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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. TheRatPatrol

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    Or if people knew the difference between SD and HD. I know of many people that think they are getting HD just because they have an HDTV.
     
  2. kevinwmsn

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    I'm glad most of what I watch is in High Def too. I would think that D* should offer more Channels in the Choice Extra package such as Fox Movie Channel and H2 in High Def to get people to upgrade to higher packages. D* did that for the premium packages after they got a large number of "basics" added. It seems like D14 and D15 can't be built and launched soon enough to get the remaining SD channels carried in High Def.
     
  3. tonyd79

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    I don't think many individual channels make a difference. Honestly, I think a large chunk left have no idea they are watching something crappy.
     
  4. tonyd79

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    You mean the fee that gets waived with autopay? Don't see it.
     
  5. PrinceLH

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    That is one ugly fee, that stands out like a primed pimple. You just want to squeeze it and have it go away!:rolleyes:
     
  6. SPACEMAKER

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    Many of those people probably think they are already watching in HD.
     
  7. HoTat2

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    Well, as a reminder there was some indication of how the SD vs. HD trend is progressing mentioned in DIRECTV's LOA application for D14 filed with the FCC back in May;

    While this still can't give the exact numbers of SD vs. HD equipment among subscribers, it definitely does show the tide toward HD service and equipment is changing though very slowly with some 40% of new subscribers still electing for SD only service today.
     
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    How long does it usually take to see on-demand programming in HD after a channel such as BBCA-HD is added? Any guestimates on the ETA?
     
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    Just found out NJTV is available in HD on Fios. Would like to have that.
     
  10. tonyd79

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    A long, long time considering that other than premiums, movies and hd only channels, their is precious little in HD on demand for directv.

    So, I wouldn't hold my breath.

    BTW, fios had one or two things in HD for bbca a few days after launch and then they disappeared.
     
  11. seern

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    Fios does not have BBA hd in my area, they are still clamoring for it.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    Huh? It usually doesn't take that long to roll out and I thought they did this one all at once.

    They don't do regional other than local channels including RSNs.
     
  13. dpeters11

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    Yeah, it should be there for Extreme and Ultimate customers. The Prime tier does not include it.
     
  14. JoeTheDragon

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    but they do have movies in 1080P you can't get that on cable.
     
  15. jerrylove56

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    Maybe this has been stated, but if DTV wanted to begin the end of SD programming maybe they should stop issuing SD STB's and just use HD boxes. Not only this, but you would think they would obsolete all SD boxes. Once they get enough SAT space they could start phasing out SD signal transmission.
     
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    NJTV has been broadcasting in HD for quite a while.

    The only way I can watch WNJN in HD is via OTA.

    It's very strange that DirecTV offers CPTV (Connecticut
    Public Television) in HD and not the service from New Jersey.
     
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    Yes it would be nice to get NJT in HD since in South Jersey we already get Phila.WHYY 12 & Lehigh 39 in HD.It would give a nice option for PBS programing that is not always shown at the same time as well as getting the best picture quality .I, have noticed one Saturday night my wife had turned on NJT and was watching This Old House and noticed after the show promos showed HD logo in corner of screen and wondered why by now it was,t being available on DirecTv too.
     
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    This is happening slowly. The replacement of the boxes is very, very expensive. They did have a plan for a single box but adandoned it around the time the economy went south, so that is probably connected.

    What they are doing is chipping away at the SD signals. Recent examples have been the Hotpass and the UEFA channels. They are HD only now. If folks want them, they have to migrate to HD boxes and dishes. I'd expect that to continue along the edges. The big move will be if and when they look at premiums or packages such as the NFL.
     
  19. SPACEMAKER

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    So what are/were these test channels?

     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    Let's see...

    TV Land just announced new casting for two new original series set to start recording pilots this month and next.

    Game Show Network just announced their highest ratings ever...


    I have no real interest in GSN, but since we've been talking about these two channels lately, I thought I'd bring them up.

    ~Alan
     
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