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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-11 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 28, 2011.

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  1. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    There's only 1 channel I watch that isn't in HD and that's GSN. But since I watch only the old game shows on it and record Match Game to DVD I'd just as soon them not add the hd of it personally.

    I look at HLN once in a blue moon so that in hd would be nice I guess.
  2. twiseguy

    twiseguy Legend

    Jan 31, 2011
    Stow, Ohio
    I second for TCM in HD. At least TCM is 24 hours, with no ads, no infomercials, unlike that recently HD add.
  3. davembell

    davembell Cool Member

    May 1, 2009
    How no BBC hd or OWN hd I am truly getting sick of Direct tvs bull**** about new hd programme anyone agree ?
  4. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    It is a bit odd they don't have that one, guess it proves that it isn't always because someone doesn't want to Tango.
  5. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    :lol: … Of course! :lol:

    This thread has been active in quarterly periods for a couple years. And DirecTV has been asleep on the matter of HD "basics." It's been quiet here, recently, perhaps because ridiculously-long-overdue AMC HD (ch. 254) finally came in on Sept. 9. I also question whether a report about the next satellite launch — which we thought would take place in 2013; but apparently it won't happen until 2014 — has had an impact.

    Missing Basics (DirecTV-carried SDs, with nationally available HDs):
    204 HLN HD
    230 DIY HD
    232 COOK HD
    233 GSN HD
    235 Style HD
    236 E! HD
    238 REELZ HD
    240 HSN HD
    246 truTV HD
    251 OXYGEN HD
    253 LMN HD
    256 TCM HD
    258 FMC HD
    260 WE HD
    264 BBCAM HD
    271 H2 HD
    273 TVGN HD
    274 OVAT HD
    275 QVC HD
    279 OWN HD
    283 NGWILD HD
    285 ID HD
    289 NASA HD
    294 TheHub HD
    295 SPROUT HD
    313 JTV HD
    328 TVONE HD
    338 gmc HD
    339 Fuse HD
    345 RFD HD
    350 CSPAN HD
    351 CSPAN2 HD
    353 BLOOM HD
    370 EWTN HD
    371 TCC HD
    372 TBN HD
    377 TCT HD

    404 GALA HD
    559 IFC HD
    605 SPRTSM HD
    606 OUTCH HD

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-d...ates#List_of_current_high-definition_channels

    I used to list Logo Televison (ch. 272) and Centric (ch. 330); but, apparently, they are not available in HD (despite Dish Network claiming they are as a part of its high def lineup). So, I have removed them from the list. I also don't list Ion Television, because it is broadcast. AT&T U-verse now carries a high-def BYU TV (ch. 374), but it's not on my source's list as available in HD; therefore, I chose not to list it. truTV is italicized because we don't have it yet in HD (but it is supposed to get added in high def either by the end of 2011 or during the first quarter of 2012).

    Right now there isn't a cable or satellite provider with a full slate of the nationally available HD "basics" (cable television). Clearly DirecTV opted to maximize carriage of premium movies and, its bread and butter, sports in high definition. It would become satisfying if DirecTV uses its next satellite launch (2013 or 2014) to complete its HD channels lineup.
  6. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Just received my new billing, and information for a Free Preview (in November):

    Starz (chs. 525–542): 11.23–11.27
    "Watch the premiere of Gnomeo and Juliet on 11.26."

    (So, this covers the Encore channels as well.)
  7. Red Orc

    Red Orc Legend

    Oct 11, 2011
    Sometimes I really hate that I didn't stick with Comcast. They have BBCA DIY E Cooking Channel & National Geographic Wild in HD. But when Direct TV ofered me a free HD DVR I jumped without thinking.

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Have you called Comcast to see if they'll pay your early termination fee provided you return to them? If you are miserable with D* it's worth a shot.
  9. je4755

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    Of the channels you listed, Comcast only carries E in my DMA (H2 in HD is unavailable as well).
  10. Jasqid

    Jasqid Legend

    Oct 26, 2008
    Out of all the remaining SD channels, DIY is the only one a seldom watch that I would like to see in HD.
  11. Maleman

    Maleman Icon

    Apr 17, 2007
    Speaking of OWN in HD....do they have programming in HD? e,g Rosie Show?

  12. georule

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    I think it would be very difficult for me to go back to those itty-bitty Comcast harddrives with no external capability.
  13. TravelFan1

    TravelFan1 Legend

    Apr 1, 2009
    Tom Robertson, when will the HD guessing games resume? Like Bart Scott would say, I "CAN'T WAIT":)

    Speaking of Tom and anticipation, slightly off-topic, I'm anticipating a great early T-DAY Packers at Lions game, followed by a Miami at Dallas dud, but then followed by a great SF at Bal! I'd dare to say that, at the present time and that my G-men are completely unpredictable this year, the Packers at Leos is THE HD event I'm looking forward to this quarter!
  14. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    So, you are, to coin a phrase, "ready for some football?"!! Me, too. My Niners played the best game they've done in ten years. Hope it wasn't too good to be true as an indicator for future games. ....

    Meanwhile, BBCA, please!
  15. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    Most of their stuff seems letterboxed. The channel premiered this year. It's safe to say any new programming produced for the channel is up-to-date to an at least 4 year old standard for filming programming.
  16. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    Take sports chat over there please -----------> Sports Programming and Events forum
  17. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    In asking for BBCA HD I cannot make a friendly comment? Seems a bit harsh.
  18. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    I was talking about the football chat. BTW, "Are you ready for some football"? is copyrighted to Hank Williams Jr who was fired from ESPN so they can't use it any more.

    Anticipate away...
  19. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I wish I knew. :) I can wait, yet I'd rather be leading another round of Guess the HD. :D

    I will start the game as soon as I am permitted. I might post a warning for people to get plenty of brain rest before the game actually starts. :)

    Speaking of games, tfederov, a very passionate Lions fan, is in town for a few days. Over dinner tonight, we enjoyed discussing the TurkeyDay game, and the NFC championship games. I'm looking for two 10-0 teams to enter Ford Field and the Packers to emerge victorious. :)

    I was asked, "aren't you scared?". "No, but I do have a healthy respect for what the Lions have done." :)

    Good thing most people already have Fox in HD... :D

  20. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Speaking of which, can we anticipate that Fox Sports will one day bring their HD broadcasts up to snuff?

    Is there anything we can do besides writing Fox, and maybe the NFL and NHL, who both have a vested interest in how their "shows" look in households?
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