Well, the long wait is finally over, but it appears to have been worth it. DIRECTV has started to come through on its promise to offer a huge selection of high-definition channels, with 21 added last week and another 11 coming on board two days ago. This brings the current number of HD channels offered by the satellite TV provider to 42, with a total of 100 HD channels promised by the end of the year.
The HD channels added last week include A&E HD, Animal Planet HD, Big Ten Network HD, CNN HD, Discovery Channel HD, The History Channel, The Learning Channel,The Movie Channel, NFL Network HD, The Science Channel HD, Showtime Too HD, Showtime West HD, Smithsonian Channel HD, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD, Starz HD East, Starz HD West, Starz Kids HD, TBS HD, The Weather Channel HD, and the Versus/Golf Channel.
The HD channels added October 3 include Comcast SportsNet Chicago HD, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic HD, New England Sports Network/NESN HD, SportsNet New York HD, YES HD, Cinemax East, Cinemax West, HBO West, Bravo, SciFi Channel, and USA Network.
Here at Abt, we reconfigured our DIRECTV equipment to receive the new HD channels and added two new HD DVR boxes to the store feed, so the new channels can now be seen on all of the HDTVs in our store. We’re all pretty amazed at how fantastic these high-def channels look.
If you currently have DIRECTV HD service, you must have the following in order to receive the new HD channels: a DIRECTV HD Receiver or DIRECTV Plus HD DVR, a 5-LNB satellite dish, and a B-Band Converter (BBC) module. Customers who sign up for new DIRECTV HD service will receive the new HD channels at the time of installation. —by Graham W.