DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official 2019 Thread)

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  1. CraigerM

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    Just curious why do they carry the SD version of a channel if their is an HD version of it?
     
  2. Athlon646464

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    For people with old TV's.
     
  3. CraigerM

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    Sorry, I should have said if they carry it in SD only if their is an HD version available?
     
  4. Athlon646464

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    That depends on the owner of the channel. DTV can then choose to provide it or not.
     
  5. James Long

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    There are customers who have SD only receivers.

    Many channels charge extra for HD carriage. While my preference is "everything in HD", there has to be a budget.
     
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    Very true. That’s why I said if...
     
  7. kevinwmsn

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    You would think as long as high def has been available, you would think the channels would have had a renewal or two and it should have came up. But we all know it has got to be a contract issue.
     
  8. skinnyJM

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    As a wise man (not me) once said "It's ALWAYS about the money"
     
  9. YUMA11

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    I lost all logos channel?what happened?


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    AT&T (Always Tampering and Tinkering), that's what happened.
     
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  12. kevinwmsn

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    I am anticipating Sinclair and channels represented by Deerfield to come back. Bring back the locals.
     
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  13. Oct 2, 2019 #353 of 396
    zeebre12

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    I see QVC have a special channel for Christmas called Holiday HQ but it seems to be only available on their website as a livestream. I wonder will they launch it on TV also
     
  14. JoeTheDragon

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    how much will they pay to make it an live channel?
     
  15. CraigerM

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    Anyone know why the are moving channels like LoveWorld? I don’t watch that channel but was curious. Are they adding new channels because they are moving ones around?
     
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  16. Nov 1, 2019 #356 of 396
    BigRedFan

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    I'd like to know whether AT&T TV Now (the streaming version of DirecTV's full line-up) carries the HD version of the channels DTV does not yet carry in HD. Such as C-Span, the Starz-Encore movie channels, CNBC World, Sportsman Channel, Gol TV, many others.

    Presumably there's no bandwidth issue at play with streaming so they should be able to carry every channel on DTV with an HD feed in HD.

    Has anyone here subscribed to it and can tell us ?
     
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  17. Nov 1, 2019 #357 of 396
    slice1900

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    Directv doesn't really have any bandwidth limitations, at least to the extent that they have plenty of spare bandwidth they could use to carry more channels in HD than they do now. The channels they don't carry in HD that are available in HD are mostly not carried due to contractual/financial reasons - i.e. they would have to pay more to carry it in HD, or the contract they have currently doesn't allow them carry in HD. And yes, from what I understand, many networks do charge more for the HD versions of their channels. This makes sense, because back in the day they had to spend money to upgrade equipment to produce their stuff in HD, and wanted to pass the cost along.

    This is probably why we don't see any full time 4K channels yet, and see no signs of any on the horizon. It would cost the network more to deliver them, but the appetite from MVPDs to pay more for 4K channels is probably not there. Because the appetite from customers to pay more for 4K channels is not there. Thus I don't expect to see streaming mean a bunch of 4K channels will appear - those customers don't have an appetite to pay more, either.

    The channels that they don't pay for (like CSPAN) or they get paid to carry (like religious channels) they don't have much incentive to carry in HD, so they mostly don't. Especially since the former public interest channels are mostly only carried to meet their FCC quota, and there's zero incentive to meet that quota with HD. No customers are going to switch providers because they want to watch congressional committee meetings in HD, so there's no incentive for Directv to carry CSPAN in HD.

    There are some channels that are in HD on Uverse that are not on Directv, and vice versa. There are fewer such differences now than they were when they bought Directv, since more and more channels are covered by a single contract on both services.
     
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  18. Nov 1, 2019 #358 of 396
    BigRedFan

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    Slice, I hear you, but here's the wrinkle to this thing.

    A few months ago someone posted here that on DTV Now (the previous streaming version) they were carrying the HD versions of TyC Sports and Gol TV. These 2 Spanish-language channels are currently carried only in SD on satellite. And they're housed in the 119 satellite with limited HD bandwidth. That got me thinking that now that AT&T TV Now is carrying the full DTV channel line-up, including the entire Latino pack, could they also be picking up the HD versions of many more Spanish-language channels that they cannot accommodate from 119 ?

    I think I also read that the Sportsman Channel-HD had also been available on DTV Now, while it's only in SD on satellite.

    So yes, there are larger contractual issues at play with HD, as opposed to bandwidth limitations, but now that the full DTV line-up is available via streaming it may be a worthwhile exercise to see how much it deviates from satellite as far as HD carriage is concerned. We may be surprised.
     
  19. Nov 3, 2019 #359 of 396
    slice1900

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    There may be some HD additions they can but have chosen not to make for the Spanish/International content from 119 & 95 that could be made down the road, but I suspect at least as far as the Spanish content goes it fits into larger plans involving Puerto Rico. They've got a limited number of transponders that can simultaneously broadcast to the US and Puerto Rico, and have been using those for channels that are received in both the US and Puerto Rico. As they've added such transponders with the launch of D14, T15 and now T16 they've expanded the HD offerings in Puerto Rico quite a bit over the last couple years.

    There will be a lot more such transponders opening up when they finally drop MPEG2 SD from 101, but it looks like that may be 18-24 months away (not really sure of the new schedule since the original plan to shut those down by the end of 2019 got pushed back due to contractual wrinkles) So maybe in a couple years you'll see more of those channels from 119 go HD.
     
  20. Nov 3, 2019 #360 of 396
    richall01

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    I see in the guide that both Kidsmix 199 and Sportsmix 205 show "To be Announced on" 11/5 @ 6 am. Does this mean there going bye bye? If so why?
     
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