Dolby 5.1 & Directv

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  1. Eric Stuckey

    Eric Stuckey Second Unit

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    I did a surch but could not find a threed that answered my qeustion.
    I'm getting a new DTV reciever today w/DD outputs, Does anyone know what channels are in 5.1 (besides PPV)?
    Eric
     
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    HBO, Starz and Showtime as far as I know. I couple of PPV channels also have DD 5.1 sound. HDnet also is in 5.1 sound. I hope this helps.

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    Directv and dd 5.1 is very limited, usually only the ppv that is shown in OAR will have dd 5.1. Most of the Hbo and showtime movies that are also shown in hi def are dd 5.1. The rest of the movie channels on directv rarely have dd 5.1, seems to be far between the times that I find one.[​IMG]
     
  4. Wayne Bundrick

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    Temper your expectations with the understanding that any older movies which predate the start of Dolby Digital audio on HBO and Showtime are not going to have 5.1. HBO isn't going to send off its entire library of movies to be remastered for 5.1. You're more likely to find 5.1 on newer movies that entered HBO's vault after the date they began using Dolby Digital.
     
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    Is it safe to assume that there is not many networks that broadcast in DD5.1? The reason I ask is b/c I am about to upgrade to DirecTv / Tivo and the new reciever will have a digital output. I have no more digital audio inputs available on my DD reciver and I would have to unhook the DD sound for my xbox to use it for tivo. Would it be worth loosing DD for xbox? Are any sporting events in DD on Fox, ABC, CBS etc.?
     
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    All the high def are DD (obviously?). The rest is a crap shoot, mostly found on the 'premium' channels.
     
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    I don't have Direct TV, but on my digital cable box from Time/Warner, there is a Ditial out, and the guide list most of ABC's primetime shows as having Dolby Digital, although it never is. The most I get is Dolby Digital 2.0 on all the digital channels.
     
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    In that case it's not a splitter, it's an automatic switch.

     
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    Thanks for the clarification. I suspected splitter was the wrong term. Either way, there exists a device which can be used to overcome the problem of running out of receiver inputs.
     

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