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New HD channel rollout and new pricing structure for HD

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Programming starts 9/19

3 existing HD channels (HDNet, HDNet Movies, & Universal HD) will be
combined with 3 new HD channels to form the new “DIRECTV® HD XTRA
PACK”. There will be a $4.99/month additional price for the new HD-XTRA PACK which will include:

HDNet
HDNet Movies
Universal HD
MHD
MGM HD
Smithsonian HD

(Not sure if these are included with Premier or not but they seem to be)
The HD Xtra pack will be free until 12/15/07.

They have taken those HD channels that don’t align with an SD version and priced those separately for customers who want to receive that unique programming.

Customers that have activated prior to 9/19/07 will receive the package free
until 12/15/07. After which, the package will be cancelled unless they call to continue (and pay).


Schedule:

HD channels that exist today will continue to be broadcast on their current
channel numbers as well as the new location. E.g. ESPN HD will continue
to be on ch. 73 as well as ch. 206 (where the SD channel also resides).
Before the end of the year, the old HD neighborhood of channels will go
away.

Sept 19:
Choice Pkg
A&E HD (ch. 265)
Big Ten Network HD (ch. 220)
Cartoon Network (ch. 296)
CNN HD (ch. 202)
Food Network HD (ch. 231-1)
HGTV-HD (ch. 229-1)
The History Channel HD (ch. 269)
NFL Network HD (ch. 212)
TBS in HD (ch. 247)
The Weather Channel HD (ch. 362)

Choice Xtra & ABove add:
National Geographic Channel HD (ch. 276)
Versus HD/Golf Channel HD (ch. 604)

Sept 28:
All: Cartoon Network (ch. 296)

Oct. 8:
Choice
Animal Planet HD (ch. 282)
Bravo HD (ch. 273)
Discovery Channel HD (ch. 278)
FX HD (ch. 248)
Sci-Fi Channel HD (ch. 244)
The Learning Channel HD (ch. 280)
USA Network HD (ch. 242)
CNBC HD (ch. 355)

Choice Xtra:
Fuel TV HD (ch. 612)
The Science Channel HD (ch. 284)
Speed Channel HD (ch. 607)

Oct 22nd:
Fox Business Network HD (ch. 359)

PREMIUMS
Sept 19th:
HBO HD West (ch. 504)
Cinemax HD East (ch. 512)
Cinemax HD West (ch. 514)
Showtime HD West (ch. 540)
The Movie Channel HD East (ch. 544)
SHO Too HD (ch. 538)

Sept 28th:
Starz Comedy HD (ch. 519)
Starz Edge HD (ch. 522)
Starz HD East (ch. 520)
Starz HD West (ch. 421)
Starz Kids & Family HD (ch. 518)

Also a ton of sportspack channels .....
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What happens with those of us who have the 250? The only HD I care about right now are the big 4 and Sunday ticket. I don't even think I get some of those stations because I don't have the new box...

josh
.... first post and a wealth of alleged info. DTV plant? Satellite provider?
Neither, just someone who wants to keep his/her job. Been here for years.
fjwagner said:
.... first post and a wealth of alleged info. DTV plant? Satellite provider?
Don't know. That wasn't included in the info provided. Will have to try and find out.
rogue5 said:
What happens with those of us who have the 250? The only HD I care about right now are the big 4 and Sunday ticket. I don't even think I get some of those stations because I don't have the new box...

josh
Will the channels no longer be available in an SD version? I can see not wanting to use up hard drive space to record something that isn't in HD.

Or do I not understand correctly. Which is more than possible.
fjwagner said:
.... first post and a wealth of alleged info. DTV plant? Satellite provider?
That information, for the most part... has been available in the internet world for the last two weeks.

The 2nd half of it, the "timeline" for the rest of the channels...
Is something I haven't seen before, and should be tagged with "subject to change"

And to the OP: Please provide the link to the public source where you have gotten this from...
I just got off the phone with Comcast. After thinking about upgrading Direct TV or going back to Comcast, I'm going back. First, I'll save $40 a month. Second, I'll get the CW and PBS in HD as well as Cinemax and Starz. Those channels, plus the channels I already get in HD, make up about 90% of what I watch.
I've never had a problem with Comcast in my area, outages are rare and picture quality is good. FIOS is not yet available, but will be, and Comcast is also putting down its own fiber optic cables.
The 2 year commitment, $5 price increase, new dish and receiver are more than I'm willing to put up with. I know the Comcast DVR is not as good as TiVo, but I'm hoping that Comcast in my area will offer TiVo in their DVR by the end of the year.
ebonovic said:
That information, for the most part... has been available in the internet world for the last two weeks.
Did I state the information was NOT available from any other source? Why should I care? Why should you care? Does it upset you that I might have posted something you haven't seen?

The 2nd half of it, the "timeline" for the rest of the channels...
Is something I haven't seen before, and should be tagged with "subject to change". And to the OP: Please provide the link to the public source where you have gotten this from...
It comes from THE source, that's the point. There is no "PUBLIC" link. THE source doesn't say "subject to change." Maybe it is subject to change but the document doesn't state that fact. What I posted was cut and paste from PDF document with a revision date of 9/13/07.

If you (or anyone else) doesn't want to believe it because I have less the 9,999 posts I have no problem with that. We are here to share information, and that is what I have done. What you choose to do with the information is entirely up to you or the reader. Just FYI I have been active on this board for 8 years, thus the "handle" I have chosen to post this information.
I wouldn't be disclosing using multiple usernames as the forum police may become concerned ;)
I'm wondering if part of my "deal" that D* offered to retain me/upgrading me to the H20.

They offered a credit for HD service for 12 months, so does that mean that HD Extra will also be part of this promotion?
incog-neato said:
Just FYI I have been active on this board for 8 years, thus the "handle" I have chosen to post this information.
If we guess what your other 'handle' is, will you tell us? Just blink once for no, twice for yes.... :D
Sir_winealot said:
If we guess what your other 'handle' is, will you tell us? Just blink once for no, twice for yes.... :D
I'm duessing it's not ebonovic!
Dirk Legume said:
Will the channels no longer be available in an SD version? I can see not wanting to use up hard drive space to record something that isn't in HD.

Or do I not understand correctly. Which is more than possible.
You will have both HD and SD versions. They will have the same channel number but be different channels. You can record either one so as not to waste space with SD content. This is how it currently works with Mpeg-4 HD locals. I believe their will be a hide SD option in the receivers eventually but I am not sure about that.
;) ;)
Sir_winealot said:
If we guess what your other 'handle' is, will you tell us? Just blink once for no, twice for yes.... :D
Jebberwocky! said:
I'm guessing it's not ebonovic!
Oh, it's him. Pretending to be miffed that he was scooped on this is a transparent ruse to avoid the wrath of his DirecTV masters for the premature disclosure.

EDTED TO ADD: Of course, since this is exactly what we'd expect him to do, it's possible it is NOT ebo, but somebody trying to make us believe it _is_ him. Or, since he knows that we know that he knows that we know that, perhaps it is him. Or not ...
I say it's BS. Once again, from DirecTV.com :



Existing customers will not see any changes to their lineup or pricing until Spring at the earliest. This was verified by multiple retention reps that said they had specific meetings this week regarding HD package pricing because it has been a popular question asked recently.
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Redux said:
Oh, it's him. Pretending to be miffed that he was scooped on this is a transparent ruse to avoid the wrath of his DirecTV masters for the premature disclosure.

EDTED TO ADD: Of course, since this is exactly what we'd expect him to do, it's possible it is NOT ebo, but somebody trying to make us believe it _is_ him. Or, since he knows that we know that he knows that we know that, perhaps it is him. Or not ...
Wow Redux. :rolleyes:
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