Choice Ultimate : Free Preview

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Ok, so all last week I wasn't getting all the channels in the Choice Ultimate package. My current package is the Select Classic package, I was getting some new channels (DIY, TMC, Tennis Channel) but wasn't getting others (Spike, other movie channels).

I called DirecTV on Saturday just to inquire and was told that there was no Free Preview.

I checked this morning and was still getting some of the channels I shouldn't. Hopefully I'll still have them when I get home.
 
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I had them all till last night then I lost 75% of them. Now there all gone. I guess it's when your box gets hit in the stream. The preview is officially over.
As far as packages go. I had choice xtra till Wed when I downgraded to family.
 
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the freeview ended this morning. I lost the few channels I had gained (Encore)
 
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Last night channels started falling out here but Encore was still there. This morning 721 everywhere. I was surprised the Wimbledon channels worked beside the family subs. Direct and Dish both need to add all the movie channels in the muxes on c band. When I had a 3 month freeview of them all with NPS in 2008 I had 87 channels total from the 3 big movie suppliers. Now thats a freeview :D
 
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Why have countless West coast versions the movie channels? Seems redundant if you ask me
If there is 1,2,10,20,80 movie channels thats too many :)
 
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Why have countless West coast versions the movie channels? Seems redundant if you ask me
If there is 1,2,10,20,80 movie channels thats too many :)

I love west coast feed's. Back in the day almost every channel I had on the bud had a west coast feed. The nice thing about it is if you liked some show or movie you could record it or watch it again 3 hours later. I guess its a Bud thing :)
 
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Back in the day almost every channel I had on the bud had a west coast feed.
back in the day gas was 39 cents a gallon too ;)

For the cable companies that need a west coast feed there are computers that automatically time shift it (that was noted in the thread about MeTV...) 3 hours so its really not needed

Me...I prefer a DVR to record it :) Plus most cable channels have in essence a west coast feed with the reruns of the shows. I can see the new "All Worked Up" at 9:00 or 1:00AM today on Tru TV
 
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back in the day gas was 39 cents a gallon too ;)

For the cable companies that need a west coast feed there are computers that automatically time shift it (that was noted in the thread about MeTV...) 3 hours so its really not needed

Me...I prefer a DVR to record it :) Plus most cable channels have in essence a west coast feed with the reruns of the shows. I can see the new "All Worked Up" at 9:00 or 1:00AM today on Tru TV

Gas was 29cents when I was a kid. My Dad could fill up his car (big old Chevy) for $5.00

I still like the west coast feeds, even better if there's a mountain feed thrown in there like with the networks :) or when CBC had 5 timezone feeds that was cool!
 
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Mike4HDTV said:
Choice Extra free trial 8/29 - 9/5
Cinemax Free trial 8/11 - 8/14

Most likely to show off new Cinemax HD proposed to be added at the end of July.
 
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They will add HD versions of existing channels....but may add some new ones
No west feeds though ;)
 
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They should shoot you guys in the west coast all west feeds via spot beams, and the guys over on the east coast all east feeds via spot beams. Then that opens up rooms on CONUS transponders for national HD's they don't carry separate east and west versions for. Just trying to think of ways to fix the bandwidth problem so we can get more national HD channels.
 
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Does Direct actually provide west coast feeds of anything but movies in HD? Most west coast stuff is on 101 SD. Those few channels staggered won't make much of a difference in bandwidth. They be better off dumping all those stupid shopping channels that have a viewership of 3.

Lets face it, there will never be enough bandwidth to support the amount of HD that people want. The more they add the more lite the video will become with softness and artifacts. Every time you guys that want more HD channels ask your degrading what is out there now. I don't care what so called lossless codec or VBR they use it will look worse with more crap filled in the bag. Lets put 12 HD channels in a mux... ya thats the ticket LOL.
 
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Does Direct actually provide west coast feeds of anything but movies in HD? Most west coast stuff is on 101 SD. Those few channels staggered won't make much of a difference in bandwidth. They be better off dumping all those stupid shopping channels that have a viewership of 3.

shopping channels pay to be on D*
the only stations that are "West coast" are Cartoon, Disney, Nick, Ion and the movie channels (off the top of my head)
 
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shopping channels pay to be on D*
the only stations that are "West coast" are Cartoon, Disney, Nick, Ion and the movie channels (off the top of my head)

I think U-verse offers a lot of West feed channels if anyone is interested in a lot of West feed channels.
They can be nice from time to time.
However, it does get annoying when the same programming is on both the East and West feed at the same time.
 
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Uverse hahaha... another second generation provider screwup. Its available 1/2 a block north of me but not by me. At&t can't keep my DSL or phone running right. They don't want to spend any money fixing the old infostructure but they want to keep raising bills. Like I'm going to give them more if they ever put it here. Time to pull the plug on all these subpar providers.
 
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