What is the best and worst new HD channel

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  1. jason williams

    jason williams AllStar

    Jan 24, 2007
    The best is the weather channel and the worst is the Smithsonion for constant recycling
  2. jsirwin

    jsirwin Cool Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    I have always thought the weather channel was not very good on satelite, SD or HD because you don't get the local radar and the true local on the 8's like you do on cable. So I vote worst unless they start putting some info babes in bikinis. SD for the weather channel was fine.

    For best I would say Smithsonian because it is new and unique programming.
  3. Directvlover

    Directvlover Legend

    Aug 27, 2007
    I also vote Smithsonian as the best. It's the one i've been watching the most actually....also visually it seems to have the most stunning picture....that's the channel i'd use to show off my 50 inch plasma to my buddies.
  4. JeffreyT

    JeffreyT New Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    TBS is the worst. Nothing in HD.
  5. phjnky

    phjnky New Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    I'm not a huge fan of CNN but... I think it's great to be able to watch a news channel in HD, and the quality has been really good. I'd probably pass on the weather channel since it just tends to bore me a bit unless something major going on.

    It's hot and humid here. All the time.
  6. muzzymate

    muzzymate Mentor

    Aug 20, 2007
    I second that.
    Best: The Smithsonian Channel
  7. gizzorge

    gizzorge Legend

    Jul 31, 2007
    CNN = best; while I would like another news channel in HD, I can deal. Again, it's not just to see Kiran in HD. I just like a crisp picture.

    TBS = worst
  8. ansky

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    Hopefully that changes next week when the MLB playoffs start.

    I also agree that Smithsonian looks best.
  9. cuibap

    cuibap Legend

    Sep 14, 2006
    Best: Smithsonian
    Worst: TBS
  10. 506PIR

    506PIR Legend

    Sep 21, 2006
    Best: Smithsonian
    Worst: TBS
    I find myself watching Smithsonian the most. Anytime anyone comes over they
    are amazed at how good the PQ is. 2 D* Installers were just over & they couldnt
    believe how good it looked
  11. joekun

    joekun Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    Worst = Any channel with Stretch-o-vision

    I was really disappointed with the History Channel HD, and wouldn't record anything off that channel unless I knew 100% for sure that it was HD. I'd rather watch it OAR from the SD History Channel.

    Most anticipated HD channel - SciFi HD (hopefully no stretch-o-vision there, but at least Atlantis and BSG should be true HD).
  12. Clato

    Clato Banned User

    Aug 30, 2007
    What is the best I haven't figured that one out yet,so far i like them all, on my favorite's channel

    What is the worst new HD channel (local)
    i don't care if mary loves jack who is having an affair with betty his best friends wife, who is in love with john who if the father of jackies (his cousin) baby who is married to tom who is gay for charlie who is planing a divorce from his wife who is in love with Doctor Jane,who is marrie to mike, who is having an affair with Elizibeth,
    the soap opera's
  13. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006

    I tried to send a "bulk" letter to Time-Warner criticizing their overall backwards attitude to HD and couldn't anything at their website for an email. Snail mail or a phone call [there's a thrill].
  14. Crypter

    Crypter Godfather

    Jun 21, 2007
    The Best: Smithsonian and All the Starz Channels. Been watching a lot of movies lately!

    Worst: TBS
  15. morgantown

    morgantown Icon

    Nov 15, 2005
    From the delivery of signal side I give DIRECTV a big thumbs up for all of them. However, as mentioned above the content providers have much catching up to do in actually delivering HD content for their HD channels.

    That said, it is still a great step forward. It's just going to take time for the TBS's and TNT's on the channel list to actually have HD-produced "repeats" to give us (goodness knows that is 90% of their programming). As far as the others -- get more HD channels in the field -- we're watching!

    My favorite has got to be Smithsonian for this week...
  16. Guesst925XTU

    Guesst925XTU Legend

    Jan 28, 2004
    #1- Smithsonian
    #2 - CNN
    #3 - Discovery Science

    #1 - Versus
    #2 - Golf Channel
    #3 - A & E
  17. jtcrusader

    jtcrusader Legend

    Jun 13, 2007
    BEST: Smithsonian
    Runner-up: CNN
    #3: The Weather Channel

    VS/GOLF seems OK. HD quality but in 4x3 format.

    WORST: No contest...TBS. Just awaiting MLB playoffs, though
  18. HarleyD

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    Let me also say I think the Smitsonian Channel is the best.

    The worst? Well none of them has been so offensively bad that I take profound notice but I have to hope TBS has some actual HD content in the wings. Otherwise the question "why go HD then?" begs an answer.
  19. shellnc

    shellnc New Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    xactly. Why are sitcoms that were filmed in HD being shown in stretchvision. Everybody loves Raymond is a prime example.
  20. TI-STARS

    TI-STARS New Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Smithsonian looks great but is repetetive with the programming - sure it will improve.

    I agree abotu TBS, if it wasn't for the upcoming MLB playoffs, i would really question why D* lit this one up with the new rollout, could have waited till the next or end of year rollout. Not impressed with picture quality on Big 10 either - of course they are referencing SD alot of the times but even the studio doesn't look all that.
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