DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2 2011 Thread)

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  1. Avder

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    God, the HD snobs are all out in force arent they?

    So what if some doofus wants to use the stretch option. At least its the user doing it, not the channel. Amirite?

    Anyway, gimmie:

    BBCA HD
    AMC HD
    CW HD
    TCM HD
    Fox Movies HD

    In that order, please.
     
  2. I WANT MORE

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    +1 No HD Lite. Ever. Full bandwidth. I can live without a few new channels.
    Thank-you.
     
  3. georule

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    I used to tell the wife that all those anorexic Hollywood actresses would be mortified if they could see how wide their *sses looked in "Stretch". :lol: My first HD (2001) was a CRT, and we did use Stretch (with resentment) to avoid burn-in. . .and the damn CNN bug ended up starting to burn-in anyway!

    After three years of that, I swore "never again", --LCD/LED or DLP for me after that (tho I understand newer plasmas are less susceptible to burn-in than they used to be).

    There are advanced Stretch algos that will only stretch the outer 1/3 or so of each side and leave the middle intact. They can work okayish for talking-head kind of shots that are centered. But even tho, when I still had CNN as SD, it was disconcerting to see what it did to crawls across the bottom.
     
  4. georule

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    Yeah, you are. On my own part, a little post traumatic stress disorder reaction from 2001-2004 (to avoid burn-in on a 1st gen HD set). <shudder>
     
  5. slimoli

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    A bit off topic, BBC started to broadcast in 1080P in UK. I remember some of the guys here said the bandwidth required is the same as 1080i but I wonder if the Directv gear is ready for that, if and when it happens in our country.
     
  6. mdavej

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    Wow. You must be a FIOS sub then, because you certainly aren't getting "full bandwidth" with DirecTV. You're also missing out on a lot of great looking HD content on Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu, etc. I can understanding not watching SD, but refusing to watch any HD that's less than full bandwidth is just silly. Do you also refuse to watch 720p content like ESPN, ABC, FOX, etc.?
     
  7. Avder

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    Thats 1080p at 25 hz tho, right?

    Plus dont they use a different encoding scheme?
     
  8. Steve

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    +4, tho I'd trade HLN for the new cooking channel on 232.
     
  9. tonyd79

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    You misread what he was saying. He didn't want directv to start thieving from channels.

    BTW, who days directv isn't full bandwidth?
     
  10. dcowboy7

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    Thats the thing with tech....there is always an *.

    There were posts (i think here) saying how broadcast 1080p wouldnt happen for awhile.
    Now thats its happening they will say "yea but its only 25hz."

    Always an *.
     
  11. bgothard72

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    still waiting for Cooking Channel, DIY, NGWild, and GMC!
     
  12. Paul Secic

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    What's so good about GSN HD or SD?
     
  13. slimoli

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    Yes, but it doesn't change my question.:)
     
  14. Avder

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    Well it depends on what the overall quality of it is.

    I could easily see 1080p/25 being about the same bandwidth as 1080i/60 if you adjust the quality in the right way. It sure as hell wont look as good as blueray tho.

    Besides the point is moot: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbchd/faqs.shtml

    BBC broadcasts HD using 1080i. and I'm guessing its 1080i/50, so if its the same bandwidth and the same encoding scheme, it should look a little better than ours since theres only 25 frames (50 fields) per second.
     
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    TCM, BBC, AMC.

    I will not consider upgrading to any Choice package until these channels are HD. Parked on Select and considering dropping to Family. Roku beats SD on D anytime.
     
  16. seern

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    I have been with D* for over 13 years, but I am starting to think about Fios. Even though they do not have BBCA in hd they do have my local PBS which D* refuses to carry. Before I get the "well it may be the local stations fault", I have spoken to the local PBS station on several occasions and every time they tell me that have given D* the OK to rebroadcast the hd signal.
     
  17. Tom Robertson

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    Sharon, does DIRECTV have all the other locals in your area?

    Interesting.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  18. slimoli

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    They do and all are in hd except the pbs feed which is in sd only. In fact they were rebroadcasting one of the public stations subcarrier channels until about a month ago, but have now dropped it. I had hoped that this was in prelude to the hd going up, but no joy. All's not bad, I just called a csr and made some unhappy noises and got $15 knocked off my bill for 12 months, so guess I will hang around for a while longer.
     
  20. mdavej

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    It's still 1440x1080 which is still HD-lite and not worthy of discussion in this forum. Oh, the horror. Give me uber-compressed 480x480 any day.
     
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