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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2 2011 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Scott Kocourek, Mar 17, 2011.

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  1. Apr 4, 2011 #281 of 4112
    APB101

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    :biggthump Thanks!

    I did a review of some Detroit Comcast [http://www.comcast.com/default.cspx] HDs of national "basics" in early-March. E! is not a surprise. And I have the feeling the Comcast/NBC Universal HDs are typically strong. Which means that TVONE HD and OXYGEN HD, to name two, should also rank well. FUSE HD, owned by Rainbow Media (soon to be renamed AMC Networks), is really good; so IFC HD (which I didn't get to see a HD program despite carriage by Comcast) should also rate well. Not that this is an automatic; but you're disappointment in truTV HD doesn't surprise me given one catches that offensive stretch-o-vision typically on another Turner-owned channel, TBS HD. (Oh, lordy, those Married…with Children reruns!)

    I recently checked out some national "basics" HD on AT&T U-verse [http://www.att.com/u-verse/shop/ind...1DF0-46DC-A1DC-2646392DDAE8#fbid=K6JSzApycqX]. But, unfortunately, this was at one dealer store with an older HD and sun shining in directly on the screen. Amazing how poorly some display their key products. (No review from me, then, on the likes of ID HD and OWN HD.)
     
  2. Apr 4, 2011 #282 of 4112
    tonyd79

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    In summary, HD is good.
     
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    Indeed. I can agree with that.

    I have to say that it is at least good on this cable provider. Doing a local QAM channel analysis, they appear to only be putting 2 HD channels on a frequency, with the exeption of very few 3 channels per frequency (from HITS Quantum). For SD they are putting about 10 channels per frequency. This results in a remarkable picture quality for both SD and HD channels. When I lived in a Comcast area, they put 12-15 SD channels per frequency, and 3 HD per frequency.

    I guess the more stuff on one physical channel is very efficient, however it can slightly reduce picture quality if all programs on that frequency start demanding fast scene changes or action sequences.

    How this relates to DirecTV:
    Well, besides not getting some of the stuff in HD... if I want to watch AMC in SD, I prefer to do it on my Cable input (10 channels packed together vs. 16 or more with DirecTV).
     
  4. Apr 4, 2011 #284 of 4112
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    Well at least D* is making money off of this channel having it on its competition. :rolleyes:

    FYI, theres a free preview of the HD extra pack on now.
     
  5. Apr 4, 2011 #285 of 4112
    Davenlr

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    Dont forget you can use a HD Tivo with a cablecard any get lots of goodies the cable DVR doesnt offer.
     
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    Does anyone know off the top of their head how many part time HD's there are (not counting PPV)? and what % they are in use?
     
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    I had TiVo before and loved it but I also think the HRs are now very good. I prefer the Directv MRV than anything else I know, for example. No longer looking forward to the Directv TiVo, BTW, if it ever comes through.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2011 #288 of 4112
    nickff

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    Tried this with a Series 3 Tivo and it was a catastrophe to say the least.
     
  9. Apr 4, 2011 #289 of 4112
    tonyd79

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    Or you can buy a new blu ray or a Roku or an apple tv and not pay a monthly fee for things others give for free.
     
  10. Apr 5, 2011 #290 of 4112
    JoeTheDragon

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    like clue less cable customer service dealing with cable cards in lots of ways.

    NO VOD.

    SDV cable systems needs add on tuners.
     
  11. Apr 5, 2011 #291 of 4112
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    I got TVmail today that said ExtraPack was a free for a period. I added them but it still says not purchased...oh well
     
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    rkr0923

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    Thanks, guess I missed the dates
     
  14. Apr 5, 2011 #294 of 4112
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    Do you get VOD with TIVO?
     
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    cypherx

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    Only with RCN or Suddenlink's Tivo Premiere rented through the cable company. Those are the only providers at this point that have an IP VOD gateway. It does require that you have their internet service and your Tivo is hooked up to it via a router.

    In my area they use Motorola and Pace DVR's with horrible software, and they are really slow. No SDV though, they only have 28 or so analog channels. The rest 29 through 135 are slots with digital.

    DirecTV's DVR's are great. If they only had the HD channels of our cable provider. They should make a QAM CableCard capable AM-21. That would fix it... but I'd still have to pay two providers... never mind.
     
  16. Apr 5, 2011 #296 of 4112
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    This is interesting. Ordered 13 Assassins 3 days ago. It finally appeared on my non internet connected HR24 today 3 days later. It was on my non internet connected HR20 the same day.

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    The movie I ordered yesterday, Action Jackson, downloaded on my internet connected HR24 within 5 minutes, and appeared in the playlist on my non internet connected HR20 within 30 minutes, but has yet to appear on my non internet connected HR24.
     
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    cypherx

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    mluntz, what's the Q icon to the left of the title mean?
     
  18. Apr 5, 2011 #298 of 4112
    Mike Bertelson

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    Q means it's Queued up for download.

    Mike
     
  19. Apr 5, 2011 #299 of 4112
    jponte55

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    Thanks for the info. I have Comcast in my area. I was thinking about giving Cable a try again but their boxes are so bad. I then looked at Tivo and saw they didn't have on demand when I looked. I was hoping that had changed. I then looked into building my own DVR but that comes with its own challenges and again no on demand. Its just that on demand seems like such a big part of the cable advantage and to not have access to it seems foolish. Of course thats just me.
     
  20. Apr 5, 2011 #300 of 4112
    dcowboy7

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    You can probably get the hd extra pack free for 3 months & then some.

    Go to the directv site & under your account there should be an option to select it free for 3 months.

    Then after about 2 months just call directv to cancel it....within an hour it should be available again on the site to select for 3 months all over again.

    Been getting it free over a year with this method....sweet.
     
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