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DirecTV launches QVC Plus channel, but not in HD


DirecTV has launched QVC Plus on channels 79 and 315, but the new channel from QVC is not offered in HD. This shouldn’t come a surprise because DirecTV doesn’t offer the parent channel QVC in high-definition either, even though the network does provide a 1080i feed. [Editor’s note: QVC provides a 1080i feed of both channels, and QVC can be found in HD on DirecTV 275. However, QVC Plus is not offered by DirecTV in HD.] While shopping on TV may not be your thing, those diamond rings sure do sparkle a bit more in high-def. And to be honest, the 480i feed looks terrible on a big-screen HDTV.

QVC Plus follows an interesting format. From what we can gather the channel is actually a rebroadcast of the QVC programming, only delayed by three hours. However, QVC says future plans for QVC Plus may include unique programming.

QVC Plus also launched with other service providers including MCTV (channel 158), Kuhn Communications (channel 214), Thames Valley Communications (channel 94), and Cincinnati Bell Fioptics (channel 244). Those providers, it would appear, do not offer high-definition broadcasts of the channel either.

However, QVC Plus is scheduled to launch on cable networks Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks beginning in September. And, it looks like Bright House will be offering the HD broadcasts of the channel in several markets (although we can’t yet confirm this).

DirecTV actually announced the launch of the new QVC channel early this week, but we haven’t seen the channels appear in the guide until this morning.

QVC Plus is also broadcast on QVC’s website, where a pop-up window provides a live feed player from which you can choose QVC or QVC Plus.

Jeff Chabot
Jeff Chabot
Jeff has a background in photography, video and television production. He writes about technology, broadcasting, home theater, and digital entertainment.


  1. Doesn’t anybody else remember Q2, the first time QVC tried programming a second channel? It was on from 1994 to 1998. There was some original programming with a host (named Rachel, I think) who worked with a puppet.

  2. I don’t know anything about “conflicting reports,” but I found that QVC had gone HD on 275 about a week and a half ago (as of this post). No publicity about it at all. As usual, you have to proactively add the HD channel to your Favorites, which may be why some people think they’re not getting QVC in HD.


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