OH YES! First Wave of MPEG4 stations are LIVE!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by EFGFE36TWGOU4, Sep 26, 2007.

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  1. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    They're not random, they're put in places that make sense. Smithsonian HD is near the educational channels, MGM HD will be at 255 which is right in the middle of the old movie channels, and MHD will be at 332 which is right next door to MTV.
  2. drevlan

    drevlan New Member

    Sep 4, 2007
    On my H20 receiver when I tell it to go to an HD channel it auto-tunes into the SE version of the channel and then I have to hit the channel up button to get the HD version of the channel. Has anyone else had this issue? It's really annoying! :mad:
  3. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Only every other H20 user.

    EFGFE36TWGOU4 Legend

    Nov 4, 2006
    Between work and other stuff going on today, I only got to watch 1 to 2 hours worth all day, but here's my initial impressions. (Most of that between 6AM at 7AM, with about 45 minutes of bits and pieces late afternoon)

    Smithsonian looks good, audio sync was off this morning, but looked better late this afternoon when I was watching. TBS HD showing a lot of upconverted stuff this afternoon not true HD. Not sure I like how discovery channels crop non HD stuff, I can't stretch it right with my TV, I don't like any black bars because I don't want to burn in my plasma. Their black bars are non standard size so I can't crop it correctly. But if I wasn't worried about burn-in, I think it’s a good compromise between black bars and cropping. CNN's hi-def studio shots look amazing, standard def stuff looks good with bars and hi def crawler, very slick. Weather channels locat graphics (local on the 8s) very good looking, I understand they won't switch to an all HD studio until early 2008. A&E high def stuff this evening looks fantastic, the daytime upconverts were not impressive. Too bad Big Ten wasn't in HD sooner, would have loved to seen Michigan / Appalachian State game in HD, that game had a fantastic ending. Would probably kept that stored on the DVR for years (being a Buckeye fan that I am!)All in all very, glad to see so much additional HD content, ITS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. If I didn't have the old HR10-250 last 3 years, I probably would have jumped ship to Dish network 1 year back. Now us DirecTV people are finally getting a good HD lineup with more to come.

    Way to go DirecTV!! I see your stock going up and up! Buy now, by December it will be $40 or more a share!
  5. samberger

    samberger AllStar

    Jan 8, 2006
    Not happening here. I get my HD channel right away.
  6. TJK092607

    TJK092607 New Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    This is all so very awesome.[​IMG]
    And it is only the beginning.
  7. FreeBaGeL

    FreeBaGeL AllStar

    Aug 12, 2006
    Any word on what resolution the new channels in? IE are they full res or is it more HD-Lite stuff? The answer to this will 100% decide whether I make the switch over to D* this week.

    Sorry if this hadn't been asked already, it's a very long thread already and the search for the word "resolution" in this thread didn't turn up any answers.
  8. Navreader

    Navreader New Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    Just select the menu choice to view All Channels and your HD feeds will appear along the same numbered SD channels. Busy menu, but that works to ease multiple button pushes.
  9. mike558

    mike558 Cool Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    This may be a little off topic, but I don't have enough posts to create a new thread.

    All HDTV owners may want to read this, but Plasma owners should pay extra attention to this. Many of the new HD channels have static non-transparent logos. I noticed some image persistance on my LCD set after viewing Science Channel HD for a few hours today. This never happened with the SD channel, so I have to believe that the higher resolution shortens the amount of time needed for the image persistance.

    Newer Plasma displays are supposedly less susceptible to permanenet burn in, but it can happen if the image is displayed for a long enough period of time. Older Plasma screens take less time. I would also think that these images are not good for anyone that is still in the break in phase with a new Plasma display.

    Just something I felt I needed to share so that we can enjoy the arrival of these new channels without any regrets, except for maybe some lack of sleep.
  10. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
    Unless you're watching one of the channels 24/7 day after day, I wouldn't worry. Modern plasmas are very resistant to burn in -- although temporary image retention can still be seen, and that tends to freak some people out.

    With a new display, sure, it is prudent to be careful. But the fear of burn in is way more widespread than any actual occurrence. The technology has improved dramatically over the early plasmas.
  11. OconRecon

    OconRecon AllStar

    Sep 19, 2006
    Do some of the other channels look a little better to anyone else tonight? Cinemax looks better than usual.

    Feel free to flame, it is probably just my imagination.
  12. Dolly

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    They all look great to me :sunsmile: And to think people on this Forum had to talk me into HD TV :blush:
  13. ejjames

    ejjames Icon

    Oct 2, 2006
    One of the channels I have been the most pleasantly surprised with is CNN. Crystal clear, and no stretching!
  14. Zellster

    Zellster AllStar

    Aug 3, 2007
    I was watching some show on bats last night on the Smithsonian Channel and was amazed at how good the audio was. They were using unusual sounds anyway and they were so clear and spacial that it had to be the new compression techniques.

    I'm very pleased with the PQ and audio so far and they haven't even gotten to some of my favorite channels!
  15. jimbo713

    jimbo713 Legend

    Aug 23, 2006
    CNN in HD will get me to watch CNN over FOX or MSNBC. Shouldn't be long before they fal in line.
  16. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006

    The latest CE for the H20-600 makes that box tune the HD same as the HR20s. There seem to be few issues with it so it will probably go national soon.
  17. anubys

    anubys Godfather

    Jan 19, 2006
    took a long time to reset my custom favorites (delete mpeg2, add mpeg4), then reset my Season passes to the mpeg4 channels and prioritize them correctly...

    but it's worth it...the mpeg4 channel is a lot clearer and more vibrant than its mpeg2 counterpart...

    for the record, when I go to the new HD channels, it goes to the HD version directly, not the SD...
  18. Jerry Lundegaard

    Jerry Lundegaard Mentor

    Sep 25, 2007
    I was particularly disappointed in the Smithsonian Channel's logo. Not only is it static and large, it also includes a bright solid yellow color. Not sure how it could be much worse.

    One would have thought that the Smithsonian Institute would not have fallen prey to crass commercialism (yeah ... right). Maybe this is Showtime's influence? In any event they should have taken the lead from Discovery's Theater channel and went with a transparent logo that dissipates. I suspect that the "suits" advising the Smithsonian were lobbying for a prominent logo since this is their first foray into broadcasting and they see it as an opportunity to promote their "brand." Promoting their brand in the HDTV market with an obnoxious static logo is a bad stumble out of the gate for Smithsonian if you ask me.
  19. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
    I can't really say it is any sort of stumble. Most people just don't care about this kinda thing. Heck, soon all bugs will probably be animated...like those damnable animated "pop-ups" that TNT is famous for and that are spreading to other networks like wildfire.

    Make your opinion known to the channel, though.
  20. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Maybe they'll take a cue from what National Geographic ended up doing after lots of feedback and tone down their logo too.

    The only way to have influence is write them and tell them you have sampled at their offerings and if it wasn't for fear of what that logo will do to your HDTV you would add them to the channels you watch. mention that if they ever tone down their logo then they have a viewer.

    Might not hurt to also send feedback to D* mentioning your concerns.
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