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tora tora
02-29-2008, 02:28 AM
Does anyone have any idea when Directv is going to pick up CBS in HD in Indiana?

JBones19
03-03-2008, 01:45 PM
I've wondered the same thing. The only thing I can tell you is what they've told me.

"We're working on it."

Problem is though they first told me that we'd have it by Christmas of '07, then by Jan. of '08. I call them once a month about this issue and they sent a waiver request through to try and let me access the East and West coast feeds of CBSHD only to have it denied 2 months later. They keep telling me they are working on it, and I keep telling them I need it before the start of the '08 NFL season, so who knows?

-J

Noodle
03-05-2008, 03:23 AM
I work for DirecTV in SC. The final launch date for all local areas in HD will be in September. The FCC is in control, and they dictating our launch dates. DirecTV already has the downlink from the network satellites. The reason you don't get a clear answer is because we don't know anymore. In Indy, CBS will be more than likely June or Sept., but like I said, who knows anymore. Thats probably the best answer you can get.

P.S. if you have DirecTV. You will not need to worry about buying a new TV or digital convertor because we have been digital since 1994, we got you covered. The Government wants you to think you need a new TV.

P.S.S. although not official yet, Hughes network owns a satellite that can transfer internet. DirectTV has been renting this satellite for years now, but we will not be needing it real soon. My point is Hughes will get desperate and allow us to use a one dish solution to a TV/Internet/Phone.

Eindar
03-05-2008, 05:20 AM
Interesting. I hope it shows up soon, but until then, I'll just tune it OTA with my antenna, no big deal.

Tom White
03-05-2008, 04:17 PM
Interesting. I hope it shows up soon, but until then, I'll just tune it OTA with my antenna, no big deal.

Your OFA signal is likely to deliver a better picture than D will, anyway. No additional compression to deal with.

By the way, I don't put much faith in the statement that the FCC is slowing this down. More likely a $ dispute between whomever owns WISH and D.

I recently dumped D (after about 10-12 years) and went back to cable. One of the last things the CS rep at D told me was the FCC is going to REQUIRE that my cable company raises their rates.

Absolute BULL!

By the way, with D's recent price increase, my Total Choice package was going to be about $53 a month with any sports or movie packages. I am getting basically the same channels from Avenue Broadband now for $37. I have always gotten my HD channels from a roof-top antenna and those look amazing.

Noodle
03-05-2008, 04:53 PM
Your OFA signal is likely to deliver a better picture than D will, anyway. No additional compression to deal with.

By the way, I don't put much faith in the statement that the FCC is slowing this down. More likely a $ dispute between whomever owns WISH and D.

I recently dumped D (after about 10-12 years) and went back to cable. One of the last things the CS rep at D told me was the FCC is going to REQUIRE that my cable company raises their rates.

Absolute BULL!

By the way, with D's recent price increase, my Total Choice package was going to be about $53 a month with any sports or movie packages. I am getting basically the same channels from Avenue Broadband now for $37. I have always gotten my HD channels from a roof-top antenna and those look amazing.

Your actually right. All the commercials about HD quality comparisons is bull. All signals are now in HD lite, thanks to Time Warner and Dish, look it up. OTA signals are truely HD, but compresion has nothing to do with it, for DirecTV recievers are fast enough to handle MPEG4. But your wrong too. The FCC controls the airwaves. Not enough radio stations, cell companies, local TV providers(more likely CBS), etc., have'nt done their part in going digital. A satellite signal uses 12.2 Ghz - 12.9 Ghz(in most systems). That is a lot of airspace. Its not the additional signal we are sending but the uplink required to make it possible to provide HD locals in some areas is the problem, so, yes, it is the FCC. Don't assume that is bull, do your homework, and look up the facts. Why is everthing going digital? answer: To save air space. Have you notice off air signals have gotten worse over the years, well that is due to off air interference. Air waves are clogged. Its hard to get permission to use additional airspace. Your right though, the government has no control, whatsoever, of our airwaves.

Bball
03-06-2008, 03:05 AM
P.S. if you have DirecTV. You will not need to worry about buying a new TV or digital convertor because we have been digital since 1994, we got you covered. The Government wants you to think you need a new TV.

No, you'll just need a new Directv receiver instead....

What is the plan when the analog locals go away? The digital locals are re-broadcast in MPEG4 via Directv now. Will those be downconverted to be viewable on older MPEG2 receivers that a large portion of the customer base owns... or will they be SOL on locals and any channels that go HD only?


P.S.S. although not official yet, Hughes network owns a satellite that can transfer internet. DirectTV has been renting this satellite for years now, but we will not be needing it real soon. My point is Hughes will get desperate and allow us to use a one dish solution to a TV/Internet/Phone.

Dedicate it to Hughesnet and do something about the overselling of bandwidth on the existing sat internet!!!!!!

-Bball

Noodle
03-06-2008, 04:17 PM
They will be SOL. The HD locals com from satellite 99. It is a medium powered sat. that is only being used to broadcast HD locals in MPEG4 format.
Overselling of bandwidth? You might be refering to use of the Hughes 119 satellite by Dish Network, which is the same satellite used for internet. Direct uses it for two HD channels and a few Chinese and Latin channels. DirecTV satellite internet is coming way down the line. Even if they freed up the 119 sat. it wouldn't be any faster. Truth is that satellite internet sux compared to Roadrunner/ cable internet. Not recommending the internet satellite at all, yet.

Bball
03-06-2008, 06:03 PM
Overselling of bandwidth? You might be refering to use of the Hughes 119 satellite by Dish Network, which is the same satellite used for internet. Direct uses it for two HD channels and a few Chinese and Latin channels. DirecTV satellite internet is coming way down the line. Even if they freed up the 119 sat. it wouldn't be any faster. Truth is that satellite internet sux compared to Roadrunner/ cable internet. Not recommending the internet satellite at all, yet.


I'm talking about Hughesnet satellite internet. http://www.hughesnet.com

:rant:
I have no idea what satellites are used by the service... altho a check of Lyngsat would probably answer that for me. Satellite internet does suck... the Hughesnet FAP is unreasonable due to the way it is handled (I could handle the limits if it was done on an 'average' of a few days, or had a warning attached so you'd know you're getting close to the limit, etc). Instead, it's done on a hard clock that is always running. You do about 180M in any 24 hr period and you're shutdown to below dialup speeds for 24hrs. That doesn't mean you're OK to do 100M before midnight, and then another 100 after midnight... It means within ANY 24 hr period starting and ending at any point on the clock. So you HAVE to turn off automatic updates. You can't risk a large Windows update coming down the pike, let alone on a day that you decided to upload some photos to Photobucket and view some Youtube videos.

That's the 'home' plan... you can buy somewhat less restrictive 'business' plans for more $$$... BUT the home plan costs 59.99 per month so it's not like it's inexpensive in the first place.

Add to that, the speed isn't all that quick anyway. Especially in the daytime and early evening. That's because too many people are using the service (and that's what I mean by oversold). That's why they have the severely restrictive FAP in place, to allow them to cram that many people on the bird. But at 59.99 IMHO the FAP is too restrictive. Maybe I should say the FAP punishment and warning system (which there is NO warning system) is too restrictive. I might feel differently if it was 14.99, or 19.99, or even 29.99... but for 59.99 you shouldn't have your internet service (for all intents and purposes) cut off for a 24 hour period just because for the prior 24 hour period you used 200M for the first time in 6 months... or a year... or ever! For serial offenders, yes...maybe... but for a random 1 time occurence-NO.

There's nothing like the feeling of constantly having to try and monitor your internet usage or sweat out the ever increasing size of driver updates, Windows updates, and other software updates for fear you might trip the FAP line. Heaven forbid you forget about that new Open Office update you downloaded on Monday afternoon when Windows is telling you to download a new Service Pack on Tuesday morning.

No one should EVER get Hughesnet satellite internet under the current terms unless it is your only option over dialup. And even with dialup, if your lines can handle max speeds and don't have you stuck on 28.8 or lower, then I'd have to wonder if it would be worth it.

NEVER pass up cable or DSL for satellite internet. :rant:

Thanks for letting me vent ;)

-Bball

Noodle
03-06-2008, 11:44 PM
Your the man Bball. Its good to see someone that knows what their talking about before they start to shoot. Your always welcome to rant in mt book.

JBones19
06-11-2008, 06:06 PM
BREAKING NEWS! As of 6PM June 11th, DirtecTV now offers CBS in HD for Indiana residents!

Saw it on the news and verified it on my guide, good job DirecTV!