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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Mark Wolverton

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Posted May 01 2003 - 05:44 AM

Last night I got a call from DirecTV. They were checking with HDTV/DTV users. Apparently they are getting ready to add several new channels on the 110 sattlelite. He didn't say what channels but, he did did ask about my locals OTA. I hope they bring on the networks or local HD stations. I would be stoaked!
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#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Grant B

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Posted May 01 2003 - 12:06 PM

ESPN HD!!!!!!!!
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   kevitra

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Posted May 01 2003 - 01:30 PM

They don't have the bandwidth to do the locals in HD.

Probably ESPN and maybe DiscoveryHD.

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Steve Schaffer

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Posted May 01 2003 - 03:41 PM

Long threads about this over at AVS.

Apparently this survey's been going on for a month or more. DirecTV calling to find out if customers have the triple LNB setup necessary to get all the HD channels in anticipation of adding a few new ones.

They apparently want to avoid the problem that occurred when Showtime HD was added last year. Prior to Showtime all the HD channels were available with the oval dish and 2 lnbs, but Showtime was on the third satellite and needed the extra "Sat-C" kit.

DirecTV, as usual, gave no information ahead of time that Showtime was coming so everyone had to hussle to get the necessary equipment.

This time around they're surveying to make sure everyone's already equipped and giving folks a chance to upgrade to the SAt-C kit ahead of new channels coming.

The rumor is that there will be a new HD package including HDNet (already free with any total choice package), HDNet Movies--an all-HD movie channel, Discovery HD, and ESPN-HD for $10 a month.

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#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Mark Wolverton

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Posted May 02 2003 - 02:31 AM

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They don't have the bandwidth to do the locals in HD.

What else is on Sat C? I know HD takes a lot of bandwidth but the only channel I get on the 110 sat is Showtime HD. They probably couldn't do the locals but perhaps they could carry the networks. Except I guess that runs into that whole local market BS.
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#6 of 10 OFFLINE   Kim D

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Posted May 02 2003 - 02:40 AM

I guess I'll have to get my Sat C working. I got the kit when Showtime HD came out on DirecTV. Never got it to work. Didn't really care at the time.

ESPN-HD would be worth the effort. I'm not into sports but I will watch hockey in HD and be mesmerized.

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#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Mark Wolverton

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Posted May 02 2003 - 02:44 AM

HDNET shows some hockey ih HD and it is killer!
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#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Robert_J

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Posted May 02 2003 - 03:49 AM

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What else is on Sat C? I know HD takes a lot of bandwidth but the only channel I get on the 110 sat is Showtime HD.
Some Chinese language channels.

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They probably couldn't do the locals but perhaps they could carry the networks.
Remember, they only have three transponders at 110 so there's not much room.

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#9 of 10 OFFLINE   rodger_morales

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Posted May 02 2003 - 10:20 AM

I have heard through a website (televisionrumors.com? something that sounds totally unreliable) That DTV will be no longer giving HDnet for free. Rahter, they would be bundling HDnet, Discovery HD and hopefully EspnHD for $10 month.

#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted May 03 2003 - 01:18 AM

This is great news as I just joined the ranks of HDTV viewers wit my SONY 65" 16X9 HD set. I got the DirecTV upgrade recently and am blown away by the quality of HD. I would happily pay more for additional HD channels.

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