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Old 01-03-2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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Hello,

I've been reading up all I can on this website for 3-4 days now and I am still confused about a few things. I was hoping maybe somebody could send me a reply if you have any experience with Direct TV HD and NESN and live near or in Boston.

First off, I just upgraded my Direct TV to the HD package. I have been a customer for about 3 years now with their standard package plus locals. About 6 months ago, I upgraded to a SD DVR on one of my sets. The unit has been a bit quirky but we enjoy it and most of the time it works ok. I have decided to keep the SD DVR and just upgrade one of my other sets to a HD receiver. I am going to buy a 50" Samsung 1080p DLP, now on sale at Amazon for under $1500.

I have not received my HD box from Direct TV yet but I'm gessing it will be the H-20? They are also upgrading my dish from a 1 LNB to a 5 LNB dish. They did not say what dish I would be receiving, either the slimline (hopefully) or the slightly larger one. Is there a big difference in size and will they need to drill new holes into my house or will they just use the same bracket that is already in place and just swap out the dish that is attached to it? I really don't want them drilling any more holes.

My 2nd question is really the important one to me. I am getting HD mainly for sports. I am an avid Red Sox fan and also have the NFL Ticket through Direct TV. My big question is "How does NESN look in HD?" And also I am slightly confused. I have watched NESN on direct TV for the past 3 years on channel 623. Will the channel change once I get it in HD? If not, what is the difference between just pluggin in my SD Direct TV receiver to my HDTV and watching the game like that? Would it be in HD or no?

I've heard rumors that the quality of the feed of NESN from direct tv is poor which will really make me angry since this is the main reason for the upgrade to begin with. I live in Braintree, MA which is about 11-12 miles south of Boston. I did not order the OTA antennae that direct tv offers for $50 b/c the person I spoke to at Direct TV told me I wouldn't need it. That said, the person I spoke to was a complete moron and could barely speak english.

Does anybody in this forum have Direct TV and live in Boston and have experience with watching the Sox on NESN recently?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have for me or other information.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:51 AM   #2
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I don't have directTV, but I can tell you that NESN looks awesome on Comcast.
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:42 PM   #3
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i also live in boston area and have HD direct tv but no one yet from Direct tv customer service can tell my why i cannot receive HD nesn to see redsox or HD FSN to see celtics.
Customer service is awful when we call.
according to their website i should be able to get HD boston sports but i do not. If anyone can shed some light please do.
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I live in Stoneham and have had Directv in HD for 3 years. NESN in HD looks great. Occasionally if the weather is sloppy you'll get some "jaggies" or sometimes the picture will freeze up but other than that it's great.
You don't need the OTA for NESN in HD. The channel will be the same. You'll turn to channel 623 then go "up" one. It will still be channel 623 but it will be the HD version. Channel's 4,5, 7 and 25 work the same way if you get the "new" dish and a "new" HD receiver or the HD DVR.
Plugging your SD receiver into an HD TV will not give you an HD picture. You either have to have an HD receiver or aTV with a HD tuner built-in. Even with the built-in tuner you would need the OTA or the "new" dish.
I hope this helps.
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Boston? Ewwww.

I can tell you this, the Yankees look great in HD on the YES Network!
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i also live in boston area and have HD direct tv but no one yet from Direct tv customer service can tell my why i cannot receive HD nesn to see redsox or HD FSN to see celtics.
Customer service is awful when we call.
according to their website i should be able to get HD boston sports but i do not. If anyone can shed some light please do.
NESN HD is considered a Boston HD local. So to receive it, you need to have the 5-lnb dish, an H20 receiver or an HR20 DVR, and the Boston locals/HD locals.
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Unless you asked for the HD DVR, you will get the H20 receiver. I've had the H20 for almost a year now.

NESN in HD will not be shown on Channel 623. You'll get the feed via Channel 96, which is the channel D* uses to show Regional Sports Networks (HD) feeds. Here in Detroit, Fox Sports Detroit is on Channel 636, but the HD feed is on Channel 96.

The Slimline dish and the AT9 both use 2 inch masts. Both are fairly close, sizewise.
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I have had nesn hd with the large dish for awhile now and the picture comes in excellent. The channel you recieve nesn hd is right next to 623 it is just labled nesnhd. The only problem now is they have been showing some of the games on the vs channell i think it is 608 and it is not in hd. You are right the regular nesn feed bites! The new dish has it's own brackett, and if i may suggest having one 5lnb blown right off roof, if you do get the bigger dish have them install brace on rear of dish! We have alot of windy days and it hasn't moved an inch since they installed it. I am in Cambridge.

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Boston? Ewwww.

I can tell you this, the Yankees look great in HD on the YES Network!
So do the world champion St. Louis Cardinals on FOX, ESPN, etc.
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Unless you asked for the HD DVR, you will get the H20 receiver. I've had the H20 for almost a year now.

NESN in HD will not be shown on Channel 623. You'll get the feed via Channel 96, which is the channel D* uses to show Regional Sports Networks (HD) feeds. Here in Detroit, Fox Sports Detroit is on Channel 636, but the HD feed is on Channel 96.

The Slimline dish and the AT9 both use 2 inch masts. Both are fairly close, sizewise.
No, NESN is a full-time HD channel IF you are in Boston AND get the Boston HD locals, it does not appear on 96, it appears next to 623 and as Wolf1 says it is just labelled NESN HD. In other areas (not Boston) sometimes games on NESN will appear on 96.
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No, NESN is a full-time HD channel IF you are in Boston AND get the Boston HD locals, it does not appear on 96, it appears next to 623 and as Wolf1 says it is just labelled NESN HD. In other areas (not Boston) sometimes games on NESN will appear on 96.
Ah, I stand corrected. I forgot that NESN HD was a full time channel. Here in Detroit and other cities where Fox Sports Net (insert city name here) are standard definition with part time HD programming, hence being on Channel 96 when they show a game or two in HD.
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Ok I am still confused:

1) If NESN will still be on 623 as it alwasy has been could I just plug a regular SD receiver into my new Samsung 1080 50" DLP and have it show up in HD? This samsung is an HDTV so I think it has a tuner. Is there any need to get the box and/or the dish?

2) I already have a dish mounted on my house. It is just a normal round dish with 1 lnb I think. Can they use the same mounting bracket to install the new HD dish?

Thank you
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I would be willing to bet DTV will offer NESN mid 2007 when they complete the satellite launch and get everything up and running..
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Ok I am still confused:

1) If NESN will still be on 623 as it alwasy has been could I just plug a regular SD receiver into my new Samsung 1080 50" DLP and have it show up in HD? This samsung is an HDTV so I think it has a tuner. Is there any need to get the box and/or the dish?

2) I already have a dish mounted on my house. It is just a normal round dish with 1 lnb I think. Can they use the same mounting bracket to install the new HD dish?

Thank you
No. You need an HD box, MPEG 4 AT9 Dish. You cannot use the same mounting bracket, they are way different sizes. The AT9 is a bigger dish needing more support.

So you will need both. An HD box and the AT9 dish.
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I am upgrading to the MPEG 4 AT9 Dish and the HR 20 on thursday. I live in southern maine. Does anyone know if I will get the NESN spotbeam in southern maine??? If I do not get it any idea when we will get NESN HD in maine. Hoping to have it for the baseball season.
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