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The new HD channels will go live WHEN?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Cols Dave, Aug 29, 2007.

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  1. Aug 29, 2007 #1 of 599
    Cols Dave

    Cols Dave Cool Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    From TVPredictions.com
    DIRECTV: 20-40 New HD Channels Likely By Sept. 16
    The satcaster should have 70 new HD channels by the end of September.
    By Swanni

    Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2007) -- DIRECTV told TVPredictions.com tonight that it will likely add from 20 to 40 new High-Definition channels by Sunday, September 16.

    That date coincides with the 59th Annual Emmy Awards and DIRECTV has scheduled a post-awards party that night in Los Angeles to promote its new high-def lineup.

    Asked tonight if the HDTV expansion will have taken place by the Emmy party, Eric Shanks, DIRECTV's executive vice president of entertainment, said "it will be real close" to that date.

    DIRECTV launched a new satellite in July to expand its High-Definition capacity to 100 channels by year's end. (The satcaster plans to launch another satellite to increase the capacity to 150 HD channels next year.)

    In an interview with TVPredictions.com, Shanks said DIRECTV will have added 70 new high-def channels by the end of the third quarter, which ends at the end of September. He said it will have the 100 HDTV channels by year's end.

    Shanks added that DIRECTV will add a minimum of 20 new HD channels on the first day of the expansion.

    "It will be more in the 40 range if all goes well," he said. "It's still fluid so we can't say for sure."

    After the first rollout, DIRECTV will add another group of channels soon thereafter and then another group until it reaches the 70 mark by the end of September. The satcaster now has approximately 10 national high-def channels.

    In other remarks:

    * Shanks said the new high-def channels will retain their current standard definition channel numbers. For instance, CNN HD will be channel 202, the same as the standard-def CNN.

    The satcaster's HD receiver will automatically default to the HD channel when a high-def viewer turns to that channel. However, the standard-def channel will remain and can still be watched by going up or down the dial.

    "We don't want people to have to learn new channel numbers," Shanks said.

    HD DVR owners who have set those standard-def channels to record future programs will have to manually re-set the recording to HD if they want to watch the high-def version of the program.

    * The new HDTV channels will be on DIRECTV's new satellite, launched in July, and will transmit in MPEG4. However, the NFL Sunday Ticket's lineup of HDTV games will remain on DIRECTV's current satellites and will transmit in MPEG2.

    But Shanks said DIRECTV will not need to drop an existing HDTV channel from the lineup to make room for the high-def games each Sunday, as it did last year.

    "We will do some shuffling to make room, but there will be no dropping of HD channels like last year," he said.

    * DIRECTV's existing lineup of HDTV channels will remain in the channel 70s and will stay for now on the current satellites, which transmit in MPEG2.
  2. Aug 29, 2007 #2 of 599

    syphix Hall Of Fame

    Jun 23, 2004
    [obligatory whine]

    Awww.....Sept. 16??? Not this weekend???

    [/obligatory whine]

    ;) :D
  3. Aug 29, 2007 #3 of 599

    FlyBono24 Godfather

    Jan 2, 2007
    I thought it was the first week of September?

    Then it was supposed to be September 9th?

    NOW it's supposed to be September 16th?!??

    Next thing we know they'll be pushing it back to November!!
  4. Aug 29, 2007 #4 of 599
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    All those dates were rumored, derived from the letters to the FCC from their lawyers.

    no hard date have ever been stated...
  5. Aug 29, 2007 #5 of 599

    emrmc Mentor

    Jul 4, 2007
    also says by Sept 16th. it could be earlier. they just want to do a party to celebrate, I would imagine we will be some channels come on before the Sept 16th date.
  6. Aug 29, 2007 #6 of 599
    Cols Dave

    Cols Dave Cool Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    I know! I felt sad and a little cold. But my spare grain of salt made me feel much better.

    I suppose I would rather hear a confirmed date that was several weeks away, rather than rumored daily updates that promise something that wont happen.

    ... and I was so looking forward to sitting in my own filth all weekend, basking in the glory of oodles and oodles of HD gravy.
  7. Aug 29, 2007 #7 of 599

    emrmc Mentor

    Jul 4, 2007
    at least all those CSR as always have no idea what they are talking about when they were telling customers, no new channels until Oct/Nov.
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    chopperjc Godfather

    Oct 2, 2006
    :( I want Christmas NOW. Nice to know there appears to be a hard deadline tough to have a party with nothing to celebrate.
  9. Aug 29, 2007 #9 of 599

    cnmsales Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2007
    "We will do some shuffling to make room, but there will be no dropping of HD channels like last year," he said.

    HMmmmmmmm, Football season starts on the 9th, how do they keep all the HD channels without dropping them and keep all NFL games on the current sats?

    Sounds to be like the new sat will be in production by the 9th guys?
  10. Aug 29, 2007 #10 of 599

    hidefman Legend

    Dec 16, 2006
    You know D* never says anything like a definite date. I am betting just as always D* pops D10 channels on without saying anything. I am betting well before Sept 16th. They have everything in place to go when they want to. Transponder mapping is in place, test channels have been testing. When the satellite drifts, we are 3 days away.
  11. Aug 29, 2007 #11 of 599

    convem24 Icon

    Mar 11, 2007
    I think we should all be thankful that D* is delivering on this HD promise (or atleast part of it). Now I need to move into a house so I can accomodate a 5LNB dish or find an apartment compes that would allow for 5 LNB dish. Horra for Directv On Demand and More HD channels.
  12. Aug 29, 2007 #12 of 599

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    I still say Wednesday the 12th. Look at the Mankato HD locals addtion... it was today, Wednesday the 29th. I don't know the significance of Wednesday, but D*"s engineers do like that day!
  13. Aug 29, 2007 #13 of 599

    Dusty Icon

    Sep 21, 2006
    Do we consider this report a hard date stated by DirecTV?
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    cnmsales Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2007

    This doesnt make sense to anyone?
  15. Aug 29, 2007 #15 of 599

    EaglePC Icon

    Apr 14, 2007
    your right there sure be a lot of h*ll from customers in the nfl aint hd and they paid for it
  16. Aug 30, 2007 #16 of 599
    Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Thankfully this debate can be put to rest.
  17. Aug 30, 2007 #17 of 599

    ProfLonghair Hall Of Fame

    Sep 26, 2006
    keep in mind, they were counting the HD sports package games, like superfan, as HD channels.
  18. Aug 30, 2007 #18 of 599

    tfederov Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Kind of interesting that the HD channels will be the same as the SD channels. I'm curious to see how the guide will change at all (if that's the case) for those of us using favorites. Will we have to make any changes?
  19. Aug 30, 2007 #19 of 599

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    I set up favorites not showing the SD equivalents, jsut to make scrolling faster.
  20. Aug 30, 2007 #20 of 599
    Steve Robertson

    Steve Robertson Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2005
    So Earl what do you know do you have any information you can share with us???
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