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Cowboys and HDTV question

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by lurkercowboy, May 25, 2006.

  1. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Active Member

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    I just made the leap to HDTV with directv. Can anyone tell me how many Cowboy games are supposed to be in HD this season? How many were in HDTV last season? Anyone have information?
  2. pittdawg

    pittdawg Proud Father

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    i have directv and all games on cbs, fox or espn were broadcast in HD. if you have the nfl package, you have to pay an additional amount to get all the games in HD.
  3. DA FAN

    DA FAN Active Member

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    It depends on where you live.

    Where I live, Fox local station does not broadcast in HD. So even if I have Directv, I will not get any FOX games in HD. The same would apply for any other local channels that do not broadcast in HD.
  4. RCowboyFan

    RCowboyFan New Member

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    In DFW area, all Cowboys games will be HD on Local, which you will get through Directv if you have the local package too.

    And as Pittdawg said, NFL Sunday ticket does quite a bit of them in HD, but if you are in local market, I guess you wont need that anyway. Although I believe Directv announced last year that, from this season onwards, they will play even the Local TV games, in their scheduled NFL ticket channels also, instead of blacking them out in the NFL ticket channels.
  5. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Well, that seems to be true this year, but it wasn't the case last year... last year, many of the Cowboys games were blacked out on HD in my area, and it was the same the year before, so I put that extra hundred bucks back in my pocket...

    But this year, they say there's not gonna be any blackouts, so I'm probably gonna pony up again...

    Have you noticed that the HD broadcasts of AFC games were a noticeably higher definition than the NFC games were?? Those broadcasts were just AMAZING...
  6. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    If you have the Sunday Ticket, and fork over extra for their HD package, that's not the case... where you live will have absolutely no effect on the availability of the games...
  7. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Active Member

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    What is included in the HD package? Is that over and above the Sunday Ticket?

    Thanks everyone
  8. kmd24

    kmd24 Active Member

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    It somewhat depends on the native resolution of your set, I think. My set is 1080i, so the 720p signal that is broadcast by Fox, ABC, and ESPN don't look as good as the CBS broadcasts, which are in 1080i.

    OTOH, the CBS broacasts occasionally look worse (sort of pixelated I guess) when there is a zoomed in action shot with a lot of movement.
  9. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    I live in the Los Angeles area, and with the Sunday Ticket, I caught every Cowboys game in HD last year. It was a big jump from the year before where probably 50-75% of their games were HD. I'd expect just about every NFL game to be available in HD this year.
  10. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Dont you have to have 2 seperate dishes to get the DTV HDTV pkg?
  11. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    No, I believe it's just the receiver is different. I have DTV, but never looked into the HDTV. Mostly because I was traveling last year, so had to watch Cowboys games from a sports bar and did not get to check into the HDTV.
    This year I may see about it.
  12. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    I guess mine must be 1080i too...
  13. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    No, one dish, but you will have to get a different LNB for the dish... and of course, you'll need an HD receiver and an HDTV... I got two for one, the 38" RCA I bought (not a plasma) had the HD DirecTV receiver built into it...
  14. RegiStar

    RegiStar New Member

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    Actually you need a HDTV, an HD Receiver, and the oval satellite dish.
    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/imagine/HDTV_equipment.jsp

    For more of your questions answered go here:
    http://www.solidsignal.com/tech_faqs_01.asp

    That is all!
  15. lspain1

    lspain1 Active Member

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    HDTV on DirecTV, depending on your location, requires MPEG-2 (triple LNB dish + receiver) or MPEG-4 (5 LNB dish + receiver) equipment (MPEG-4 equipment gets you HD locals without an OTA antenna). Last year, IIRC, all but two or three Cowboys games ended up in HD. Getting the HD signal from DirecTV as a distant fan required the HD package, Sunday Ticket, and the Superfan Package. If you are in the Dallas local broadcast area, you will not need anything beyond the HD package to get the Cowboys. My personal experience was that getting all available football games in HD was worth the money but your mileage may vary.
  16. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Im calling DirectTV now. Thanks !!
  17. StanleySpadowski

    StanleySpadowski Active Member

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    Unless things have changed, that's not the case. If the Cowboys were on local channels (non-HD) then they were not available on HD Sunday Ticket channels.
  18. DA FAN

    DA FAN Active Member

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    That's what I was told at Circuit City. Believe me, I've looked into it several times. I would love to watch the games in HD.

    The only games I was able to watch in HD last year were games on ESPN. That's cause the local cable provide broadcast ESPN in HD.
  19. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    That was the case for me too, Stanley, here in the Shenandoah Valley... and the flippin' DC stations carried the Boys every time the Skins weren't playing... I ran into that the year before, and when they told me the policy was gonna be the same again last year, I passed... it just ain't worth a hundred bucks to see maybe 5 or 6 Cowboys games in HD...

    But things HAVE changed, DirecTV has announced that there will be no blackouts of HD games this year...

    At the same time, not all games were broadcast in HD last year, and I don't know if they'll all be available this year... so there may still be some weeks when the Boys won't be available, but I suspect not many...
  20. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    how much is the hdtv direct tv?

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