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When will DTV add more HD channels?(like Nat'l Geographic)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kathymoore, Aug 22, 2006.

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  1. upnorth

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    I can wait till next year I have my locals including my RSN both espns hdnet and the others in that group.
    Content is more important to me than volume sure I would like to have INHD but I can wait.;)
     
  2. Mike D-CO5

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    I counted 26 cities have their hd locals with 3 more to be added by years end. They are supposed to have about 48 done when they add all they have on their list. I think Directv has 36 done now with more to follow once they launch two more of their sky satellites.
     
  3. Wolffpack

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    If they're slated to launch mid 2007 could anything be turned on much before the end of 2007?
     
  4. morgantown

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    Good point. But if they could get just one functioning for Fall 2007, they'd likely have more bandwidth than there are HD channels today...or in Fall 2007.

    I'd offer my humble suggestion to drop the current HD package to $1 to "hook" more customers with HD (MPEG2 like me) and then phase out in 2008 to a "pure" MPEG4 HD offering.

    My TiVo wouldn't like it, but it still works great with OTA HD and SD.
     
  5. bobnielsen

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    I haven't heard anything recently, but there were reports that D10 was scheduled for launch in January 2007 and D11 to follow in February. Has there been an announced delay?
     
  6. uncrules

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    D* will be adding at least 12 more HD LiL markets by the end of October (to get to 48 total) well before any more of D*'s satellites go up. D* has claimed that 75% of the population will be served by the end of the year.
     
  7. f300v10

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    The best info I can find on the net does say 'early 2007' for D10. Sea Launch is the launch provider, and they appear to have a non D* sat. scheduled for January, so I don't think D10 will go before Feb. As for any national channels before that I would not count on much, they may be able to cram in 1 more on the MPEG2/KU sats, but with the bandwidth needed for Sunday Ticket HD I doubt it.
     
  8. Mike D-CO5

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    Thankyou I stand corrected.
     
  9. harsh

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    The most common information places the D10 launch in April and D11 is not yet on the map (but I've heard September or October). For financial reporting purposes, "early 2007" probably means before July.

    Since they are going up via different methods, the only thing preventing launching them both at the same time is that they are both being assembled by Boeing.

    It is notable that Spaceway F2 took a little over five months from launch to handover, so launch dates are a rather weak indicator of availability. The only thing that is sure is that handover cannot occur before launch. ;)
     
  10. harsh

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    You have to look at history and who is making the claims. DirecTV is fully one year behind their original projections from 2004. Back then DirecTV 10 and DirecTV 11 should have already been launched by now.

    Actions speak much louder than words and when there is an actual launch date on DirecTV 10, the speculation can commence. There are no "wills" or "gonnas" until sometime after handover.
     
  11. Wolffpack

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    So what's your guess as earliest date at which new HD channels could be added? Q3, Q4 2007?

    EDIT: Given a new SAT was required to add new national HDs.
     
  12. Indiana627

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    Have these 12 markets been announced yet? I've seen so many lists on so many different forums I can't keep track. Does anyone have an update on when Buffalo HD LiL will be available?
     
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    Chances of the August roll-outs happening in August are getting thin. Dish has offered two of the four (Portland and San Antonio) for a while now. The Portland market (Nielsen #23) is a pet peeve of mine as it is my market and it is the highest ranked city not served. Fresno at #56 is served. Reno at #112 is scheduled for special treatment next month.

    Chris Blount's list is here: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=54698
     
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    ^^^That is interesting....one would think they would carry the WB (now CW) in HD...and from their website, appears they will be doing so....but when??

    From what I had read elsewhere, they had dedicated at least 6 slots for each local market.
     
  17. bobnielsen

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    I haven't seen anything about the capacity of the Spaceway transponders, but that would probably make sense. If they reserve one for RSN use (until the new satellites next year), that would allow CW to be added (I'd rather see PBS). MyNetwork is probably a factor, as well (and it is owned by Fox).

    In addition to having transponder space, they need to work out contractual deals with the local stations as well as a means of getting the signals to the ground station transmitters. The existing SD uplinks are probably not sufficient for HD. Many markets don't even have all of the big 4 yet.
     
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