Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Even more new HD from DirecTV

DirecTV added the Food Network in HD Wednesday, along with HD versions of the National Geographic channel, CNBC and MGM-HD, which shows MGM movies all day.

DirecTV now offers 52 HDTV channels and has increased its picture quality to where its now an industry-leader on that front.

DirecTV plans to add the Cartoon Network, Fox Business, Fuel, FX, HGTV, NBA and the Speed Channel by the end of this month.

By the end of the year, it promises to carry as many as 70 HD channels.

In Charlotte, customers can choose between DirecTV, DISH and Time Warner Cable. DISH offers 41 HDTV channels.

Time Warner Cable, which recently added several channels, now carries 16. Time Warner also offers a HDTV on-demand service, which allows customers to choose HDTV programming instantly from a database on a hard drive. DirecTV has plans to launch a similar service this year.

To compare, visit HD websites for DirecTV, DISH and Time Warner.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's 'Food Network,' not 'The Food Channel'...

Anonymous said...

Wow, DirecTV is on a roll. I have DISH and my contract is up next month. Might be time to switch

John Williams said...

I have cable and have always had cable. Ihave tons of trees in my backyard and don't think i can get DirecTV or DISh. I spent the weekend at a friends hooking up a new 52 inch Sharp LCD and I'm thinking about getting one now. His DirecTV HD was breathtaking and made my cable look awful pedestrian. Langston, can you recommend a good arborist? I'm getting a dish.

clayj said...

I have to ask: Where is DirecTV getting all of the bandwidth to carry all of this new HD content? A 1080i channel (which has a per-frame resolution of 1920x540, or 1,036,800 pixels) uses 12 times more bandwidth than a standard definition 480i TV channel (86,400 pixels per frame).

So is DirecTV dropping a bunch of old SD channels to get the bandwidth for the new HD channels? Or did they put up a new satellite specifically for HD channels?

Anonymous said...

Clay, DirecTV launched two new satellites to carry all this programming. Best of all, SD channels should improve too soon.

North Carolina Mortgage said...

wow I was thinking about getting cable, and now I see a lot of good reviews on Direct TV

Anonymous said...

Directv with Tivo is the way to go. I switched after moving two years ago and would never go back.

Anonymous said...

What about all of the HD DVR issues with DirecTV? The reviews I've seen are awful. Has anyone experienced problems? CNET customer reviews are tragic, and DirecTV's own forum has a ton of problems with the HD DVR.

Anonymous said...

No problems at all with the HD DVR for me. I've had it for about 5 Months and am in Love with all the new HD Programming. All my locals are in HD along with all the new National channels. Go DirecTV

Anonymous said...

DirecTV DVR is miles ahead of my old TWC crap that taped things when it wanted to. Direct is reliable fast and efficient. VOD coming and more HD now. Cheaper, too. Did everyone's bills just go up like mine? So glad I switched off cable.