How do I get rid of SD channels completely?

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How do I get rid of SD channels completely?

I don't ever want to view any SD channels ever again. I've had an HD TV for over ten years now...it's time to move on, but I can't. Uverse keeps getting in my way. Here's how:

 

1. I remove all SD channels from the guide but UVerse keeps adding more channels, including ones that I can't hide. This is a battle I'm losing. No matter what I do, I keep seeing SD channels in my guide. To make matters worse, they are at the top of the guide. 

 

2. The mobile app doesn't remember the HD setting so it inevitably shows me SD shows. When I'm on top of my game, I remember to hit the Filter button and tap "HD Channels Only" so I'm good. 25% of the time (100% during NFL playoffs), I'm dumb and forget to do that so I record SD channels. 

 

AT&T, PLEASE give me the option to disable SD everywhere. I don't want it anymore.

 

Failing that, could you at least have the app remember the setting so I don't have to select it every time?

 

Am I the only one?

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BillD64 wrote:

So the community approved solution is there is nothing that can be done???  I have been trying to get an all HD selection for the last 8 years. My past provider didn't have any content that wasn't available in an HD broadcast but they still had all of the SD crap taking up space.

 

Bill


I don't feel that SD is crap. I have a 5 year old son in the house who watches the cartoon / kids channels in SD, it's not like he knows he's watch Teen Titans in SD as opposed to HD.  The military channel is SD which I happen to watch. There are times when I recording two or three shows at once and others in the house are required to watch SD.  It doesn't take up any extra space and there are still those that have tube TVs that aren't HD capable. You don't want to see them, that's your perogative, you have two choices,

1) Hide the SD channels  Menu -> Options -> Channel Options -> Hide Channels

2) Start your channel surfing on channel 1000

 

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BillD64 wrote:

So the community approved solution is there is nothing that can be done???  I have been trying to get an all HD selection for the last 8 years. My past provider didn't have any content that wasn't available in an HD broadcast but they still had all of the SD crap taking up space.

 

Bill


The way people are on this forum, if you take away all of the SD channels, there will be a huge uproar, more so than people like you who are complaining that they are still there. I do not watch the SD channels, generally, but I would be unhappy if they were taken away. I do watch The Military Channel once in a while.

 


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I found your post amusing and a bit uninformed. ALL providers include both SD and HD channels for many networks. Several reasons why. Transmission of HD channels can go down at the source or anywhere on their path to your home. Example NBC with the upcoming Olympics. If U-verse only offered NBC in HD and for whatever reason that signal was lost at the source even for just a few minutes you'd be out of luck and no doubt U-verse would get tens of thousands of complaints.

 

 

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As I mentioned in another thread, if U-Verse got rid of all of the SD channels, then there would be no chance that U-Verse could have sub-channels if that policy would ever change. You cannot have it both ways.

 


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If you get rid of the sd channels would you not loose one of your 4 feeds.  If I am not incorrect of the 4 feeds only 3 can be in hd.  Also if you get rid of sd everyone will loose a lot of channels that are sd only.  I do not see any problem all you have to do is put a 1 in front of the channel you are watching and if there is an hd counterpart it will change to the hd channel if there is not an hd channel it will stay on the channel you are watching.  That makes more sense to me than trying to figure out what channels are in hd.  I do not watch based on channels I watch based on programs I want to see.  I do check when I change to the sd channel to see if it has an hd channel by putting a 1 in front of the channel number and if the channel is in hd it will switch to that channel.

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db821arc wrote:

If you get rid of the sd channels would you not loose one of your 4 feeds.  If I am not incorrect of the 4 feeds only 3 can be in hd.  Also if you get rid of sd everyone will loose a lot of channels that are sd only.  I do not see any problem all you have to do is put a 1 in front of the channel you are watching and if there is an hd counterpart it will change to the hd channel if there is not an hd channel it will stay on the channel you are watching.  That makes more sense to me than trying to figure out what channels are in hd.  I do not watch based on channels I watch based on programs I want to see.  I do check when I change to the sd channel to see if it has an hd channel by putting a 1 in front of the channel number and if the channel is in hd it will switch to that channel.


The number of feeds you get is not dependent on SD vs. HD.  Everyone gets 4 regardless if they have HD (U400) or pay the HD fee (<U300)

 

The only caveat is how many of those HD feeds can be recorded in HD vs. SD.

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If I read the original post, he is not saying get rid of SD channels.  He is only saying to have a savable setting for the Guide and the mobile app that tells it to display only HD channels.  Anyone that still wants to see SD just would not select that setting.  The setting needs to be savable so that it does not need to be selected each time you turn on a receiver or open the web app.

 

I only watch HD myself and everytime I bring up the guide, the first thing I have to do is change to a channel above 1000.  With the remote problem of double presses and delayed presses, it sometimes takes several tries to do this.  I could create favorites, but as I understand, this has to be done on every receiver, you can't just create one favorite list that can be used by all receivers.  I have seven receivers (including the DVR) so this is not pratical.

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jamesteixeira - I feel similarly about being able to access HD. I guess, you & others are hampered by others accessing SD channels on "your " TV. I hardly ever access SD & no one else watches "my" TV, so the guide is almost always in the HD range.

I did come up with a suggestion for moving the guide from the SD range to the HD range. Instead of entering a specific channel enter 999. There is one less button push and 9 seems to be better accepted than some. This will position you at the start of the HD channels, where the broadcast channels are - followed by cable channels.

If you want to watch a channel that is HD and pick up the HD guide from that, then you are stuck entering the full digits. If there are blank channels ahead of it, you may be able to make it work better by entering one of those. U-verse does not fail an invalid channel, it goes to the next highest.

I would really like to see a "favorite channel " button that triggers the STB to select that pre-specified channel. One command as opposed to a remote generating the channel numbers automatically.

You should try Favorites - at least on your main TV. I had avoided it because it does not have one button access. But, I have gotten used to it.

To add a channel to favorites - click enter/zoom, select add to favorites.
To view favorite guide - Menu - 2 down arrow - OK

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This says it's solved but I disagree.  Having to click 5 buttons in order to get to your favorites is not a solution to the problem of wanting to permanently delete the ENTIRE list of SD channels that you don't need.  AT&T this seems like a really simple system update that is possible with a little program tweaking.  If you would like to hire me to add this feature to your Uverse, I would be happy to do it for discounted service. Call me.

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This is basically what DirecTV does.  A channel (SD and HD) are assigned the same channel number...you simply go into settings and select "Hide SD Channels".  It only hides an SD channel if an HD channel exists...otherwise, it keeps the SD channel in the guide.  The thing that is most enjoyable is that both SD and HD have THE SAME CHANNEL NUMBER...none of this "add 1000" or "all HD channels at the bottom of the guide" stuff.

 

Hopefully, IF the merger happens, AT&T does not screw up this great DTV feature...and actually implements it on their UVerse solution.

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The only issue with hiding all SD channels, if you are recording too many HD you won't be able to watch anything.  I personally don't care if SD channels are showing since I have a 5yo who doesn't care if Paw Patrol is in HD and a wife who doesn't care if RHONY is in HD or SD.

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What merger?

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Fox Mulder wrote:

What merger?


Not so much a merger as ATT acquiring Direct. 

 

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/01/investing/att-directv/

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interesting!!

 

Thanks!!

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skeeterintexas wrote:

Fox Mulder wrote:

What merger?


Not so much a merger as ATT acquiring Direct. 

 

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/01/investing/att-directv/


Right.  I do think folks, even in the press, get "merger" and "acquisition" mixed up BUT if it happens, there will be some sort of merging of business lines, at some point.

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