Some info on HD TV service and channel content

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Dmon4u, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Dmon4u

    Dmon4u Unresponsive User

    Jul 15, 2000


    Came across this new Web Site:

    It will show you all available local HD Programming sources (Cable/DBS/OTA/Telco) and how much HD programming actually is on each channel provided.
  2. Sadara

    Sadara huh?

    Sep 27, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Thanks for that Link. Makes it pretty clear who is doing better with HD channels in my area.
  3. Dmon4u

    Dmon4u Unresponsive User

    Jul 15, 2000
    I did notice that " TNTHD TNTHD (TNT-HD) " is quoted as having 100% HD content.

    The truth is that it's probably far less than 10% with all the rest being Stretch-O-Vision. I wonder where they get their info ?
  4. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    Probably from the guide data. TBS says the same thing. Theirs is pretty close to 0% now that the baseball playoffs are over.

    And they list some odd channels that I can't get for DirecTV. Like New York and LA locals. And the NFL ST channels are listed as 100% HD. I suppose 100% of their content is HD, but only if you don't count the time they're off the air (i.e. six days a week, and seven days a week when football is not in season) in the denominator of the fraction.
  5. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001


    Yeah, thanks for the link.

    I was wondering how much more HD I'd get if I switched from Comcast to DirecTV. Turns out not much (not much that I'm interested in, anyway). Listening to their ads, it sounded like much more.
  6. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    I wonder how old the info in that link is. I noticed several missing channels on DirecTV, including MGMHD and HGTV-HD. And not that these channels have a lot of HD content on them yet, but also missing are SciFi-HD, Fx-HD and Bravo-HD. That's just a quick glance without actually comparing the list to what I'm currently getting.

    Scooterboy, not knowing your tastes and not know what is actually missing, there could be a good bit more available on DirecTV that would interest you than what is actually showing on that link. Not trying to sell you, just sayin'. :)
  7. bicker

    bicker bUU

    Nov 9, 2003
    Actually, HGTV is 100% true HD. It is not a simulcast of the HGTV SD feed.
  8. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    You are correct about HGTV-HD, but the phrase you quoted (bolded above) was referring to the channels that followed it in the same sentence, namely SciFi, Fx, and Bravo, not the one that preceeded it in a separate sentence.
  9. Dmon4u

    Dmon4u Unresponsive User

    Jul 15, 2000
    According to Skyreport (11/12/07):

    "We know this because we've being playing with a handy new service that DataBRIDGE (sister company to The BRIDGE Media Group, parent to SkyREPORT) is now testing in beta. Called WhereIsHD, the site lets you enter a ZIP code, press return, and ... ZIPPO ... you get access to complete listings of HD channels, by provider, in that area. "

    It should get better over time.
  10. bicker

    bicker bUU

    Nov 9, 2003
    Sorry about that. Sometimes my pupils get ahead of my irises. :)
  11. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Thanks for that info - that does make a difference.

    I won't be considering DirecTV until next summer when my year-long deal with Comcast (that I got when I added phone service) expires, and I'm also unsure of whether the tall trees in my backyard would prevent getting a satellite signal.

    But I'll worry about that when the time comes. :)
  12. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    LOL! That's happened to me a few times without me actually knowing what happened. Now I do! :D
  13. Indiana627

    Indiana627 Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Vestal, NY
    I sent them an email yesterday when I saw the link on Skyreport. The editor emailed me back saying the site was still in its early beta stages and the missing channels I provided will help them fill in the database. Its not very accurate yet. Many, many D* HD channels missing.
  14. EMoMoney

    EMoMoney Big and Tall

    Oct 30, 2001
    Pfft, webmaster noobs.
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  15. scottykempf

    scottykempf New Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    It's all line-of-sight to the southern sky. Depends on where the satellite is. Have someone from DirecTV come out and figure out where the dish will be, and where it needs to be aimed at. You might get away with just cutting down some branches to get the satellite, well worth it in my book for lots of entertainment.
  16. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    The lack of missing DirecTV channels at this point does not make me very confident this project is ever going to be in very good shape.

    Not exactly hard to get that information, nor could it be difficult to add it to their database.

    I understand they are in beta, but if they wanted a chance at being useful, they would have put having accurate and up-to-date information as their NUMBER 1 priority.

    That is the only way their tool will have any value.
  17. barbeedoll

    barbeedoll New Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    ...just a comment from a programming point of view. Usually, it is a better programming process to set up the functionality and features of a product first. Then, once everything is looking and working correctly -- the focus can shift to the site content.

    At that point, I agree with you that accuracy and up-to-date information should be a #1 priority if they want the site to attract and keep viewers.

  18. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    On the radio i heard an ad out of philly that says comcast has 210+ HD 'servings' i think. Or was it channels ? I forget. The point is with on demand of course they have more HD since dtv doesnt have any VOD HD! So if you want HD vod, you gotta stay with comcast for sure. (for now)

    but for people like me that like the HD versions (ie wider bandwidth) of even SD shows, here's some of what directv has to offer and I have no clue if comcast has all this or not:

    * A&E (Channel 265)
    * Animal Planet (Channel 282)
    * Big Ten Network (Channel 220)
    * CNN (Channel 202)
    * The Discovery Channel (Channel 278)
    * The History Channel (Channel 269)
    * The Movie Channel East (Channel 544)
    * NFL Network (Channel 212)
    * Showtime West (Channel 540)
    * Showtime too (Channel 538)
    * The Smithsonian Channel (Channel 267)
    * The Science Channel (Channel 284)
    * Starz Comedy (Channel 519)
    * Starz East (Channel 522)
    * Starz West (Channel 521)
    * Starz Edge (Channel 520)
    * Starz Kids and Family (Channel 518)
    * TBS (Channel 247)
    * TLC (Channel 280)
    * Versus / The Golf Channel (Channel 604)
    * The Weather Channel (Channel 362)
    * Food Network (Channel 231-1)
    * MGM (Channel 255)
    * National Geographic (Channel 276)
    * CNBC (Channel 355)
    * Cartoon Network (Channel 296)
    * Fox Business (Channel 359)
    * Fuel TV (Channel 612)
    * FX (Channel 248)
    * HGTV (Channel 229-1)
    * Speed (Channel 607)
    * FSN Detroit (Channel 636)
    * FSN Southwest (Channel 643)
    * FSN West (Channel 652)
    * FSN Prime Ticket (Channel 653)
    7 PPV Channels: 135, 136, 137, 138, 145, 146, 147
    * USA Network (Channel 242)
    * SciFi Channel (Channel 244)
    * Bravo (Channel 273)
    * HBO West (Channel 504)
    * Cinemax East (Channel 512)
    * Cinemax West (Channel 514)
    * YES HD (Channel 622)
    * New England Sports Network/NESN HD(Channel 623)
    * SportsNet New York HD (Channel 625)
    * Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic HD (Channel 629)
    * Comcast SportsNet Chicago HD (Channel 640)
    # Food Network (Channel 231-1)
    # MGM (Channel 255)
    # National Geographic (Channel 276)
    # CNBC (Channel 355)
    * 620-1: Comcast Sports Net New England HD
    * 630-1: FSN South HD
    * 631-1: SportsSouth HD
    * 632-1: Sun Sports HD
    * 634-1: FSN Florida HD
    * 637-1: FSN Ohio HD
    * 638-1: FSN Cincinnati HD
    * 641-1: FSN North HD
    * 644-1: Altitude HD
    * 645-1: FSN Rocky Mountain HD
    * 649-1: FSN Arizona HD
    * 651-1: FSN Northwest HD
    * 654-1: FSN Bay Area HD
    * 669-1: RSNaHD
    * 648-1: FSN Midwest HD
    * 646-1: FSN Utah HD
    * 639-1: FSN Houston HD
    * 642-1: FSN Wisconsin HD
    * 299: Nickelodeon (NIK1HD)
    * 325: Spike HD
    * 327: Country Music Television (CMTHD)
    * 331: MTV HD
    * 335: VH1 HD
  19. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    I have bolded, below, the channels Comcast offers in Philadelphia.

    There are some channels that I know DirecTV offers, and that Comcast also offers, that aren't on that list. They include:
    (Discovery) HD Theater
    HBO East
    SHO East
    Cinemax East
    ABC Local
    NBC Local
    CBS Local
    Fox Local

    These look, mostly, like the channels that are still on MPEG-2 on DirecTV.

    Then there are the channels that Comcast offers that DirecTV doesn't offer:
    Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
    Local PBS
    Local CW
    Local MyNetworkTV

    In Philly, if you care about local sports, you're sticking with cable.
  20. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD

    Here is a link that will help you determine where you can put a dish based on the location of the sun and moon:

    Give it a try when the trees have leaves on them again in the spring...well within your timeframe.

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