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DIRECTV Remains Clear HD Leader with 130 HD Channels (and 1080p content)

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  1. Jul 28, 2008 #1 of 701
    seanb61

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    DIRECTV Remains Clear HD Leader with 130 HD Channels
    on Tap for Mid-August
    Jul 28 at 10:26
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    DIRECTV Adding More Than 30 New HD Channels and is First to Offer All HD
    Programming in MPEG-4 AVC and Dolby Digital; Will Offer HD Movies in 1080p Later
    This Year


    EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
    DIRECTV, the nation's leading satellite television service provider,
    continues to dominate the HD landscape by delivering significantly more quality
    national HD channels than any other television provider in the nation via the
    most advanced technology. Beginning August 14, DIRECTV will launch more than 30
    additional HD channels, bringing the total HD channel lineup to 130.

    DIRECTV will also transmit all of its HD programming in the MPEG-4
    Advanced Video Coding standard, by the end of this month
    - the first to do so in
    the industry. All HD programming will also be available in the Dolby Digital
    audio format, and later this year, DIRECTV will begin offering movies in 1080p,
    the highest resolution format available for HD video enthusiasts and the same
    format used by Blu-Ray HD DVDs.

    Among the new HD channels that DIRECTV will launch next month are Showtime
    Extreme HD, Showtime Showcase HD, Planet Green HD, ABC Family HD, additional
    DIRECTV HD pay per view channels and an additional 23 Regional Sports Networks
    (RSNs) in HD 24 hours a day.

    "Despite all the sound and fury of confusing HD claims from our
    competitors, our customers understand that DIRECTV is the destination for the
    most compelling and complete lineup of HD content," said Derek Chang, executive
    vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV, Inc. "Our message is
    clear - DIRECTV is the content leader, and our delivery of the best quality HD
    via the most advanced technology is one way we continue to dominate this
    category and offer our more than 17 million customers nationwide an unparalleled
    entertainment experience."

    In addition to its full lineup of linear HD channels, DIRECTV continues to
    lead the industry with the most sports HD programming available, by broadcasting
    exclusive, interactive sports packages like NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM), NCAA(R) MEGA
    MARCH MADNESS(TM) and NASCAR HOTPASS(TM) all in crystal-clear HD. DIRECTV will
    also continue to add HD content to its newly launched DIRECTV on Demand
    platform.

    The full DIRECTV HD programming lineup, including the new channels, and
    details on receiving equipment needed for the new DIRECTV HD services, are
    available by calling 1-800-DIRECTV or visiting directv.com.

    With the DIRECTV 11 satellite now part of the fleet and the launch of the
    DIRECTV 12 satellite next year, DIRECTV will have the capacity to deliver 200
    national HD channels and 1,500 local HD and digital channels in addition to new
    advanced programming services for customers nationwide.


    About DIRECTV, Inc.
    DIRECTV, Inc. (DTV), the nation's leading satellite television
    service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more
    than 17 million customers in the United States and is leading the HD revolution
    with 95 national HD channels - more quality HD channels than any other
    television provider. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 265
    channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming,
    industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed all national cable
    companies for eight years running) and superior technologies that include
    advanced DVR and HD-DVR services and the most state-of-the-art interactive
    sports packages available anywhere. For the most up-to-date information on
    DIRECTV, please visit directv.com.

    Source: DIRECTV, Inc.
    Contact: DIRECTV, Inc.
    Robert Mercer, 310-964-4683
    or
    Darris Gringeri, 212-462-5136


    Edit: (Tom Robertson) Added some more bolding for highlights and restored some spacing from the original Press Release.
    Moderator comment: (Tom Robertson) Excellent find seanb61!!!
     
  2. Jul 28, 2008 #2 of 701
    mike_augie

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    ahhh it was nice of them to wait until my birthday to start the roll out....lol... bring it on.. :D
     
  3. Jul 28, 2008 #3 of 701
    Carl Spock

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    Me doing my happy dance.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2008 #4 of 701
    merchione

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    Nice Hurry Up D*!
     
  5. Jul 28, 2008 #5 of 701
    Tubaman-Z

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    "...More Than 30 New HD Channels..."

    23 additional Regional Sports Networks
    2 Showtime channels
    1 Planet Green
    1 ABC Family
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    27 + some unknown number of "additional DIRECTV HD pay per view channels"

    It will be interesting to see the final list of new HD channels. I know that we all have our favorites that we are looking for.

    It is exciting to see that they will begin offering movies in 1080p.
     
  6. Jul 28, 2008 #6 of 701
    iceturkee

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    but are the legacy channels going to conver then or this wednesday, as already mentioned here several times?
     
  7. Jul 28, 2008 #7 of 701
    rey_1178

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    1080p baby!!!!!!!
     
  8. Jul 28, 2008 #8 of 701
    Chris Blount

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    They are going to be simulcasted.

    MPEG-4 equipment will tune the MPEG-4 version.
    MPEG-2 equipment will tune the MPEG-2 version, until they are shutdown at an undetermined future date.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2008 #9 of 701
    merchione

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    "The full DIRECTV HD programming lineup, including the new channels, and
    details on receiving equipment needed for the new DIRECTV HD services, are
    available by calling 1-800-DIRECTV or visiting directv.com."


    Has anyone found the channels yet? a little early or late for a easter egg hunt.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2008 #10 of 701
    VARTV

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    Virginia...
    No mention of the HBO/MAX channels in HD, no FOX News, etc...
     
  11. Jul 28, 2008 #11 of 701
    Smthkd

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    Don't we have enough PPV-HD channels? Geez!:nono2:
    Plus making 24 RSN HD channels 24x7 is not my idea of progress! Its
    not like everyone can see pro HD sports without being blacked out. Although Im excited Im a little disappointed too, especially after seeing Verizon Fios' newly
    announced lineup for the NYC!!:confused:
     
  12. Jul 28, 2008 #12 of 701
    VARTV

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    Virginia...
    I agree... a bit disappointed...
     
  13. Jul 28, 2008 #13 of 701
    cb7214

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    what happened to the rest of the HD channels?
    Travel Channel
    Fox News
    Hallmark
    WGN
    Lifetime
    Lifetime Movie
    Wealth

    And i see on the list of 100 that Verizon FIOS will have in NY that QVC HD is included I didn't think that channel had launched?
     
  14. Jul 28, 2008 #14 of 701
    JayPSU

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    Ummmmmm, what about the multi-plex HBO/Cinemax channels in HD?!
     
  15. Jul 28, 2008 #15 of 701
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Disappointed to not see the Travel Channel HD mentioned. Would also have liked to see WGN America but knew that wasn't coming based on info from contact at the station.
     
  16. Jul 28, 2008 #16 of 701
    HoosierBoy

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    This announcement is a bit underwhelming. Let's hope there is more to come!
     
  17. Jul 28, 2008 #17 of 701
    VARTV

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    Virginia...
    Maybe a big second date rollout too? No mention of ESPNU-HD launching next month...
     
  18. Jul 28, 2008 #18 of 701
    cb7214

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    I surely hope so, because based on those listing the new satellite will net me a whopping 2 new HD channels, planet green and ABC Family
     
  19. Jul 28, 2008 #19 of 701
    JayPSU

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    As an HBO/Cinemax sub, this announcement really annoys me. There's a whole host of multi-plexes in HD now available and Directv won't even add one?
     
  20. Jul 28, 2008 #20 of 701
    VARTV

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    Virginia...
    Surprised about no HBO/MAX and Encore-HD...
     
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