80 HD channels currently in testing mode

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by bonscott87, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

    Oct 3, 2000



    I haven't posted for nearly a month but I still read the forum daily. Just wanted to let all those that are interested (since DBSTalk has been down) that there are currently *80* HD channels in testing on D10 (in engineering mode as it's called).

    See these threads on AVS:
    Discussion on channels including list

    Full list of announced channels including those now confirmed on the bird

    There are some surprises not previously announced such as VH1 and Comedy Central.

    Check out the above threads.
  2. CessnaDriver

    CessnaDriver New Member

    Oct 25, 2003
    Fort Worth, TX

    Sorry RS4, guess you won't be able to see them.
  3. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

    Oct 3, 2000
    Here's an alphabetical list. Also noticed the NHL Network on there. If that's true then I'm in heaven.

    9823 A&E
    9872 ABC Family
    9866 Altitude
    9805 Animal Planet
    9848 Big Ten
    9858 Bravo
    9855 Cartoon Network
    9871 Chiller/ SAC MNT
    9814 Cinemax HD
    9867 Cinemax West
    9877 CNBC
    9849 CNN
    9850 Comcast SportsNet Chicago
    9860 Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
    9859 Comedy Central
    9863 CSN West
    9800 CSTV
    9838 Discovery
    9804 Disney Channel
    9810 ESPN News
    9870 FSN Arizona
    9802 FSN Bay Area
    9856 FSN Cincinnati
    9875 FSN Detroit
    9861 FSN Florida
    9803 FSN Houston
    9801 FSN Midwest
    9807 FSN New England
    9812 FSN New York
    9806 FSN North
    9811 FSN Northwest
    9851 FSN Ohio
    9816 FSN Pittsburgh
    9841 FSN Prime Ticket
    9821 FSN Rocky Mountain
    9826 FSN South
    9831 FSN Southwest
    9836 FSN West
    9843 Fuel
    9808 FX
    9819 HBO West
    9844 HGTV
    9833 History Channel
    9865 MASN/ SportsTime Ohio
    9869 MHD
    9839 Movie Channel
    9817 MSG
    9818 MTV
    9815 National Georaphic
    9820 NBA TV
    9876 NESN
    9825 NFL Network
    9830 NHL
    9874 Nickelodeon East
    9835 Outdoor
    9832 Science Channel
    9863 Sci-Fi
    9852 Sho Too
    9834 Showtime West
    9842 Speed
    9845 Spike
    9822 SportsNet New York
    9827 SportsSouth
    9847 Starz Comedy
    9829 Starz East
    9824 Starz Edge
    9857 Starz Kids & Family
    9828 Starz West
    9846 Sun Sports
    9854 TBS
    9840 Tennis Channel
    9813 The 101
    9878 The Food Network
    9853 The Weather Channel
    9862 TLC
    9809 Toon Disney
    9873 USA Network
    9864 Versus
    9879 VH1
    9827 YES

    Missing form previously announced are most of the HBO channels, Slueth and just a couple others.
  4. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    1080i (really fake 1080i since it is 1440x1080) that carries upconverted overcompressed SD content, is not HD.
  5. scottjf8

    scottjf8 That A-hole

    Nov 11, 2001
    McKinney, TX


    ATTN bsnelson

    Time to stop bitching about the HR20 and get one :D
  6. njdboy

    njdboy Summer=boring sports

    Feb 21, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I second the heaven
  7. bsnelson

    bsnelson Mid-life anti-crisis in progress TCF Club

    Oct 30, 1999
    Frisco, TX, USA
    I'll consider it when I actually see Dallas Stars games in HD on FSSW-HD. :)

    Honestly, I just detest the path that DirecTV is going down. I'm sure there are some (well, maybe; I could be completely wrong) channels that they get a direct SDI or other uncompressed feed of that's then converted to MPEG-4. The vast majority, though, are going to be MPEG-2 that's compressed again in MPEG-4. There is literally no technological way that this can be better, and it's yet to be seen if it's "as good" or even worse, than the MPEG-2 that's at the heart of ATSC.

    I admit it; I'm a video snob. :)

  8. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    DC Metro Area
    Assuming use of 8PSK @ 3/4 FEC, that works out to about 10.6 Mbps per channel.

    A number of those FSN channels are 720p which reduces the average bits required.
  9. guins

    guins Networked DTiVo User

    Oct 9, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA

    The NHL Network, Versus, AND FSN Pittsburgh???? OMG!!!! Hockey heaven indeed! Go 'guins!
  10. moonman

    moonman New Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Nice List.....but I wonder how many of those channels are just placeholders for upcoming
    activation since several have not even announced their H/D plans yet??
  11. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    Shrug, my local channels look awesome in MPeg-4 HD. I can't tell the difference between them and the OTA versions. Also the Giants games on FSNBA look great as well. I can't wait for more HD channels.
  12. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...
    Has anyone broken these down into channels included in the HD pak vs channels that require an additional package?
  13. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    DC Metro Area
    You should not take this list to mean that you will see all channels soon.

    Some of the channels on that list don't launch until 1Q 2008.

    DirecTV puts the channels on its system before it even has permission to distribute them. In some cases, as with RSNs, channels are on the system for many months before they get offered.
  14. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD

  15. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    Since the so called HDLite was referenced, is there any info on when DirecTV might fix that problem?
  16. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    Would another satellite solve the issue? Just curious :)
  17. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    I didn't think the MPeg-4 channels were affected by "HD lite." I thought that was just the Mpeg-2 HD channels that broadcast in 1080i. I am not sure though.
  18. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    Recently DirecTV changed how they offered their packages and part of that was in order to receive any HD channels via Sat you had to pay the $10 HD access fee. In the past you could get local channels in HD and/or HBO, SHO in HD without the HD pack but that is no longer the case. If you pay HD access you will get any HD channels available in the tier you are paying for. In other words if you get the SD version you will also get the HD version but if you don't get the SD version you won't get the HD version. Also if you activate a new HD receiver I believe you are forced to pay the HD access fee.
  19. joelq

    joelq New Member

    Oct 8, 2006
    No one yet knows if DirecTV will down-res the new MPEG-4 channels to HD-Lite as they do the current MPEG-2 HD channels. We _do_ know that DirecTV now has plenty of bandwidth with their new bird to where they shouldn't have to down-res the channels. DirecTV _had_ to down-res the channels in order to squeeze the current HD channels in the bandwidth they have available.

    The question remains - will DirecTV do the right thing, or will they still down-res? Let's hope the answer is the former!
  20. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    But we should know what they are currently doing with the Mpeg-4 HD local channels and I didn't think they were downrezzing them. At least I believe that is the case. I would think what they are doing now with HD locals in Mpeg-4 wold be a good indicator but not a guarantee of what they will do with new HD channels that are Mpeg-4.

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