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Al Jazeera English in talks with US 'Cable' Providers

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Rob, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Aug 1, 2011 #101 of 118
    KyL416

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    Correction, RNN Rise was made a cable exclusive a year or two ago while the subchannels now have MEGA TV, Arirang and GCN.

    Cablevision just has the main channel, which will have one of Al Jazeera's newscasts at 5pm, they don't have Rise like FiOS and TWC has. The main channel has infomercials most of the day, but evenings they have news, Frasier, Cheers and some other shows.

    They did have a 24/7 regional news format back in the day, including portions that focused on Long Island and New Jersey, providing an alternative to Cablevision owned News 12 and Newsday, but because of low penetration, and the court battle with Cablevision refusing to accept the must carry request, the numbers were low.


    Hopefully this results in people in NYC, the largest DMA, actually WATCHING the channel and form an opinion for themselves before dismissing it as "that terrorist channel"
     
  2. Aug 2, 2011 #102 of 118
    pablo

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    Indeed, it's nothing like that. Anyone perpetuating that falsehood is just ignorant of the fact and never watched a minute of the channel's programming.
     
  3. Aug 2, 2011 #103 of 118
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    Long overdue. Fortunately, I've been watching AJ just fine on my iPad.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2011 #104 of 118
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    Al Jazeera English (nor its Arabic counterpart) do not broadcast in HD, so it will be very difficult to carry it in HD.

    I still would like BBC World, CNN International, and Al Jazeera English..... and they can be SD just fine. I am much more interested in the information they provide at the touch of a remote-button, (instead of finding online streams), then the quality of the picture. Sure HD would be nice, but I much rather would watch them in SD, then not at all.
     
  5. Aug 3, 2011 #105 of 118
    pablo

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jazeera_English
    So why do they convert to SD, if they produce in HD?
     
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    BBC World would be nice on D
     
  7. Aug 4, 2011 #107 of 118
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    Probably because when they launched the network, they immediatly went with HD cameras. But getting the equipment to beam HD into space, is a whole different matter, let alone transfer it to the United States in HD.
     
  8. Aug 4, 2011 #108 of 118
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    I've been telling Directv that for years but they never respond with anything other than their meaningless pre-recorded emails. For whatever reasons, I believe they have a real bias against English international news sources, whether it be BBC, Al Jazeera, France 24, DW, NHK or whomever. Others here, I'm sure, will poo-poo this or make the usual excuses, but I remain firm in that belief.
     
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    So I may be off base here, but I understand that the BeIN Sports HD channel that's about to launch today is owned by Al Jazeera. Does this fact in any way improve the possibility of AJE coming to DirecTV, either in SD or HD?
     
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    I agree that SD is just fine. Those (along with HLN and Bloomberg) are channels where the audio is much more important than the video. IOW, these are channels I would listen to but would not watch, so why bother to waste the bandwidth for HD video.
     
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    AJE is a great news channel. I really wish D* would carry it...I get some of it part time on channel 2083 but would love to have it full time. Their coverage actually *is* unbiased...there's just a stigma with carrying the channel. But it rivals anything we have in the US for world news.
     
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    Those who tremble in their baggy drawers over Aljazeera are as ignorant of fact as an understanding of access to information.
     
  13. oldcrooner

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    Well said, sir!
     
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    Then you can vote with your pocketbook and cancel Directv if you don't like it. And at the same time those who agree with their programming choices can subscribe to them. That's the way the marketplace works. And as has been said multiple times in this thread, anyone with a broadband Internet connection can get most of those networks that you mentioned online.
     
  15. oldcrooner

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    I have no desire to cancel Directv. Secondly, I have been one of their subscribers for over 12 years and therefore have every right to offer them constructive criticisms and suggestions. Thirdly, although I also have a broadband Internet connection, I prefer watching television programming on a TV set not a computer screen. Although most of this resurrected thread is over a year old, Directv still remains deficient as concerns its world news programming and will continue to receive comments from me regarding that whether you approve or not.
     
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    I'm able to watch it on Roku and it's pretty much unbiased news. They also have sports and discussion shows about mundane topics. It's OK but nothing fantastic. I would like to see Directv carry it for people who have a an interest in it. The British accents can be a problem for me.
     
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    I don't understand the "it's streamed online" logic. So are most shows on Hulu. I have the AJE app on my iPhone and can stream the channel any time I want, but I'd prefer to simply tune to the channel on my TV.
     
  18. Sep 3, 2012 #118 of 118
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    +1... I still channel surf, to an extent... especially when watching sports. It's nice to watch a twitter-, pop-culture-, and ad-free news source when important things are happening.

    Many of their correspondents are old BBC employees, and while they have an occasional issue about bias, good luck finding a station that doesn't. Practically every place I visited on international business had this available, and I've always been impressed by the lack of bullsh!t.

    For those that are unaware, there is a half hour segment of AJE that shows on LinkTV 375 2-3 times a day. Would be be better if it were 24x7, but something is better than nothing.
     

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