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The CW in HD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by schneid, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. fleckrj

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    Their prime time shows are all in color, are they not? That would make it 1966, not 1948 ;) If their daytime shows are in color, that would make it 1972.
     
  2. schneid

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    I grew up poor and stayed poor. None of those dates work for me.
     
  3. John Strk

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    Anyone know when D* plans to add the CW HD for the Tallahassee market? I recently found out that comcast now carries it locally here in HD. Thanks!
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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  5. Alan Gordon

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    You can contact Zap2it.com about the issue. I did the same recently with an SD only channel carried by DirecTV. I also did the same for some of my local channels whose newscasts are available in HD, and some of the locals who does not offer syndicated programming in HD. Just remember, if the station is that way OTA, to report the antenna version, and not just the DirecTV version.

    My local ABC affiliate via DirecTV has HD tags as well, even though DirecTV only carries it in SD at this time. I'm leaving it be for the moment though, because my hope is that the HD tags will inspire DirecTV subscribers to call in and actually request the HD feed. :rolleyes:
     
  6. lokar

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    I learned this is the exact problem I have in Boise, last month 35-1 started broadcasting the CW in HD OTA but my HR20 won't see it, I have tried all manner of resetting and rescanning but don't get it. It was really annoying to see that there were many other digital channels in the area that aren't on the D* box either. Is this ever going to change in a firmware update? If there's no guide data, that's OK but the box has to at least let us watch the channel.
     
  7. Alan Gordon

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    It's not a firmware issue. The only thing DirecTV could do via firmware is possibly to let you scan ala the HR34.

    It's a database issue. There are apparently so many sub-channels, that DirecTV's database of OTA channels is so large, that they really aren't adding any more.

    If it's a larger network that is on a primary channel available OTA in HD, and DirecTV does not carry it in HD, I'd complain to DirecTV. :)
     
  8. lokar

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    That is all I ask for, I realize there are a ton of OTA subchannels in the country these days and D* might not be able to keep on top of them all in the guide. But it annoys me to no end that a box like the HR20 that says it supports OTA viewing has handicapped it so badly, it should scan for all channels and just say No Guide Data available or something like that for the channels not in D*'s database. Does the HR34 do this?
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    Yes...

    The HR34 scans and adds all channels it picks up.

    I use this ability to get Guide data for the Tallahassee, FL and Columbus, GA DMAs via the zip code functions (ala the HR2x), and allow the HR34 to scan my market's channels since DirecTV carries all the main ones in HD, and two of the sub-channels (ABC/The CW).

    My market is lucky... the only sub-channel we are missing is The CW, which is currently carried by DirecTV in it's current SD form. Once the channel goes HD... it'll suck if DirecTV doesn't carry it in it's HD form. My neighboring market of Columbus, GA is only missing one channel, and DirecTV carries it in it's current SD form. My neighboring market of Tallahassee, FL is missing three sub-channels though, so they're not doing as well...
     
  10. CCarncross

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    I can understand missing a few sub-channels, but I really just hope they can allow OTA tuning for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, and CW in HD for every market that offers them. Meaning as markets have each of those available, zap2it adds it to their database, and D* adds it to the appropriate zip codes and it becomes tunable on all their units.
     
  11. islesfan

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    Actually, the "HD" feed that DirecTV carries for CW Reno is not in HD. It is a stretched SD picture with the same poor quality it always had. The only difference now is that it takes up far more space on the hard drive! It is terrible! I wish they'd go back to their old SD signal! At least you could pillar box the 480P picture.
     
  12. jdspencer

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    A couple of months ago our local "The CW" channel (sub-channel to the CBS affiliate) went HD. It's in HD OTA, but DirecTV hasn't yet upgraded their version to HD. Not a problem for me since my antenna can receive it. So I guess this reply is for infomation only.
     
  13. Alan Gordon

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    I think there should be a point to make sure that ALL primary channels are carried, as well as focus on sub-channels for the bigger networks like you mentioned above.
     
  14. CCarncross

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    I agree to a point, but some markets like LA have like 40+ stations, guide space runs out fast with markets like that...make sure the top 200 DMA's can get the basic 6 I listed then go from there to see what they have space for as far as guide data goes.
     
  15. schneid

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    I can see DirecTV has a "reason" not to carry it but why won't they allow the AM21 to tune it? Wasn't that the purpose of the AM21? To allow viewing of local programming not available to them.
     
  16. Alan Gordon

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    Yes, but of those 40+ stations, how many of them have sub-channels already listed?!?!

    I'd still like DirecTV to offer Guide data for the main primary channels as well as the major networks via the satellite, and Guide data for the sub-channels via broadband/phone lines.

    I think DirecTV got taken by surprise by the amount of sub-channels stations would offer. It was a bigger strain on their resources than they were expecting.

    Since the channel you were referring to is a primary channel, a semi-major network, and is available in HD OTA, I'd complain to DirecTV about it.
     
  17. mark h

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    schneid, email them I did it yesterday complaining about no CW HD & if they would carry 46.1. Here's what they said.

    "Thank you for writing.

    I understand your inquiry about gettng CW channel 46 in HD.

    While we are unable to comment on when we are going to carry CW in HD, we are
    always reviewing our programming options to make sure we bring you the best
    possible TV experience. In addition, I have forwarded your request to DIRECTV
    management. While DIRECTV Management can not follow up with each customer
    individually, rest assured every request, suggestion and inquiry from our most
    important customers is reviewed to determine what changes should be considered.

    Whenever we add channels to our lineup, we release a statement to the press, so
    keep an eye on the news to find out about the newest channels or visit our web
    site at directv.com/pr.

    We appreciate your Loyalty.

    Sincerely,

    Sherwin S - 100403271" :shrug:

    But do anyway won't hurt.

    mark
     
  18. Alan Gordon

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    Sounds like the form letter they send out. They thought you were referring to carrying the local via satellite. You need to stress to them that you would at least like to be able to view the channel via your AM21.
     
  19. mark h

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    Good thought.. Another email.

    mark
     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    Contacting technical support may be the best route to take.
     

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