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TurboHD and PBS

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by ChrsMsra, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. prm1177

    prm1177 Cool Member

    Aug 21, 2007
    One thing most people don't realize is that many PBS stations support multiple Digital TV channels. I don't believe DISH would be able to cherry pick the single main HD channel and not take the other digital offerings at this time. It will be interesting to see what happens when the analog channels go away. Hopefully, the PBS locals will agree to permit DISH (and Direct) to carry the main HD content and not the "Elmo Channels".
  2. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    As of now the only HD local stations being carried in most DMA's via satellite are the "big-4" ABC, NBC, CBS, & FOX.

    PBS, CW, MY Net. etc. are only carried in SD for now. You can still get these non-satelite carried stations in HD if you can get a lockable signal OTA. These OTA signals are integrated into the satellite receiver, complete with guide data in most (but not all) cases - if you subscribe to the LIL package.

    Besides PBS many other local stations utilize the subchannels. While subchannels are SD, they are only seen if youhave an OTA antenna and a lockable signal. FOr example my NBC affilate has "Weather Plus" on a subchannel. My CBS affilliate also has their own weather channel that has also been used to carry programming (Men's Tennis) when they did not want to pull the syndicated programs off the main feed, and it appears that there is at least one "e/i" program listed in the guide every day on this "weather channel".
  3. dennispap

    dennispap Icon

    Feb 1, 2007
    If as the poster above says " there are quite a few, shopping channels, Latino channels, and paid advertisment channels. " If these sd channels are included in the Turbo package, then i agree with you. Dish needs to quit saying 100% hd only.
    If those channels are part of the "locals package" (which i dont think they are) then dish is correct.
    Anyone have turbo WITHOUT locals, and still receive those sd channels?
  4. puckwithahalo

    puckwithahalo Hall Of Fame

    Sep 2, 2007

    do something for me, hit menu-6-1-1, and tell me what satellites you have listed in box g on that system info screen.
  5. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Those shopping and paid channels PAY to be provided to EVERY Dish customer. They won't be going away.
  6. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Godfather

    Sep 4, 2005
    I have TurboHD and the local package, but even though I get the local ABC, CBS, NBC HD channels, I do not get the local PBS stations in HD (and where I live, there are 4 of them).

    What I can't figure out, is for example, I have KTEH on channel 54 and 825 (or whatever), but both are SD. I would think that high value one should be HD, but it isn't.

  7. dennispap

    dennispap Icon

    Feb 1, 2007
    I know they pay to be on there. I want to know if they are part of the locals package or the turbo package. If some one has turbo without the locals, and they get those SD shopping/info channels. Then dish is lying about the only 100% hd package.
  8. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    Shopping, paid channels and public interest channels are not in any package, they are in all packages regardless.

    The feds require the public interest channels so no provider can have a totally HD only package in that sense.

    All the entertainment channels are HD.

    Get over it.
  9. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    The free shopping and public interest channels are not part of either package.
    They are free.

    DISH does "include" them in their AT series packages (and a few in their family friendly DISH Family package) but they are simply free channels to subscribers.
  10. lee635

    lee635 Hall Of Fame

    Apr 17, 2002
    There is some obscure deal where you can pay $1.50 a month to get a PBS feed. I believe that it's set up for folks who can't get PBS in their locals package. Does the $1.50 add-on include an HD feed of PBS? Does anyone get that add-on to their package?

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