TNT HD on DirecTV?

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  1. Brian_Dunstan

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    Does anybody know if DirecTV will carry the new TNT HD network when it launches in May (NBA Western Conference finals)? I know DirecTV carried TNT's HD coverage of NBA All-Star weekend, but I've been unable to find any information regarding whether or not they will carry the network when it launches.
     
  2. Chris Brunner

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    Does anybody have ANY rumors related to ANY HD channels that will be added to to the DirecTV lineup?

    Anyone?

    C
     
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    Nothing's gonna happen until after the new 7s satellite is up and running--due to launch in the next month or so.

    This new satellite will be able to take some of the LIL (Local into Local) load off the current satellites, and allow more HD channels to be added to them.

    Unlike some other sat services DirecTV doesn't announce any new channels until they are absolutely sure they can deliver them.

    They have announced that they plan to "double or triple" their HD channels by the end of '04, but nothing more specific.

    Dish announced 50 HD channels along with a new oval "superdish" a while back. The satellite launch this all depended on didn't happen and the promised 50 HD channels aren't gonna happen.
     
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    yeah sucks that Dish has it and DirecTV does not.

    I would me more than happy to have it in my HD package? Does Dish have more room on thier signal that DirecTV?

    Any one know when they could possibly have TNT HD?

    Thanks!

    (I can't believe there are not more people talking about this!)
     
  5. Robert_J

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    Yes.
    DirecTV:
    101 - 32 transponders
    110 - 3 transponders
    119 - 11 transponders
    total 46 transponders

    Dish:
    110 - 21 transponders
    119 - 29 transponders
    total 50 transponders (and I didn't even count the 2 side satellites)

    Also, Dish uses a more efficient modulation scheme (8psk) for their HD channels. This allows them to get 3 HD channels per transponder while DirecTV struggles at 2 per transponder.

    Now, DirecTV has just put their second spot beam satellite into service. This should free up a couple of CONUS beam transponders at 119 that were handling local channels. What they do with this extra bandwidth is still a secret.

    -Robert
     
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    "Supposedly" DirecTV will announce something soon regarding new HD channels. Note that soon could mean months.
     
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    If it's any consolation, when running across TNT HD, it's all been stretched upscaled SD stuff.
     
  8. Grady Hollums

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    Ike:

    That does help. I guess this is all just coming from a guy who would like to have more HD stuff. Especially since I am paying more money for Hd from DirecTV anyway. Thanks for yalls help!

    Is there a email list that could keep me updated on DirecTV HD stuff? Thanks!
     
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    The HDTV Programming section over at AVS will have the information within minutes of DirecTV announcing any new HD channels.

    -Robert
     
  10. Grady Hollums

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    Thanks Robert I will check there often. [​IMG]
     

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