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The State of Directv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ivoaraujo, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Sep 29, 2009 #21 of 116

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    99% seems way too high. :eek2:
  2. Sep 29, 2009 #22 of 116

    profbobo AllStar

    Jan 22, 2006
    This is my understanding with NHL CI on FiOS as well. DirecTV appears to provide the RSN HD feeds for some of their sports packages. Is that a correct statement? If I recall, I can tune to the RSN channel or NHL CI channel during a game. On the Verizon forum, someone mentioned FiOS gets their packages from inDemand and doesn't provide as many games in HD.
  3. Sep 29, 2009 #23 of 116

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Yeah - there are folks here who wouldn't be pleased if DIRECTV was 100% free. :)
  4. Sep 29, 2009 #24 of 116

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    I have called in a few times and more than once I have been told there are quite a few channels in the "pipeline" they just need the satelite up and running. I have been told it includes: BBC America, WGN America, MSNBC, ESPNU, both Nor Cal CSN's, a couple of FSN's, and a few more I am sure I forgot.

    On a side note, if anyone watched the 101 special with Dan Patrick and DIY's Man Caves you may have noticed it was all shot in HD! According to Scripps Networks they are finalizing deals to have their shows in HD. So I am guessing down the line that would be another HD channel, seems to me it would replace what HGTV use to be before it became a 24-7 real estate channel.
  5. Sep 29, 2009 #25 of 116
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Will my slim line III work with the new sat, or do I need the 5 LNB one?

    Just need to know...
  6. Sep 29, 2009 #26 of 116
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    I'm not calling the people you talked to liars, I'm just saying I'm not believing them until I am watching those channels in HD.... :D
  7. Sep 29, 2009 #27 of 116

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Ain't it the truth. :rolleyes:

    I'm just going to see where we are in 1Q 2010 after D12 is up there and more HD channels launched...then we'll see what THEN will be the new hangups from the naysayers...
  8. Sep 29, 2009 #28 of 116

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    You're correct. It's easier to tune to the RSN's because you can keep your custom channel list much less cluttered with the channels in the 700s. For example, I can watch most of the Lakers games on FSWestHD, Redwings on FSDetroitHD, & Yankees on YESHD. Occasionally, you'll need the channel in the 700s like when NBA-LP picks of KCAL Lakers feed only in SD.
  9. Sep 29, 2009 #29 of 116

    Brit_in_WV Mentor

    Sep 11, 2009
    I too were paying $200 a month for a bundle pkg, phone, internet and DTV so to cut that down i had my land line service turned off and now use my mobile phone for all my calls and got a dry loop connection for my internet. Saved a little over $60.
  10. Sep 29, 2009 #30 of 116

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    The upcoming DIRECTV-12 will work with the SlimLine-3. I suppose all HD receivers will need some type of firmware update primarily for the signal strength meters' various UIs since D12's 16 CONUS beam transponders will operate in the Ka-hi band and at a different Tp. bandwidth than the Spaceways whose spectrum D12 will share at 103.
  11. Sep 29, 2009 #31 of 116
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    That shouldn't be an issue. When 103(c) and 99(c) went live, all the receivers were ready well in advance.
  12. Sep 29, 2009 #32 of 116
    Prince Oz

    Prince Oz Legend

    Jan 15, 2009
    I to like most like the HD and I have been happy with D*. But I got to thinking, those of us that want more HD would be like a needle in a hay stack. I mean, HD is catching on be we are still a minority when it comes to HD. SD is still the king. I would like to see what percent actually have HD to those who still have SD. My SD does not look to bad but is nothing like HD. I am patient and will wait for more HD. D* can do what they want as long as I can still see the games. Hell, I watched TV when there was NO COLOR. I think what we have now is a blessing. Once you get everything you want, you will still want more. As long as I still have a picture, D* can do what they want behind the scene, as long as it does not disrupt my viewing of the TV when I want to watch it. No complaints to D*. Cable sucks though.:D
  13. Sep 29, 2009 #33 of 116

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Oh I never expected it to be an "issue," but just stating what I feel is a matter of fact is all.

    I am sort of curious though how they will revise the signal level UI category for 103(c) to accommodate the overlapping CONUS transponder numbers for D10 (Tps.# 1-14) and D12 (Tps.# 9-24).

    Perhaps have two different screens now labeled "103(c) B-band" with 14 Tp. levels and "103(c) A-band" with 16 levels or some other? :)
  14. Sep 29, 2009 #34 of 116
    Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    Scripps owns both HGTV and DIY. Currently, DIY is SD only while HGTV is available to providers in SD and HD Versions. Hopefully they will start DIY HD soon. Many of the shows already are letterboxed and I think they have been delivered in HD to Scripps for a while now, so hopefully it will be a nice transition. Already, one show at least, Renovation Realities, is on both DIY and HGTV. on HGTV, I am not sure it is true HD, but it looks about 10 times better than on DIY.
  15. Sep 29, 2009 #35 of 116

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002

    If you read the thread that Sixto handles, http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=103232, you'll see that just about all of those HD PPV channels are also shared with the needs for part time RSN and subscription sports packages. If you check post http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=103232&page=31 you'll see that 24 channels were needed this past weekend to handle NFL-ST, MLB-EI and HotPass HD channel needs.

    Maybe they could have done like Dish and not have the HD bandwidth to handle their RSN needs, just check out the posts from folks always asking where their local RSN baseball game in HD was, all Dish showed was the SD channel.
  16. Sep 29, 2009 #36 of 116
    Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Slimline 3 will get all the new non-international package HD. (That's hard to say clearly...) You're good unless you want to pick up the international packages and I have no information about International Package HD, by the way. :)

  17. Sep 29, 2009 #37 of 116
    Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    The State of DIRECTV is all 50 states. :) (Sorry, I couldn't resist...)

    Every time I look, I see bright and cool things coming. DIRECTV has masterfully planned strategy to roll out tons of HD without spending too much in any one quarter or fiscal year. Next calendar year will have another great jump in HD. I know cuz satelliteracer tells us so. :)

    I see fun things in the future for the HD DVRs, in the programming, and in the creativity of DIRECTV's people.

    So, obviously I think things is good. :)

  18. Sep 29, 2009 #38 of 116

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    And lets not forget one other consideration while we clamor for more HD. If a former SD or altogether new channel addition is going to be in HD, please... oh please! NO STRETCH-O-VISION! Keep the original aspect ratio with only native HD programming, up-converted 16:9 (or greater AR), or up-converted 4:3 in a conventional pillar-box).

    If a channel plans to do stretch-o-vision like TNT, TBS, A&E, etc. does on a number number of their programs, I'd rather DirecTV didn't bother at all with carrying them and keep it in SD if at all.
  19. Sep 29, 2009 #39 of 116

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...
    All i need from DirecTV is to add Hallmark Movie Channel to my standard definition package then I will have it all!.;):)
  20. Sep 29, 2009 #40 of 116

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    My guess is that the 103C will just renumber those and they will use the 17-32 tps that are already there and NA. That seems the simplest and most straightforward way to handle things.

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