DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1 2011 Thread)

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  1. Jan 20, 2011 #561 of 4070
    Mike Bertelson

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    I'm not sure that's true. I think it's that we just don't know everything that's going on behind the scenes.

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  2. Jan 20, 2011 #562 of 4070
    MysteryMan

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    True Mike, but the addition of HD channels has gone from a gush to a trickle.
     
  3. Jan 20, 2011 #563 of 4070
    Stuart Sweet

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    That's true, but on the other hand, there used to be 6 HD channels and now there are... however many you choose to count... and so the hard work is done.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2011 #564 of 4070
    erosroadie

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    At least with a trickle, one tends to feel better, albeit slowly...

    I'm not feeling it yet...
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  5. Jan 20, 2011 #565 of 4070
    michaelruggeri

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    Sixto,

    Does the new God Channel in HD take up a slot that is left for HD additions? If so, how many slots are now left? I know you have a link for that, but what is the number actually left for new HD?

    Mike
     
  6. Jan 20, 2011 #566 of 4070
    bobnielsen

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    The announcement for the God channel didn't say it was HD, only that HD equipment and access were required. I suspect it will be MPEG4 SD.
     
  7. Jan 20, 2011 #567 of 4070
    Paul Secic

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    The picture quality is great. A friend of mine across the street has DirecTV & I can't tell the difference.
     
  8. Jan 20, 2011 #568 of 4070
    georule

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    Then one or both of you need a bigger TV. :D

    But it really comes down to channel-hours watched, methinks. A DIY Network fanatic could easily come to a different conclusion, because slightly worse HD still stomps SD every time.

    Mostly HGTV and CNBC here on a per hours basis, with NHL CI in-season a close third. So we're okay that way.

    But DIYHD would surely be appreciated year-round, and during Mad Men season, AMC HD. Tho at least I've got Amazon streaming capability now thru my B-r player. . .but be sure that paying $160/month for DirecTV (when not paying for NHL CI) and then having to buy MM in HD from Amazon per episode would cause some dark thoughts and gritted teeth.
     
  9. Jan 20, 2011 #569 of 4070
    Hoosier205

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    Congratulations. Paying for a service which offers you inferior picture quality won't bother you one bit. Dish Network picture quality simply cannot meet or beat what is delivered by DirecTV. That isn't a matter of opinion. That is a matter of fact. Charlie will have to give up his HD-Lite ways and increase that bitrate if he wants to be compete with the big boys and girls. Remember to pay your bill on time. Charlie has lawyers to pay and patents to steal. He sure has come a long way since his card counting days in Vegas.
     
  10. Jan 20, 2011 #570 of 4070
    erosroadie

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    My guess is that GOD is ALWAYS in HD (or better) resolution!!!
     
  11. Jan 20, 2011 #571 of 4070
    dcowboy7

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    The dish eyechart:

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  12. Jan 20, 2011 #572 of 4070
    cypherx

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    Wow, looks like the E! logo on DirecTV! Let me squint and see if I can artificially clear it up... ok wait... nope. :grin:
     
  13. Jan 20, 2011 #573 of 4070
    thelucky1

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    Yep looks like every SD channel on Directv! I remember the good old days when Directv WAS the HD leader!
     
  14. Jan 20, 2011 #574 of 4070
    mdavej

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    I can't tell the difference either, and I have a fairly large TV. I wonder how many Dish haters have actually seen Dish. Granted, numbers don't lie, and D* is superior there. But Dish HD PQ is still excellent, and if you can't actually see the difference, why suffer through terrible D* SD when you could have excellent Dish HD?

    I know for a fact that CD's are better than iTunes, but the small difference I can hear is insignificant. So I buy more iTunes these days because they have more content and the quality, although not the best, is still very, very good. I think that's very similar to the D* versus Dish PQ debate.

    There're plenty of Dish issues to complain about (frequent disputes, etc.), but Dish HD PQ is one that you hardly ever see on the forums. I'm talking about complaints from actual Dish customers.
     
  15. Jan 20, 2011 #575 of 4070
    ddebrunner

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    My guess is the latter, I was bored so I did some quick numbers for BBC America.

    Average viewers: 153,000
    Estimate 25% on Directv and 10% will switch providers if no HD. This means by not having BBC America HD, almost 4,000 subscribers would leave, but they gained 263,000 subs in the last quarter.

    On the same estimate, that would cost Directv just over $1M per quarter on revenue of $5.85 billion.

    BBC America is just too insignificant.

    Play with different values for the estimates isn't going to change it much.
     
  16. Jan 20, 2011 #576 of 4070
    dcowboy7

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    Thats cause we are talking the same dopes that like stretched tv shows, non OAR movies, no calibration etc., so i can see why.
     
  17. Jan 20, 2011 #577 of 4070
    digitalfreak

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    Still waiting on your proof of this "fact". Oh wait, I forgot you're just a troll.
     
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    TheRatPatrol

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    Oh boy........ :eek2:
     
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    Hutchinshouse

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    You just opened up a large can of Hoosier205 :lol:
     
  20. Jan 20, 2011 #580 of 4070
    cypherx

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    If BBCA (or insert your channel here) is that insignificant, why do other providers carry them? Even providers with less positive cash flow still add stuff like that?
     
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