July 29, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
Let the HD voices cry out some more. DirecTV is at it again. This time, the satellite provider says that 30-plus more high-definition channels are going to start showing up beginning on August 14. And, oh yeah, it’ll start giving us movies in 1080p resolution later this year.
That’s a lot of HD news to swallow. And we can hear you now—“But DirecTV HD is so compressed!” “Hey, 30 more channels of garbage to watch in stretch-o-vision!” or the other side “Well 30 more HD channels is almost 30 more than my cable service is giving me now!”
We’ll let you debate DirecTV’s HD greatness or HD lite-ness in the comments below. As for the news, the company says the HD channel lineup will be boosted to 130, and all of its high-def programming will come in MPEG-4 coding with Dolby Digital audio.
New HD programming will include: Showtime Extreme HD, Showtime Showcase HD, Planet Green HD, ABC Family HD, additional DIRECTV HD pay per view channels and 23 Regional Sports Networks. It’s all part of DirecTV’s express train to 200 national HD channels and 1,500 local HD and digital channels, the company says, thanks to the DirecTV 11 and DirecTV 12 (due to launch next year) satellites.
And that other little wrinkle in the company’s news—full HD 1080p movies. I’m sure we’ll say equal opportunity rejoicing and criticizing over that whenever DirecTV begins airing the flicks. Either way, seems like a pretty exciting step. Especially considering my cable provider hasn’t added a single HD channel since I went high-def last November (DirecTV fans, can you sway me?).
Via: Engadget HD
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.