Typically those channels duplicated, say in the spanish package numbers and regular subscription numbers, actually take no additional space.
To the Verizon and Verizon Fios company:
I'm getting alittle annoyed that no HD channels has been added to the guide. You say to your customers that you got the most HD channels than anyone else, well, that it not sure at all. Right now Verizon has about 124 hd channels. However AT&T, that's right I said it has about 141, Comcast has about 143, TWC (Time Warner Cable) has about 149, Bright House has about 143.
If I was you I would be addeding new HD channels more often. Here is my request to be added very soon. (*Note I live in Massachsuetts, so other regions may not receive it.)
- Africa Channel HD
- BBC America HD
- BBC World News HD
- C-SPAN HD
- C-SPAN 2 HD
- C-SPAN 3 HD
- Cartoon Netowrk HD
- CBS Sports Network HD
- Cooking Channel HD
- Disney Junior HD
- DogTV HD
- G4 HD
- Hallmark Channel HD (different than Hallmark Movie Channel HD, which they include it)
- HLN HD
- MTV2 HD
- MTVU HD
- MTV Hits HD
- MTV Jams HD
- Music Choice HD
- NECN HD
- Oprah Winfrey Network HD
- Sony Movie Channel HD
- Sprout HD
- Style Network HD
- Turner Classic Movies HD
- TV Guide Channel HD
- TV Land HD
- TV One HD
- WWE HD
Will can't Verizon at least address the issue of adding new HD Channels?
You mean will Verizon publically comment on what they are doing to add more HD content, not in a billion years. They would rather keep their customers in the dark and annoy the living heck out of them (to the point that they start switching to other service providers) then inform them of what is going on (a brilliant business decsion to alienate your customers). Then they comment by saying we don't want the "Bad Guys" to know what they are working on, which always made me laugh because those "Bad Guys" are all 10 steps ahead of Verizon now. But that being said, this conversion from MPEG-4 to MPEG-2 is supposedly to free up QAM space which will allow them to finally add more content. But like I said in another post, I am not a techie and can't spout off all the specifics about how that works nor do I have any clue on how long it will take them to do it. It's just from what I've read here and on other websites.
But that being said, this conversion from MPEG-4 to MPEG-2 is supposedly to free up QAM space which will allow them to finally add more content. But like I said in another post, I am not a techie and can't spout off all the specifics about how that works nor do I have any clue on how long it will take them to do it. It's just from what I've read here and on other websites.
A mpeg-4 channel of the same quality will fit in approximately half the space. I.e. add two channels where they previously had one Mpeg-2 channel. So for every channel they convert they can add one.
But, because it means replacing some customer boxes, none of us can guess how aggresive they might decide to be on such switch over.
Note that a large number of the channels, e.g.ESPN, HBO, are already delivered to them as MPEG-4. That means for those channels they are currently using convertors to switch them back to MPEG-2. This of couse is an added expense and slightly degrades the quality of the picture they are sending out.
When you browse the channel guide there will be VOD movies listed as tv stations. Is that taking up channels or is that a placeholder of some sort. If they got rid of the VOD as channels and filled them in with real TV stations, maybe that can solve some of the lack of new HD channels.
Based on this chart .... http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1058081 , Verizon has NO PLANS to add any major HD channels in the near future.
But we do have those great .tv HD channels filling up space.