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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Dec 27, 2012.
No, not really. The post makes very little sense.
In regards to specific channels, I can't comment. I can however say I know what the user meant with regards to channels being in HD. It's obviously impossible to have an HD feed if it doesn't exist so it can easily be inferred that the user meant that channels with an HD feed available *should* be in HD.
Personally, if the SD quality on D* wasn't so terrible it wouldn't be an issue. Just providing a little extra bandwidth to make the SD suck less would be a vast improvement, not that there's a lot of SD I watch anymore anyway.
Careful with that broad brush. "Most" would imply > 50%. Have they really changed the equipment of > 50% of the current HD subscribers over the past few (3?) years? If true, yes, there is clearly a significant incremental hardware cost to recoup. Being very parochial I got my first D* HD DVR (HR20-100) in 2007 and my 2nd (HR21-200) in 2008. They are still the only two HD boxes that I have and "soon" the HR20 (with external 750 GB drive and built-in OTA tuner) will be the only one I have running.
I HATE the mirroring/leasing fees, but considering that mirroring/lease fees started out as $5.00 (or was it $4.95) many years ago, I'd say that the price increases have been considerably sparse when put into perspective.
TWC in NY has a pretty great HD lineup...
Unless you want to count shopping channels, PI channels, local sub-channels, or independent local channels, etc., the number of channels without an HD feed is fairly small these days.
But in this case, he said that all the channels should be available in HD, then says Time Warner has all the major channels in HD. As others said, define major. USA is a major. Is WE? From the stories I've seen, no. Does it have fans that want it in HD? Yes.
Could DirecTV add more? Of course, but with the additions last week and this week, there are fewer and fewer. And we know more are coming.
Well, my "few years" is a bit more than double your three years. Now does it scan? A huge bump with the switch out of MPEG 2's to MPEG 4's, and further with the intro of the HR 24, then the HR34...
The claim was that all the "major" channels with that provider are HD and implied that they are not with DirecTV.
Compared to USA, WeTV is probably not what one considers a major. Compared to Cinemamoi, the Documentary Channel, etc., it's a major.
I would consider that to be a fairly accurate claim...
DirecTV's sports channels beats theirs though...
Based on what? Thin air?
Maybe you could post the HD Channel comparisons.
Right...care to define what the OP actually meant by "major" channels? Then you can tell us how TWC has all of them and we do not.
It's been a while since I compared, but it can be looked up online.
LINK - PDF
"All" might be a stretch, but as a non-sports fan, I find their lineup to overall be more impressive than DirecTV's.
I honestly don't care who has more. As someone who doesn't live in Manhattan, it doesn't affect me.
DirecTV has a more robust sports lineup, and I've heard some negative things about TWC's PQ in Manhattan, so each service has their pluses and minuses.
Besides... more HD for DirecTV this week, and more in the 3Q.
the HD channels are in the 700's for the basics
some other basics start at 647
premiums start at 653
Sports packs in HD start at 429 with Be In soccer channels and resume at 464
comb the list not too shabby ! there's a PDF there to DL also
**addition : TWC has a huge SD lineup also..but with recent additions to options on the box you dont have to go into the 700's for local channels...for example CBS for us in NY is channel 2...we used to have to type in 702 to get it...now if you just type in 2...it gives you the HD channel...this goes for all NY locals...some of the basics like if you type 28 for ESPN it'll give you the HD ESPN...but it doesnt work for all basics...still have to type 727 for MSG and 753 for YES
that typing the channel # instead of the 700 alternate I'M PRETTY SURE they copped that from D*
Yeah they do, but the picture artifacts from squeezing so many channels onto each QAM. What they have that DirecTV does not are certainly channels many here would like with varying importance:
Gospel Music Channel
BBC World News
Pac 12 Network
Pac 12 - 6 dedicated channels for Arizona, LA, Washington, Oregon, Mountain and Bay Area
Gol TV *shakes fist*
To get all would presumably put the wait out to a new launch... but hopefully a few of these are still coming.
The claim was all "major" channels.
Which you said was fairly accurate...without knowing how the OP defined major. Nice back peddling.