Directv to have 100 HD channels in 2007

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by WeBoat, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. keithaxis

    keithaxis New Member

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    All of those channels not already HD have no future plans for HD (CNN and TBS maybe) ..if you read over at AVS forum you will see Directv say that these are only deals in place, but that these are not available and will not be available for years in most cases..
     
  2. fastep

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    So basically D* is not being truthful as far as actual additional hd channels being added in 2007? Pretty pathetic (but par for the course).
     
  3. newsposter

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    is there independent confirmation or corroboration that these channels will even (the ones that dont already) exist in 2007?
     
  4. iaflyer

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    The latest Directv TV ad I saw said they are adding the CAPACITY for 100 more HD channels- I would take anything saying that those are the exact channels being added in HD in 2007 with a large grain of salt.

    Wouldn't we see big press releases from those channels saying they will be in HD this year? Comcast and the others would be adding them immediately if they were available.

    I think it's just marketing BS to make Directv subscribers think there is more coming this year, so don't leave for Comcast!
     
  5. moonman

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  6. HiDefGator

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    Not true. Comcast doesn't have the bandwidth to add them on their existing equipment.
     
  7. Lije Baley

    Lije Baley Tivo-dependent

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    From a similar thread at AVS, there's been an announcement from several content providers of more HD to come. Scifi, CNN and lots of others.
     
  8. fastep

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    Sounds like FiOS tv in my future. Unless of course comcast eliminates all the duplicate analog feeds of all channels below 100. I don't know why they haven't already done that anyway.

    I guess they're worried about losing customers that don't want a set-top box or cablecard. But what options do those customers have anyway - rabbit ears???? Everyone else is strictly digital.

    The next year or two should be pretty interesting. Either way I can't wait for more hd content.
     
  9. Hersheytx

    Hersheytx New Member

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    Just get a quality receiver. With enough plug in HDMIs to meet your requirements. I have one HD TV with over 6 connections going to it from my receiver. 3 of them are HD for DVD, and 2 TIVOHDs.
     
  10. timb2112

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    I emailed them and they said there are no plans to carry this channel. Lame!
     
  11. JJ

    JJ TiVoPlantation Owner

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    Until you actually see
    weather coverage in HD you won't understand. One if the locals here (WSB-DT) has full (720p) weather coverage including doppler, maps and street level views. I may not care for the sensational nature of thier news coverage but when the weather turns unsettled, I know where I will tune for coverage...
     
  12. TyroneShoes

    TyroneShoes HD evangelist

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    I think that varies greatly among particular systems. Typically, a large cable MSO owns systems that have huge, untapped capacity, rural 12-channel systems, and everything in between. IOW, it depends on which city you live in, and in how built-out that particular system is. All MSOs are pushing for capacity, but it happens in spurts and in different geographical locations at different times, rather than all at once, even for a single MSO. CumCast may have bandwidth here, no bandwidth there, etc., but is unlikely that all of the systems of such a large MSO are so prehistoric as to not have some bandwidth for HD in some of its markets, especially those rebuilt in the last few years.
     
  13. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

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    Sidebar: This discussion led me to the Engadget coverage of the DirecTV conference.

    I find THIS image the most disturbing news of the day:

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    If I want to see all of these new MPEG4 HD channels, someday I will be forced to use the HR20. I guess I will also be forced to see ADS in the middle of the guide data. (I guess I shouldn't complain too much, as there's no promise that TiVo won't ever do the same thing ...)
     
  14. MisterEd

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    I've always wondered .... "What happens after 12 months!" Does the $150 become $250??? :)

    One thing I can tell you from experience is once Comcast gets your phone number ported from the Telco it is absolute H#LL trying to port it back to a W.L. company.

     
  15. Billy66

    Billy66 Again with shoelaces

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    I don't love that too much either. The other VOD stuff looks cool. I think I need to learn more about these G-Messages. If they want a link to 1000 on every page, just put that red bar above the guide.

    I suppose right now we're borrowing trouble because we don't know exactly what they're doing, but it isn't a positive indicator at all. At least for now, it's for DTV content and not Walmart or Blockbuster Video etc.

    No sir, I don't like it.
     
  16. fastep

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    I'm hoping for additional options by 2008 (that's why I didn't take them up on a guaranteed increase of only $10 after one year if I committed to two years [with penalty for early termination]). In 12 months I'll shop again - D*, E*, cable, fios - I don't care. I'll shop for the best value.

    I hope by then fios will get their dvr going with stuff i want - native passthrough, dual tuner swap & buffer, reliable sp recordings, watchable sd and enabled eSATA port for additional hdd capacity. If so and they add hd content as it becomes available (like D* claims it will do)- then it's fios. (deployment of the new fios UI set for mid-2007).

    I hope they won't have problems switching my phone # though...
     
  17. harley3k

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    They can basically announce/promise the world, because as soon as the satellites are launched they then have the 'capacity' to carry the 100 channels. If they channels do not exist, well then it's not their fault. Classic non-announcement if you ask me. There are so many other options out there now with Fios, Tivo on comcast, Tivo coming to Cox, Dish with many more HD channels and basically giving away their HD-DVRs................they have to promise something to keep people from defecting.

    2 years ago they announced the Home Media Center at CES too and promised it "by the end of the year" [ http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=127160&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=660038&highlight= ]

    1 year ago at CES they announced the VIIV connectivity for your viiv compliant PC and promised it "later that year" [ http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=127160&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=801315&highlight= ] They've almost delivered on this promise, but it so fantastically un-exciting it is scary. Even Apple's media extender apple-tv will be out next month, and won't require you to have a 'viiv' PC.

    So don't hold your breath on those 100 HD channels that don't yet exist. If you make your purchases and decisions based on the "agreement in principal" as they call it, then prepare to wait and be underwhelmed.

    -h
     
  18. Dirac

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    I see your point, but a lot of old history "footage" (in the quite literal sense) is film, which transfers nicely to HD digital when done right. I look forward to seeing some unexpected new life from some of these old films--specks and all.

    Cartoon Network... a lot of the classics were shot on film... might be refreshing to see.

    And the Weather Channel... computer generated maps and graphics will readily translate to HD. Nice, I guess. Will it drastically improve my life? No, but it's a sign that there may be an HD groundswell about to happen. And the hesitant networks may change their tune when regular folks start demanding HD.
     
  19. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

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    Weather channel in HD? Kristina Abernathy in HD....hmmmmmmmmm :D

    Come on guys, it's easy to get to 100.
    They carry 9-10 now.
    There's what, about a dozen out there now that they don't carry.
    15+ Voom channels
    20-30 new ones perhaps, if they launch in time. Most will I'd say. Many of the channels that DirecTV announced have already come out and said they are launching HD channels.
    35+ RSN's
    That's 100 right there.
     
  20. Billy66

    Billy66 Again with shoelaces

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    It came by the end of the year. It is everything they promised. You don't get to decide based on your personal excitment level. Will you do the same with the 100 channels? "Well, it's 100 channels, but I'm only excited about 3 of them so they missed their promise."

    I would echo your sentiment to be skeptical.
     

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