E! HD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by saucony, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Apr 11, 2012 #41 of 257
    TomK

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    I just want my DVRs back to a reasonable performance level so it won't take 1 minute to change to ALL of the new HD channels.
     
  2. Apr 11, 2012 #42 of 257
    dpeters11

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    Some would hope just to have G4 in SD.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2012 #43 of 257
    MaxxFlash

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    Well I for one am very happy with E! HD finally lighting up! Love me THE SOUP and CHELSEA LATELY; E News would be good too. Plus those damn Cardassians! :)
     
  4. Apr 12, 2012 #44 of 257
    LCDSpazz

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    Kind of alarmed that they're now starting to put 6 channels on each transponder. If more HD channels means decreased quality for all the existing ones, I'd rather they stop adding them until they get more capacity.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2012 #45 of 257
    Davenlr

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    Given the statistical muxing, and compression used, you will never be able to tell the difference.
     
  6. Apr 12, 2012 #46 of 257
    Satelliteracer

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    Non issue. Newer technologies allows for this to be done without signal degradation. If this was a 4 or 5 years ago, you might be right to be concerned but not with the new stuff.
     
  7. Apr 12, 2012 #47 of 257
    djrobx

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    No disrespect, but that's exactly the argument AT&T made a few years ago with regards to cramming HD channels down small VDSL pipes. Years have passed and AT&T is now regarded as one of the worst in terms of picture quality because there are limits to what you can do with MPEG-4 compression and be backwards compatible with all those set tops you've deployed into the field.

    That said, I'm tired of horrible SD on channels I want to watch. I would rather watch U-verse's DIY HD than the garbage SD I get from DirecTV. HD-lite is fine with certain types of content. I don't watch sports at all and it's high time DirecTV give some attention to the rest of us.
     
  8. Apr 12, 2012 #48 of 257
    luckydob

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    At&t is not DirecTV. Satellite is not VDSL. A few years ago is not today...
     
  9. Apr 12, 2012 #49 of 257
    Davenlr

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    You are confusing mpeg2 (DirecTv SD content) with mpeg4 (DirecTv HD content). AT&T isnt using statistical multiplexers, they are using limit bandwidth IP channels, then just throwing whatever they think fits into it. Big difference.

    HD-Lite is totally unrelated to this, as it is the practice of actually physically reducing the resolution of the original content (and what makes DirecTv SD look so bad). DirecTv is not doing HDLITE. They are, however, doing SD Lite.

    Comcast, which I believe uses HITS (headend in the sky), has up to 9 HD channels on some of the transponders I have counted, and those channels looks just fine on my Xfinity box even after being decoded, reencoded in mpeg2 and sent through several amplifiers to my house.

    I would imagine with the advances in CPU power, and memory speed in the last 4 and 5 years, as Satracer mentions, probably really improved the speed and amount of computations the statmux's are capable of handling. Add to that the fact that the original content on MOST fast moving mpeg4 is in 720p, which uses less bandwidth to begin with, and I stand by my opinion you would not be able to tell the difference between 5 or 6 HD channels per transponder.
     
  10. Apr 12, 2012 #50 of 257
    LCDSpazz

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    That's good news. One of the reasons I left Uverse was the HD quality was noticeably inferior to what DTV offers. I'd hate to see DTV go down the same road they did with SD where it was initially good but eventually became downrezzed garbage.
     
  11. Apr 12, 2012 #51 of 257
    Jeffro

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    Satelliteracer, is it official, are we getting E! in HD and when?
     
  12. Apr 12, 2012 #52 of 257
    JACKIEGAGA

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    Whatever Directv wants to give in HD I will take it
     
  13. Apr 12, 2012 #53 of 257
    Jason Whiddon

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    I agree on degradation, lets not get like Dish and cram more into the same. One of the big things for me and being a Directv sub is the improvement in PQ. That being said, Ill take their word that new tech will allow a jump from 5-6 without any issues...

    If they are now able to use 6, instead of 5, doesnt that mean we have a good bit more capacity than we thought we did 6 months ago?
     
  14. Apr 12, 2012 #54 of 257
    bobvick1983

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    I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps they are now testing new encoders that will allow more compression while providing the same end user experience. If that is the case, they could have substantially more capacity than was thought they did.
     
  15. Apr 12, 2012 #55 of 257
    Sixto

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    We've always said it's just a matter of time and $, with the new stuff being pricey.
     
  16. Apr 12, 2012 #56 of 257
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    "The Soup" is the only remaining show I still watch in SD. "E!" has been at the top of my list for a long time! Now I can be 100% free of SD!!! :)
     
  17. Apr 12, 2012 #57 of 257
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    Coming up after "The Soup" -- an all new Khloe and Lamar: Deep Space Nine!!! Bruce Jenner makes a special guest appearance as Odo's brother!
     
  18. Apr 12, 2012 #58 of 257
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    So what does this change the "potential" open slot count to? Which Sats have the hardware to handle the change? sounds like lots of new questions to be asked.
     
  19. Apr 12, 2012 #59 of 257
    MikeW

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    dpeters11

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    Up to about 28 I believe for D10 and 11. They each have 15 transponders used for national channels I believe.
     

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