Originally Posted by toboggan
Not DirecTV's fault? How so. Does the technology dictate that these two extremely popular channels be carried on sats that a large portion of their customer base? No. Do HBO and ESPN require MPEG2? No. It is entirely DirecTVs decision and for the record, I've had two CSRs tell me that these would be transitioned when the new sats go online. If that ends up NOT being their plan, I will change providers.
Large customer base, I don't think so, it's a small minority especially since D* installers nornally won't install if there's no LOS to the sats. A good number of customers can see 119 since a large number of SD LIL spot beams are on 119.
Do any of the legacy HD channels require MPEG2, nope and nobody every said that they did. If a D* CSR told you that HBO and ESPN would transition to the 99/103 sats then they were guessing, usually CSR's don't know info like that, hell some folks calling in today were being told the new channels weren't up yet and wouldn't be until 2008, that's how much CSR's know.
If you need those two channels that bad IMHO you better switch providers because nothing's been released saying when they would move to 99/103. BTW, don't go to E* then because their main slots are 110/119 and guess what's on 110, HBO and ESPN.