That's very true, and especially true of Telesat. They have not had the best track record for satellites. There was issues with Anik E1, E2, F1 and Nimiq 2 and I'm sure others. I'm sure there is no plan B, except to dangle the carrot to customers and say, stick with us, we'll eventually get it right.New channels 2012...2013. Satellite launches have failed at times. Plan B?
They could also make the cheapest new receiver they offer (non HD) able to decode HD even if outputs in SD. The cost is minimal today, the chip in fact could cost even less than a non HD decoder. They should start swaping old receivers (I think the new GUIDE alone is a good enough incentive) and eliminate all SD channels which have an HD equivalent. More will come soon. This will free a number of transponders and make space for HD.That's very true, and especially true of Telesat. They have not had the best track record for satellites. There was issues with Anik E1, E2, F1 and Nimiq 2 and I'm sure others. I'm sure there is no plan B, except to dangle the carrot to customers and say, stick with us, we'll eventually get it right.
This is the thing that angers me most about Shaw Direct. They ordered this satellite back in 2010, knowing it would take 2-2 1/2 years to get it into operation. Once the 600 series receivers came out, they should have begun the switch of all HD channels to MPEG-4 so that they could keep up with demand. Instead they choose to do nothing and here we are waiting almost another 8-10 months before anything new comes. I am beyond frustrated when I see all the other providers launch HD channels and all we have gotten in the last year is one additional English HD channel.
I wouldn't be so impatient and so vocal about this if Shaw Direct would at least try to make an attempt to add some HD channels between now and the launch of G1. Even 5 or 6 new HD channels would go a long way with me. It's the fact that we are getting nothing at all that makes me very bitter about the situation.
If Shaw Direct is still in business at that time.they see the wait out for G1 more economical.
Meaning it not a loss but a normal migration from analogue Cable to Digital.Bent, can you site your reference for stating that Shaw Cable has lost 66,000 subscribers in the last quarter? After I read that I was curious if they had actually lost that many and looked at the first quartlery report for 2012 and it states that while they lost almost 23,000 basic cable subscribers, that the rest of the divisions made gains that outweigh that loss. ie they gained almost 60,000 digital cable subscribers http://www.shaw.ca/uploadedFiles/Corporate/Investors/Financial_Reports/1stQtr2012.pdf page 4
I think they don't have any transponder space until the new sat by the end of the year.I also doubt that SD will be the only Canadian provider to carry it ,as all the others dropped HDNet before SD.Anyway they are changing their name and probably programming structure in Summer in US also.Does anyone know if Shaw Direct has plans to bring back HD Net?
Space is part of DILite so I suppose Space HD also.If not it should be part of HD Extra as it's replacing HDNet.Not sure ,as I have HD Extra on top of DILite.I am wondering if any one else has noticed the following: We have Digital Indulgence Lite, and the following channels are on freeview, Slice (which is part of our package), National Geographic (which is part of our package), Space HD, DIY, and Spark. The odd thing is that the Free preview band on the station icon only appears on Spark and Space HD. It does not appear on DIY, which is not part of the package. I am assuming that Spark and Space HD are also not part of our package.
I liked the concerts they played on Sunday and will miss that no other network was carrying that stuff.HDNET will not be back. The replacement channel coming this summer as mentioned above will be AXS.TV: http://www.hd.net/press_articles/hdnet-to-become-axs-tv/
They will still cover MMA as they do now with HDNET. I have already asked Shaw Direct to add this channel. Hopefully many others will do the same to get the unique MMA coverage they offer back for us to watch on the new AXS.TV channel.