Originally Posted by itms1022
1. are there different channel numbers for the local channels that are HD and those that are not?
2. Do you watch one channel and if the show/event is broadcast in HD then you see it in HD?
3. Also, I understand that there are dedicated stations like Showtime HD, ESPN HD, etc... that are full HD all of the time. However what if I am watching a station that is not always HD and at the bottom of some shows it says broadcasted in HD where available...Do I then see it in HD?
1) The main channel numbers are the same except for the -1, -2 etc are the HD channels and other sub channels. For example, 45 on my HD receiver is ABC over satellite, while 45-1 is the same channel OTA in HD. You can really see the time lapse when you switch between the two. (OTA is a few seconds faster).
2) If the show is offered in HD, I watch it in HD, no doubt about it.
3) Yes there are dedicated channels for HD 24/7 like HBO and Showtime. Not to mention ESPN 1 and 2, Universal HD, Discovery, HD Net, HD Net movies, and TNT.
If you see "broadcasted in HD where available" I guarantee you'll get it in HD as long as you can tune the channel. The only time I can think of that it might go out of HD is if there is a severe weather alert or something like that.
Hope this helps. I love DirecTV, and you will too if you decide to go with them. All the channels are digital and put most of the analog channels that TWC offers to shame.