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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. donalddickerson2005

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    I know that. However until EVERYTHING is in HD someone will always be wanting more.
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    This one still puzzles me. :confused:
     
  3. sangs

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    I haven't regularly watched GSN in years, so I'm wondering, does it even have any HD content? When I watched it was for the repeats of Press Your Luck, Match Game, Password and (Richard Dawson's) Family Feud - none of which are ever going to be remastered in HD, I'd imagine. Not saying I wouldn't want GSN in HD, just wondering if lack of content is the primary driving force for not providing it.
     
  4. ep1974

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    Good to see Bloomberg HD coming soon. Have seen it while staying in some hotels. Looked very good. Still waiting and hoping for Fox Movie Channel HD, Reelz HD, and Military Channel HD.
     
  5. JosephB

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    Maybe we'll see DirecTV follow the lead of a couple of cable companies and give us something totally new, not just an HD upgraded channel, like BBC World News HD
     
  6. HoTat2

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    For those who are in the know, while I understand how this can be and is done with programs originally done on film which has a native resolution exceeding any television format, HD or even Ultra HD, how can shows originally video taped in inferior NTSC SD format like these actually be remastered to HD picture quality?
     
  7. Blackloz

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    If it was filmed on Video tape I'm sure it can't be remastered in true HD. If it was filmed on film it can be.
     
  8. HoTat2

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    That's what I thought ...

    So outside up-converting it to an HD format which actually worsens the quality, not much can be done to improve on original analog NTSC video taped SD material except for advantages you gain in maybe the lack of noise, interference, and transmitter bandwidth limitations and pass band artifacts that commonly plagued NTSC analog transmission.
     
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    Right, and these were definitely to video. Some TV shows were done to film, or at least partially. That's how they are remastering Star Trek Next Gen. Only the special effects were to video, so they just have to redo those.
     
  10. Laxguy

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    Take a look at Audience, and Short Films.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    They probably could upgrade the feed a bit if the tape is higher quality than NTSC (Not a big stretch) by processing as you suggest, but then sending it window boxed in 4:3. That'd be my preference; MMV.
     
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    They do have newer shows -- both original programming, and reruns of shows that aired within the last few years -- that are in HD.
     
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    Nice OWN HD coming soon.... it was pretty much the only channel left on my wish list! The rest will be padding.
     
  14. Paul Secic

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    FLIX doesn't have HD feed
     
  15. tonyd79

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    DirecTV's policy is now, when they add new channels, that they be in HD if HD exists.
     
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    That wasn't the case for Disney Junior when it abruptly launched..It started out in SD..to counter the Viacom debacle.. I'm sure D* would launch anything on the fly in SD...then HD later...kinda like shoot 1st and ask questions later..
     
  17. tonyd79

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    No, that was under that policy. It just took some time to make it happen. There was never any intent to keep Disney Jr as SD only. It was a staggered release but HD was always on the slate.
     
  18. Santi360HD

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    actually I take back my props on D* and my quote "I'm sure D* would launch anything on the fly in SD".

    ESPNU couldnt even debut as an SD channel and launched almost a full year after it was announced in HD..and an SD version of the channel exists..so what what?? I remember during the college football season during that announcement and all I'm sayin why did we have to wait a year? from what I learned about many posts here an SD channel is chicken feed as opposed to what an HD allotment requires. oh well its HD now...yeah ! ok !

    guess some channels are more favored than others or contract stipulations..bah!
     
  19. tonyd79

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    Wait. You are pulling something from years ago (ESPNU) when I am talking about their current policy going forward.
     
  20. cypherx

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    What I like about the HD adds is that eventually they become available through live streaming to the tablet / phone apps. Seems like all of the live streaming stuff are from the HD feeds. It's almost as if the channels have to pass through a new encoder or something to split the feed off both IP and sat uplink head ends.

    If all new channels have to be HD, when did that start? After OWN right because we had that for over a year and it was just SD. If its from here on out, that would be nice. I do know cinemoi does not have an HD feed yet, so that's why that one would be excluded.
     
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