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Will we get CNN, TWC in HD?

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by mhowie, Nov 8, 2007.

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  1. davethestalker

    davethestalker Godfather

    Sep 16, 2006
    Thanks James, I didn't realize it was that involving for TWC to give us local weather. But, how does the local info crawl along during the national broadcast? How does Dish get our individual local stations to us based on Zip Code? Can't something similar be instituted regarding TWC? With all of the technology we have at our finger tips, there must be a better system than the computer programs they have used since I was [oh about] 15? I'll be 38 at the end of the month.

    Yeah, so Dish needs to get on the stick with TWC and bring this to us. Put those engineers to work...
  2. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    Dish has to uplink every one of the different stations they carry individually ... you can see them all listed on the Dish Channel Chart. Our South Bend area locals are in the 7090's. They are also mapped down to their more familiar numbers (16,22,25,28,34,46,57 plus "30" for SBT2). It is done by market, not zip code ... which is good since there are only 210 markets to deal with.

    For E* to use that technology for TWC they would have to uplink possibly hundreds of regional TWC feeds ... even if they decided to have one version per state that is 50 feeds instead of one. A lot of satellite space for one channel.

    That is why spotbeams are generally used for locals ... there is no reason to waste a national transponder on the eight channels we get and no one outside our area can get ... spotbeams are used so that transponder can be used for different content in other parts of the country.

    Perhaps E* could set up the "local TWCs" on spotbeams ... but that still occupies space and many of the spotbeams are full.

    Fortunately the new receivers are capable of doing more processing ... the CNN application works nicely straight from channel 200. I hope the TWC application - even in it's limited form - is made active on 214 soon.
  3. ebaltz

    ebaltz Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2004
    Well there is such a channel, one of the Voom channels. Now it isn't that good, but it is national HD News.
  4. msmith198025

    msmith198025 Member of the Year

    Jun 28, 2007
    It does have "locals on the 8" content. That is the main part in HD right now.
    Edit: i see that you are talking about specific small town weather, im talking about larger cities.
  5. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Frankly I "never" watch CNN, TWC, so I don't care....
  6. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I tend to watch my local news for weather. While I do care about other people and don't wish natural disaster on the rest of the world... satellite images on the other side of the world (or even the other side of the country) don't affect me for a long time... and my local news channel has far better local weather coverage.

    As for CNN, I do tune in to various national news channels when there is big news going on... so I can't write that channel off as easily as I would the Weather channel.
  7. bobarino

    bobarino New Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    I like to watch TWC during hurricane season a lot even though I live inland. I also watch news quite a bit so CNN-HD would be good even though only about 3 hrs per day is really HD right now. It still beats TBS-HD, they don't have any HD at all.
  8. tedb3rd

    tedb3rd Godfather DBSTalk Club

    Feb 2, 2006
    Yes, we will get them--eventually. But of course, "eventually" all channels will be HD.
  9. texaswolf

    texaswolf Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2007
    yeah i have seen that, but it's more like "headline news" they tell you whats going on, but no in depth stuff. I know a lot of people say they don't care about those channels...but there are a lot who do...

    I'm with you there...I would love to have that in HD
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