DirecTV's HD Service, a rip-off?

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DirecTV's HD Service, a rip-off?

Post by RobotJerk » Sat Sep 17, 2005 2:25 am

DirecTV is coming to activate my HD system and hook-up my new dish.

The drawbacks: for an extra $11 a month, + $4.95 for the extra receiver, I get five or six cable channels and the ability to watch my HD local channels FROM AN OFF-AIR ANTENNAE until DirecTV gets the rights to rebroadcast HD local channels. They also really, really promise they'll get some actual channels in HD in "the coming months".

I'm even skeptical about the local channels, since I had a broadcast HD receiver before, and couldn't pick up my local FOX or ABC affiliates with it. The DirecTV operator told me that if my new antennae didn't pick-up those affiliates, I could apply to get ABC and FOX programming from a major market (i.e. LA or NYC). I have to admit, given the jackassery of my local affiliates, the idea of watching TV stations in other parts of the country appeals to me.

I know I'm probably getting ripped off, but my wife REALLY wanted to watch TV on the big screen. Since regular digital TV looks like crap blown up to 52" in the 16:9 ration, I opted to shell out the money for HD.

So, yeah, I think I'm getting screwed, but I'll keep you updated on how it works out.
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Post by $nave » Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:41 pm

As of right now, Dish Network has the best HD content just because they bought out VOOM... they don't offer many local HD channels either.
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Post by RobotJerk » Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:31 pm

Since I'm still under contract with DirecTV, Dish Network wasn't an option.

I had to special order waivers to pick up NYC affiliates for the major netwoks, since the only HD broadcast stations I can get are UPN and CBS affiliates. They said that could take as long as 45 days.
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Post by TheWholeFNShow » Mon Sep 19, 2005 5:19 pm

It's better than Digital Cable.

The company I go through had CBS (of all stations) cutting out like scrambled pornography yesterday during the football game. So you aren't getting screwed that bad.
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Post by Shwiggie » Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:42 pm

DirecTV sucks, but marginally less than Dish. I wanted a new dish due to the old one coming down when the house was re-roofed, and DTV agreed to do it for free (as I've been using them since it came out in '94). But then I got their gay-ass new receivers so I could get local channels (when available, of course), which, compared to my old Hughes receivers, suck mongoloid cock. Now I'm stuck with them.

God, how they suck. With as little television as I watch these days, I'm tempted to take a sledge to the whole damn thing and set the son of a bitch on fire just to smell the sweet smell of burning silicon I haven't gotten a whiff of since the last time I blew a transistor in electronics lab two or three years ago.
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Post by die » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:16 am

I watch such a small amount of televison, I wonder why I bother when any service that provides me with tons of channels because I only watch shit on 2 or 3 channels a few times a week.

Seriously, they need to start making special deals where you pay like $2 a month for the 2 channels you'll actually watch.
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Post by Shwiggie » Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:06 pm

The only channels I watch regularly are Discovery and Weather. I'm turning into an old bastard right before my very eyes.
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Post by RobotJerk » Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:25 am

I'm now getting FOX 5 out of New York. I watched a little bit of their local news after "American Dad" tonight...

...it looked and sounded almost exactly like my local news in Kansas City. The announcer who does voice-overs in their commericals for tomorrow's newscast even sounds like the same guy.

I thought NYC news would be cooler for some reason. Fucking Fox.
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Post by RobotJerk » Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:37 pm

The fucking fuckers at my local NBC and ABC affiliates won't let me get HD feeds from New York, even though their HD signal is too weak to reach my house.
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Post by $nave » Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:51 pm

Local stations are total assholes when it comes to getting permission to get other market's channels... I'm surprised they didn't stop by and poop on your yard just because you asked
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Post by RobotJerk » Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:38 pm

Based on what 've seen, with few exceptions (sports programming for example), these HD TV shows don't look any better than a progressive scan 480 resolution DVDs.

Its far better than regular satellittte picture, especially blown up to 52", but I'm not sure if 480p technically constitutes HD.
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