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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 25, 2013.

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  1. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
    It certainly didn't seem to me that he meant it that way.
  2. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Will Sundance Channel HD be to 2013/2014 what AMC HD was to 2010/2011 with DirecTV?

    Yesterday [07.18.2013] the Emmy nominations for the 2012-13 television season came out. One of the most generously rewarded was Top of the Lake, the miniseries about an investigation of a disappeared pregnant woman. It premiered last March on Sundance Channel. It is up for best miniseries, directing for The Piano Oscar winner Jane Campion (and Garth Davis), writing (Campion and Gerard Lee), lead actress Elisabeth Moss, and supporting actor Peter Mullan among a total eight.

    @ http://www.sundancechannel.com/blog/2013/07/sundance-channel-receives-record-primetime-emmy-nominations

    Before AMC's high definition feed was finally added by DirecTV in September 2011, the basic-cable movie network had already racked up three best-drama Emmys for Mad Men (which, that month, won its fourth) and three best-actor Emmys for Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad. Cranston's costar, Aaron Paul, had scored his first of two Emmys by 2010 (after both Mad Men and Breaking Bad had premiered three years earlier!), and Mad Men had won the drama writing Emmy for each of its first three seasons. And in 2011, The Killing had made a splash with garnering nominations for lead actress Mireille Enos, supporting actress Michelle Forbes, and bids for directing and writing.

    We were still floored that it had been talking so damn long for DirecTV to add AMC HD.

    With Sundance Channel now on the rise (many hoped Aden Young's performance, on Rectify, would be among the nominated drama lead actors), and with mini-dish rival Dish Network now carrying Sundance Channel in high definition (as is true of all AMC Networks' programming brands), should we be anticipating and expecting DirecTV to add Sundance Channel HD to ch. 558 (effective 07.31.2013, it will move to ch. 557)?
  3. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    lmao No, but maybe porn helps.
  4. Christian_Cat

    Christian_Cat New Member

    Jul 19, 2013
    So as of today July 19, 2013 they are only testing 3 new HD channels? Or is there more?
  5. lacubs

    lacubs Godfather

    Sep 11, 2010
  6. YUMA11

    YUMA11 AllStar

    Apr 26, 2012
    How many channels are in testing right now,3 or more?thanks.
  7. chough95

    chough95 New Member

    May 28, 2013
    For me, this quarter needs to bring 2 channels to HD:

    1) FXM - Watching it in SD is so painful. Without HD, I don't think I'll watch it.

    2) Al Jazeera America HD - When Current TV switches over (On August 20th), I really hope that it can be added as HD. It will be SO nice to finally have a legitimate world news channel. I'm really sick of shows like ABC World News, as well as CNN / FOX News in general, for claiming to be worldwide news leaders, when in reality, they hardly show anything from outside the country.
  8. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Amen! Corperation News SUCKS!
  9. donley

    donley Mentor

    Apr 10, 2008
    Apologies for not keeping up as I am sporadic in my visits. Was the 2011 survey for most wanted HD channels the last one that was completed? If so what are the top remaining channels from that survey that have not been added yet? Thanks in advance for any responses.
  10. APB101

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    Sep 1, 2010
    I think I recall 2011 being the last year of a DBSTalk.com survey for linear HD.

    I don't remember results.
  11. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    At least in the DBSTalk survey we did, I think Sundance, Outdoor Network and GSN were big ones. Pretty much everything in the top 10 went HD at some point after that.

    And based on that poll, we're getting 30 and 38.
  12. pablo

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    Very much seconded, but my only concern is the aparent "Americanization" of the brand. At first I thought this would be basically a retransmition of AJE (hopefully in HD), but now from reading about the channel, it will be very much focused on US news, with AJE content strewn throughout the lineup (such as their great documentaries).
  13. donley

    donley Mentor

    Apr 10, 2008
    I think Universal Sports was 18th on that poll in 2011. I am wondering at this point if it is the highest ranking channel in that poll that is still not in HD. It is basically the only channel I am still wanting in HD.
  14. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    what about the ron Paul channel will it be HD?
  15. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Wheres QVC, Univision, and Playboy TV HD?
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  16. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    In test mode. Remember how many weeks (months) it was that ION was in test before it went live?
  17. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yes I do. In the past it used to only take a week to test the channels, now it seems like it takes a month.
  18. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    QVC has been testing for two years for HD on Dish.
  19. RML81

    RML81 Legend

    Jul 3, 2011
    Doesn't QVC pay Directv to be carried? If so, wouldn't they also be paying to be carried in HD?
  20. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    That has nothing to do with dtv testing.
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