DIRECTV12 is live today 5/19/10 ... and 5 new channels roll out!

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  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

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    DirecTV controls which packages they put their channels into. They have CHOSEN to put seven HD only channels in the extras pack but they have also CHOSEN to provide HD Theater and HDNet to subscribers without the extras pack. They could choose to provide Hallmark Movie Channel in any package they wished.

    Not having a SD counterpart does not force a channel into the extras pack.
     
  2. Alan Gordon

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    Incorrect! Multiple other providers offer it in SD (and HD). Dish Network for one...

    HDNet Movies and MGMHD for me, though UniversalHD gets a good workout, and Palladia from time to time...

    ~Alan
     
  3. Birdieman30

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    Yea, I understand D* has no control of content, and I can accept that, but just saying another channel might have been better for this much promoted first round. HallmarkMCHD must have been a bone they were tossed. I understand adding a channel is not just throwing a switch, and that there are a lot of i's to dot and t's to cross, and engineering and logistical issues to solve before going live. After looking at the content on HallmarkHD, I am not confident it will improve dramatically or soon (see CMTHD, VH-1HD and to some extent SyFYHD, ) but on a positive note, I have watched over several years as channels like BravoHD, A&EHD, SpikeHD have improved with increased HD content. When A&E first showed The Soprano's in stretch-o-vision, I wanted to puke.
     
  4. syphix

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    If they add 10 more channels, they'd likely raise the rate. After all, DISH charges $10 for their "HD Platinum" package (free for new subscribers, but current subscribers pay $10/month), and it has only 13 channels.
     
  5. alv

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    The MGM logo has turned me off to them. Sometimes good movies but the logo detracts!
     
  6. Alan Gordon

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    It was announced that Hallmark Movie Channel would be added to DirecTV three years ago... around the same time as the HBO/Cinemax channels.

    Odds are they felt it had been long enough! ;)

    ~Alan
     
  7. Jaspear

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    Neither did I. But I did see movies with the "this movie has been altered to fit your TV screen" notice at the beginning, followed by a 4x3 image on my 16x9 TV.

    If I didn't know better, I would have thought this channel was owned by HBO.

    ;)
     
  8. James Long

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    Current DISH subs can get "Platinum" free as well ... but they have to ask. Next month DISH is changing their HD pricing. The basic HD will be free for life with a two year commitment or one time payment. Details are being discussed in the appropriate threads.
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    LOL!! I would assume that was due to their HD simulcast... but that doesn't make a lot of sense either.... :confused:

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  10. Hoosier205

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    Of course it doesn't "force" them to place a channel there. They can "choose" to do whatever they wish. In this case, they chose to place this channel in the HD Extra Pack.

    How does this topic pertain to Dish Network again?
     
  11. Hoosier205

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    I know. That's what I said:

    DirecTV only offers it in HD, other providers offer it only in SD, only in HD, or in both SD and HD. It isn't a channel only available to provider in HD.
     
  12. Alan Gordon

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    Sorry.... :eek::blush:

    I misread.... :(

    ~Alan
     
  13. Hoosier205

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    No problem. What I said could have been taken multiple ways I think.
     
  14. mrcon0728

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    Call D* and when you get into the automated system say "extension 721". The system will tell you to stand by and 30 seconds later you will have your channels. It worked for me.:)
     
  15. JeffBowser

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    I swear - DirecTV adds channels, people complain. They don't add channels, people complain. People complain about channel content, channel location, channel charges, channel categorization. For the life of me, if it wasn't for a bare handful of people up here that don't complain about everything, I'd think the entire world was completely unhappy with everything that's ever done, regardless.
     
  16. Hoosier205

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    Ain't that the truth? Some people just like to complain. We have a name for them, but I'll leave that alone...
     
  17. dcowboy7

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    That was the end for "Palps" though....

    In the expanded universe stories he entered a clone body that he had in reserve but because he was too powerful they wouldnt last long.

    So he tried to take over Anakin Solo but before he could he was finally killed by Jedi Empatojayos Brand (no relation to Russell).
     
  18. mrtanner69

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    I must say the pain of BBC America HD not being remotely on the horizon is tempered by coming home early to watch the cubs in crystal clear WGN HD.
     
  19. wavemaster

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    LOL - Hanging out in content specific forums will do that for sure.

    In my case we have been happy overall however D* has some issues and when I see the 200.00 bill every month, I think gee it would be nice if I could hear all the words (audio drops) etc.

    Where else is someone going to complain?
     
  20. wmb

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    I had to check the Wookiepdeia... Luke also became a dark side apprentice to Palps.
     
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