have HD receivers since the SD receivers can't decode MPEG4. I know in my market they swapped everyone's SD equipment out for HD equivalents when they dropped our MPEG2 local channels and went MPEG4 only for them.

    That is why they are taking so long to drop MPEG2 channels, they are transitioning all of their customers over to HD/MPEG4 capable equipment first.

    Once they do that they should be able to do everything in HD assuming they have agreements in place and want to do so. But like Slice says they very well could decide to just keep sending them out in MPEG4 SD.
     
  10. Sep 6, 2019 #330 of 389
    slice1900

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    It isn't 100% clear what they are doing for SD only customers that are getting "free upgrades". They are getting HD receivers, but they are outputting in HD? It is possible it be an R22 like situation where the firmware sees "SD customer" on the access card and is locked to 480i/480p output only. Now I think they probably are getting HD since it would be more work for Directv to track those people who aren't paying for HD etc. but the R22 shows they have that capability in the firmware.

    We've had a few people post about the notices they've received and their timeline/options, but I don't recall seeing any follow up from those people about how the upgrade process worked out for them.
     
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    JoeTheDragon

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    will the r22 be killed at the sd turn off? fully become an HD box?
     
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    They had have that in the firmware in ALL HD receivers since the Ka-only (HD) locals have been around...saw it plenty of times around here, since that's where our locals have always been since the discontinuance of the 72.5 (SD locals) bird. So it's NO big deal for them to lock down any/all HD receivers into SD-only mode.
     
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  13. Sep 9, 2019 #333 of 389
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    Would like to see that and CSpan in HD as well. Not to mention one of my local RSNs, Fox Sports Ohio. Only RSN that isn't full-time HD. Ridiculous.
     
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    Beerstalker

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    Yeah, I haven't heard what they are doing now either. I know they did lock down the equipment for SD only customers in my area when they were upgraded, so they only output SD. If you were an HD customer all of your receivers were then capable of HD. I had an old SD receiver at the time and it was replaced with an H23, which did output HD since I was already an HD customer with two HD-DVRs.

    Either way, they would technically be able to upgrade all channels (including PI channels) to HD, and drop all SD duplicates, since all customers would now have HD equipment in order to see the MPEG4 channels. SD only customers would just have them downscaled by the receivers. This of course would require them to have agreements in place to carry all of the HD versions of the channels.

    I don't see this happening though.
     
  15. Sep 9, 2019 #335 of 389
    James Long

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    Any channels that do not have a HD carriage contract could be carried in MPEG4 SD. The conversion is the end of MPEG2 ... not the end of SD.
     
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    ESPN is running ads tonight that these channels may be dropped soon, although they don’t mention AT&T or DIRECTV specifically.
     
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    When Directv renew a carriage deal witj Disney again ESPN Classic will hardly be included?
     
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    Does anyone know if 110 has gone dark or something? I have an old SK3005 Winegard Trav'ler automatic rooftop dish which has been converted to SWM, etc. I haven't used it for a couple of weeks because of tree cover but today I have a clear sky and the system couldn't find 110. It did lock onto 101 and 119 and was able to obtain service, but not having 110 slows it down. This wasn't the situation when I last used the dish ~3 weeks ago. Maybe the long awaited channel realignment is happening?
     
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    Yes, it was reported over at edgecutter last month, there is no longer any signals being transmitted - at least that a D* receiver can receive)...
     
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    110 hasn't supplied any US programming for at least five years. It is only circumstance that you were able to receive it at all since it was tilted towards Puerto Rico. In some parts of the US it already couldn't be received for years.
     

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