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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4 2010 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2010.

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  1. cypherx

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    Well not everything would be in MPEG4. Comcast started with just ESPN3D in MPEG4, then when they reclaimed some bandwidth they switched it back to MPEG2, but they have plans to switch it back once more compatable equipment reaches a certain percentage.

    Most of the national HD stuff is encrypted QAM anyway. Not like a TV is going to get it. I know I can only get the locals, QVC and the CSPAN's in HD with my provider. Everything else is encrypted, so you need a box anyway. Might as well be an MPEG4 box someday. The standard lineup is in MPEG2 and always will be (at least for the next 10+ years) due to DTA's. DTA's don't do HD so what does that matter. Cable is a closed network and broadcasts in QAM anyway.
     
  2. Hutchinshouse

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    :shrug:

    Where the new HD be at?

    :sleeping:
     
  3. cypherx

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    SOON! :lol:

    My guess is 2011 sometime. Yeah throw a dart at a 2011 year calendar. Could land anytime between January and December!
     
  4. thelucky1

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    my guess is "soon" as in before the Mayan Calendar ends! :lol::D
     
  5. Alan Gordon

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    As juventuz said above, the problem isn't solved.

    The first FOUR seasons of the new "Doctor Who" series aired on SciFi/SyFy, but BBC America now airs the new series.

    The US version of "Being Human" will be on SyFy, but the "original" British series is on BBC America.

    SyFy occasionally airs reruns of the first two seasons of "Primeval," but the later season(s) air on BBC America. I don't know if the upcoming season(s) will be on BBC America or not, but I'm betting on BBC America showing them.

    The new season of "Torchwood" will be on Starz though...

    ~Alan
     
  6. Alan Gordon

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    While I found Skyboss' comments funny (given my personal feelings toward the channel in question, and that I felt his comments were made in jest), I still wanted to say VERY WELL SAID.

    While there are quite a few channels requested here that I am interested in (including the two most requested... AMC & BBCA), there are quite a few in which I simply have trouble comprehending anybody wanting (E!, QVC, HSN, etc.), but my motto for some time has been:

    "Different strokes for different folks." That could very well be the motto of these HD Anticipation threads as well...

    I feel the same way... to a point. Once we get to a certain point, I have to realize that every channel added that I don't care for, is one less space for a channel I do care for.

    Hopefully, once DirecTV starts adding HD channels again, they will find a decent balance in their channel additions...

    ~Alan
     
  7. Hutchinshouse

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    DIRECTV asked that you please revise your avatar.

    After all, you wouldn’t want to mislead people. :lol:
     

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  8. maartena

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    FCC only mandates that all channels that can be received over the air, are also available in ClearQAM on cable networks. In any given market, that is anywhere from 5 to 20 TV stations, but that is about it. All "cable" TV stations, such as TNT, Discovery, NatGeo, you name it.... can be compressed, encrypted any way the cable company sees fit.

    They may start to deploy cable boxes NOW with MPEG4 capability, and not switch it on till about 2012 or so, when 80% of boxes are switched out.... and then do the remaining 20% at that time.
     
  9. sorrycharlie

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    In my area, Comcast is giving out all mpeg4 boxes allong with that they have allready reclaimed the bandwidth in my area. They are going after the local's next and are giving everyone a free box for locals.

    Back on topic, I dont understand why Directv is dragging their feet on National HD. Its very sad to see. If they boosted their lineup theretically that would make coustomers happy and give no one a reason to switch correct? They would be the first provider to provide everything, and that could keep all the folks who have diffrent strokes happy. The only way to shut everyone up is to simply launch everything in HD. That in turn would dramastially improve their market share and profits. But hey who am I to question directv's tatics?
     
  10. mcl77

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    no sales pitch intended bud. The poster stated he was not satisfied with Dtv, and he had other options. I just was wondering why he hadnt switched services. That is all.

    For your information- I enjoy Dtv alot. At first I couldnt stand it because the installation was butchered, and my hd channels were nonexistant for the first 2 months. They also destroyed the outside of my house, and drilled a pilot hole into the interior of my chimney wall.

    After that got settled though Ive had this service for 2 years and have had no complaints at all. I am happy with the HD channels dtv offers, I just wish some company would offer up an HD only package soon.
     
  11. hdtvfan0001

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    He said he was a cable company employee. I would expect him to tout his employer's services...just wondering why he was doing it on a sat-only site, especially when he even cited things that lacked in comparison.
     
  12. crimpshrine

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    I don't think the providers will allow it. Dish Network tried this and it fell apart because providers didn't want to be bundled in a HD only package. They want you to pay for their other crappy SD channels as part of a bundle price.
     
  13. larry55

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    I be glad when all channel are in hd.
     
  14. thelucky1

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    OMG...you mean Directv doesn't offer 200 HD channels :nono2:...where in the world did I get that idea???? :lol:
     
  15. iceturkee

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    not meaning to go off topic but a. i'm retired and b. i'm not a guy.
     
  16. maartena

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    I hear ya. It WILL happen some day..... buying all the equipment needed to make an HD feed is still too expensive for the smaller stations, especially locals with a very small customer (and thus advertising) base.

    I think it will take about 10 more years though before every station has an HD version. And even in 10 years from now, there will be people with a tube-TV that is 20 years old at that time, so even though everything MIGHT be HD, they will still need to distribute SD as well.

    Although.... I already had a HD cable DVR before I had an HD TV, and on my big fat tube I could receive the HD channels no problem. They were just letterboxed, and obviously the resolution did not magically increase. ;) So I would imagine that they can equip the receivers with a way to display it on an SD TV through maybe the yellow video plug, or S-Video or something like that.... so that people with old TV's can still use HD boxes.

    It would free up a nice chunk of satellite space if they could simply dump all SD channels that have an HD channel..... and just provide HD tuners to everyone, that could display a downconverted signal on an SD TV.
     
  17. judson_west

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    When that happens, this thread will turn into the DIRECTV 3D Channel Anticipation (Official Thread).
     
  18. Paul Secic

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    QVC & HSN are owned by Liberty Media. Funny eh?
     
  19. Paul Secic

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    And I'm shocked Dish doesn't have QVC HD or HSN HD. I bought my first HD set from QVC in late 2008. Embarasing isn't it?
     
  20. sigma1914

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    HSN isn't owned by Liberty, it's owned by HSN Inc.
     
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