I thinks it's funny that DirecTV does the EXACT same thing with their channels counts. The count regional, local, PPV, etc as "networks" or channels. The absolute worst are these To Tell The Truth ads. Do they realize they are making the consumers look like idiots in those spots?
DIRECTV does count their PPV channels but why shouldn't they, they're HD, some even 1080p and they are indeed linear HD channels. They DON'T count their VOD offerening like DISH does is the issue. Plus, cable companies don't have the bandwidth to provide that many HD PPVs so it is a distinct advantage for the satelllite companies to provide HD and 1080p movies for $4/ea.
Also, DIRECTV doesn't have any "regional" channels in their count. All their RSNs are available, in HD, nationwide with the Sports Pack. For example, with MLB-EI and Sports Pack subscription, I get EVERY RSN in the country and I live in Albany. Why shouldn't they count those too?
After all, it's no secret they are the focused on being the premier sports programming provider, and it doesn't make sense to ask them to not include them just because the other services don't provide out-of-market RSNs nationwide (DISH does BTW, just FAR less of them and game-only typically)
Just announced! Adding 30 new full-time HD channels — coming in May. More movies, more sports, more lifestyle programming — DIRECTV will soon deliver even more of everything you love in crystal-clear HD.
Encore HD East ESPNU HD GolTV HD (Summer) Hallmark Channel HD Hallmark Movie Channel HD HBO2 HD East HBO Zone HD Lifetime HD MSNBC HD Showtime Beyond HD Showtime Next HD Showtime Women HD Starz Cinema HD Starz InBlack HD Telefutura HD West (April) TMC Xtra HD East Travel Channel HD Univision HD East (April) WGN HD FSN Florida HD CSN Bay Area HD CSN California HD Additional DIRECTV Cinema™ Channels
The HD channel counts from cable and DISH Network seem awfully exaggerated. At DIRECTV we take a common sense approach. If a 24/7 channel is in HD we count it as an HD channel, just like you would. We don't pad our lineup with "game-only" or part-time HD channels or HD video-on-demand titles that aren't even channels. With DIRECTV what you see is what you get. See our full list of HD channels below. We challenge DISH Network and cable to show you their full list...but we know they won't.
DIRECTV Takes It Down to The Wire(R) with the Debut of the Acclaimed Series on the 101 Network Ground Breaking HBO(R) Series Will Air Uncut and Commercial Free in HD Beginning July 18, 2010
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Apr 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In a continued effort to provide subscribers with the most distinctive and exclusive programming experiences, DIRECTV'S The 101 Network will premiere one of television's most heralded series, The Wire, on Sunday, July 18, 2010. Never before available in HD, all five seasons (60 episodes) of The Wire will air uncut and commercial free for the first time since its run on HBO, compliments of DIRECTV.
"Thought provoking, powerful series like The Wire are few and far between. By adding The Wire to our Sunday night lineup, we are further cementing The 101 Network's reputation as a destination for the most highly acclaimed dramas on television," said Patty Ishimoto, vice president and general manager of DIRECTV's The 101 Network. "We are confident that our customers will be captivated by the amazing storytelling in this series, which has been widely regarded as one of the top programs of the decade."
Set in the city of Baltimore, the Peabody Award-winning series is a brilliant portrayal of the decaying infrastructure of American urban life. With each season focusing on a different facet of the city (the drug trade, the port, city government and bureaucracy, the school system and the print news media), The Wire is an uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes, examining the effect these institutions have on the inhabitants of the city.
The first season of the series focused on the often-futile efforts of the police to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring run by the Barksdale family. Seasons two and three followed the plight of the blue-collar urban working class as exemplified in the city port, leading to the escalation of the Barksdale investigation and the resultant pressures it placed on the city's political leadership. Season four shifted focus to the city's public school system and the struggles students face at home and on the street corner. The fifth and final season of The Wire centered on the media's role in addressing - or failing to address - the fundamental political, economic and social realties depicted throughout the course of the series.
The Wire was created by David Simon and first aired on HBO in 2002. The show was executive produced by Simon, Robert F. Colesberry and Nina Kostroff Noble. Regular Directors included Joe Chappelle, Ernest thingyerson, Daniel Attias, Ed Bianchi, Clark Johnson and Steve Shill. Series writers include David Simon, Ed Burns and George Pelecanos.
The Wire features a large ensemble cast including Dominic West (Chicago, Hannibal Rising, 300) as Detective James "Jimmy" McNulty, John Doman (Mystic River, Oz, Damages) as Deputy Commissioner William A. Rawls, Wendell Pierce (Waiting to Exhale, Law & Order, Numb3rs) as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland, Lance Redthingy (Oz, Fringe, Lost,) as Lt. Cedric Daniels, Deirdre Lovejoy (Spin City, Without A Trace, Bones) as Asst. State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman, Sonja Sohn (The Killing Zone, Cold Case, Brothers and Sisters) as Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs, Seth Gilliam (Oz, Law & Order, CSI: Miami) as Sgt. Ellis Carver, Domenick Lombardozzi (Public Enemy, Entourage, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power) as Detective Thomas "Herc" Hauk, Clarke Peters (Oz, Endgame, Marley & Me) as Detective Lester Freamon, Andre Royo (Heroes, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY) as Bubbles, Michael K. Williams (Gone Baby Gone, The Incredible Hulk, The Road) as Omar Little, Jim True-Frost (Affliction, Homicide: Life on the Street, Medium) as Detective Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski and Aidan Gillen (12 Rounds, Identity, Blackout) as Councilman Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti.
About DIRECTV's The 101(R) Network
The 101 Network, DIRECTV's exclusive entertainment channel, is a unique television experience that is available to more than 18.5 million DIRECTV subscribers. In 2008, the network changed the television landscape with the unprecedented third season premiere of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and has since become the premiere destination for diverse, quality and critically acclaimed programming including Underbelly, Supreme Court of Comedy and The Dan Patrick Show. Through its partnerships with leading television and film studios, networks and top cable channels, The 101 Network offers viewers the finest in drama and comedy, with daring, innovative series, exclusive "sneak peek" programming and premium cable series un-cut in their original form. The 101 Network showcases concert specials from superstar artists and celebrated music festivals such as Farm Aid, sporting events such as UFC Fighter exposés and the annual DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl; as well as feature films and TV movie specials.
That's because those are the channels used by TW for data. By clearing out channels adjacent, they are clearing out room for more data, not necessarily the ability to watch channels in that area if you have internet-only service.
Looks like DIRECTV has gone "live" with MRV in a few markets so it's official. What else that's official is the fee, $3/mo per account (so basically $7/mo. for DVR, $10/mo. for MRV-DVR--both account fees, not per box fees though)
Also all new installs and "upgrades" in these markets where it's live are all SWM installs with DECA. SWM is their single-wire switch technology that lets you run cables to receivers more like cable TV, even allowing splitters, and DECA is their "MoCA" technology that uses the same satellite wiring for networking for the MRV stuff eliminating the need for a seperate ethernet network.
Media Center actually works pretty well on a modest PC because unlike the open-source DVR software that can work with a wide array of tuner cards, Media Center actually requires hardware tuner cards which really cuts down on the host CPU requirements.
If you have an older PC you want to use, XP Media Center Edition might a better choice since Vista and Windows 7 Media Centers obviously require PCs that fit those OSs minimum requirements regardless of what tuner cards you use.
Correct, Windows Home Server is just that... a home server. It has a very specific use case and a distributed media server is not it--that's what Media Center is for. It is indeed Windows Server 2003 SBS--right down to the RDP Proxy services and DFS.
However it is a very impressive product for households that want centralized storage and backups in multi-PC households and works great!
Netflix's current (though unofficial) requirements for streaming 720p HD content on an HD-compatible box such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Roku box are 5Mbps or higher. Presumably 1080p, which is a little over twice the resolution of 720p, will require more speed.
1080p/24 is actually less bandwidth than 720p/60, so that's not really the case.
The Winter 2010 update is officially out (and slowly being deployed automatically) and since I know there are a couple DIRECTV users on here in case you didn't see what the new features are:
* Mutli-room Video (MRV) -- covered in another thread on here * SmartSearch -- Google style, unified search interface www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/article.jsp?assetId=P6620014 * Enhanced Guide Data -- "More Info" now provides show graphics, cast and crew, biographies, filmographies and clicking any data does a SmartSearch for that actor/show/movie, etc. * Cinema "On Now" a new unified interface for all instant-watch on demand content for immediate viewing (PPV and ondemand)