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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. Jun 4, 2012 #1121 of 1602
    David Ortiz

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    What I read is that they were not going to add all seven (Pac12 Network) channels, which makes perfect sense for satellite, because the live events on the main channel will also be simulcast on all of the regional networks. This situation is screaming for a specialized version of the main channel for satellite which shows the maximum number of events and part time sub feeds for the overflow.
     
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    georule

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    Ah-ha. Okay. Thanks.
     
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    Universal Sports is also supposed to go HD in 2012, and DirecTV was the first provider (other than OTA as a x.2 on some NBC affiliates, which no longer exists) to carry Universal Sports. I expect that DirecTV will be among the first to offer Universal Sports in HD. I can only hope that it is before the start of the Vuelta a Espna on August 18.
     
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    JoeTheDragon

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    but how meany channels will cover them? and will they be added part time channels as well?
     
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    TravelFan1

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    Nope, that's me, too :D Give me some BBC America in HD and the only channel that I miss from Dish is gone.
    I haven't seen mentioned anywhere, but I won't be surprised if, among the new HD channels to be launched this year, are the Al Jazeera sports networks, beIN Sports USA. The reason is the current Directv vs Dish ad from Directv, on which Directv mentions that Directv is the leader in sports, and does carry GolTv(Among other channels mentioned), not carried by Dish. So if they don't carry the beIN but Dish does, it might bite Directv back....
     
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    Yep, give me BBCA-HD and I'm a happy camper. I'll even pay the premium it costs me to stay with D* instead of switching back to Dish most likely.

    BBCA-HD is the single channel missing that I want, all the rest mentioned are fine with me too, I'll see them in the channel guide as I whiz by!! :)

    Well, other than some premium movie channels. I generally keep HBO and SHO lit up all the time, and Max and Starz off and on, depending on what original stuff they are doing. Encore would be nice to have a couple more in HD, but it wouldn't upset me if it didn't happen.
     
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    They're called Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes not "Lakers RSNs". And where's the carriage agreement for them or Pac 12 Network?
     
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    They're working on it.
     
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    This is why I said "likely candidates" not "confirmed".
    I also said "Los Angeles RSN", as in the region the sports network is in, I never mentioned the lakers.

    I shall issue you a new pair of internet reading glasses. :D

    It is never a 100% sure until DirecTV makes the announcements. But in my opinion, it is VERY likely that TWC's new RSN's will be launched, and SOMEWHAT likely we'll get the main channel of PAC12. And seems to be the general consensus in this topic as well. They are for sure the MOST likely at this moment, as DirecTV in both cases has said in articles and interviews that they are "working on a carriage deal" with the channels mentioned. They haven't mentioned anything remotely near that in regards to other channels.
     
  11. Jun 4, 2012 #1131 of 1602
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    The Olympics? Well, NBC Owned channels of course.

    They will use your main NBC affiliate, whatever channel that is, NBCSN (Formerly Versus), with additional coverage and overflow on CNBC, MSNBC, and USA Network, ALL of which are in HD on DirecTV. Additonally, there will be Spanish coverage on Telemundo HD.

    As far as the part time channels go..... I would count on it. If NBC chooses to launch a Soccer and Basketball channel during the Olympics like they did in 2008, it would be almost a certainty that DirecTV will show them. They have plenty of bandwidth for temporary stuff during the summer months with the NFL, NBA, and NHL on hiatus.

    I really wouldn't worry about it too much.
     
  12. Jun 5, 2012 #1132 of 1602
    Baldmaga

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    IIRC, in the NBC press release sent out a few weeks ago, they said that there would be dedicated Soccer and Basketball networks for both the Men's and Women's tournament just like in 2008. Though, were those not in HD at the time for Directv? I can't remember.
     
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    In the cable world a VC is a virtual channel. Like a channel number that takes you to an application (think an interactive ad's, weather, traffic, caller ID, or other type of app).

    I don't think DirecTV's virtual channels would take up that much bandwidth. Even if they are pushing HD backgrounds in the future for things like Active and Game Lounge menus, They are relatively static and would compress real well (think 10 or more of these screens on a transponder), or better yet just be static bitmaps loaded in the software in a future update.

    Maybe VC means Variable Coding.... like its a test playground for variable bitrate encoders. Maybe they are just switching different (current) feeds in and out and playing with encoder settings. When they determine the best combination to multiplex together, then maybe they will make those backend changes to the live systems eventually.

    I'm sure they can test all the multiplex combinations and encoder settings via IP in the headend, but it wouldn't hurt to have a "real world" test bouncing the signal off the satellite.
     
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    Speaking of LA DMA, news about LA Kings staying with Fox Sports Net West:

    "It's good to be the Los Angeles Kings. The National Hockey League's Western Conference champions are not only two games away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, but the team has just signed a new rights renewal pact with Fox Sports into the next decade.
    The Kings, who host the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at Staples Center, have reached a new contract with Fox Sports West that will keep the club on the RSN through the 2023-2024 season. The contract encompasses about 75 regular-season games annually, plus pre-season contests and select first-round playoffs coverage."
    http://www.multichannel.com/article...st_Nets_Rights_Extension_with_NHL_s_Kings.php

    Article also talks about the Fox Sports Prime Ticket agreement with Dodgers, which expires after 2013 season, and about Prime's relationship with Angels and Clippers:

    "Meanwhile, Fox Sports sister RSN Prime Ticket holds Los Angeles Dodgers rights through the 2013 MLB season and an exclusive negotiating window through Nov. 30. Time Warner Cable is among the parties interested in the ballclub's media rights, should they become available.
    Elsewhere, Prime Ticket holds the rights for several more years to NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL's Anaheim Ducks."
     
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    Back then, my provider was Comcast of Union, NJ, and they did carry these 2 HD channels. As a soccer and basketball fan, I enjoyed both quite a bit.
     
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    They where in HD and directv mapped CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network, ECT

    to the 700's

    But 5 HD feeds + 2 ADDED ???? (sheared with other shows) is low next to.

    BBC 24 added feeds HD + the main BBC channels.

    foxtel 8 dedicated channels + other networks HD?.

    sky nz 9 HD + other networks in HD

    Canada ???? (last time bell and others??? had added dedicated channels)
     
  17. Jun 5, 2012 #1137 of 1602
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    While there are quite a few channels that are on my want-list, and I'm sure you'll read me %!@%#$#*&%$&^$ about CW HD-DNS (in particular) prior to the new season, BBCA would mostly pacify me as well... :grin:

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    Alan I've seen you talking about the CW in HD. What's on there? The local CW channel we have doesn't have much. Looks like mostly old 80-90's primetime shows. Of course I really haven't investigated it out much and I'm not belittling your wants but I'm just curious what you watch on that particular channel?
     
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    Alan Gordon

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    I've watched several shows that have been cancelled over the last few seasons, but of the current shows:

    1. "Hart Of Dixie"
    2. "Supernatural"
    3. "The Vampire Diaries"
    4. "Nikita"

    I'll definitely try out "Arrow" (about the comic book character Green Arrow) this Fall. I grew up on comics, so this is an automatic add for me...

    I may give "Emily Owens, M.D." a shot (Meryl Streep's daughter plays the title role).

    "Beauty And The Beast" looks pretty hokey, so I'm doubtful I'll try it out.

    Mid-season, I may take a quick peek at "The Carrie Diaries" ("Sex And The City" prequel) if for nothing else but to see Freema Agyeman ("Doctor Who") in an American television show.

    I probably will at least check out "Cult" during mid-season. Robert Knepper can be entertaining, and I'm a sucker for "Veronica Mars" alums, so Alona Tal's presence seals the deal for trying it out.

    The CW is one of my favorite networks, and sadly, the only one I can't get in HD. :mad:

    ~Alan
     
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    The last things I watched on The CW were 7th Heaven and The Gilmore Girls, and my local CW channel was not in HD then. I have checked in on my local CW channel from time to time since I started noticing your posts clamoring for a CW-HD-DNS, and it is in HD (even OTA) only for the CW shows and the 10:00 PM broadcast our ABC affiliate's 11:00 news. Thus, out of 168 hours per week, our local CW channel is only in HD for 28.5 hours per week.

    With network programing only from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET Monday through Friday and five hours of cartoons on Saturday morning, is it really a network? That leaves 143 hours per week where there is no network programing. Why waste a national HD slot for a channel that is only in HD 17% of the time and only shows network programing 15% of the time?
     
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