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post #151 of 815
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Originally posted by steverobertson
I can't believe it finally happened. Now the big question QUALITY?

Yep. This is really big question too considering what's happen with HBO-HD recently.
post #152 of 815
Business Wire has it too. It's official.

Here's an excerpt:

June 03, 2003 01:44 PM US Eastern Timezone

DIRECTV to Launch New High-Definition Package; New HD Package will Launch July 1 and Include ESPN HD, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet and HDNet Movies

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 3, 2003--DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading digital multichannel television service provider, announced today that it will launch a new high-definition (HD) programming package on July 1. The HD package will include ESPN HD, Discovery HD Theater(TM), HDNet and HDNet Movies, and is available by subscription for $10.99 per month.
post #153 of 815
post #154 of 815
July 1st will be the happiest day of my life.
post #155 of 815
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Originally posted by steverobertson
Do you think the CSR's know about this yet?

HAHAHAHAHA!

You'll be lucky if the CSR's know about it by July 2. ;)
post #156 of 815
Another mention of NFL Sunday Ticket in HD! I find that to be most interesting---I expected them to back off that, based on Ken's earlier comments.
post #157 of 815
I think I will call and find out
post #158 of 815
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Originally posted by wick77
July 1st will be the happiest day of my life.
You people scare me.:eek:
post #159 of 815
He lives in dallas. come on
post #160 of 815
We all have a problem but when you spend the money we have spent then this pretty exciting news.
post #161 of 815
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Originally posted by meany
You people scare me.:eek:
Ok, that may be a slight exageration...but FINALLY I will have a good selction of HD channels.
post #162 of 815
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Originally posted by aviators99
Another mention of NFL Sunday Ticket in HD! I find that to be most interesting---I expected them to back off that, based on Ken's earlier comments.
They will probably be broadcasting the CBS games that are in HD. Unless Fox goes 1080I:D
post #163 of 815
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Originally posted by wick77
July 1st will be the happiest day of my life.
wick, get a grip :rolleyes:
post #164 of 815
July 1st is still a while from now, but knowing the date instead of going crazy waiting for an announcement is much better. I waited this long, I can wait another month. Although it would have been nice to see the 2 Mets-Yankees Sunday night games on ESPN-HD this month!

This is great news indeed!
post #165 of 815
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Originally posted by steverobertson
Do you think the CSR's know about this yet?
I hope everybody just keeps them out of the loop and orders it online. Can't hurt the bottom line to save a few dollars of DirecTV's 800 number bill.
post #166 of 815
Meanwhile..........E* is still in their little dream world, hyping but not delivering.
:rolleyes:
post #167 of 815
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Originally posted by meany
They will probably be broadcasting the CBS games that are in HD. Unless Fox goes 1080I:D
Fox has already mentioned that when and IF they go to HD, it will be 720p. While we won't be able to see the benefits of 720p readily, it will be really nice when they get the production equipment that will be able to do slo-mo replays in HD.

It may even help with the instant replay rules when the resolution increases and the video is updated to progressive with a high frame rate.
post #168 of 815
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Originally posted by s2silber
Did he confirm the accuracy of the IE Source data as well? We'll all be pretty disappointed if it's just another HD PPV channel that runs mostly bad movies over and over again.
The funny thing is I was coming over here to let everyone know what he told me and someone had already scooped a D* engineer. He only told me ESPN HD would be announced.
post #169 of 815
Hot ****ing damn. I didn't want to get out an enjoy the sunshine this summer anyway! (Not that we've had much so far in the Northeast.)

Hey, we D*ers should probably thank E* a little bit. I have think their Superdish annoucement and the ensuing phone calls to D* CSRs about future plans and possible switching providers put a bit of a bur in D*'s ass. That's just a theory mind you.

Great news. I can't believe the avalanche of posts following the undearthing of the source code. Nobody here works do they? ;)
post #170 of 815
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Originally posted by JohnA
Meanwhile..........E* is still in their little dream world, hyping but not delivering.
:rolleyes:
Nice one:cool:
post #171 of 815
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Originally posted by JohnA
Meanwhile..........E* is still in their little dream world, hyping but not delivering.
:rolleyes:
This can even be taken back to the lauch of ESPN-HD, most people said E* would have it and laughed at D* for not. People even switched to E* from D*.

I am just glad they gave a firm date. I would bet E* will announce a deal in the next 90 days, for $9.99.
post #172 of 815
u can add comcast to that list along with E*.
post #173 of 815
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Originally posted by sangs
Nobody here works do they? ;)
Wait, you mean I am not getting paid to sit here and play on the net all day??? Maybe I better check out my job description again before i get canned! :D
post #174 of 815
D*mn, I was hoping MAYBE, just MAYBE they might include HBO-HD & Sho-HD in an all HD package with these other channels.

Oh well, DirecTV + HDNet Movies + Sony Pictures Deal = Lawerence of Arabia @ my house.....heaven.

I believe the kids today would say...w()()t!
post #175 of 815
Could it be that the big announcement was scheduled for Friday and was forced early by mythical_phenix? This is important in that it determines the definition of "soon", "very soon", and "shortly". :D

This is a good stopgap until winter/spring when Bravo, Hallmark, Cinemax, InHD, etc. show up after space is available from the new sat. Hopefully the price won't double when the package doubles from 4 to 8 HD channels.

Don
post #176 of 815
Do you think D* will move HDNet to the 110 slot? With all the talk about the HDTV phone survey, no one was ever asked to test for the 119 bird.

I ask because I can't hit the 119 bird but I hit 110 pefectly.
post #177 of 815
Don't know for sure but I think 110 is the new home for HDTV
post #178 of 815
They dont ask about 119 because you can not get the 110 transponders without a good working 119 LNB. At least that is my understanding of the technical side of the Sat-C combiner.
post #179 of 815
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Originally posted by sangs
Hot ****ing damn. I didn't want to get out an enjoy the sunshine this summer anyway! (Not that we've had much so far in the Northeast.)

Hey, we D*ers should probably thank E* a little bit. I have think their Superdish annoucement and the ensuing phone calls to D* CSRs about future plans and possible switching providers put a bit of a bur in D*'s ass. That's just a theory mind you.

Great news. I can't believe the avalanche of posts following the undearthing of the source code. Nobody here works do they? ;)

I'm sure Comcast has pushed them as well. I'm kind of upset though... I was looking forward to the 6 or so HDTV ch I've been reading about.
post #180 of 815
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Originally posted by sangs
I have to think...the ensuing phone calls to D* CSRs about future plans and possible switching providers put a bit of a bur in D*'s ass. That's just a theory mind you.;)
As someone who works in corporate communications himself, I can tell you that the Stephanie Campbell quote in the news release "....our customers have told us they want more HD programming..." was very carefully and deliberately placed and, in this case, is not just PR fluff. We kept those cards and letters coming and they finally acted.
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