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Old 11-12-2006, 06:31 PM   #1  
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direct tv vs dish network:
i read through the post and it doesn't look like anything is very great with either. when will every channel be in hd?
right now i have direct tv total choice plus on 3 tv's. my bill is about $63/month. if i upgarde to hdtv it sounds like it will go over $75 plus if i go with dvr, will they charge me another $5 per month for the hook up. i guess that's one of the biggest things that bugs me about switching from cable. i used to have every cable plug in the house wired up. now with direct i have to pay $5 per output.
right now which is the best deal for hd, direct or dish? i watch some sports and would like my local channels, but i would still like to get more hd channels than the 10 channels offered by direct or the 20 channels offered by dish/voom.

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Old 11-12-2006, 07:22 PM   #2  
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They will probably never go all HD. Well, at least in a couple of lifetimes anyway.

If it were me, I'd consider going back to cable if it is cheaper. Then get a HD DVD player or a Blu-ray player, or both and buy or rent HD content. Check out:
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Old 11-12-2006, 08:24 PM   #3  
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direct tv vs dish network:
i read through the post and it doesn't look like anything is very great with either. when will every channel be in hd?
right now i have direct tv total choice plus on 3 tv's. my bill is about $63/month. if i upgarde to hdtv it sounds like it will go over $75 plus if i go with dvr, will they charge me another $5 per month for the hook up. i guess that's one of the biggest things that bugs me about switching from cable. i used to have every cable plug in the house wired up. now with direct i have to pay $5 per output.
right now which is the best deal for hd, direct or dish? i watch some sports and would like my local channels, but i would still like to get more hd channels than the 10 channels offered by direct or the 20 channels offered by dish/voom.
The thing with digital cable (atleast where i live) you have to pay 5 bucks for the digital cable box per tv, so no biggy there. The thing with Dish is yes they have more hd channels but they are channels that you probably wouldn't watch. Like the rave channel or fashion or something like that. If you want to pay extra for the football package then go with directtv. If it was up to me every channel would be hd, but for now the cable companies and satellite companies just feed us enough to keep us hungry. If you are fortunate to live in an area where you can recieve your locals with an ota then that is just an added plus. No matter who you decide to go with the prices are all gonnna be pretty close. It is basically up to you and how much you want to spend on tv.
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When the cable companies will be required to broadcast in all digital signals, I will probably go back. That's always been my biggest beef with the cable companies....the analog signal. And I don't think that I'll be alone in jumping ship.
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Guess you'll be with your current provider for a another 3 years.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:09 PM   #6  
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When the cable companies will be required to broadcast in all digital signals, I will probably go back. That's always been my biggest beef with the cable companies....the analog signal. And I don't think that I'll be alone in jumping ship.
Everything will be in digital in 2009 IF the government doesn't push it back again.

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Old 11-13-2006, 09:14 PM   #7  
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If it was up to me every channel would be hd, but for now the cable companies and satellite companies just feed us enough to keep us hungry.
Not entirely TRUE.
Yes it would be nice to have every channel in HD, but the last part of your statement is not true.

"but for now the cable companies and satellite companies just feed us enough to keep us hungry."

Most channels are NOT HD capable yet, the early adaptors are waht you are seeing now, it's not a chouice of them not showing them, it's more a case of there not being that many.
(yes, I know there are a lot that are not available on D*, but many will be here soon, summer '07)

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With Locals I have 37 HD channels with dish/voom not 20!
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Guess the OP doesn't get the locals.
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Old 11-15-2006, 03:42 PM   #10  
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With Locals I have 37 HD channels with dish/voom not 20!

Can you list the channels? I'm curious about what they are since everyone seems to be saying that most of them are trash.
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:06 PM   #11  
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this is what i've seen on websites.....

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HDTV Programming


HDNET - Channel 9422
HDNet features a variety of HDTV programming, including live sports, dramas, documentaries, travel programs, concerts, special events and news features including the popular HDNet World Report.

HDNET MOVIES - Channel 9423
HDNet Movies has an extensive film library including movies from Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, New Line, Artisan, Buena Vista, Lion's Gate, MGM, Universal and leading independent producers and features the world television premieres of movies shot exclusively in the HD format.

ESPNHD - Channel 9424
ESPN HD offers the widest and most diverse schedule of sports programming available, including a mix of event programming, special events/series and news offering the big picture in Sports. A Revolution in Resolution.

DISCOVERY HD - Channel 9421*
With one of the world’s largest libraries of HD programming, Discovery HD Theater delivers captivating programs about nature, wildlife, science and technology and world culture.

TNT in HD - Channel 9420
TNT in high definition offers DISH Network subscribers a variety of sports, movies, TNT Originals and other high-quality shows that TNT fans have come to expect over the years including such favorites as Law & Order and X-Files.


dish with voom


ULTRA HD - Channel 9478
Immerse yourself in the worlds of fashion, beauty and style. ULTRA HD delivers unparalleled coverage of the fashion industry's hottest events, news, trends and designers.

MONSTERS HD - Channel 9481
It's alive! Monster movies are brought to life like never before on MONSTERS HD. From Frankenstein to Freddy, Godzilla to Jason, this monstrous mix of horror, thriller and sci-fi features blood-curdling clarity and spine-tingling sound.

RAVE HD - Channel 9470
This channel should be played loud. RAVE HD is the first and only music channel dedicated to delivering a larger than life concert experience in crystal clear hi-definition.

EQUATOR HD - Channel 9471
Explore the world’s most intriguing people and places with intelligent travel, nature, and cultural programs. Hear people of the world in their own words, and visit extraordinary landscapes that speak for themselves. Also, check out global classics, award-winners and cinema from the world’s emerging film-makers with movies such as Cinema Paradiso and Amelie.

GALLERY HD - Channel 9472
GALLERY HD is the first and only hi-definition visual arts channel, capturing the passion, madness and struggle to create exhibited by the most interesting artists on the planet. GALLERY HD also provides live HD coverage of prominent sales from the world’s preeminent auction houses.

ANIMANIA HD - Channel 9474
Big. Wide. Fun. ANIMANIA HD offers cutting-edge series like Pet Alien, Ratz and Flatmania as well as remastered favorites like Pink Panther, Mr. Magoo and Felix the Cat. With award-winning series, specials and shorts, cartoon worlds take on astonishing depth and detail. This is animation like you’ve never seen it before.

RUSH HD - Channel 9476
Life on the Edge. Not your typical sports channel – RUSH HD takes you to the heart of extreme action sports, and delivers HD footage of sporting events from around the world, including Spanish Premiere Soccer League coverage.

HD News - Channel 9482
The only 24/7 national news source in hi-definition. HD NEWS offers headlines, sports, in-depth features and weather supported by 5 regional news bureaus along with the nation's top photo journalists.

GUY TV HD - Channel 9479
Finally, TV for the Average Joe. All the movies that men love, across a variety of genres – from war movies to westerns, and crime movies to comedies.

MAJESTIC HD - Channel 9480
Discover Hollywood’s rich movie making heritage with classic movies that look crisper and more defined than ever before.

dish pay hd


HBO HDTV
HBO, the leader in premium television programming, now brings you the future of television in HBO HDTV. It’s a future you’re going to want to experience! HBO HD included at no additional charge with subscription to the HBO movie package.

Showtime HDTV
Hollywood Hits No One Else Has like Die Another Day. Bold Original Pictures and series like Street Time and the Chris Isaak Show. Showtime HD included at no additional charge with subscription to the Showtime Unlimited movie package.

CBS HDTV
Watch your favorite shows, sports and events in high definition.

DISH Network Pay-Per-View in HD
Watch HD movies available for the first time on TV! DISH Network Pay-Per-View offers a variety of HD movies every day.

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short list:
Showtime HD
X
Starz HDTV
X
HBO HD X
Animania HD
X X X X
Family Room HD
X X X X
GamePlay HD
X X X X
Discovery HD Theater
X X X X
Equator HD
X X X X
National Geographic Channel HD
X X
Film Fest HD
X X X X
HDNet Movies
X X X X
Kung Fu HD
X X X X
Monsters HD
X X X X
World Cinema HD
X X X X
HDNews
X X X X
Rave HD
X X X X
ESPN HD
X X X X
ESPN2 HD
X X X X
NFL Network HD
X X X X
Rush HD
X X X X
WorldSport HD
X X X X
Gallery HD
X X X X
HDNet
X X X X
HGTV HD
X X X X
TNT HD
X X X X
Treasure HD
X X X X
Ultra HD
X X X X
Universal HD

direct tv:

TNT HD, Channel 75
TNT, the home for drama, presents TNT in HD featuring a powerful lineup of popular dramatic programming including original series, blockbuster movies and championship sports. From gripping drama series like The Closer to action-packed sports like NASCAR and the NBA, you can experience high drama in high definition with TNT in HD.
Coming up:
Without a Trace
Without a Trace
Without a Trace

ESPN HD, Channel 73
Get set for the best lineup of quality sports events, news, information and entertainment, including SportsCenter in HD and games from MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL.

ESPN2 HD, Channel 72
ESPN2 HD will air over 200 live event telecasts in 2006, including college football and college basketball, World Cup Soccer, the NBA and the NHRA. ESPN2 HD will also air NFL Live and other special programs such as Codebreakers and Four Minutes.
Coming up:
College Basketball
Quite Frankly With Stephen A. Smith
Dog Show

Universal HD, Channel 74
Universal HD features blockbuster films, unedited and uninterrupted, including Backdraft, Back to the Future, and Jaws; your favorite award-winning series including Battlestar Galactica, The District, Law & Order: SVU and Monk; sports such as the US Open; plus mesmerizing performance arts like Cirque du Soleil.
Coming up:
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting
Control Factor

Discovery HD Theater, Channel 76
Discovery HD Theater delivers the awe–inspiring experience of high definition television in pure 1080i and 5.1 digital surround sound for millions of viewers. As the premiere 24/7 high–definition channel, Discovery HD Theater offers the highest quality real–world entertainment with programs about natural history, wildlife, travel, world culture, lifestyle, science and technology.
Coming up:
ISS Live Replay
Planet Storm
Stardust: Catching a Comet

HDNet Movies, Channel 78
HDNet Movies features an extensive film library that includes movies from Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, and other major studios as well as leading independent producers. HDNet Movies delivers a 24-hour schedule of uncut, unedited films in their original aspect ratio and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound.
Coming up:
Deliverance
Windtalkers
Arlington Road

HDNet, Channel 79
A 24-hour network featuring live sports like NHL® and MLS® games, boxing, drama series, concerts and original news and documentary programming including HDNet World Report and Across America.
Coming up:
Dead Like Me
Dead Like Me
Arrested Development

High-Definition Pay Per View, Channel 99
This pay per view channel offers hit movies for $4.99 each when ordered online or via remote control*, plus big events where available.

this does not include the your local channels or pay direct tv
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:45 PM   #12  
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Default Direct TV is adding over a Hunderd HD Channels in OCT!

I have been getting mail about Direct TV adding a lot more HD channels, Real soon, there doing it on the b-band, and there giving out b-band converters to people who have HD boxes.. I have Direct TV, With there new HD dish, and my converters, All Set here!

If you like sports, I think the Direct TV is the way to go.. But that just me!
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Tech.Guy, you do realize that the last thread on this post was nearly a year old.
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nope.. sorry did not
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