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DirecTV's supposed HD Upgrade

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by MrWolfinWV, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. Feb 3, 2007 #1 of 14

    MrWolfinWV Cool Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    I know they are boasting the "over 100 HD channels" thing with the new sats coming this year. However, I haven't really paid attention enough to see if they are saying they WILL HAVE over 100 HD channels or they will have the CAPACITY for over 100 HD channels this year.

    Anyone have any comments on this? I don't think there are that many channels in HD right now are there? I'm thinking they are doing some tricky marketing, myself.
  2. Feb 3, 2007 #2 of 14

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    Right, there are not "hundreds" of nationwide HD Channels available yet. They're including the local HDTV channels provided to major cities in that number. But they will have the capacity for many more HD Channels when the new satellites become available starting later this year.
  3. Feb 3, 2007 #3 of 14

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003

    But if you count up the 30 they announced plus what they already have plus the HD RSN's you are already pushing 100 right there. If you add in Voom you got 100.

    Locals aren't counted in any national HD channel count.
  4. Feb 3, 2007 #4 of 14

    Supervolcano Hall Of Fame

    Jan 23, 2007
    D* advertises they will have "capacity" for over 150 HD nationals and over 1,500 HD locals after the next 2 satellites are launched.
  5. Feb 3, 2007 #5 of 14

    kathymoore Legend

    Mar 3, 2006
    Among the list of 100+ new HD channels, I noticed that CNN and The Weather Channel are listed..... are these two currently broadcasting in 16:9 1080i HD?
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    markrubi Icon

    Oct 12, 2006
    NOPE. cnn has said they will soon have an HD channel
  7. Feb 3, 2007 #7 of 14

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    Best I can find is that CNN will launch their HD in the fall.
  8. Feb 3, 2007 #8 of 14

    Dbadone Legend

    Nov 9, 2006
    Actually D* stated at CES they alreayd have 70 broadcasters agreeing to go HD with them and will have 100 by the end of the year. They did infact say 150 capacity for national and 1500 new local hd markets so the 100 by the end of the year is not local channels. D* never includes locals in the amount of channels in a package.
  9. Feb 3, 2007 #9 of 14

    marksman Godfather

    Dec 23, 2006
    I remember back when Universal announced the Chill or Chiller network or whatever, it was clear DirecTV was aggressively courting High-Definition channels. So much so people were creating channels just for the purpose of getting carriage on DirecTV.

    So all signs point to them seriously trying to build up channels in their inventory. The side-effect will be more HD channels for all providers, ultimately, unless they got some exclusivity contracts with some of these channels.
  10. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    To all of you that are claiming that D* is talking of HD LiL channels when it says 100 channels, consider this. D*, as of 1/31/07, has 191 HD LiL channels on line and available to customers in 49 markets. This does not include the CBS stations that D* has put a slide up to attempt to defuse complaints about the Super Bowl (or is it to put pressure on the stations to come to an agreement?)
  11. purtman

    purtman Hall Of Fame

    Sep 19, 2006
    I'm not sure of the date, but I also read somewhere that the Weather Channel is also planning to go HD this year.
  12. jpeckinp

    jpeckinp Legend

    Nov 5, 2006
    I hope that none of these HD channels are like TNT's strech-o-vision:nono2: and more like HDNet.:D
  13. gully_foyle

    gully_foyle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 18, 2007
    Los Angeles
    In part, this is PR arithmetic, where things you'd never expect are counted, some twice.

    And in part, this is that D* is providing a "big bang" for HD "cable/sat" content. Some stations have had HD content, but no HD outlet, like Sci-Fi and FX, and until recently, A&E. Others have simply been waiting for the outlet before they invest in content.

    Given 100 spare national channels on D*, it will fill pretty quickly.
  14. Kapeman

    Kapeman Godfather

    Dec 22, 2003
    If you use the 1500 number for HD LIL, that's a little more than 7 channels per DMA (per wikipedia there are 210 DMAs).

    Given that extra bandwidth, does anyone know/think that other HD locals will be added, e.g. PBS?
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