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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 24, 2012.

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  1. Apr 16, 2012 #381 of 1602
    Coca Cola Kid

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    D* doesn't carry my local CW affilate in HD either, but it does broadcast in HD so I went out and bought a good antenna system and solved the problem myself (I get 2 of them actually :p). Is CW HD offered on cable or E* there? Is there a friend or relative you could visit to watch it? Could you upgrade your antenna system? And if all else fails, pack up and move to a market that has CW HD. Extreme I know, but plausible.
     
  2. Apr 16, 2012 #382 of 1602
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    If D* carries ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX in HD that way, they should carry CW that way. Seems pretty simple to me. Would Alan be allowed to have it if his SD local complained?

    And why is there an SD broadcast local? Wassup with that? I thought there was a law about that with broadcast. A CW local is taking HD source content, down-rezzing it to SD, and then broadcasting it on a HD signal? I must be missing something here. Alan mentioned an SD OTA he can get.

    Or maybe I'm just confuddled.
     
  3. Apr 16, 2012 #383 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    I never said it should be at the top of DirecTV's list... just mine.

    My semi-local CW station (a sub-channel of the semi-local CBS) says that CW does not broadcast in HD... which is sort of correct in their particular case. Last time I heard, The CW Plus does not offer HD.

    Besides... even if they were to start offering an HD feed to providers, it probably wouldn't be carried since DirecTV doesn't have the room. DirecTV doesn't offer ABC in HD in my market either even though it's available... but luckily, DirecTV offers HD feeds of ABC DNS.

    ~Alan
     
  4. Apr 16, 2012 #384 of 1602
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    Oh. That almost-sorta kinda starts to make sense. A sub-channel. That sounds like a tip-toe around the law to me, but okay.

    Not trying to have "pick on Alan day", but I have to admit it's never really made sense to me every time you've mentioned it in the past.
     
  5. Apr 16, 2012 #385 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    The only CW affiliate in the state of Georgia to broadcast in HD is WUPA in Atlanta, and aside from a rare occurrence during the Summer months, it's not viewable via antenna... the closest is Jacksonville, FL, but it's not really viewable either.

    Yeah... I understand the movable part. I can only wish... LOL!! :D

    A good majority of the CW affiliates in this country are on SD sub-channels.

    ~Alan
     
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    All CW programming is in HD. That is what Alan wants access to. He has DNS access, do having it in HD is reasonable. In fact, they should offer at least CW East in HD.

    Your point follows for all DNS programming. If we follow your logic, then they should shut down the ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox East and West coast feeds. Not just in HD but also in SD, as it is a "local issue."

    As to "find another way" advocated by another poster. Why should he have to? This is not some specialty channel and not everyone wants to set up an elaborate computer system setup to watch CW programming. (Actually, I don't watch any CW since Smallville went away...)
     
  7. Apr 16, 2012 #387 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    Yeah... the semi-local CBS started a CW sub-channel early last year. It sucked too... prior to that, DirecTV offered a neighboring CW in HD... which negated my anticipation of CW HD-DNS.

    ~Alan
     
  8. Apr 16, 2012 #388 of 1602
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    This whole thread is about getting more hd channels. He's asking for more hd channels, one in particular. There is a way to get just about everything in hd without a cable or sat service at some point in time. Saying just do that for that station instead of asking for it in hd is illogical in this thread. By your logic everyone should give up asking for hd and just get it all via other means. That's best argued in a cord cutting thread somewhere.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2012 #389 of 1602
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    I wasn't picking on him, just offering alternative means to get his favorite channel in HD. My solutions may seem silly or complicated, but they're possible. Whether he takes my advice or not is up to him.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2012 #390 of 1602
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    I'm not telling him to leave DirecTV, just saying D* isn't the only game in town. Antennas are a wonderful thing. This may be a little OT, but I just now hooked mine straight to the back of my TV and got a bunch local stations D* doesn't offer at all, and the AM21 wouldn't let me watch - and I wasn't limited to 2 markets either. :)
     
  11. Apr 16, 2012 #391 of 1602
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    That was the way I saw it...

    For the record... I knew you were trying to be helpful. :)

    I have taken some of your advice in the past, and may eventually do so again in the future. However, your solutions are not a solution (well... the moving part was), they are a compromise.

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  12. Apr 16, 2012 #392 of 1602
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    Yeah, but then you cannot DVR it unless you get a Tivo or set up a computer or something.
     
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    Actually the station I was referring to (WHNE-LD) is partially available (-1, -2, and -3 but not -4 and -5) with the AM21, but for some reason it's labelled WCMU-TV and has program listings for it instead. The other subchannels have stuff that isn't worth recording anyway (religion, shopping, music videos, old reruns, and channels that are available on other subchannels the AM21 has on other stations already). Still cool to have more channels without having to pay anything though. :)
     
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    Just wandering, what advice of mine have you taken in the past? Seems like you always shoot my ideas down.
     
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    Interestingly enough... you unintentionally kind of was.

    This year, some things will have most likely have to change for me. I'm hoping for the better, but one question that I'm continuing to ask myself more and more these days, is how much I value I get with DirecTV. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE DirecTV, but I'm having a harder time justifying the costs associated when money is so little and so tight.

    I'm an HD snob! I admit it... no arguments. Between being disappointed dealing with channels I enjoy still only in SD on DirecTV, and being told to make compromises, I'm left with the question: How many compromises until it's one too many?

    I'm hoping things will get better for me, I stick with DirecTV for a long time, and the compromises become fewer, but it's a big negative for me with DirecTV right now.

    Indeed they are... :)

    ~Alan
     
  17. Apr 16, 2012 #397 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    Aside from the good nature ribbing due to our TV and movie viewing being so different, I cannot recall any ideas I've shot down (aside from today of course).

    As for what advice I was talking about... well, I was talking about your advice regarding Blu-ray sets for the programs that I couldn't get in HD. Again, not every show is available on Blu-ray, but I have multiple programs that way at least.... old though they may be.

    Indeed... and less than two years ago, I was in one of them. Very grateful to have them... :D

    However... at least I had the ability to receive those channels via OTA antenna. :)

    ~Alan
     
  18. Apr 16, 2012 #398 of 1602
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    Alan, do you have cable line for Internet? Sometimes you can get some unencrypted QAM on it. For instance if I switch to my TV's tuner, I can get ion HD, an independent local HD (WFMZ69), HSN HD and QVC HD. I also get 45 music choice channels and a music choice video channel called SWRV.

    I just have a line coming in for 12mbps Internet and home phone service (a double play). I can also get Comcast Sportsnet Philly in ClearQAM although it's only at 480i (the HD version is encrypted).

    Maybe you could pull in CW HD on that? It's useful for me if the DVR is busy I can switch over and watch network TV in HD.
     
  19. Apr 16, 2012 #399 of 1602
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    Cable isn't available where I live.... not that it matters anyway given that the semi-local CW that they (where available) carry does not broadcast in HD (it's a CW Plus station). Unlike DirecTV, they do carry ABC in HD, but I receive ABC via HD-DNS as well as OTA, so no big concern with that at this time.

    ~Alan
     
  20. Apr 16, 2012 #400 of 1602
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    Based on SatelliteRacer's post, along with the rest of the evidence, doesn't look like these channels posted are coming any time soon (other than E!). It's too bad, they were channels that were really wanted.
     
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