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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Elistan98, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. Aug 21, 2007 #61 of 320
    Earl Bonovich

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    The chances of getting the Big Ten Network in HD for the first couple weeks...

    Is marginal.... don't be too surprised if we dont' get the HD version until D10 is operational.

    There is no major benefit to DirecTV to install all the MPEG-2 HD equipment necessary, for just two weeks (or what ever it may be).

    We will find out in a few weeks.
     
  2. Aug 21, 2007 #62 of 320
    tonyd79

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    They can do up to two HD events without pulling anything. That is how they are doing EI and previews.

    Saturday afternoon is a deadzone for EI, so I am thinking at least one BTN game will be in HD (they probably will still do the one Fox Sports Net game in HD), maybe more depending on exact timing of the games.
     
  3. Aug 21, 2007 #63 of 320
    terryfoster

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    I would be surprised if they didn't figure out a way to make this happen for the first weekend on D* because of Fox Sports 49% interest in the channel.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2007 #64 of 320
    tonyd79

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    Yes, in fact, Fox networks in the Midwest are doing some cross-promotion.

    Meanwhile, Comcast moans about the "cost to the customer."
     
  5. Aug 21, 2007 #65 of 320
    Earl Bonovich

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    Remember guys...

    There is a lot more to it, then just a "bandwith" window...
    There is hardware, setup, ect... all that has cost...

    Would it prudent to spend all those resources, for something for a couple weeks..... or even just one season.... for something they already have determined will go to MPEG-4 ?

    Timeing of it just is bad... but it is very likely there won't be HD for the first couple weekends.
     
  6. Aug 21, 2007 #66 of 320
    DCSholtis

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    Your right Earl I forgot about it being MPEG-4. If they did the MPEG-2 to begin with then pulled it once D10 is active it would cause more problems than its worth.
     
  7. Aug 21, 2007 #67 of 320
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    I think the bigger issue is showing the games in HD to people with MPEG2 only equipment and then taking it away. Those people will be mighty upset that they could watch BTN in HD for a while and then all of a sudden cannot. D* would basically be trapped into showing BTN in MPEG2 HD for the rest of the season.

    Edit: DCSholtis, we think a little too much alike.
     
  8. Aug 21, 2007 #68 of 320
    Satelliteracer

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    Very deductive! (wink)
     
  9. Aug 21, 2007 #69 of 320
    briang5000

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    It's highly possible that D* could at least put the games up via spotbeam
    to some states and market if possible.

    Not the best solutio, but as an example. If STO isn't offering the Indians in HD during either of those weekends they could put the OSU games up in HD on 94 or 95.
     
  10. Aug 21, 2007 #70 of 320
    Earl Bonovich

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    But that gets very complicated...

    My buddy over on that side of the country said he was getting the game..
    But I can't.... I need an service call...
     
  11. Aug 21, 2007 #71 of 320
    Bill Johnson

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    C'mon, guys, do you really believe D* would scrimp on a few hundred thousand dollars or would worry about a few hundred thousand subs with MPEG2 getting upset because we only got the BTN in HD for a couple of weeks. They would simply use that as a promotion to encourage us to switch once we started complaining the third week about no HD.

    Any company that's had to bear the grief about HDLite for all these years is pretty thick-skinned when it comes to customer relations. I'm no gambler, but my money would be on BTN in HD immediately. And I'm kind of excited even though I'm waiting until December or so for MPEG4 to see what the PQ is. I have to hope and believe -- he perhaps foolishly says -- that D* will want to have outstanding HD PQ with a vengeance after all the aforesaid grief it's suffered over HDLite from subs like me!
     
  12. Aug 21, 2007 #72 of 320
    Earl Bonovich

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    Actually.... yes... I do. "Few Hundred Thousand Dollars" to be spent on something they are getting ZERO back on (since the BTN is in the base package).... is nothing to sneeze at. And then spending another "few hundred thousand dollars", to convert it all to MPEG-4... when they do the MPEG-2 cut off... for they are still not getting anything back on....

    Consider it just another reason to entice people to convert to MPEG-4 quicker.
     
  13. Aug 21, 2007 #73 of 320
    purtman

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    Earl, thanks for ruining my day. I was really looking forward to seeing the Buffalo at Penn State game in HD. :D
     
  14. Aug 21, 2007 #74 of 320
    jrodfoo

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    i think I would sell my tickets and just watch it in HD if I had tickets to the Buffalo and Florida Int. games haha
     
  15. Aug 21, 2007 #75 of 320
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    I don't see why DirecTV couldn't make the first weekend of Big 10 games an HD Sneak Peek (with big bold letters). IMO, it would make tremendous business sense if DirecTV ran an HD preview channel in mpeg2 for a few months showcasing their new content and encouraging folks with legacy systems to upgrade to see more.
     
  16. Aug 21, 2007 #76 of 320
    Bill Johnson

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    If Earl's right, I'm not too upset if the Buffalo & Fla. Inter. games aren't in HD, because I'm not sure I'd want to see the awful carnage in hi def. The real season's on the line with Notre Dame and Mich, the 2nd and 4th games which are guaranteed to be on nationwide HD.

    But still have hopes for the carnage in HD since I'm not sure Earl's talking only from a gut sense or inside stuff?
     
  17. Aug 21, 2007 #77 of 320
    DawgLink

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    I am dreaming of the day when all games are HD :(
     
  18. Aug 21, 2007 #78 of 320
    chopperjc

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    37 of 49 games on "The big board" are on next weekend, yes I would like all 49 in HD but we have come a long way in a short time! It only keeps getting better.
     
  19. Aug 22, 2007 #79 of 320
    GirkMonster

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    I am personally just happy and excited that we'll get BTN. The quality of many GamePlan feeds was abysmal. Anything will be an improvement.

    As for me, I'll be in Madison for the Badgers' game vs. WSU and the next week's matchup vs. UNLV is on Vs., so I'm content to wait until week 3 vs. The Citadel for HD - but, that's just me. It's so close we can almost feel it, another few weeks to get it right isn't a big deal. To me.
     
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