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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 26, 2013.

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  1. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    I am still checking for new HD VOD content (and when HD content expires) and I have been updating the list in my signature. I haven't been checking quite as often as in the past, but I am still attempting to check when I can. ;)

    Style VOD still only has the one HD episode although it expires after today.

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern plains
    Bloomberg HD is up.
  3. APB101

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    Sep 1, 2010
    It looks sharp!

    One thing that all the high-def additions, from 2012 and 2013, have in common is not only the catch-up of basic-cable linear HD … but they all look really good.

    That was a concern, for some, when I first started posting here in 2010: Would adding too many programmers' linear high def comprise the quality of the picture?

    I think it's worked out very well.
  4. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    I wonder who made the decision to put Bloomberg HD in front of Fox Movie Channel HD, Ovation HD, and Reelz HD??
  5. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Overall $, contractual timing (huge item), customer interest level, ratings, channel mix ... always alot that goes into it.
  6. TravelFan1

    TravelFan1 Legend

    Apr 1, 2009
    The irony of Bloomberg HD being live today: DIsh Network is making huge business news today with their hostile takeover offer for Sprint/Clearwire. I'm wondering if shrewd Charlie thought of that when we decided to make the offer for Sprint today!
  7. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    Yes , Charlie knew that Bloomberg Channel would go HD on DirecTV today and decided to make a bid for Sprint so we could watch it on Bloomberg live in High Def.
  8. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    I don't think that is how it is done. Otherwise, we could harken back to September 2011 with the overdue wait and arrival of AMC HD. People noted that we had Fuel HD well before AMC HD. (That's just one example.)

    I think the Comcast/NBC Universal brands (Oxygen, PBS Kids Sprout, Style Network, TV One) and AMC Networks (Fuse, We TV) whose SD but not HD are currently being carried by DirecTV may be more a "priority" before the ones you mentioned. But who knows, right now, how it will play out?
  9. gpg

    gpg Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Long Island
    The real question is will we get any more new channels before the new bird goes up next year?
  10. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yes, Satelliteracer said more is coming in Q3.
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  11. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    Why add an HD channel (Turner Classic Movies) that has yet to have any HD content, or does not have any HD VOD?
  12. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Because the content shown still looks better then the SD version of the channel, simply because the remastered copies of the classic movies are of higher quality then SD. Might not be HD in the elitist point of view, but it is good enough for me.
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  13. ep1974

    ep1974 Legend

    May 22, 2010
    Bloomberg HD looks great. As SR mentoned, more HD for Q3, so I'm hoping for Fox Movie Channel HD, Reelz HD, Encore Drama HD, and Military Channel HD.
  14. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    Are there any plans to upgrade the SD quality of DirecTV? I understand that Dish uses 4mpeg not 2mpeg like DTV.
  15. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Doubtful since there are million of DIRECTV SD receivers that would need to be replaced.

    Also, only the Eastern Arc system on Dish, which started only a couple years ago, uses MPEG4 for their SD channels. Since it was a new system all the installs got new receivers that supported MPEG4. Their original Western Arc system, which also has millions of customers on it is still MPEG2 for SD channels since they would also need to replace all their receivers in before they could switch to MPEG4.
  16. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Yes, and I would expect that any change would actually involve using the HD channels in a downrez rather than change the coding of the SD channels themselves.

    In fact, they have already started in the fringe areas in terms of specialty programming. I would think that they would next focus on premiums and/or large sports packages. Something like HBO et al going HD only and SD duplicates removed with box replacements. If a decent number of channels are done that way, the remaining SD channels can get good again just by virtue of additional space available.

    But any end game for all that is a long way off unless the economy suddenly goes great and the investment of swapping equipment makes more sense than it does today.
  17. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
    The move to all mpeg4 would be less painful if Directv had been more proactive in using mpeg4 boxes for all new customers when they first became available, or at least when the supply of mpeg2 boxes was depleted. They should have stopped making mpeg2 boxes years ago.
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  18. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Awhile back there was a post about a DirecTV exec who stated they will be going to all HD by 2016. If that happens whatever channels that aren't in HD will probably be upconverted like TCM HD.
  19. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Seems I have to re subscribe to this thread since the update. No way to do that on the mobile site so hopefully this post from iPhone does it.

    Anyway is there no way to send a firmware update to SD boxes to give them MPEG4 codecs? On my PC I just download a codec pack and then I can play back a large variety of audio/video content from the internet.
  20. APB101

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    Sep 1, 2010
    Not only that, but it's also the market. Look at any other provider (Dish Network, Comcast, Time Warner, et al.), and it's part of the whole picture on what and what does not get added in linear HD.
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