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You have to admit at least it's better then the useless Frame space waster.
As far as the others yes I'ld like them all but not if I have to pay for both feeds (sd & hd) You should have the option to pay for only HD feeds if that's what you want. I have freinds that don't (and most likely never will) have HD
 

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Just spoke to a CSR a few minutes ago. I asked him if there would be any new HD channels coming before the launch of the new satellite. He said that while he doesn't have specifics that we can "be assured of new HD channels before the new satellite is launched". Here's to hoping.
 

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It would make sense to add Global BC in HD:
-Shaw owns it
-Global BC is very popular
-There are a ton of Shaw Direct subs in BC
-It would give Shaw Direct sim-subbing opportunties for Global BC in the Vancouver area
 

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Or all of BC, if Ontario is any judge, where most Ontarians have Global SD and HD Sim-Subbed, regardless if they have an HD transmitter available.

But yes, when G1 goes into service, it should mean a lot of the local channels that have HD, will be on Shaw Direct, as well as a lot more specialty channels.
 

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As far as Vancouver HD channels, CBC HD Vancouver would be really nice. It would offer timeshifting for CBC shows (many CTV/Global shows are available on US timeshifting), plus CBC Vancouver airs a different HNIC game than CBC Toronto sometimes.
 

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I'ld like to see 1 eastern chanel and 1 western chan ie: Global Toronto Global Van,Edmonton or Calgary and so on just for the time shift thing. I'm a shift worker so that works out for me
 

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It's because they should be adding way more then just Food Network HD. They are missing 30+ HD specialty channels and that's not even including the countless locals and french HD channels either.

I'm sure a lot of people want Space HD, Discovery HD, Much HD, Family HD, YTV HD, Animal Planet HD...The lost goes on.
yeah, if you're only going to add one new HD channel, then wouldn't 'Space' be the one? Personally, I already miss the fireplace channel.....can we have that one back as well, please?
 

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I think they (Shaw Direct) have made it clear we won't be getting many more new HD channels until the new sattelite is up and running. I think they should do as they did with the Frame, trade off. How many people listen to the radio stations through the dish,getting rid of them would free up space surely at least enough for the much coveted Space HD
 

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Some (but obviously not all) of those signals are used by retransmitters. One example is CFMI Rock 101 Vancouver is retransmitted at Donald Station, BC near Golden.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFMI-FM
I believe you would have to delete 10 radio stations to get 1 HD channel, since about 30 radio stations fit into one transponder.
We also don't know if there are contracts involved.
 

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I think they (Shaw Direct) have made it clear we won't be getting many more new HD channels until the new sattelite is up and running. I think they should do as they did with the Frame, trade off. How many people listen to the radio stations through the dish,getting rid of them would free up space surely at least enough for the much coveted Space HD
I listen to the radio stations. Bad idea.

Here's an idea. Get rid of Space SD and replace it with Space HD. Why do we need channel duplication?

If you want more HD, why don't you change providers or just wait until they eventually get added? It obviously cannot be done all at once.
 

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Ok so my point is you can't please evereyone no matter what you do. The original post was about adding Food HD which brought about posts complaining about it not being some different channel. So even if you added every available Hd channel someone would find something to grumble about because it's an express your opinion forum.
 

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I think they (Shaw Direct) have made it clear we won't be getting many more new HD channels until the new sattelite is up and running. I think they should do as they did with the Frame, trade off. How many people listen to the radio stations through the dish,getting rid of them would free up space surely at least enough for the much coveted Space HD
I listen to the radio stations a lot. Definitely don't want to see them go.
 

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at this point they should just wait until the new satellite is up. once that is up there better be a huge upgrade in offerings including a college sports pack to show basketball and football games from espn/espn2, otherwise that's it for me.

once they do have the new offerings up, they also better not have a spike in cost. for a college sports pack, that should be ppv speciality, so of course a cost associated with that similar to what bell offers (currently $100 for football and basketball combined lasting sep-mar)
 

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The radio stations are all over the place as far as transponders go, so cannot be eliminated for more TV channels. The exception is the Galaxie channels, they are, or were, on one or two transponders.
 

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Wow, sure stirred the fire with the radio station comment. I'm quite suprised that a person living in a major city (Edmonton) with quite a few stations available over the air listens to ones on the dish. I didn't think they were that popular, I stand corrected.
 

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Regarding New Channels, Now that NFL Sunday Ticket is done, and when NHL Centre Ice ends in April, could Shaw Direct use this bandwidth space for adding some HD Speciality channels?

My thought is the bandwidth they are currently using for these sports packages when it comes available in April is it just left open? Could SD then use this space for speciality HD channels that they would like to add?

With Most Sport package subscribers being switched over this past fall to the new receivers, could they then package all the sports packages on to mpeg-4 format? Or would there still be a bandwidth crunch until the new satellite is up and functioning.
 

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Not going to happen- these channels go to PPV when not used for NHL CI/ NFLST.
Also, come next fall- they would need to reclaim those channels back.

Just look at the stink caused by the deletion of The Frame for Food HD. Imagine if they added and then deleted 4 or 6 more channels.
 

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I never heard of a stink of The Frame being dropped for a real HD channel (maybe some stink for it being Food and not Space), in fact I heard praise. I am more in the praise column.

As for the radio stations, I mostly wouldn't miss them, but like the convenience of them, especially having CBC Radio available to record on the TiVo (which does have program data for CBC Radio Toronto).
 
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