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can you subscribe to HDTV only ?

Auto
02-26-2006, 05:32 PM
Is it possible to subscribe to only the HD channel from directv ? I am currently subscribed to directv total choice plus package but will soon be switching over to digital cable once it becomes available as it is much cheaper. To my knowledge there will be no HDTV channels available which seems weird to me since it is a fiber optic cable (but we are rural america with a population of a few hundred.). Anyway what I was wondering is is it possible to subscribe to only the HD channels from directv without the total choice package ? Or is there another place where I could do that ? The only channel that I HAVE to have is the discovery HD theatre other then that its all a bonous.

Bluesman40220
02-26-2006, 05:47 PM
Unfortunately, you will have to keep at least the basic package and then add the HD package. In addition, if you want any premium channels from the HD package (HBO, Showtime, etc.) you will have to pay for those channels as well. I would suggest before you commit to any cable/satellite provider that you thoroughly investigate your options. Directv is now a 2 year commitment, although you can break it if you give them your equipment. I don't know who your cable company is, but they are probably asking for one as well.

Also, keep in mind that even if you keep Directv and just move your satellite to your new home, that the HD upgrade automatically comes with a 2 year commitment--even though you are already a paying subscriber!

Auto
02-26-2006, 06:38 PM
Thanks for your reply. I guess Im just going to have to hope for HD from my cable provider. I wish voom was still seperate from dish network :(

Rainor
02-26-2006, 06:42 PM
Thanks for your reply. I guess Im just going to have to hope for HD from my cable provider. I wish voom was still seperate from dish network :(

I tried this - Comcast Baltimore/MD required you to purchase Digital Cable service/box, with HDTV package - so I didn't do it.

You can always use an OTA antenna for free.

Auto
02-26-2006, 07:25 PM
Yeah thats what I am planning on doing now. The problem is Im about 60 miles from the TV station so do you think I could still get good HD quality ? Im planning on getting one for my roof as of now.

goodnz
02-26-2006, 07:36 PM
I'm 45 miles from my broadcast tower in San Fransisco and I get excellent OTA reception. I bought the cheapest antenna ($50) from Radio Shack and put it on only a 5ft mast - no amp. I think it's all about the channels broadcast-power and if you have a direct line of site.

Start with antennaweb.org.

Auto
02-26-2006, 08:05 PM
thanks man :) it should be pretty good for line of sight here i live in the planes

Fl_Gulfer
02-26-2006, 10:31 PM
antennaweb.org. will tell you what kind of antenna you will need. I get a 100 miles out of mine but still have bad days because of weather. Good Luck :)

maicaw
02-27-2006, 03:34 AM
will soon be switching over to digital cable once it becomes available as it is much cheaper. To my knowledge there will be no HDTV channels available which seems weird to me since it is a fiber optic cable (but we are rural america with a population of a few hundred.)..If your HDTV has a cablecard slot (even though no actual cablecard is required for this )- and if the cable company provides local broadcast HDTV on the digital cable - which is normally the case -- you will be able to receive (scan in)those digital HD local broadcast channels with your HDTV tuner hooked to the cable even if subscribing to only basic analog cable service IF they provide them to their Digital (STB) customers on your cable- of course Discovery HD wouldn't be one of the locals.- the FCC makes them do it! - In my case the NBC-HDTV cable cahnnel is a little better than the OTA NBC-HD because the station give the cable the full MPEG bandwidth for the HDTV whereas they cherry-pick off 25% of the HD OTA bandwidth for their SD subchannel - PBS does the same thing too -but it's just upscaled SD 95% of the time - CBS and ABC are better OTA here - so it's worth putting up an antenna in my case for the best free HDTV - but the cable is more reliable - the broadcasters don't monitor their digital feeds - and many problems aren't fixed for hours unless you call the engineer and get them to check

Auto
02-28-2006, 04:15 PM
well today we called to find out if our cable company had any plans for offering HD and they said no. so I will probably end up getting the antenna and maybe a directv HD reciever that i will use until we switch to cable which could be as late as this fall. any ideas where to get a cheap HD reciever ? :bowdown: