PVRBlog on DirecTV’s HD problem
PVRblog | TiVo, ReplayTV, and other PVR news and reviews Ok, so some of you may have read where I was bitching last Sunday about the screwing that DirecTV and Rupert Murdoch were about to give HDTV DirecTV TiVo customers. Now Matt Haughey over PVRblog has more on the issue.
According to Matt:
“I called today to see how that FCC ruling went and unfortunately, DirecTV lost. If you get local channels in standard definition format, you cannot get HD. DirecTV can only offer Over the Air (OTA) antennas, which doesn’t help me being out in the hilly regions away from Portalnd, OR. They did say if I lived in LA or NYC, I could get local channels in HD from DirecTV, but otherwise the rest of the country was screwed.”
Well, yes and no. That may be the official line but DirecTV does have a second network programming package in addition to a local programming package that you may or may not know about and I get it here now in San Francisco. It’s called “Network from NYC/LA Monthly” and they charge $2.25 per month per network for it. So I pay $9 a month and basically get all four networks in HDTV. Now I know that this is not “local” HDTV. But as far as I’m concerned “local” is irrelevant. I really want local only so that I can get HDTV Network programming.
In fact I much prefer getting the “Network from NYC/LA Monthly” line up as I get both East Coast and West Coast feeds. As if my four tuner HDTV TiVo were not enough, when I have East and West Coast feeds to choose from any possible recording conflict is eliminated. It also gives me the opportunity to watch Desperate Housewives at 7 p.m. on Sunday night (broadcast on the East Coast at 6 p.m. PST) and still be able to fast forward through all of the commercials.
Now I think you have to kind of be tricky about how you get “Network: from NYC/LA Monthly” but if you can find the right guy at DirecTV (you may need to convince them that you cannot get local reception in your area) you should be able to sign up for it.
Now I still may get screwed by Rupert and his cronies but as long as they leave the “Network: from NYC/LA Monthly” in an HDTV format that my HDTV can receive (along with the other current premium HDTV content, HBO, Showtime, Mark Cuban, etc.) then I will be a happy camper. They can drop local HDTV programming all that they want. If on the other hand they drop the “Network: from NYC/LA Monthly” broadcasts then I’m probably screwed and you’ll probably hear a lot more bitching from Thomas Hawk on the matter.
Would love it if someone from DirecTV or TiVo might be able to comment on this — even anonymously.
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