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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Sep 24, 2012.

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  1. georule

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    Other than possible sports additions based on settlements with new RSN's, I'm starting to feel if we don't see something in test by Oct 31 (i.e. two weeks from yesterday), we probably are done for the year.

    Having said that, it sure looks to me from Sixto's reports like they've made 8-9 new HD slots on the transponders the last couple weeks. Whether that is preparing for something imminent, or engineering just doing their thing with their new equipment as it comes in. . . I guess we'll see.
     
  2. coolman302003

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    Has anyone else noticed that HGTV VOD now has HD content. Currently, there is only one older episode of House Hunters International but it is in HD, I downloaded it and it is indeed in 1080i and very good picture quality. Now, there is also 2 other episodes that say HD in the title but those are NOT HD. I also checked DIY, but no HD content showing up yet.
     
  3. tonyd79

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    Wow. Comcast around here (and they are pretty backward) had an analog channel and a digital channel overlaid under 100 years ago. You got whatever your TV/box could decipher.

    Fios is almost all digital now but still have different channels for SD and HD. You tune then hit the C button to make sure you get HD. I think some Comcast boxes autotune to the HD channel without prompting.
     
  4. coolman302003

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    I looked over the upcoming November Issue of Satellite DIRECT magazine and didn't see any new HD channels listed :(

    As requested, I am no longer allowed to post the full magazine issue PDF link on here, and again I do understand the reasoning behind it. I am allowed to post snippets of information from the magazine issue.

    DIRECTV Inside Scoop:

    New this November:

    • New! Enjoy your favorite networks in crystal clear HD.
      DIY Network Ch. 230 and ION Television East Ch. 305.
      Learn more at directv.com/hd
    • Get exclusive rewards from Viggle for watching DIRECTV!
      We’ll help you get started:
      Download the free Viggle app from the App Store or Google Play and
      enter promo code 'DIRECTV' during registration to get 4,000 bonus points!
      For more information, visit directv.com/viggle

    Free Trials:
    • STARZ® and ENCORE® Free Trial November 21–25 on Channels 525–542
      Catch compelling original series and big hit movies like The Vow,
      Spartacus: Vengeance, The Muppets and more during the Thanksgiving
      Free Trial Weekend.
      Learn more at directv.com/starz
    • GSN Game Lounge Free Trial Nov 22–23 on Channel 110
      Enjoy your favorite games like 5 Card Slingo and Bejeweled 2 right on your TV.
      Learn more at directv.com/gamelounge

    ION West & AXS.tv is now shown correctly at 306 & 340 respectively on there Channel Lineup.
     
  5. kevintheoman

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    I don't know when exactly, but the Discovery Networks contract is supposed to be renegotiated before the end of the year. Hopefully that means The Hub in HD. The My Little Pony season 3 premiere is November 10th; I'd love to watch it in HD.
     
  6. Billzebub

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    :lol::lol:
     
  7. dpeters11

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    Funny, inside scoop for something that went public a month ago.
     
  8. joed32

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    To be fair the Mag that he's quoting only comes out once a month.
     
  9. joed32

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    They don't want you to post it because they charge $20 per year to subscribe to it.
     
  10. alnielsen

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    The editors may not know any sooner than we do. They have to write the article, layout the magazine and then print/ship it during the routine monthly cycle. If the information comes out at just the wrong time, you may be 2 months late for the "news" to come out in the mag.
     
  11. TBoneit

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    If they can make space for more channels without hurting quality I can understand their doing so.

    It's Always better to have spare capacity than not.

    Think about having spare capacity. Now something unexpected happens to a transponder for example. They can pretty quick shift the affected channels to free bandwidth and not have to hurt quality.

    I know I'm always happier if I have free space on the drives in my Computer. I also have a spare external drive. I buy ahead when they are on sale.
     
  12. RAD

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    IIRC they have spare/backup transponders/TWT's on each satellite so they don't need to shift channels around to other's just fire up the spare.
     
  13. Alan Gordon

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    Seriously, DirecTV?!?!?!

    That's just CRUEL!! :mad: :lol:
     

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  14. georule

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    The propeller-beanie boys are beginning to wonder if something systemic is going on with D10, tho no conclusions have yet been reached. It does appear that D* is emptying the bird right now, relatively speaking. Given past reports of it running on a backup propulsion system, that is at least moderately concerning (tho not the only possible explanation).

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=205621&page=25
     
  15. dpeters11

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    I'm not as much of a propeller head as some (not an actual rocket scientist), but I definitely do have concerns. We may hear something from DirecTV in the 3rd quarter conference call.
     
  16. coolman302003

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    HGTV & DIY VOD now both have a decent amount of HD content available. :)
     
  17. Bonneville44

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    Good to know! DIY especially one of my favorite channels. I wonder if Food will do the same soon?
     
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    Hey, to each their own. Some people even like this thing called "NFL", whatever that is. :D If My Little Pony is your thing, more power to ya! :D

    Usually when these contract negotiations are taking place, HD carriage is discussed, but not an imminent addition. We saw this with Disney Jr. HD - it was added quickly in SD during the Viacom standoff, but it took another 5 weeks before the HD version was added. It takes a little more time to work that out.
     
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    But was that extra 5 weeks due to contract negotiations or due to the technical aspects of putting the HD version up? I doubt we will ever know for sure.

    My Little Ponies was much better in the early 80's than the current version is, and do not get me started on Strawberry Shortcake.
     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    It'd be a toss-up between the two options for me... :rolleyes:

    Granted, they're the '90s, but I'm REALLY digging TMNT on Nick!

    Mikey cracks me up... !rolling
     
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