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EVERYONE NEEDS TO EMAIL DIRECTV AND TELL THEM THEY WANT DISCOVERY HD. I EMAILED THEM AND HERE WAS THE FEEDBACK I GOT.


Thank you for your interest in high definition programming. We hope to

be able to offer Discovery Channel programming in high definition.

However, as it is DIRECTV policy not to disclose information about

upcoming programming until it is officially announced, we do not have a

date when we can expect it at this time. Please continue to visit our

web site at DIRECTV.com for the latest news and updates about our

service.



I don't have the email address I lost it. If someone could post the the link it would be helpful.


thanks,


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Yes,seems similar to the Showtime start-up. Keep everybody in the dark / employees included / then enjoy the confusion and chaos. Geo
 

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If there's an actual launch of Discovery HD on June 17, somebody has to carry it. That somebody can only be DirecTV or Dishnetwork, if they want to go national, correct? Who else can possibly carry it? (Forget C-band, just not enough subscribers with a BUD.)

Cable is a logical choice, but there's no cable HD for 90% of the country. If I were Discovery HD I would not annouce a launch on a certain date unless I have an actual carrier signed up. Chances are DirecTV, since they have plenty of room left on the new 110 satellite C.
 

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They've finally stopped duplicating HDNet on channel 198 off of 110 but it is still in the lineup labeled as HDTV. Seems they are keeping it open for something.


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Once Discovery HD is on Satcom 4 by 6/17, consider it launched. Whether anyone will retransmit on that date is another story. At a minimum they should be available to C Band users once on Satcom 4.
 

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Originally posted by HDTV888
If there's an actual launch of Discovery HD on June 17, somebody has to carry it. That somebody can only be DirecTV or Dishnetwork, if they want to go national, correct? Who else can possibly carry it? (Forget C-band, just not enough subscribers with a BUD.)
So by this logic, Showtime HD West and HBO HD West haven't officially been launched, since they are only available on C-band. Right?


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Done. Being a sports and documentary fan, HDNET and Discovery HD would be an unbeatable combination on DTV.
 

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HDD20x enabled C-band earth stations will be the first to have access to Discovery-HD.
 

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So by this logic, Showtime HD West and HBO HD West haven't officially been launched, since they are only available on C-band. Right?


Chris
I guess it depends on how you read into HDTV888. For most HD viewers at this point of HD development, he was right until those channels are available on DirecTV or Dishnetwork, they are non-existent.
 

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Well, they certainly are handy non-existent channels. :D


I believe a channel is launched when there is a broadcast in existence somewhere. I don't think the number of viewers has anything to do with it. The Game Show Network was launched, but nobody watches it....do they?


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According to Dale Cripps (editor of HDTV Magazine) in todays HD magazine tips list discussion,


"I talked to Stephanie Campbell yesterday (program director for

DirecTV) and DirecTV is not going to carry this programming, at least

at this time. Don't look for anything more from DirecTV for several

months."


I hope this is not out of bounds, sharing subscription info with the public, but I thought this issue deserved this bad news.
 

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I think they what he means is that for the majority of people, C-band is not accessible. Yes, it could be launched, but if you can't get it, it doesn't really matter.


Of course, I can't get NBC, CBS programming digitally, so I can't get their HD. Still, for the majority of people, it has been accessible.


It all boils down to interpretations and semantics. If I launched an HD porn channel, but you could only receive it within 2 miles of my transmitter, then could you say that I have launched it? Doubtful, although the property values in the neighborhood might increase a bit...


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I think they what he means is that for the majority of people, C-band is not accessible. Yes, it could be launched, but if you can't get it, it doesn't really matter.


It all boils down to interpretations and semantics. If I launched an HD porn channel, but you could only receive it within 2 miles of my transmitter, then could you say that I have launched it?

Mike
So by these interpretations, if a tree falls in the woods, but nobody is there to see it, then it never really fell. If two or three people see it, well, it didn't fall "officially". It takes at least 100 people witnessing the event to classify it as an official fallen tree. Right?


If a channel is available to all who truly wish to view it, then it's launched. C-band equipment can be purchased today if you have the inclination. I just talked with an installer locally this week, and he told me a full installation, minus the HDD200, would currently run $2500. That's the same price I paid 8 years ago. It sounds high yes, but I've seen others spend that much on equipment that provides less HDTV content than C-band. I wouldn't classify C-band as not accessible if you have some open sky over your house and the equipment is ready to purchase. The majority of people have open sky over their house.


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Here is the canned response I got from DirecTV: (notice NO MENTION OF DISCOVERY HD! )

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Dear Mr. Page,


Thank you for writing to DIRECTV. We appreciate your interest in us adding new HD programming to our services. As you can imagine, HDTV programming is expensive to produce and is available in a limited

quantity at the moment. We are in constant discussions with all types of program providers and will continue to increase the number of high definition programs we offer as they become available. Please continue to visit DIRECTV.com for news and updates.


Mike

DIRECTV Customer Service
 

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If I launched an HD porn channel, but you could only receive it within 2 miles of my transmitter, then could you say that I have launched it?
Can he say that on TV?
 

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Well of course HBO HD West has launched. But that's not really the issue. The point is HBO HD itself launched and so happens to have a west feed just like most all the rest of the HBO channels.


If Discovery HD Theater were to launch with both a west and an east feed rest assured only C-Band would have both there too.


I had C-Band from '90-2000. They're fun to have. As long as you find it to be just as much a hobby as you do watching tv, dont mind the maintenance, have the space for it, dont have a bunch of tv's that all need to be watching different channels at the same time, are a channel surfer that doesnt mind waiting a few seconds sometimes to change channels, etc.


While none of that ever really bothered me, I cant say as I really miss the system either. Aside from getting some wild/backhaul feeds once in awhile.
 

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My used C-band system is the best $1400 I've ever spent on anything. I was among the first to see the best HD sports video on the planet (ASCN) and I'll be among the first to see the world's greatest HD documentary channel (Discovery) on June 17th. C-band is not for everyone though...you need a clear view of the southern sky and understanding neighbors!
 

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Originally posted by BradZ
According to Dale Cripps (editor of HDTV Magazine) in todays HD magazine tips list discussion,


"I talked to Stephanie Campbell yesterday (program director for

DirecTV) and DirecTV is not going to carry this programming, at least

at this time. Don't look for anything more from DirecTV for several

months."


I hope this is not out of bounds, sharing subscription info with the public, but I thought this issue deserved this bad news.
This does not look good. If DirecTV makes it clear they will not carry it soon, Dishnetwork may want to wait also. Then it will be a major blow to HDTV as we know it because Discovery finally made a serious commitment to HD, yet not many can benefit.
 

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Originally posted by BradZ


"I talked to Stephanie Campbell yesterday (program director for

DirecTV) and DirecTV is not going to carry this programming, at least

at this time. Don't look for anything more from DirecTV for several

months."
Not only is this lousy, but also contrary to what DirecTV has always said: "when the programming is available, we'll provide it". Sounds like a major contradiction to me. EVERYBODY should contact D* and tell them we want this channel on its launch date.
 
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