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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Earl Bonovich, Jun 12, 2007.
HBO: All 26 Channels In HD
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Great news. I wonder how many of them we will have by year end.
Question for me is, will DTV broadcast all the HBO channels, including Comedy and Zone, which they currently don't even have SD feeds.
According to the article it looks like at least 11 of them by years end (Reading between the lines of course)
I would be happy with that.
No need to read between the lines. D* will add 10 more HBO/Cinemax channels to the HBOHD already carried to reach 11.
DIRECTV to Carry 11 HBO/Cinemax Channels In HD
HBO Family East
HBO Family West
Continue the DirecTV aspect of this announcement here:
In this thread, we can talk about the impact to the overal landscape of HD programming.
At the start of 2007... people where going "Huh?" how can DirecTV offer 100 channels... they are not even that many out there...
Well in one single "announcement"... 1/4 of that "possible channels" now has an answer.
This is a BIG deal for the landscape of HD programming...
While I do empathise with folks on the West coast who want more time-friendly feeds... Slightly less than half of the HBO/Cinemax HD channels will be 3-hours-delayed duplicates (East vs West feeds)... so it seems a shame to use precious HD bandwidth for 26 channels when about 16 would really show all the unique content HBO/MAX has to offer.
In the long-term, having East and West feeds is good... but while bandwidth is at a premium I think most folks would rather have unique first before duplication.
Not sure if it's known yet...
But would these channels be available to those with at least the new HD reciever and only a 3LNB dish? Or would the new 5LNB dish be needed to possibly get these channels?
All new channels will require the 5lnb dish.
With regards to DirecTV......
I do not know the logistics for DishNetwork.
Where, what? Nick you did not refer to a post with this cryptic message, and I am confused about what you are "whereing" about.:nono2:
Where the heck is HBO Comedy ?
I have been barking at them for over 2 years and I was sure that when the HD feeds were available they would be there. Come on D*!
Probably also worth mentioning here... In the several years of HBOHD, they still are not showing 100% original-aspect-ratio when showing HD... and still produce some in-house programming in SD and upconvert. With the semi-regular complaints I see about this, I wonder how they will actually use HD on all their channels to be of value?
Personally... Rather than just having 26 HD "simulcasts" of their SD... I would much rather see them just introduce something like HBOHD/HBO2HD/MAXHD/MAX2HD, and on those 4 channels show nothing but HD all the time. That would seem a more efficient and better quality product.
you will get all the HBOS
How is that more efficient? They have to come up with programming for the HD channels? And why would they want to relegate some of their original programming to back-water (SD) channels.
But, I have seen more OAR on HBO recently. Including movies I know I have seen not OAR in the past. I think the HBO tide is turning.
If you don't think my suggestion for only 4 HD channels is efficient, how in the world is 26 HD channels efficient?
My point was that there is not enough HD on HBO to fill 4 channels, much less the 26 they will convert to soon.
As for "relegating" their original programming to "back-water" SD channels... Well, what's the point in showing them on an HD channel if they are not HD? Showing SD on an HD channels only waters down the HD channel! If they really want their original programming to shine, and want to put it on their HD channel... then they should make it in HD!
I would fully agree with you there. I live in the Pacific time zone and I could care less about west coast feeds of movie channels. Orig. programing, prime time shows (as in networks, etc.) is another story. But with movie channels I record them, so I don't care if they're on at 3am.
However, in the big picture the cable companies do not necessarily carry east and west coast feeds. Many of them carry only the west feeds only. So HBO needs to feed HD channels to those customers. Us on satellite are lucky to have both time zones.
That's true... It makes sense if a cable company carried just east or west as appropriate... but I think the cable companies usually carry both east/west feeds regardless of where they are instead of just picking the one and saving the bandwidth.
Of course if something else floating in the rumor mill (may be official but I am not sure since I just saw it in passing), and HBO is considering moving to MPEG4 instead of MPEG2, then perhaps bandwidth is not an issue for them anymore.