since there's a thread on the Dish Network section that is a thread about the lineup changes to Dish, i figured that the DirecTV section needs a thread like that here so i just started this thread to address any channel lineup updates to DirecTV, ranging from new channels added, temporary channel removals by DirecTV due to contract expiration/dispute, permanent removals due to channel being shut down or DirecTV deciding that it needs to be removed due to low viewership, and permanent package channel changes (free previews don't count). this thread will only be for the DirecTV satellite TV lineup, not AT&T U-Verse or the streaming version of DirecTV aka DirecTV Now. now to start this thread formally. Channel removal: Chiller, ch. 257, is being shut down by NBCUniversal on Dec. 31, meaning after that date, the channel is no more on every provider that carried it. Channel additional to come: according to the HD channel anticipation thread, the HD feeds of MavTV on ch. 214, Pop TV ch. 273, Great American Country aka GAC on ch. 326, and TV One ch. 328 are expected to launch on Dec 27, a belated Christmas gift from DirecTV to it's customers, in fact according to that thread the 4 new HD channels are in testing now.