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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. Sandy

    Sandy Legend

    Apr 22, 2002
    I am sorry for your loss. My beloved 22 year old cat died 5 years ago......on my birthday. So, I can relate.
  2. ep1974

    ep1974 Legend

    May 22, 2010
  3. Starchild

    Starchild Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    Thanks for the new HD channels Directv!

    Awaiting the ION HD launch. Whenever you're ready, I am!

    The more HD the better.
  4. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    the way I see it Basic is the lowest cost package of channels. from any provider. I have basic cable as well as satellite TV. Basic cable is mainly all the NYC locals. There are a few others but mainly junk.
  5. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    There's never been anything official about when it was supposed to launch, so nope. It will show up when it's ready. They just don't announce hardly anything until its happened.
  6. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Contract issues. Someone in this thread called ION and they told him the contract simply wasn't signed yet. I guess it is a case of the technology being ready faster than the legal track.

    We will probably get it soon.
  7. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    By your definition, then, to be considered "basic" it must be in the Entertainment package and not require special equipment. Using your definition, and not counting the west feeds where the east feed is already in HD, the only basic channels left that are not HD are:

    CNBC World
    Christian Television Network
    Church Channel
    GOD TV
    Gospel Music Channel
    Headline News
    Home Shopping Network
    ION (which will be in HD soon)
    Investigation Discovery
    Jewelry Television
    Lifetime Movie Network
    Nick Jr
    Pursuit Channel
    RFD TV
    Reelz Channel
    TCT Network
    TV Guide Network
    TV Land
    Teen Nick
    The Word Network
    Trinity Broadcasting Network
    World Harvest Television

    Many of those do not exist in HD on any provider. The number of basics (by your definition) left to be added is extremely small.
  8. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    There was. There was an official announcement on the website (which since has been updated to exclude ION, but you can track back in this thread when it was live), and it still announced for August 15th in the DirecTV magazine of which there is a PDF in this thread somewhere.

    ION was officially announced a day or so before along with the other channels that actually were launched on the 15th. Something last-minute must have happened for the launch to be scrapped.
  9. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    So you would then consider channels like H2, GAC, DIY, Cooking Channel, Bio, Military, NatGeoWild, Oxygen, Science Channel and WGN to be PREMIUM because they are not in the lowest cost package of DirecTV? (Some of those aren in the 2nd lowest cost package either).

    How would you classify those channels? Would DIY HD not be considered a "basic" HD channel?
  10. erosroadie

    erosroadie Godfather

    Jan 9, 2007
    Reasons alone to have USN in HD sooner rather than later...
  11. schlagle

    schlagle Mentor

    Nov 22, 2009
    It's at the top of my list now, because it is my wife's favorite channel, and I get tired of walking in the room and seeing a non-HD picture. :mad:
  12. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    World Fishing Network is missing from your list. Even Charter carries WFN HD (after adding 56 HD channels at once)!
  13. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Not saying these shows are your cup of tea, BUT "Copper" premieres this Sunday, and it appears that BBCA will be starting to re-air the series "Luther" which is an Emmy nominated, Golden Globe winning series. I like Idris Elba a lot and I never bothered to watch the series in SD, so I'm very excited for this show.

    A "Law And Order: UK" episode is airing next week as well, which includes BSG and DW alums in the series.

    BBCA tends to cycle their programming schedules. If you don't like something now, just keep an eye of their schedule. You may find something later...

    Glad to see Ion West moving to channel 306.

    On a personal level, I'd move MTV2 to 332, VH1 and VH1 Classics to 333 and 334 respectively, and put the nearby Audience on 335, and AXS TV on 336, but 340 is not bad. If they weren't going to make the changes I'd like, I think 333 would have been a better choice than 340, but that's just my opinion.

    The FIOS announcement was made... last month, I believe?!

    There's two kinds of basic in my mind.

    The first, and most important in my mind, is the way the providers present the channels. Many channels actually refer to themselves as basic channels, but that doesn't mean that providers have to carry them as such. For instance, Hallmark Movie Channel is considered a basic channel, and on some providers, is one, yet DirecTV offers it in a premium package. Upon it's launch, Sony Movie Channel described itself as a "basic" channel, yet DirecTV carries it in a premium package.

    The second, is when you are referring to the way a provider bundles them. If I'm talking about basic channels, I'm talking about ones that DirecTV provides in base packages. Why?! Well, I'm a DirecTV subscriber.

  14. moob

    moob Legend

    Nov 19, 2008
    The first season of BSG was co-financed by Sky1, and in fact aired in the UK first. So throw in James Callis and Bamber and maybe it's like one tenth British? :p

    Looks like I can finally change my icon. :D
  15. slimoli

    slimoli Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    Just saw Copper "behind the badge" documentary about the show. Looks very interesting indeed. NYC after the Civil War looks amazing.
  16. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    That's mostly why I used the term for BBCA even on fios.

    Plus, if you want decent Internet speed, you almost have to get their middle package. The price actually goes UP if you try to take a lower package of channels. So, it funnels a lot of customers to the middle package, which includes BBCA.
  17. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    23 of those are available in HD, 16 are either known not to be, or have unknown status. The ones in bold are available.

    Did you leave in Nickelodeon by accident?!

    BTW, I called out SOAPnet as it was rebranded to Disney, Jr. It was said that it was going to be left on until contracts were made for Disney, Jr., but to be honest, I'm surprised it's still on. Either way, an HD feed will never exist for it...

  18. Fog627

    Fog627 Legend

    Aug 27, 2009
    I loved Luther...I was just thinking about it tonight while wondering what was on BBCA. There were far too few episodes. I see they may do a spinoff centering on Ruth Wilson's character. She was fantastic. http://weblogs.variety.com/thevote/2012/08/luther-creator-eyes-alice-spinoff.html
  19. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006

    If you stick with this very strict definition of "basic" Directv doesn't have any basic HD, since they charge an extra fee for HD. You can get this fee credited back for 2 years if you autopay, but the fee is still there.

    It's one of those cable marketing ploys, "we don't charge extra for HD."
  20. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    This continual argument is why I stay away from the term basic usually. Sorry to have restarted it. Channels are channels. They are available on a system or they are not. the rest is how and how much you pay for them.
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