DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3 2011 Thread)

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  1. maartena

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    Even so, when a show is broadcast on an HD channel, the signal coming from the station towards the broadcasters is not an "SD" feed, it is an "HD" feed on which the older studio tapes are played. Even way back when in the 80ties, when we were watching our shows on big tube TV's through analog cable or antenna, the actual source transmission from the TV station headquarters to the carriers was of a higher (albeit anaolog of course) quality, and closer to the quality of the source tapes.

    When you watch an SD sitcom on an HD channel, the qaulity is better then when you would watch this same sitcom on an SD channel, as the broadcast tapes that are eventually, all the way back in the TV station building, being played are better quality. Of course nowadays there is no more tapes in those TV station buildings, but it is digitized and just played from a large datacenter.

    In short, the "HD station displaying an old 80ties SD show" offers an image-quality that is much closer (or almost just as good) to what is being played in the actual TV studios for broadcasting to the carriers.

    There are indeed.... some golden opportunities for shows that are shot in 35mm film. They did it with Seinfeld, which did not air one single episode in HD during its original run, but can now be seen in HD on TBS and (I believe) Fox.

    Star Trek: The Next Generation could also be remastered in HD, and I would records and watch the entire series AGAIN (and I have already seen it fully at least 3 times) when it is shown in HD.
     
  2. I WANT MORE

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    Could have been Hoos.
     
  3. Wisegoat

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    The problem with most SciFi shows is the special effects. Since most were done on video tape, not film, the special effects (think blasters, explosions, space shots, aliens, etc.) do not make the best transition. I remember JMS, the creator of Babylon 5 talking about it and why B5 is not in HD. He filmed everything in 16:9, but said that, due to the way the special effects were added, it would mean that he would need to go back and redo all of them, essentially doing what George Lucas or Star Trek: TOS did.

    It is possible, but expensive. Unless they were done on film, I don't expect to see those shows in HD anytime soon.
     
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    You do know you can edit a previous post, right? :)

    I'm just waiting to see what DirecTV adds for HD. It's gotten to the point where it doesn't matter for me. I'm satisfied with what I have. Anything new in the national HD field will just be gravy.
     
  5. dcowboy7

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    I do like the 16x9 seinfelds better now compared to the 4x3 but some of the picture on the top & bottom is chopped off from the transfer.

    Some scenes look a little strange but all in all its good.
     
  6. judson_west

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    As far as the comparison to the evolution of Color TV over B/W I don't believe holds water. While you could watch a color program on a b/w TV and could watch a b/w program on a color TV, you can't watch a HD program on a non-HD TV. And the definition of a HD TV is one that can decode the HD signal and present it on the screen for viewing. If you have an HD set but you receive your DTV signal through a SD set-top box, you have an SD set.
     
  7. TheRatPatrol

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    Um, yes you can. I'm doing it right now in the office. Yes, I am using a receiver to do it, but you can do it.
     
  8. Laxguy

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    All right, but first, this: I saw that movie. When I was pre-teen. It was the opening movie after our one screen/one theatre closed for renovations. Reopened with a much touted Spencer Tracy movie, "Bad Day....." but I have no idea why it was, or what. It was boring to a kid. There may even have been smooching. Gross! Not enough shooting and riding hard, winded horses blowing up a lot of dust, and blowing up other things, too.

    IAE, could you please tell us what was the really bad thing(s)?
     
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    The head guy of shorts is the brother-in-law of the D* CEO.
     
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    The head guy at Shorts and the VP of programming at D* play poker together. Sometimes the cards aren't there.
     
  11. Araxen

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    I haven't turned shorts hd on since it was added. The guide data for the channel really prevents me from getting any use of the channel. I know it's not Directv's fault but the nature of the channel. I'm sure the channel will be sold one day and the format of the channel will be changed to something useful. Shorts HD is the perfect VOD type channel not a regular fulltime channel.
     
  12. cypherx

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    I couldn't agree more.
     
  13. ChicagoBlue

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    Is that what he said? I thought I read where he said "most" and you're turning that into so and so channel isn't "one of the most important".

    Did you guys every wonder if some of this might be posturing to get better rates? Did you guys ever wonder if you look at the ratings, he's dead on right with a very few exceptions (which is why he said "most").

    You guys are reading way too much into this stuff and Swanni, who has been wrong more often than the Iraqi War minister just feeds into this stuff for you guys.

    Haven't we gone over this several times? DTV has to deal with NFL Sunday Ticket, all those RSNs, NASCAR and other HD channel hogs that no one else deals with. REPEAT, NO ONE ELSE DEALS WITH. That is why it is so erroneous for people here to state DTV has all this PPV HD. No they don't. Those channels are really set aside to be used for NFL and everything else on an occassional usage and when they are not used, they are turned into PPV HD. If DTV could get Style or AMC or E! or someone else to agree to not be on 24/7 365 days a year and willing to come down on Sundays for NFL, Saturdays for NASCAR and such, then there would be no issue.

    At the core of it is that DTV's position as a sports leader both hurts and benefits them. It benefits them from added subscribers for those events and sports. It hurts them in that they don't have enough bandwidth currently to provide enough HD channels for all the basics. And since bandwidth is precious, Mr. Chang is dead nuts right that you're not going to waste it on a bunch of channels that aren't even rated by Nielsen or rated so low that no one but 14 people in Iowa and their stepsisters care about. He's going to be judicious as hell on what channels to add. I say, thumbs up Mr. Chang. Bandwidth is a finite and precious resource. When I read some comments here comparing DTV to Uverse or some other carrier and not even acknowledging that DTV is carrying Nascar, NFL games, all those RSNs and totally dismissing it, that shows me that person is not making an honest evaluation and merely has an agenda.

    As far as more capacity coming in 2013 with D14, of course that is true but is that the only way HD capacity can be added? I suspect you will see DTV add more capacity in other ways.
     
  14. ChicagoBlue

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    Correct. Bravo, someone that actually reads and comprehends. Well done Mr. Georule. Others here should give it a try, starting with Mr. Swanni.
     
  15. cypherx

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    What if you give two ****s about the Sunday Ticket, RSNs, NASCAR, etc? What if line of sight to dish network is a no go? What if the local cable company has ****ty hardware and software?

    I don't think it's asking too much for DirecTV to be number 1 again and beef up some of their HD offerings. Not everyone cares about all that sports. That's why they are separate packages. Maybe the sports nut could care less about DIY, E!, AMC, BBCA, etc... But it benefits to have a diverse lineup to attract all types of customers.

    If your a grocery store and you only sell vegetables, you may find more success if you also start selling meats and dairy too. People like a one stop shop. Its convenient and it's expected these days. This is in fact 2011, not 1911. We've sent man to the moon but we can't add a few HDTV channels? Come on.
     
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    Specialty stores (and services) thrive too. Businesses strive to sell products and services that their competitors don't (i.e. NFLST) and to offer a larger selection of those they do (RSN's, premiums). If everyone all had the same HD channels, what difference would it make what provider consumers picked?
    D* specializes in sports, their exclusive content brings in tons of customers. Lately they've been beefing up their premium lineup as well to edge out their arch-enemy (and only true competitor) E* in another category, bringing in even more customers. I'm sure they've got plans to add more basics "soon" and have the trifecta. Good things come to those who wait.
     
  17. TheRatPatrol

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    Hey now, some of us sports nuts wants those too. ;)
     
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    :lol:
     
  19. Hutchinshouse

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    Now that is just silly talk.
     
  20. ChicagoBlue

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    They are the largest tv provider in the world, seems to me they are offering a diverse product or they wouldn't be the largest tv provider in the world
     
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