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New HD LIL's - How and When?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dduitsman, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Aug 5, 2008 #81 of 117
    mcmattyo

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    I hear you I am in Columbia and it seems crazy that Charleston and Greenville will have or have HD locals. If we don't get them I am going to call D and tell them I moved to Charleston and give them my brothers address. I am sure the spot beam will reach up here, I am tired of watching SD on my HD tv!
     
  2. Aug 6, 2008 #82 of 117
    makaiguy

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    I'm over in Aiken SC and get the Augusta GA locals. Was very pleased to see Augusta on the list for August HD. I'm guessing this is because we're currently served by the auxiliary satellite at 72.5 and they want to get us moved to the new satellite for which a separate dish is not required. As long as they're moving us, there's not much point in starting us up in SD only. I haven't checked - maybe the other "early" HD areas are moving off 72.5 also.

    Columbia locals are on 101, and you had locals LONG before we did in Augusta. When I first moved here from Michigan, I gave them a Columbia service address so I could get the Columbia locals. Sure was convenient to get everything from one small round dish (didn't have any HD equipment then).
     
  3. Aug 6, 2008 #83 of 117
    harsh

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    Don't bet on it. It looks like Greenville may be a better bet.
     
  4. Aug 8, 2008 #84 of 117
    makaiguy

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    Here are the HD startups announced for August:

    Augusta, GA - currently on 72.5
    Chattanooga, TN - currently on 72.5
    Lincoln & Hastings, NE - currently on 72.5
    Rochester, NY - currently on 119

    References:
    August HD - http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/moreInfoText.jsp?assetId=1620002
    Current satellites: http://members.cox.net/oknewshawk/DTV_LIL_DMA.html
     
  5. Aug 8, 2008 #85 of 117
    Matt9876

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    I think it's just a matter of a few more days till they start turning on the above listed local HD markets.:)
     
  6. Aug 8, 2008 #86 of 117
    FHSPSU67

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    I'd just be happy to see the Johnstown,PA DMA #99 SD's moved off of 72.5!
    I thought they had to be off by the end of September, but haven't seen or heard anything.:(
     
  7. Aug 8, 2008 #87 of 117
    brittonx

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    It would sure be nice if the Rochester HD LIL was turned on real soon so the main NBC olympic coverage could be watched...
     
  8. Aug 8, 2008 #88 of 117
    CopyCat

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    They have Charleston SC set for October turn on and the SDs are on 72.5 so they do not seem to be in a hurry to get us off there :(
     
  9. Aug 8, 2008 #89 of 117
    dduitsman

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    My DMA (Rockford, IL) was on 72.5 and is getting HD ahead of several larger DMA's - so that makes sense.

    HD LILs - Woo Hoo!

    dd
     
  10. Aug 9, 2008 #90 of 117
    miltmeyers

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    I'm waiting also and it looks like we will be turned on in October. The real question is what about PBS? This has probably been discussed no end but I'm new here so give me a break.

    milt
     
  11. Aug 9, 2008 #91 of 117
    wideglide36

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    I just had a HD install in central PA and the tech told me that come Sept 1 our area will be getting our locals in HD. He also told me that my older standard def tivo dvr's would need to be upgraded at the same time.

    I asked him a couple times if he was positive of this info and he said absolutely. I hope he's right but I have my doubts, because I haven't read anything, anywhere about our locals in HD coming anytime soon.

    We shall see!
     
  12. Aug 9, 2008 #92 of 117
    ryno2292

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    I hope he's right too but I won't hold my breath.
     
  13. Aug 9, 2008 #93 of 117
    FHSPSU67

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    Very interesting, but I wonder if he just wasn't confused about the need for MPEG-4 capable receivers for all the new HD.
    I sure do hope he's right, though:)
     
  14. Aug 9, 2008 #94 of 117
    wowitsbob

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    WE have had ABC and FOX for a while but as of yesterday we finally have CBS and NBC.
     
  15. Aug 9, 2008 #95 of 117
    wideglide36

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    He may have been confused about what you say about the mpeg-4 capable receivers but he insisted that come Sept 1, I would no longer need my second dish (72.5). He did not say exactly what local channels would be in HD only that we would be getting our locals in HD.

    Cross your fingers!
     
  16. Aug 9, 2008 #96 of 117
    FHSPSU67

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    Fingers and toes crossed! It would allow me to drop basic cable that I have for locals in SD. I didn't want to install a second dish for 72.5.
    Many thanks for the info:)
     
  17. Aug 9, 2008 #97 of 117
    Alan Gordon

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    They will be moving the SD-LILs off of 72.5 and onto one of the new KA satellites. They will most likely encode them in MPEG4 like the other SD-LILs on the KA satellites, which would not be receivable on his older receivers... not only because the switch to MPEG4, but because the older receivers don't work with the new KA satellites.

    ~Alan
     
  18. Aug 9, 2008 #98 of 117
    wideglide36

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    Alan,

    Thanks for the explanation. So, I am going to have to give up all my older sd tivo dvr's when this transfer happens. Oh well!

    Do you think Directv will swap out my old dvr's for the newest ones for free?

    I'm gonna really miss those old Tivo's. They were rock solid.

    Later
     
  19. Aug 9, 2008 #99 of 117
    Alan Gordon

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    Depends on several different things. For one, what kind of customer you are to them. Two, what person you get on the phone. Three, what kind of deals DirecTV will be offering to the 72.5 folks.

    You can most likely expect to get ONE of them replaced for free. Only the Shadow (not you Stuart) knows what you can expect beyond that...

    I'll be sad whenever I have to give mine up as well... :(

    ~Alan
     
  20. Aug 9, 2008 #100 of 117
    FHSPSU67

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    Yes, Directv has phoned people in the past where their locals have been moved to the new dishes, offering to not only upgrade their receievers, but their dish. The new Slimline or SWMline dishe is e also required to receive from the new Ka band sats at 99 and 103. See this thread:
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=93774&highlight=dish+upgrade
     

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