DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official 2019 Thread)

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  1. Feb 10, 2019 #61 of 374
    slice1900

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    Do you know whether networks are doing different contracts for streamers than they are offering cable/satellite providers? Since for now at least they have a different audience (younger people and in general people less willing to spend money on TV) I wonder if they offer cheaper deals and/or better terms to the streamers so long as they consider it "extra revenue" - subject to change once the loss of cable/satellite subscribers starts to really affect their bottom line, of course.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2019 #62 of 374
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    Well unfortunately, what Comcast gave with 1 hand w/Epix, they just took away with the other, with the removal of MGM-HD last week, from all their systems. (MGM fully owns Epix now, so they may have made this deal to basically "swap" MGM for Epix on their systems nationwide)
    AND at the same time, Charter also appears to have removed it from at least the majority of their systems, that previously were BHN & TWC; Charter never carried it on their legacy systems, so it appears this was to further bring those previous non-Charter systems into the fold.

    With these 2 major carriers dropping it, it appears like MGM-HD might be on life support, on ANY systems. ;)
     
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  4. Feb 13, 2019 #64 of 374
    mws192

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    MGM has essentially been month to month on Uverse for quite some time. It’s been listed on U-verse Programming Changes for as long as I can remember, always moving the date out a few months at a time.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2019 #65 of 374
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    Let me make a few predictions for 2019:

    - DirecTV will add these channels in HD: The remaining Encore HD channels, C-SPAN 1 and 2 in HD, Nicktons HD, Sportsman Channel HD, NASA HD, OuterMax HD, Fox Soccer Plus HD full time (and still $14.99 a month).
    - DirecTV will add several 4K channels including: HBO 4K, NASA 4K.
    - Fox will have at least 6-10 MLS games available in 4K including the All Star Game. And potentially a game or two in the Gold Cup tournament in 4K as well.
    - A few NFL preseason games that are aired nationally on NFL Network will be available in 4K. ESPN debuts 4K content with Monday Night Football.
    - The dispute with BeIN Sports will not be resolved.
     
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  6. Feb 14, 2019 #66 of 374
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    I see ACC Network being added.
     
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  7. Feb 14, 2019 #67 of 374
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    Has HBO announced anything about an HBO 4K channel? We'll hear about it well before it comes, they aren't going to want to keep that a secret.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2019 #68 of 374
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    Monday Night Football 4K? maybe and better chance then Superbowl (locals can't force an black out for MNF).
     
  9. Feb 14, 2019 #69 of 374
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    Yes that's probably the best shot but so far ESPN hasn't done any 4K at all. They would probably test it on some smaller events before doing MNF so I wouldn't hold my breath to see it this fall.
     
  10. Feb 15, 2019 #70 of 374
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    I'll take fox Thursday night football in fox 4k :)

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  11. Feb 15, 2019 #71 of 374
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    Fox's local affiliates would have a problem with that, though it is already simulcast on NFL Network so who knows what kind of contract situation they have. I wouldn't hold my breath.
     
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  12. Feb 16, 2019 #72 of 374
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    Thx for posting, I haven't looked at their page for awhile. But something else I noticed...they have all the Stingray music channels set to expire in February as well...considering that D* switched from ST to Music Choice, I'll be curious to see if/when they do the same thing on U-verse.
     
  13. Feb 20, 2019 #73 of 374
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    So for whatever reason, I happen to drop in on ch 388 JBS...& to my surprise, my receiver (& TV) are both reporting this channel is in 720p!
    I believe this channel has always been on Ka band since day 1...but I sure don't remember it being in HD on launch. (before anyone asks - yes, my receiver is, & always is in Native mode [​IMG] ) Does anyone know when this channel went HD...or has it ALWAYS been HD since launch?
    While the picture quality is NOT up there with many other HD channels, it definitely IS much better than any SD channels. JBS DOES offer an HD feed, that FiOS, Spectrum, Google Fiber TV & CenturyLink IPTV all carry (as per om's AVSF National HD lineup thread)...so I highly doubt D* is "upconverting" an SD feed.
    I checked some of the other (supposed) SD channels on Ka-only, (PI's) & none of them appear to have been upgraded to HD. (including NASA, sorry NASA fans...)
     
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  14. Feb 20, 2019 #74 of 374
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    According to the CE site, JBS has been HD for a few months. But I do not ever recall anyone ever mentioning it going HD at the time on any site.
     
  15. Feb 20, 2019 #75 of 374
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    And just like that MGM dropped off U-verse Programming Changes this month. It was listed as potentially expiring in March in the January update. Viacom up in March. A&E in April.

    More specific highlights from U-verse Programming Changes

    February 2019:
    If a reasonable longer term agreement cannot be reached with the programmers, we may lose the rights to carry them (listed in alphabetical order) on or after February 2019: EVINE Live and EVINE Live in HD; GMA Pinoy (channel 3683); Heroes & Icons (channel 137 and 1137 in HD); MBC America (channel 3643); MeTV (channel 23, 136 and 1023 and 1136 in HD); NHK World TV HD (channels 1221, 1379); Sony Entertainment Television (SET Asia) (channel 3704).

    ...on or after March 2019: NFL Network (channel 630 and 1630 in HD); NFL RedZone (channel 1629 in HD); World Fishing Network (channel 1679 in HD). In addition, we may lose the rights to carry the following channels on or after March 22, 2019: BET (Black Entertainment Television) (channel 155 and 1155 in HD); BET (Black Entertainment Television) - West (channel 156 and 1156 in HD); BET Gospel (channel 516); BET Her (channel 515); BET Jams (channel 508); BET Soul (channel 522); CMT (Country Music Television) (channel 525 and 1524 in HD); CMT – West (Country Music Television) (channel 526 and 1526 in HD); CMT Music (channel 527); Comedy Central East (channel 140 and 1140 in HD); Comedy Central West (channel 141 and 1141 in HD); LOGO East (channel 183); LOGO West (channel 184); MTV (Music Television) (channel 502 and 1502 in HD); MTV Live (channel 1505 in HD); MTV West (Music Television) - West (channel 503 and 1503 in HD); MTV Classic (channel 520); MTV Classic - West (channel 521); MTV2 (channel 504 and 1504 in HD); MTV2 West (channel 505 and 1505 in HD); mtvU (channel 510); Nick Jr. (channel 320 and 1320 in HD); Nick Jr. West (channel 320); Nick2 (channel 316); Nickelodeon East (channel 314 and 1314 in HD); Nickelodeon West (channel 315 and 1315 in HD); NickMusic (channel 509); Nicktoons (channel 318 and 1318 in HD); Nicktoons West (channel 318 and 1318 in HD); Paramount Network East (channel 145 and 1145 in HD); Paramount Network West (channel 146 and 1146 in HD); TeenNick (channel 322); TeenNick - West (channel 322); Tr3s (channel 506 and 3142 in HD); Tr3s - West (channel 507 and 3144 in HD); TV Land East (channel 138 and 1138 in HD); TV Land West (channel 139 and 1139 in HD); VH1 (channel 518 and 1518 in HD); VH1 – West (channel 519 and 1519 in HD); World Fishing Network (channel 1679 in HD).


    April 2019: A&E (channel 132 and 1132 in HD); A&E – West (channel 132 and 1132 in HD); Crime & Investigation Network (channel 163 and 1163 in HD); FYI (channel 272 and 1272 in HD); FYI - West (channel 272 and 1272 in HD); History (channel 256 and 1256 in HD); History – West (channel 256 and 1256 in HD); History en Espanol (channel 3104 in HD); Lifetime Real Women (channel 364); Lifetime Television (channel 360 and 1360 in HD); Lifetime Television - West (channel 361 and 1361 in HD); LMN (channel 362 and 1362 in HD); LMN – West (channel 362 and 1362 in HD); Military History Channel (channel 276); Pursuit HD (channel 1644 in HD); Sportsman Channel (channel 642 and 1642 in HD); Telemiami (channel 20 and channel 1020 in HD); Viceland (channel 257 and 1257 in HD); Viceland - West (channel 257 and 1257 in HD).


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  16. Feb 20, 2019 #76 of 374
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    Those notices just seem like they'd cause more worry among subscribers than anything. Is there any other provider that does that?
     
  17. Feb 20, 2019 #77 of 374
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    It depends on the cable/telco provider and their local franchise requirements. Some states require 30 days notice of any potential change, and some states like New York take it a step further and require providers to let people disconnect or downgrade their package without any penalties within 30 days of that change, even if they're under a contract.

    U-Verse, Xfinity, Spectrum, Verizon and Frontier are the ones who put them online for everyone to see, many others limit it to the public notices section of the local newspaper, bill inserts, on screen messaging on one of their community/bulletin/access channels, and/or local filings with their state's public utility commission.
     
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  18. Feb 20, 2019 #78 of 374
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    Thanks for this information ! Every new DTV HD channel has always been announced in this thread. I'm pretty sure that JBS has never been announced here as having been launched in HD.

    Was it missed on this thread ??? Or is it not really in HD currently ? Looking at Ch. 388 now and it looks like SD widescreen upconverted to 720p by DTV.
     
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  19. Feb 20, 2019 #79 of 374
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    Do we know where the CE site got their info from ? From Doctor J's weekly reports ?

    Is JBS-HD listed in the Edgecutter Forum HD channel line-ups for DTV ? Or in their Transponder maps ?
     
  20. Feb 21, 2019 #80 of 374
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    Well again, I can all but guarantee you all those other providers are NOT (also) upconverting an SD network feed...so I can't see any reason whatsoever why D* would. If it actually IS an upconverted SD widescreen feed, then it's definitely the network itself doing it, as they are actually broadcasting an HD format feed here: (tp 5 Ku band)
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