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Old 09-26-07, 12:17 PM
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Yeah, some of the older content is just going to be upconverts. Not true HD, but still looks better than the SD stuff.
Old 09-26-07, 01:20 PM
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Well, I'm not giving up my HDTivo, but I'd like to see the new channels of course. Is there any way to use both the HDTivo and the DirecTV HD DVR, understanding that the Tivo won't get the new MPEG4 channels? Can I keep it for the OTA HD stations and the SD channels? I know I'd have to get the new 5 LNB dish.
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Originally Posted by dstrauss
Well, I'm not giving up my HDTivo, but I'd like to see the new channels of course. Is there any way to use both the HDTivo and the DirecTV HD DVR, understanding that the Tivo won't get the new MPEG4 channels? Can I keep it for the OTA HD stations and the SD channels? I know I'd have to get the new 5 LNB dish.
I have both, and the HD Tivo still works fine. It's not hooked up to an HDTV anymore, but it certainly could be. I had upgraded the hard drive on it, so I wanted to hold onto it for the extra storage.
Old 09-26-07, 02:07 PM
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Yes, I've been using my HDTivo for almost a year now as a backup machine in the kitchen..

Still works like a beauty, and picks up the channels in the 70-79 range, or did anyway. I'm unclear if they are staying mpeg-2 or changing to mpeg-4 and also picks up locals no problem OTA
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Originally Posted by dstrauss
Well, I'm not giving up my HDTivo, but I'd like to see the new channels of course. Is there any way to use both the HDTivo and the DirecTV HD DVR, understanding that the Tivo won't get the new MPEG4 channels? Can I keep it for the OTA HD stations and the SD channels? I know I'd have to get the new 5 LNB dish.
We upgraded last week and my wife finally got her wish of having our DirecTivo upstairs in our bedroom. There's no reason at all you can't use both.
Old 09-26-07, 03:26 PM
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Anybody who is annoyed by HD channels stretching and otherwise messing with their programming to the point where it is unwatchable, emailing might help if enough people send something. Here's what somebody at DBSTalk posted, take the points you want and put them in your own words, as getting the same emails from 1000s of people will probably lead to them being ignored.

TNT-HD does so many things wrong, many knowledgeable viewers won't watch the channel. Even if a movie/show they enjoy comes on. To me, when you are broadcasting in a way that sends people to go watch your competition, you have a problem. You aren't even letting your programming pull people in.

Some points of concern:

1) No stretching/zooming of any kind. 16:9 shows shown 16:9, 4:3 shown 4:3 and movies shown OAR. These were all filmed with certain aspect ratios in mind, leave them alone. Most of the cable/sat boxes will let people stretch/zoom the picture. Why not let your viewer decide if they want to do it.

2) Please use DD 5.1

3) Keep the advertising bugs to a minimum (especially the giant animated ones) and keep them as transparent as possible. Its annoying and distracts from the viewing experience. I realize you need to advertise and in the day of TIVO/DVR doing it during the show may be more effective, but not if you are doing it so often as to drive viewers away.

Note to networks:

1) Your HD channel should be your premium offering. Tuning to that channel should offer viewers the best way to experience your network. You should not force viewers to tune into your SD channel to get the best quality for the 80% of the time you are sending SD content. IOW, Do not distort, crop or zoom the standard definition programming (unless it is formatted letterboxed on the SD feed).

2) Don't call upconverted standard definition programming "HD" in the program guide - you aren't fooling us. Those that you do fool, what do you gain? You're just as likely to have viewers form a negative opinion of your "HD" compared to other network's actual HD.
The email addresses of channels known for stretching, etc., are:

TNT HD: [email protected] Use TNT in HD in the subject

A&E HD: [email protected]
The A&E email is for the entire suite of channels including History.

Discovery HD: Couldn't find an email address. You can use this.
http://extweb.discovery.com/viewerrelations

TBS: [email protected]
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Thanks for the info, everyone. We had two sets of satellite lines running into our living room since we had both a HDTivo and a SDTivo, but the SDTivo died on us a couple weeks ago. If we get the DirecTV DVR, since my Philips HDTV has 2 HDMI inputs, we could use both on the two HD units.

And boy, that was too many damned acronyms in one paragraph.

Anyone have a specific line where I can go to beg, er, ask, for a good deal on the new PVR? I don't know whether I'm out of contract or not, it's been probably a year and a half since I got my HD.
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What is the problem with your SDDVR? Mine was stuck on the welcome powering up screen a few weeks ago. I ordered a replacement HDD from weaknees.com and it fired right up. And it has about 3 times the capacity.
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Originally Posted by dstrauss
Anyone have a specific line where I can go to beg, er, ask, for a good deal on the new PVR? I don't know whether I'm out of contract or not, it's been probably a year and a half since I got my HD.
I don't think they have a specific retention line any more, but when you call the regular customer service #, when the automated voice asks what you're calling about, say "cancel service." That'll get you to retention. If you haven't gotten anything "free" from DTV in over a year, and your bill is somewhat sizeable, I don't think you should have much trouble getting an HR20 for free or just for $20 S&H. Some of the extras you can ask for are free DVR service ($6) for 6 or 12 months, free HD package for 6 or 12 months, $5 or $10 monthly credit on your bill for 6-12 months.

So if you can't get it for free or for $20 upfront, the MOST out of pocket you should have upfront is $120 ($100+$20 S&H), but in that case you should definitely get enough credits to make it near free.

You might have to call a couple times to get a good CSR, they have gone way downhill in the last couple years (used to be all English speaking Americans...now most are Indian or Hispanic who are ESL, kind as can be, but still annoying to deal with).

Oh, and make sure you get the HR20, not the H20 - that's how my order got royally screwed up. CSR accidentally put down H20, when I told her HR20 and even had her repeat it back to me.
Old 09-26-07, 06:34 PM
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The TWC response to questions about new HD channels is:

"Thank you for contacting Time Warner Cable. We are happy to assist you. At present, Time Warner Cable is actively negotiating contracts for several new HD channels to be added. However, these contracts have not been finalized. Until our contracts are final, the identity of these channels cannot be released at this time. Please be assured that you will see new HD channels added to your HD selection in the near future."
Old 09-27-07, 07:10 AM
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Nice to see the new channels are finally on. I got a new dish and the HR20 a couple weeks ago so I would be ready for them. Starz has quite a few Blu-ray exclusive titles running, so I signed up for their package.
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Love the new channels, so keep 'em coming. They all look pretty darn incredible.
Old 09-27-07, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by uteotw
Love the new channels, so keep 'em coming. They all look pretty darn incredible.
4x3 OAR content distorted and stretched to 16x9 is incredible to you??? Most of these new HD stations are bullshit.
Old 09-27-07, 01:41 PM
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Do the HBO and Starz type channels show films in widescreen or do they just stretch the pan and scan versions?
Old 09-29-07, 01:27 AM
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Dang it....

Is anyone getting the SHOtime HD channels, I get the regular, but not the HD.

Bad Directv.....bad...no donut.
Old 09-29-07, 09:18 AM
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I tried looking at the new HD channels, but I keep getting a message saying I haven't purchased them. wtf?
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Originally Posted by uteotw
Love the new channels, so keep 'em coming. They all look pretty darn incredible.
Agreed.
Old 09-29-07, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Lara Means
I tried looking at the new HD channels, but I keep getting a message saying I haven't purchased them. wtf?

Two ways to solve this. If you "request" them on the website, it will resend authorization to your boxes. That usually fixes it. Or just all them. Shouldn't take much more than that.
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Originally Posted by pjflyer
Do the HBO and Starz type channels show films in widescreen or do they just stretch the pan and scan versions?
They don't stretch the pan and scan movies, but do show them widescreen. There are still some 2.35:1 movies on HBO being shown fullscreen (1.77:1).
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Originally Posted by TallGuyMe
4x3 OAR content distorted and stretched to 16x9 is incredible to you??? Most of these new HD stations are bullshit.
No, that's actually not what I said. I didn't think I needed to go through each channel one by one and rate it on a 1-10 scale. I don't favor changing the OAR and never have, but the picture quality on most of the new channels looks leagues above standard definition.
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Originally Posted by uteotw
No, that's actually not what I said. I didn't think I needed to go through each channel one by one and rate it on a 1-10 scale. I don't favor changing the OAR and never have, but the picture quality on most of the new channels looks leagues above standard definition.
but... but... but...1/2 of the new channels stretch the 4x3 OAR!!!!!
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Sounds like we'll be getting a few new channels each Wednesday in October. No idea what they'll be, but I'd guess NGC, MHD, HGTV, Food Network, and RSNs will be some of the first things we see.
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I'm down with that .

the more the better.. I also see that Speed anounced that they will be broadcasting in HD by Feb 2008..
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Nice! I think I rather they have a few every Wednesday than to get one big release. More likely for them to do it.
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Now let's just hope these new "HD" channels are actually HD, not only HD capable, as is the case with TBS and most of the content on all the other new channels. At least the game tonight was in HD, and looked quite good. Now how about you air Raymond and The Office in HD. Grrrr.

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