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

  1. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
  2. VARTV

    VARTV Godfather

    Dec 14, 2006
    Me too... a VERY LONG time ago...
  3. thelucky1

    thelucky1 Icon

    Feb 23, 2009
    Yeah not high on my list either, but I'll take it! I welcome all new basic HD channel additions.

    Having said that, only adding 1 or 2 HD channels at a time is going to take forever to get more of the HD channels on my list! Haha oh well! Just keep them coming Directv! :)
  4. Tele-TV

    Tele-TV Godfather

    Nov 26, 2003
    I'm ebarrassed to say how repetive E! channel programming is. Right now I'm only "excited" to see the Kardashians (not "Khloe and Lamar", show); premiere "The Kardashians," MAY 20.

    May I please trade my wishes TruTv and E! HD for Nat Geo WILD '.' :D
  5. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    You were given this channel because of your avatar. Come on man! ;)
  6. Tele-TV

    Tele-TV Godfather

    Nov 26, 2003
    Did my Signature help as well SatRacer?
  7. JACH

    JACH Mentor

    Aug 18, 2009
    Doesn't anyone else think the HD picture is soft? I immediately noticed this on thursday night while True Hollywood Story - Giuliana Rancic was on. The pic was consistenly soft throughout the program. Then I checked Chelsea Lately and the quality was the same. Wasn't bad but a significant difference between E! HD and other HD channels.
  8. dakeeney

    dakeeney Legend

    Aug 29, 2004
    :lol:QUOTE=Skyboss;3002055]I heard it will carry basket tossing events.[/QUOTE]

    :lol: I heard they were going to show how to watch paint dry. Could this be true?
  9. Captain Spaulding

    Captain Spaulding AllStar

    Jul 12, 2005
    SW Ohio
    Yes! I immediately noticed exactly what you describe. I don't know if the softness is a problem from E! itself or from DirecTV. Even this somewhat soft HD picture is better than SD, but yeah, I'd like to see an improvement.
  10. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Is it because E! Is the 6th channel on a transponder?
  11. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Not sure about that, but the channel on Xfinity is much sharper than the one on D* doing a A/B comparison. Especially noticeable in the corner bug.

    Nevermind, there is a bug in the HR34. Even with Hide SD Duplicates turned on, the damn DVR was still tuning to the SD version of E!. After I edited the favorites list to remove the checkmark on E! SD, and added the checkmark to E! HD, the channel looks a lot better now on D*, but its still a tad bit fuzzier than Xfinity.
  12. scoop8

    scoop8 Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dallas TX
    I rarely watch E! but I checked it out when I knew the HD feed lit. I noticed the same thing, "soft" picture, a little blurry. Perhaps it's a source issue with E!'s feed.
  13. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I can do a fios compare but right now there is a show from 2004 on and it looks crappy on both. The bug looks the same...
  14. TomK

    TomK Godfather

    Oct 18, 2010
    I'm happy for more HD. :) I long for the day when everything is in HD, and I wish Directv had an 'HD only' channel package that I could get at a cheaper rate. I only watch one SD channel (TCM) as it is, non-HD channels are useless to me.
  15. DaveC27

    DaveC27 Godfather

    Apr 14, 2010
    The Soup seemed pretty sharp, looking at the bricks behind Joe them looked to be quite clear. Maybe Chelsea & Giuliana have "HD Softness" built into their contracts :)
  16. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    It does seem a little soft to me too. But no softer than Dish Network's feed. Its still much better than overcompressed SD. I'm fine with a little compression to get better than SD pictures for now. When D14 is put in service and more bandwidth is available, then adjustments can be made for sure.

    It is a Comcast network though, and Comcast is known for super compressing their feeds. Transponder space costs BIG money. The more they can deliver per transponder the more value they get for that service. No point in DirecTV setting aside bandwidth for a channel when its source never fills that bandwidth. TruTV HD is a 6th channel on a transponder and that looks great. Indistinguishable from something else like Comedy HD for example.

    What other channels are on this transponder? If the other 5 networks look soft, we know its a 6:1 compression issue. If not, then its most likely a E! source feed issue. Blame Comcast.
  17. PCampbell

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    OK we have E! HD now. Next.:D

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    E! looks pretty good in HD. I watched some Chelsea Handler last night and even laughed a couple of times.
  19. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    Yeah me n the gf too, we've never watched it before cuz D*'s SD lite looks worse than a 1950s kinescope. Ditto with The Soup, funny stuff.
  20. Tele-TV

    Tele-TV Godfather

    Nov 26, 2003
    I saw that E! True Hollywood Story as well. I know your talking about PQ, but I could not pull myself away from watching it. She's a sweet & funny person.

    I like your new avatar.

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