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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Greg Alsobrook, Dec 23, 2011.

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  1. Mar 1, 2012 #721 of 1156

    bobvick1983 Godfather

    Mar 21, 2007
    NW Alabama
    Population for one thing. This data is from 2006, and was compiled manually by the writer, but in 2006 there were approximately 49,000,000 in the Pacific Time Zone, and 19,000,000 in the Mountain Time Zone, that would use the west coast feed.
    On the other hand, there were approximately 141,500,000 in the Eastern Time Zone and about 85,000,000 in the Central Time Zone.
    So that is 67,000,000 that would use the west coast feed oppsed to 226,000,000 that would use the eastern feed.
  2. Mar 1, 2012 #722 of 1156

    Vinny New Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    I'm more concerned with the "more to come" statement. I love DirecTV, always have and always will; but I also have a vacation condo that I am not allowed to install a dish so I'm forced into Time Warner Cable; and I must say, there are a lot more "Basic Cable" stations in HD with TW then DTV....not to mention HD On-Demand with NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS and many other "cable" stations.

    Long story short...DirecTV needs to do some serious HD additions just to catch up.
  3. Mar 1, 2012 #723 of 1156

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Pawn Stars and American Pickers has remained on History; those are the popular shows. ;)
  4. Mar 1, 2012 #724 of 1156

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Wasn't TruTV once CourTV. It's the reason my wife first agreed to Directv. Centre Video, my cable carrier at the time, was dropping CourTV and my wife couldn't live without it. So she asked me: "What about that satellite company you've been talking about?"
  5. Mar 1, 2012 #725 of 1156

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer

    Apr 1, 2007
    Doesn't when I tried it. The channel was still in the guide.
  6. Mar 1, 2012 #726 of 1156
    Coca Cola Kid

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    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    Worked for me, it goes from 245 to 247, no 246. Be sure to click "hide SD duplicates" in the top right corner of http://www.directv.com/entertainment/guide. I'd post a screenshot but I don't know how.
  7. Mar 1, 2012 #727 of 1156

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    I don't see trutv with hide sd on.
  8. Mar 1, 2012 #728 of 1156

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah that's what I don't get, if D* knows the channels are coming why don't they announce it? It may help with getting new subscribers, and keep current ones around.
  9. Mar 1, 2012 #729 of 1156

    texasmoose Icon

    May 24, 2007
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    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    I don't blame them one bit for not saying it. Look what happened a few years ago when they said HBO channels were coming, put out a release and then things changed. People here still have a bit@#$ storm about that.

    You really think people are leaving DTV because they can't get E! or TruTV on HD? Please. :lol:
  11. Mar 1, 2012 #731 of 1156

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Same here. I still see it.
  12. Mar 2, 2012 #732 of 1156

    zeus Legend

    May 18, 2011
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    TANK Icon DBSTalk Club

    Feb 16, 2003
    Maybe TruTV is only going HD for March Madness and we still get a full time and part time HD channel also.
  14. Mar 2, 2012 #734 of 1156

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    The only way to make this kind of an announcement work would be if D* had the deal inked and the channel totally up and running and then sat on it for a week after they made the announcement. I.e. delay lighting it up so that everyone could feel good about knowing "what was coming". All this because right now it seems as if the ink is still drying on the contract when they light up channels. I don't like it either, but it seems as if that is the way it is.
  15. Mar 2, 2012 #735 of 1156

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Why don't you get it? It's only be explained (to you) dozens of times that there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for why they choose not to announce channel additions in advance of their launch.
  16. Mar 2, 2012 #736 of 1156

    bjdotson Legend

    Feb 20, 2007
  17. Mar 2, 2012 #737 of 1156

    Rtm Godfather

    Oct 18, 2011
    Don't hold your breath for anything great.

    for some reason it's really exciting to everyone :rolleyes:
  18. Mar 2, 2012 #738 of 1156

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    I have a DVR. That doesn't mean I don't want to turn on the TV after dinner, and just see "what's on". 8 PM is prime time, that's when I am more or less done with dinner, cleaned up, checked my email, etc.... And it would be really nice, especially on movie channels without commercials such as HBO and the likes, to then just turn on the movie and watch it. Because at 5 PM, when it is 8 PM EST, most of us west-coasties are still in traffic trying to get home. And of course I hear you make the argument "well, why can't you remote schedule the movie from your work or smart phone", but it just doesn't work that way.

    Besides, believe it or not: SateliteRacer said that the DVR penetration is about 50% of customers, so that leaves the other 50% without one. Should they all come home at 5 PM so they don't miss out on their HBO prime time movie?

    The world does not revolve around the east coast, even though there are more people living there. The 50 million living in the PST time zone are very happy with our PST prime time at 8. Not at 5.

    I bet for the same reason you won't want to have your prime time movie moved to 11, (or 8 PM PST) so that you are still watching it at 1 AM, or have to record it so you can watch it next day. No, just like us west coasties, you would probably want the movie to come on at 8 pm, DVR or not.

    A lot of cable channels start showing the repeats at 11 PM EST, so that is 8 PM PST, and I am fine with that.

    But don't take away my HBO west coast feeds.

    As far as kids channels go: That has to do more with kid bed times, its easier to plan when the kids programs are on more or less on the same time across the country.
  19. Mar 2, 2012 #739 of 1156

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    There isn't anything "great" left that isn't in HD. There are some decent channels left behind, but nothing that I would classify as "great".
  20. Mar 2, 2012 #740 of 1156

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Looks to be TruTV.

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