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Disney Junior debuts on DirecTV Saturday July 14

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mavs-fan, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Jul 13, 2012 #21 of 116

    chevyguy559 Fresno State Bulldog!

    Sep 19, 2008
    Fresno, CA
    Good news! This will make the loss of Nick Jr for the time being (or permanently) a little more bearable for my son. He already enjoys Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, hopefully he'll like some of the other programs :) I also hope they add the onDemand content as I prefer to download episodes for him so there isn't any commercial fillers :)
  2. Jul 13, 2012 #22 of 116

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gotta be HD.
  3. Jul 13, 2012 #23 of 116

    snappjay Legend

    Jul 16, 2010
    F yes Doc McStuffins all day baby
  4. Jul 13, 2012 #24 of 116

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ugh why oh why are we still getting new SD channels in 2012??

    I know, I know. ;)
  5. Jul 13, 2012 #25 of 116

    Rob Icon

    Apr 22, 2002
    Disney Jr? UGH.
  6. Jul 14, 2012 #26 of 116

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    If it is in SD, there is no need for alarm...
  7. Jul 14, 2012 #27 of 116

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Sixto-any idea which bird it'll be on? If it's on 99/103 I would think it would be HD.
  8. Jul 14, 2012 #28 of 116

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    I believe that Dish has in the past added channels temporarily during their disputes and then taken them away when the contract is settled. So this may be Directv's way of emphasizing that Disney Jr is here to stay and won't disappear if/when things are worked out with Viacom.

    The other interesting thing to note here is just how quickly Directv was able to get Disney Jr. on the air. In the HD anticipation thread we occasionally have posts like, "these contract negotiations are so complicated it can take ages for these deals to get worked out." But, apparently, given enough incentive, deals can be cut very quickly.
  9. Jul 14, 2012 #29 of 116

    Renard Godfather

    Jun 21, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    It's in SD :(
    Plus no HD logo in the guide.
  10. Jul 14, 2012 #30 of 116

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    Seriously folks, it is aimed at the 3-7 year old audience. Do you think little kids care that it is isn't HD? Let them save the bandwidth for something good like NatGeo Wild.
  11. Jul 14, 2012 #31 of 116

    PK6301 Legend

    May 16, 2012
    Erie, PA
    From some of the sources I have read they have been working on this deal for a few months, Maybe in anticipation or maybe because of demand from consumers. I really don't care which way it was, my 4 yo is happy either way.
    I would think that is a Permanent addition to the line-up. They said it in the release, where as in the other releases they said they are opening access to hub,sprout..ect.ect..
  12. Jul 14, 2012 #32 of 116

    mavs-fan Mentor

    Aug 31, 2011
    It looks like the grandfathered plans have Disney Junior as well so that's good. We're on Choice Xtra Classic. The channel listings on-line haven't been updated yet to reflect the new channel yet though.
  13. Jul 14, 2012 #33 of 116

    bman3333 Mentor

    Jun 9, 2010
    A great add IMHO. We have a 3 year old and 6 month old, so we will be using this channel for years to come! Subtract Snookie and NBA wives, pick up Mickey and no junk food ads. Cool!:D
  14. Jul 14, 2012 #34 of 116

    undertaker67 New Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    not even in hd what a waste of space and money even getting the channel if any new channels are not in hd forget it might have to look at comcast this is bulls--- directv is going down the drain
  15. Jul 14, 2012 #35 of 116

    mhayes70 New Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    I would like to have it in HD also. But, my son doesn't care if it's HD or SD like adults do. So it makes no difference to me.

    It will be nice if HD it added in the future.
  16. Jul 14, 2012 #36 of 116

    susanandmark Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007
    I'm, frankly, disappointed and confused as to why, in this day and age, DirecTV would even bother adding a channel that IS available in HD (and Disney Junior is) in SD only. C'mon, this isn't 2005.

    While I have some understanding of them not being able to (or deciding not to, for whatever reasons) negotiate for the HD feed on existing SD channels. Why on Earth, as policy (kids' channel, or no), would they negotiate a new channel add and NOT have it be in HD? That should be the default!

    And, by the way, my just-turned five-year-old checked out Disney Jr. this morning and said, "I don't like this new channel, cause the shows are too small." (And this is while it was playing on of his favorite shows.) So, yeah, some of them do have some idea of the difference.

    Plus, on a serious aesthetic note, little looks better in HD than animation, which is the bulk of Disney Jr's programming.
  17. Jul 14, 2012 #37 of 116

    RML81 Legend

    Jul 3, 2011
    I ask this in all seriousness and with zero snark - does Directv not see HD as anything more than a specialty offering, which they graciously carry, for hardcore technically-oriented subscribers? Is HD seen as a sort of luxury for a fringe demographic?
    As those of you above have more-or-less said, it seems almost shocking they'd add a channel that is available in HD in SD. Aside from bandwith issues and such, it's kind of a slap in the face, regardless of the channel's content and intended audience. As was pointed out, animation is stunning in HD, and yet it was passed up. Do they not "get" HD? They've been adding HD basics in a glacial and agonizingly slow way in a time when HD is the wave of the future. What does this tell us?
  18. Jul 14, 2012 #38 of 116

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Reasonable question (with some snark but very little).

    Only those inside would know the answer but I know it is not limited to DirecTV. Other systems have SD channels that are available in HD and Fios has added SD only in recent months (and hasn't added any HD in quite some time).

    We hear conflicting reports of if the HD channels are available within the current contracts or they are not. Probably depends on the channel. Maybe some cannot be added until the contract is up. Maybe some are not worth the investement in equipment.

    Whatever the reason, HD as default is far from a done deal for any system. It will be nice when it is.
  19. Jul 14, 2012 #39 of 116

    Barmat Godfather

    Aug 26, 2006
    My kids have been totally spoiled by technology. They are 5 and 7 and have problems watching anything that is SD or has commercials. I appreciate the effort by D* but see it for what it is. Another channel added that My family and myself will just skip over because it's in SD.
  20. Jul 14, 2012 #40 of 116

    dxtrfn80 Mentor

    Apr 17, 2012
    Glad it is in SD for me as in recording the movie tonight and Lilo and Stitch and 101 Dalmantions early Sunday Morning as my space on my DVR is at 14 percent and probably 11 percent after taping Richie Rich on ABC Family this morning.

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