Originally Posted by HILLTOP SAILOR
1. Yes, great news! We have it here in SE Virginia.
2. Now, the question is: How is the average FiOS customer supposed to know that it has been added since there is no message saying that the new channel has been added? Without this forum, I would not have known.
Channel 846 is here in Northern VA as well. It is not in the guide yet, so it only shows up while channel surfing from 845 to 851 or by entering 846. The channel was showing an infomercial with no bugs during the few minutes I was watching so I could not tell if it was DiscoveryHD or not. The diagnostics data shows 846 to be on tuner channel 669 MHz or QAM 103 and to be a 1080i channel. Here, QAM 103 had only 1 HD sub-channel, National Geographic HD so it had the room. However, someone at dslreports posted that they had a HD RSN in the other 1/2 of QAM 103, so Verizon probably has or will move that HD RSN to another QAM channel.
That they added only Discovery HD is something that I take as possible good news. Verizon may not be contractually obligated to carry all four of the Discovery HD channels at once (Discovery, Animal Planet, Science, TLC). I held a vote on dslreports asking for the 5 most wanted HD channels and with 46 contributors, here are the top vote getters below. DiscoveryHD was the most requested, but there is clearly a preference for Sci-Fi, USA, FX, CNN HD. If Verizon can add those 4, they would make more customers happy than if they added the 4 Discovery channels and nothing else until next spring. I expect the votes here would go much the same. While there were a lot of votes for Versus/Golf HD, I can see how that presents a problem as Versus is on the main tier, but Golf is on the separate extra cost sports tier. Verizon may need to set up a matching HD sports tier first before adding Versus/Golf.
26 Discovery HD
23 Sci-Fi HD
18 USA HD
17 FX HD
13 Versus / Golf Channel HD
12 CNN HD
11 Animal Planet HD
8 History Channel HD
8 Science Channel HD
Anyway, back to the good news: Mythbusters in HD! Yes!