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Viacom HD (Comedy,Spike,CMT,MTV,VH1,Nick) Now Live

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by space86, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Apr 10, 2009 #81 of 182

    DustoMan Godfather

    Jul 16, 2005
    You wanta give them a day or so to get the website synced up? Ya know, if the site said that the channels were in HD and they actually weren't then people would be bitching too.
  2. Apr 11, 2009 #82 of 182

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    True, but the channels are working and it would take...what...a minute to upload the corrected pages which are sitting on Darryl's hard drive ready to go?:sure:

    It's all about marketing.:soapbox:
  3. Apr 11, 2009 #83 of 182

    angiecopus Legend

    May 18, 2004
    9510 shows up in red, and i don't have a 124 in hd. after i did a reset. i have every hd channel except for bet hd.
  4. Apr 11, 2009 #84 of 182

    garys Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2005
    I still had the same thing this morning with BET HD in red. I called Tech support and had the channel after about 5 minutes.
  5. Apr 11, 2009 #85 of 182

    rjruby AllStar

    Dec 29, 2002
    Did an on-line chat this morning to get BET HD. Also took about 5 minutes.
  6. Apr 11, 2009 #86 of 182

    tnsprin Hall Of Fame

    Mar 15, 2003
    Since I only occasionally watch BET, its not worth my time to contact them. But are the techs/CSRs being talked to acknowledging that this is a problem they will be fixed?
  7. Apr 11, 2009 #87 of 182

    CoolGui Icon

    Feb 8, 2006
    I'm seeing the BET HD fine without having to talk to dish. It doesn't look like any of the content is HD. I'm not saying Dish is doing the upconverting, it looks like TBS before they finally put any HD content in. I would have ideally like another channel in HD, but I guess you take what they give you at this point.
  8. Apr 11, 2009 #88 of 182

    BillJ Icon

    May 5, 2005
    Called tech support and he didn't seem to have any info on the problem. After a while he said he would send a programming authorization signal which he hoped would cure the problem. He told me to wait 15 minutes and then do a reboot of the receiver.

    Since I was watching something I waited over 40 minutes. Before rebooting I checked the guide and BET HD was okay and mapping down to 124 on both my 622s. So judging from other posts it appears DISH authorized some, or most, receivers for the new HD channel but missed others. The easy solution for DISH would be to resend an authorization to everyone but since it's a weekend that probably won't happen. Just allow yourself plenty of time if you have to call tech support.
  9. Apr 11, 2009 #89 of 182

    grog Godfather

    Jul 2, 2007
    Bet HD is red here is well.

    I think I will wait to see if it goes green.

    I am part of the 'never really watch it' crowd.

    Now if Bet played older soul music and or good Jazz I would be on the phone right now.
  10. Apr 11, 2009 #90 of 182

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    Have you tried a reboot of the system?
  11. Apr 11, 2009 #91 of 182

    grog Godfather

    Jul 2, 2007
    OK. I am game. I ran the check-switch already but let's try the power cycle for kicks.

    Pressing Power Button on VIP622 now....
    Fan spin......
    VIP622.. all lights out...
    ....Led's on...
    ..Attention...Acquiring satellite signal...
    ..Satellite 129
    ..Transponder 17
    ..Progress 1 or 5
    ..Progress 2 of 5
    ..Progress 3 of 5
    ..Progress 4 of 5
    ..Progress 5 of 5

    9510 (BET HD) -- It is in RED
    124 ( No map down )

    Like I said. Would call if I watched the channel.

  12. Apr 11, 2009 #92 of 182

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I don't usually watch BET either. But I checked it out this morning. Just shut off a Maria Carey music video in extremely sharp Stretch-O-Vision!

    Checked all the other newly added what Dish's senior vice president of Programming Dave Shull calls "top-rated high definition channels". Not one HD 16:9 show among them. I guess some are "top-rated" channels and they are chewing up HD bandwidth....:rolleyes:
  13. Apr 11, 2009 #93 of 182
    Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    They have MTV SOUL which plays videos from the 60's & up. It's good but wasn't in HD on U-verse.
  14. Apr 11, 2009 #94 of 182

    garys Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2005
    It may eventually fix itself, reboot did not help. Had to call Dish to have them send a hit to all three of my HD receivers to get the channel activated.
  15. Apr 11, 2009 #95 of 182

    tcatdbs Icon

    Jul 10, 2008
    Anyone figured out the "Absolute Code"? I see all the HD channels that have 3 little "HD"'s stacked in the channel selection menu are channels Absolute customers seem to be getting (Comedy, Spike, CMT). Any channel with only one "HD" on top (VH1, MTV, Nick, BET, Fox News), are not part of the package. Does this correlate to and of the current packages? Be nice to know what we might get and won't get, or what we should call in and complain about (or not).
  16. Apr 11, 2009 #96 of 182

    mraif Cool Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Do a tech chat online, it took me all of five minutes. Tell them that you don't have BET HD, you did a check switch and nothing happened. They'll tell you to go to channel 101 while they send you a hit.

    Boom, you're done.
  17. Apr 12, 2009 #97 of 182

    grog Godfather

    Jul 2, 2007
    As I said... It is more fun just to see if the channel shows up by itself.

    After all, the majority of those who watch BET would never think to call in.

    If you have your DVR Guide Mode set to 'List: All Sub' then you would never even see the 'BET HD' at 9510. You would only see it if you set your guide to 'List: All HD' or 'List: All Chan'. 'BET HD' at Channel 124 would not show up at all. So unless you were looking for it you would not know it was missing.

    I think this is an issue as Dish would be requiring those who want the channel to call in for the hit. Now if over time it shows up then this is a non-issue.

    So I will report this channel as an issue as I still see it in Red and I will not call in for the hit.

    I am not missing out on this channel as I don't watch it normally anyway.

  18. Apr 12, 2009 #98 of 182

    mspace Mentor

    Mar 19, 2007
    Absolute seems to correspond with Turbo Bronze HD and the Platinum add on for any of the "new" channels after 2008.

  19. Apr 12, 2009 #99 of 182

    nataraj Godfather

    Feb 25, 2006
    Great. I now get Stewart and Colbert in "HD". Now I'm set for life on the HD Absolute.

    On the whole bundling excuse .... isn't forced bundling illegal anyway ? It is high time FCC cracked their whip on this. A La Carte is the answer to all this turbo/non-turbo/absolute silliness. Channels are a dying idea anyway - just a holdover of the 50's technology. Any channel not getting enough revenues on its own should die ...
  20. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    Where is DirecTV's "HD Only" package?

    DirecTV is offering the channels being complained about at the same terms as DISH (or worse). You MUST subscribe to DirecTV SD to get any channels in HD. (The "worse" part is that DirecTV has no "Bronze" level package - the initial buy in price for DirecTV is much higher than DISH Network.)

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