HD games on NFL Sunday Ticket

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by benfiel604, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. benfiel604

    benfiel604 New Member

    Aug 18, 2007


    I just called D* and asked if the HD NFL games would be broadcast in mpeg2 or mpeg4. After being on hold for several minutes the rep came back and told me that D* has not made a decision but more than likely they would be mpeg4.

    She then tryed to get me to upgrade to the hr20.

    I called back and asked for a supervisor and he basically said the same thing, probably LIMITED HD in mpeg2.

    Does anyone have actual confirmation if hr10-250 users that have the sunday ticket and superfan will get ALL available HD NFL games?

  2. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
  3. joed32

    joed32 New Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Unless they plan to give out thousands of free receivers in the next 3 weeks the games will be in Mpeg 2. They may also broadcast them in Mpeg 4. I still have 2 HR10s and am planning on using them for the games, we should be OK.
  4. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    I tend to agree with you. Although I do wonder how they will handle the extra 2-3 HD games a week from CBS. Will they have to relegate some of the games to Mpeg-4 or will they have enough bandwidth in Mpeg-2 format.
  5. hoopsrgreat

    hoopsrgreat New Member

    Jan 2, 2005


    The NFL ticket is a HUGE selling point for D*, and they know this. There is no way that they are going to piss off one of their most targeted groups of subscribers right before the start of football season. Foot ball season is so important to so many people that you just cant mess with it. Nothing will INFURIATE a huge number of people more than messing up things with the NFL Ticket.

    So, do you think they would really put those nfl games in MPG4 only?

    I seriously doubt it.
  6. benfiel604

    benfiel604 New Member

    Aug 18, 2007

    I hope you're right. My gut tells me at best only partial mpeg2 HD games this year though. That would really suck. I hope my gut is wrong........
  7. tnedator

    tnedator New Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    I spoke to someone who claimed to be a supervisor earlier in the week when I was ordering a couple HR20's to go along with my two 10-250's. He told me that the HD games would definitely be Mpeg2 this year, but next year is an unknown. Not way to be 100% sure, but he came off as very knowledgeable.
  8. DTVCSR2007

    DTVCSR2007 New Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    HD in NFL sunday ticket? Hope you people have purchased superfan, thats the only way you'll be veiwing it in HD.
  9. whitepelican

    whitepelican Member

    Feb 14, 2005
  10. RS4

    RS4 New Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    He might not be aware that a lot of folks are getting the SF free.
  11. turls

    turls New Member

    Feb 6, 2000
    Central IL
    If the choice is not show the game in HD because of MPEG2 constraints, or show overflow games in MPEG4, they better be doing the latter. I don't care who it pisses off, because I'm sure the CBS AFC games are the ones that would get the ax--which are the ones I'm interested in--and people have had plenty of notice about this.

    Somehow they managed to keep 2 MLB HD streams going this year with only MPEG2, so maybe they will figure out a way to keep everybody happy.
  12. Sprk Jonz

    Sprk Jonz New Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Orange, CA
    You obviously haven't dealt with their customer service department. All kidding aside, They screwed up my account so badly I'm afraid to call to see about the cost for leasing an HD receiver for the NFL season. Looks like I'll have to deal with the NFL in SD this year.

    Spark Jonz
    Tivo Series 3
    RCA Directv Rec'rs w/NFL Ticket Only
    Pioneer PDP-5070HD
  13. benfiel604

    benfiel604 New Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    I called again and got all the way to retention and asked if they would guarantee the HD games would be broadcast in mpeg2 and they said "no guarantee." The only way to guarantee I would get the HD games is to upgrade to the hr20. I'm starting to think there could be a problem for hr10 owners this year which would really bite.
  14. Billy66

    Billy66 Again with shoelaces

    Dec 15, 2003
    You'll be fine this season. I also cannot "guarantee" it, but I wouldn't lose sleep over DTV denying access to it's number one franchise.
  15. milominderbinder

    milominderbinder New Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Why not hedge your bets by getting the HR20 for free while you can? You would also get another 50 extra hours of HD storage and two more tuners.

    Users with sports packages are reporting getting HD free for a year as well as free HBO, Showtime, etc.

    Here is a summary of how others are doing it.

    Maybe you might like the extra 70 HD channels as a part of the deal?

    - Craig
  16. moonman

    moonman New Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    E. Shanks at D* say's this:
    * The new HDTV channels will be on DIRECTV's new satellite, launched in July, and will transmit in MPEG4. However, the NFL Sunday Ticket's lineup of HDTV games will remain on DIRECTV's current satellites and will transmit in MPEG2.

    But Shanks said DIRECTV will not need to drop an existing HDTV channel from the lineup to make room for the high-def games each Sunday, as it did last year.

    "We will do some shuffling to make room, but there will be no dropping of HD channels like last year," he said.

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