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Old 06-23-07, 09:33 PM
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DirecTV -- News and Updates

Didn't see anything posted about this recently, got curious tonight and checked out dbstalk. Sounds like we are actually finally going to be getting a bunch of new HD stations come fall. The new satellite is going up July 6th. Here's the "projected" list, courtesy of DBSTalk (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=87235):

Available Now:

Discovery HD Theater
ESPN
ESPN2
HBO East
HD NET
HD NET Movies
Showtime East
TNT
Universal

HD Pay-Per-View

Depending on service area and equipment:

ABC
CBS
NBC
FOX
CW
MY Network TV

Local Regional Sports Network


Coming in September:

A&E
Animal Planet
Big Ten Network
CineMax East
CineMax West
Discovery Channel (simulcast)
Food Network
HBO West
HGTV
History Channel
MHD (MTV)
NFL Network (Full-Time)
Science Channel
Showtime West
Starz! East
Starz! West
Starz! Edge
Starz! Comedy
Starz Kids & Family
The Movie Channel
The National Geographic Channel
TLC
The Weather Channel
Versus/Golf


Fall 2007:

Bravo
Cartoon
Chiller
CNBC
CNN
FX
HBO2 East
HBO2 West
HBO Family East
HBO Family West
HBO Latino East
HBO Signature East
MoreMax East
Sci-Fi
Sleuth
Speed
TBS
USA

21 Regional Sports Networks:

Blackout Rules still apply!

Altitude
Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
FSN Arizona
FSN Bay Area
FSN Detroit
FSN Florida
FSN New England
FSN North
FSN Northwest
FSN Ohio
FSN Prime Ticket
FSN Rocky Mountain
FSN South
FSN Southwest
FSN West
New England Sports Network
SportsNet New York
SportsSouth
Sun Sports
YES

December 2007:

The Tennis Channel

Spring 2008

Disney Channel
Toon Disney
ABC Family
ESPN News
MGM
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Old 06-23-07, 09:36 PM
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11 HBO/Cinemax stations in HD
5 Starz in HD

And most every other popular station.

Where the hell is Spike?!

Think prices will go up much?
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Old 06-23-07, 09:48 PM
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I had not seen dates posted with the channels before, I'm very pleased with this, and yay Speed is therE!

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Old 06-23-07, 10:05 PM
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Well, Direct still doesn't offer local channels in my area in HD.

As much as I would LOVE to have all of those HD channels, I just can't make the change until I know I can get the basic networks in HD.
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Old 06-23-07, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by clckworang
Well, Direct still doesn't offer local channels in my area in HD.

As much as I would LOVE to have all of those HD channels, I just can't make the change until I know I can get the basic networks in HD.
I'm with you on this, NFL games in HD on local channels and some of my favorite shows that I watch in HD are keeping me from the switch also.
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Speed is on there. This list is more then enough for me to switch back from Fios.
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Old 06-23-07, 10:40 PM
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I've read that ESPN will soon put all its live programming on 720p HD. That's why ESPN2 switched Mike & Mike in the Morning to its digital studio and moved Cold Pizza back to ESPN's Bristol, CT headquarters (as First Take) so both programs could be broadcast in HD; ESPN could have helped upgrade the Manhattan Center studios in NYC so Cold Pizza could have become an HD program.
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Old 06-23-07, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by clckworang
Well, Direct still doesn't offer local channels in my area in HD.

As much as I would LOVE to have all of those HD channels, I just can't make the change until I know I can get the basic networks in HD.
I feel for ya. Luckily, I've always been able to get good OTA reception, plus DTV has my locals in HD anyways. But if I couldn't get them either way, and cable was the only option (which would be a moot point for me way out in the country anyways), I'd say sorry DirecTV. During "peak" TV season, I'll still probably have 75% of my recordings from locals.

Since I got HD a year and a half ago, I basically NEVER watch channels like FX, A&E, History, TBS, USA, etc. Hopefully they have their shit together soon after all these are launched, so we don't have to watch stretched shows or 90% of programming in old 4:3 SD.
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I'll believe it when I see it.
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Old 06-24-07, 01:10 PM
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I too have a very hard time watching any channel that is not in HD.. So roll on the FX's of the world in HD
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Old 06-24-07, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by SuperBatMan
I'll believe it when I see it.
Keep your eyes open in September, then.

The new sat is pretty close to launch, and will make alot of these projections happen.
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Old 06-24-07, 01:19 PM
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I don't know that my local network affiliates will ever even broadcast in HD. It really sucks. So regardless of whether it's cable or sat I can't get network TV in HD. DirecTV doesn't even carry the locals here at all, although Dish does in SD of course.
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Old 06-24-07, 01:31 PM
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Sneak Peak of MHD on DirecTV
http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=90484
MHD features high definition concerts, music videos, movies and documentraries from MTV, VH1, & CMT

The sneak peak is 6/24 - 7/16 on channel 332

Jun 24
6 AM – 8 AM ET

Jun 25
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jun 26
2 AM – 11AM ET

Jun 27
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jun 28
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jun 29
2 AM – 11AM ET

Jun 30
2 AM – 8 AM ET

Jul 1
2 AM – 11:59 AM ET

Jul 2
12 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 3
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 4
2 AM– 11 AM ET

Jul 5
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 6
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 7
2 AM – 6 AM ET

Jul 8
6:30 AM – 8 AM ET

Jul 9
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 10
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 11
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 12
2 AM – 11AM ET

Jul 13
2 AM – 11 AM ET

Jul 14
2 AM – 8 AM ET

Jul 15
2 AM – 8 AM ET

Jul 16
2 AM – 6 AM ET
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My HD- DVR is going to need a MUCH bigger hard drive.
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Old 06-24-07, 02:33 PM
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When is Comedy Central going HD? I want the Report in HD, damnit.
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Old 06-24-07, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Shady12
I don't know that my local network affiliates will ever even broadcast in HD. It really sucks. So regardless of whether it's cable or sat I can't get network TV in HD. DirecTV doesn't even carry the locals here at all, although Dish does in SD of course.
It took a while for mine as well. We had one early adopter, ABC, and then CBS came around. Finally, late in the just-finished season, we finally got NBC. Fox and CW are still not in HD.

I think it's only been in the last year or two that Direct started offering the locals in my area, but no HD.
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They have locals in HD in Tulsa, so I'll probably wait until the new TV season starts up since I have to drop more money to upgrade my equipment.
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Old 06-24-07, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by BadlyDrawnBoy
Sneak Peak of MHD on DirecTV
Thanks for the heads-up about this.

You can check out the schedule here:
http://www.mhd.tv/

Too bad the best stuff isn't on during the sneak peak hours.

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Hope this is true... I'm a little tired of the same 5 channels in HD.
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Note that you'll need the five-LNB dish. HD DirecTiVos and old HD receivers need not apply.
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Old 06-24-07, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by aktick
Think prices will go up much?
this is what I want to know

I already have the 5 lnb dish and the new HD dvr. I hope they get all the locals in hd here, we have some, but not all. And some just isn't cutting it.
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Old 06-24-07, 09:20 PM
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My HD- DVR is going to need a MUCH bigger hard drive.
No kidding! It's sort of a blessing in disguise currently, not having a ton of HD programming.

So the HR10-250 won't be able to get all the new HD channels? Damn. Can extra hard drives be added to the new DirecTV HD-DVR?
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Between VS, FX and Chiller, I am going to be very unhappy with having cable until Brighthouse also gets those stations.
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Great news! Bad thing is that I need to upgrade to the MPEG4 DVR. Hopefully I can get a nice deal on that.
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Old 06-25-07, 01:24 AM
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Originally Posted by aktick
Can extra hard drives be added to the new DirecTV HD-DVR?
I just got one and I have been reading up on expanding it. Apparently you can add an external eSATA drive and it will bypass the internal hard drive. I think you need to get a 750gb or higher for it to be an upgrade.
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