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If a channel doesn't broadcast in HD can it be called "HD"?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Rocker07, Oct 27, 2007.

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  1. Kansas Zephyr

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    I too, wish more of the HD channels had more HD content.

    But, D* isn't "taking SD channels and up-converting them". It's being delivered on a different "pipe". If that was what they were doing, D* would simply up-convert every channel and call it HD.

    D* didn't create Speed HD...D* didn't brand it Speed HD...Speed did. Even though they do not offer HD programs today, they have purchased and installed the infrastructure to be able to deliver HD programming.

    D* has a contract to carry Speed HD, that's all. It's up to Speed to develop HD content.

    Send your complaints about programming to the people responsible. Which in these cases are the program providers, not D*.
     
  2. Jeremy W

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    This is the key. If DirecTV were upconverting an SD channel and calling it HD, that would be total BS and everyone should be outraged by that. But all of the HD channels are HD from the providers, and thus they are truly HD channels. DirecTV is providing us with every HD channel they can, and it's not their problem if the channels never broadcast HD. You should be happy to know that the second the channel does broadcast HD, it'll be available to you. You won't have to wait an unspecified amount of time like people will with most other providers.
     
  3. upnorth

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    Yes I would say D* timed it right tonight on FX there are a couple movies in HD followed by Nip & Tuck in HD also has a FX HD logo.
    So I would say that makes it a genuine HD channel.;)
     
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    I'm not sure this really relates to the discussion here, but it is very funny.:D
     
  5. bhelton71

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    Its very subtle - Paris apparently is a provider also.
     
  6. Rocker07

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    She's not?!.........:(
     
  7. Steveknj

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    The only thing THIS FCC protects us from is nipplage :D The FCC as it stand today will protect BIG Broadcasting sooner than it will protect Joe Viewer. Don't hold your breath that they will come to the rescue on this one.
     
  8. BubblePuppy

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    !rolling
     
  9. steve053

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    So what are they supposed to do? Wait until speed has 1 program in HD, or should it be 2 hours of HD programming? What if they show 1 live event in HD and then 0 hours of programming in HD? The fact that they have Speed in HD puts them way ahead of the pack. And the second that Speed has HD content, D* will providing it.

    B* at Speed for providing a HD stream w/ no HD content (yet).
     
  10. Rocker07

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    How about they just say they have the most "HD Ready" channels.:)
     
  11. LarryFlowers

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    Just Curious... my understanding was that SPeed wasnt supplying any HD content yet, but that they are broadcasting an HD signal... D* is upconverting? I am confused I guess... I hadnt heard that D* was creating HD channels for channels that werent broadcasting in HD, if that is the case than why not go whole hog..."upconvert" TCM, Comedy, Real, Oxygen, Lifetime, etc.

    Check your facts: D* isn't creating HD stations out of thin air. The SciFi channel started broadcasting in 1080, but only a few of their programs are in HD...but they are providing D* with a HD signal, D* isn't making it an HD signal.

    Speed's orginal plans called for conversion to HD by October 2007. Looks like they did that. Just because they choose not to provide HD content yet doesn't make D* wrong.
     
  12. loudo

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    Here is an article from SPEED about their upcoming plans for HD: http://www.speedtv.com/articles/nascar/nextel/40671/
     
  13. ActiveHDdave

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    Do Speed and D* have any common ownership agendas? Just wondering
     
  14. Jeremy W

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    News Corp. owns a majority stake in Speed. See also: Fuel TV and FX. But at least FX is showing HD content now.
     
  15. Kansas Zephyr

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    "BIG broadcasting" still gives away it's programming for FREE. Thanks to digital television, the best broadcast PQ can be delivered to more households OTA than ever before in history. "Joe Viewer" has it pretty darn good!

    You are paying for the redistribution of your local channels, at a profit for the cable/satellite provider, only because (in most cases) you choose to do so.

    The vast majority of Americans have OTA access to free TV. Yes, some locations would require a tower, high gain antenna, and rotator. But, that is a one time cost, that is "recovered" over years of service. Of course, there are also some areas that OTA reception is not plausible, nor available.

    Most go the cable/satellite route because of the low up-front cost, and the ease of installation, since every OTA antenna needs to be customized for each location.

    The FCC encourages competition. Imagine what cable/satellite only programming would cost if there was not cable/sat/fiber all trying to get our business?

    I've lived in cities where there were 2, or more, cable companies. This kept the rates lower that in single cable provider towns. That's not the FCCs fault. It's the city only granting an exclusive license to one provider.
     
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