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HD Only on Direct TV

BLHUTCH4
05-13-2008, 06:19 PM
Hey guys new to the site. Building a house and having the builders prepare to run cable to the roof for a sat provider. I have 3 hdtvs and want ONLY hd channels. I dont need NFL package on direct but would be nice for friends during the season. Does Direct TV offer anything like that (HD ONLY) or will they.
60-90 HD Channels for me is enough.

Any help would be appreciatted

borromini
05-13-2008, 07:30 PM
There is currently no package offered that is HD only. What ever HD package available to subscribe to is after ordering the basic SD packages and some enhanced SD packages in order to get a high number of HD channels. You can always create a favorites list that is just the HD channels.

Ernest_T
05-13-2008, 07:35 PM
I'm not sure that either DirecTV or Dish offer "HD only" packages, although it appears each may offer an add-on package of channels that are exclusively HD. FWIW, I'm a former DirecTV customer (been back with Comcast for almost two years), that's considering returning to D*. The promotional mailout sitting next to me here from D* is advertising 95 national HD channels. Not sure what the count for Dish is currently.

From what I've seen others post, there is a way to filter your on-screen programming guide to show only HD channels. Hope that helps some, but I imagine a current D* subscriber will be able to provide a more definitive answer to your question. Edit - looks like borromini just did

BLHUTCH4
05-13-2008, 08:08 PM
Well the reason I ask is, Dish supposely has a hd only package for $29.99 for 40 hd channels and you can add the others for an extra charge. And I would rather not have to pay for channels I would never watch Both Dish and Direct have packages that are around 125-150 bucks of stuff I would never watch unless it was hd.

Thanks again for the responses guys!

Ernest_T
05-13-2008, 08:39 PM
Well, I looked back at Dish's site, and sure enough, they have a dishHD package available for $29.99/mo., so I stand corrected. I've not been able to see which channels are in the lineup though. When I click the link to try, it gives me a general listing for all of their packages, and I don't see dishHD specifically listed. Anyway, it doesn't matter if I can find the listing - you're the one that needs to be happy with it. Hope that package works for you.

Loves2Watch
05-13-2008, 08:59 PM
I have the Dish HD Only package and am quite satisfied with it. Here are the channels. Plus I have added locals, Showtime and HBO.

105 USA 9431
110 Food Network 9462
112 HGTV 9461
118 A&E 9419
119 Biography 9443
120 History 9491
122 Sci Fi 9432
129 Bravo 9492
138 TNT 9420
139 TBS 9499
140 ESPN 9424
142 ESPN News 9494
144 ESPN 2 9425
154 NFL 9426
172 Disney East 9433
174 Toon Disney 9449
176 Cartoon HD 9463
180 ABC Family 9434
182 Discovery 9487
183 The Learning Channel (TLC) 9488
184 Animal Planet 9489
186 National Geographic 9429
187 Hallmark Movies 9444
193 Science Channel 9490
200 CNN 9436
208 CNBC 9439
214 Weather Channel 9438
215 Travel Channel 9437
362 HD Net 9422
364 HD Theater 9421
366 Universal 9427
369 MHD (music) 9469
374 Smithsonian
383 HD Net Movies 9423
385 MGM
394 World Fishing Network
398 Versus/Golf 9468
400 Tennis 9442
402 NBA 9508
403 NHL
Rave 9470
Equator 9471
Rush 9476
Kung Fu 9479
Monster 9481

The number on the left is the regular channel guide number, the one on the right is the HD channel guide number (although it is the same channel).

williamadamses
05-14-2008, 04:43 AM
I have the Dish HD Only package and am quite satisfied with it. Here are the channels. Plus I have added locals, Showtime and HBO.

105 USA 9431
110 Food Network 9462
112 HGTV 9461
118 A&E 9419
119 Biography 9443
120 History 9491
122 Sci Fi 9432
129 Bravo 9492
138 TNT 9420
139 TBS 9499
140 ESPN 9424
142 ESPN News 9494
144 ESPN 2 9425
154 NFL 9426
172 Disney East 9433
174 Toon Disney 9449
176 Cartoon HD 9463
180 ABC Family 9434
182 Discovery 9487
183 The Learning Channel (TLC) 9488
184 Animal Planet 9489
186 National Geographic 9429
187 Hallmark Movies 9444
193 Science Channel 9490
200 CNN 9436
208 CNBC 9439
214 Weather Channel 9438
215 Travel Channel 9437
362 HD Net 9422
364 HD Theater 9421
366 Universal 9427
369 MHD (music) 9469
374 Smithsonian
383 HD Net Movies 9423
385 MGM
394 World Fishing Network
398 Versus/Golf 9468
400 Tennis 9442
402 NBA 9508
403 NHL
Rave 9470
Equator 9471
Rush 9476
Kung Fu 9479
Monster 9481

The number on the left is the regular channel guide number, the one on the right is the HD channel guide number (although it is the same channel).

No Big 10 network? How do you sleep at night? Then again, Michigan fans won't have to watch their shame.......

JerryinToronto
05-16-2008, 09:39 AM
Hey guys new to the site. Building a house and having the builders prepare to run cable to the roof for a sat provider. I have 3 hdtvs and want ONLY hd channels. I dont need NFL package on direct but would be nice for friends during the season. Does Direct TV offer anything like that (HD ONLY) or will they.
60-90 HD Channels for me is enough.

Any help would be appreciatted
Get the cable contractor to install RG6 NOT RG59 which is what all of the retail stores sell. The RG6 has a greater signal capacity.
I built my current house 9 years ago and the cable/alarm/phone contractor used RG6. Every independent contractor that has been to my house always has complimented the choice of cable.

Also, DON'T make the dish the highest point of the house. If lightining strikes the dish and the house burns down, the insurance company will not pay the insured value. Mine is on the chimney, just below the cap.
Jerry

glennb1
05-20-2008, 01:54 PM
Get the cable contractor to install RG6 NOT RG59 which is what all of the retail stores sell. The RG6 has a greater signal capacity.
I built my current house 9 years ago and the cable/alarm/phone contractor used RG6. Every independent contractor that has been to my house always has complimented the choice of cable.

Also, DON'T make the dish the highest point of the house. If lightining strikes the dish and the house burns down, the insurance company will not pay the insured value. Mine is on the chimney, just below the cap.
Jerry

The retail stores sell RG6. They probably sell RG59 also but not ONLY RG59.

I'm not to sure where you got your information about the insurance companies not paying out the insured value on a lightning hit claim due to the dish location placement on the house but I've never heard a bogus sounding statement like this before.