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New Channel Numbers Announced

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Satelliteracer, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. josetann

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    Here's my take on the HD Pack, channel grouping, etc. issue.

    I agree that I could make several favorites lists. One just for movies, one for documentaries, one for kids shows, etc. What I'd rather do (and what our family does in practice) is have one favorites list that simply includes all the subscribed channels. If we want to watch network TV, just go to channel 2 and look around there. If we want kids shows, punch in 290 and look. Movies, channel 500. So, with the way we use our system, keeping the HD Pack separate (grouping channels with other like channels) would be ideal.

    That said, when we subscribed to the HD Pack (back when it was all in the 70s), I'd often go to that section, see all the HD stuff available, and record whatever looked interesting. Whether it was a documentary, old episodes of Knight Rider, newer SciFi episodes in HD (Enterprise, Torchwood, etc.). Then when I was in the mood for (insert type of programming here), I'd go to the recorded list and see what goodies were available. With 2TB of space, I can usually find something I'm in the mood to watch.

    So, while I'd prefer the channels to be separated, I've also found it useful to have them all together. No biggie either way.
     
  2. Santi360HD

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    finally some good news..In the Directv link AT LEAST they say some additions are coming in April.. Its about time they made some kind of comment..instead of just give us chinese channel in SD

    comes to mind Ausitn powers saying throw me a friggin bone here..!! well they did

    not asking which channels they'll be
    not asking slimeballness of DTV if they were all PPV channels (it'd be real cheezy of them if they did that..wouldnt put it past em to do this)

    simply a time frame of when they'd come, and the link says April
    www.directv.com/channelchanges
    not taking credit for this weblink as im aware it is in page 1 of this thread

    HOWEVER finally!!! the self proclaimed leader gives us a target date frame..still not exactly when specific but good to see April is the goto month..

    after that we can gripe and make new threads on which channels didnt get added and were the ugly girls not invited to the dance..
     
  3. slimoli

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    They don't say new HD channels will come in April. They will move existing channels until end of April and the reason is the addition of new HD channels. They can finish moving channels in April and give us the first new HD channels in May or June, maybe even later. We HOPE we can see new channels in April but there is no commitment from Directv.
     
  4. tonyd79

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    I dunno. It says the following:

    "Beginning March 17, SHOWTIME®, Starz®, Encore®, Cinemax® and HD Extra Pack will be moving to new channel ranges to make room for HD channels that will be launching this April."

    I think that says new HD will be coming in April.

    I think this was a recent addition. I don't remember it saying that at first, but I could be misremembering.
     
  5. slimoli

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    You are right. I missed that paragraph. Great stuff!:)
     
  6. thelucky1

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    Yes Exciting news the Directv site does state "make room for HD channels that will be launching this April."
     
  7. Satelliteracer

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    They should start in late April but nothing official yet. These are all targets guys, but the prep work is starting so that they can be ready for late April to start adding HD channels. They will NOT all come at the same time, so you can expect that there will be some waves of rollouts. Some larger, some smaller.
     
  8. gfrang

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    562 MGMHD

    564 universal HD

    Think something might be added to the 563 slot?
     
  9. slimoli

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    I like the idea od "waves of rollouts" , so we can keep speculating for a long time :rolleyes:
     
  10. Curtis0620

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    Hallmark Movie Channel?
     
  11. ptuck874

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    fearnet ?
     
  12. GregLee

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    I will like grouping the HD Extra channels together in the Guide, because they do actually have something important in common. They cost me extra. Maybe I think about money more than some, but whenever I have the guide up and pointed to a channel in a pay package, I look at what's on above and below and review my decision to continue subscribing to the package.
     
  13. TheRatPatrol

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    Africa channel?
     
  14. davidatl14

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    +1
     
  15. mreposter

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    Grouping the HD Extra channels in the 560s is an interesting idea, but I would have preferred they double-list them, like they do with a few other channels like the 101. Keep them in their logical programming-oriented spots and mirror them in the 560s.

    For instance, MGM-HD is currently at 255, between AMC and TCM. Someone looking for non-premium movies can get all these channels in one place. It would be the same thing for Paladia - keep it in with the other music oriented channels but mirror it in an HD-Extra group.

    Either way, I appreciate Directv's efforts to promote and expand the HD Extra pack.
     
  16. Santi360HD

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    Promote?? if it hadn't been for the message boards here on DBS I'd of never known about these moves? and also the weblink on DTV's site..as usual the leader of tv is hush hush. leading one to speculate, guess.

    DBStalk.com/sixto/and satelliteracer thatss all you need ...who needs the main Directv.com site? heh heh
     
  17. LameLefty

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    So the Guide never gave it away for you? :rolleyes:
     
  18. Santi360HD

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    the often annoying envelope that is tvmail is often ignored by me...so yeah...props again to DBStalk.com !
     
  19. LameLefty

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    I didn't say TVMail, I said "Guide."
     
  20. mreposter

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    + The channel changes for the HD Extra Pack aren't scheduled until April 21st - that's a month from now. D* has plenty of time to notify customers of the changes.

    + D* has stated that channels will reside in both places for approximately a week with a notification of the change.

    + Even after the old channel number is turned off, there will likely be a screen directing you to the new channel number.

    + D* typically lists channel changes and additions in monthly statements.

    + The channel change timetable has been posted to the company website.

    That seems like plenty of notification. Nearly every year there is a channel change or two and D* has followed a similar notification pattern without causing too much confusion. It'll likely be the same again this time.
     

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