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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Greg Alsobrook, Dec 23, 2011.

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  1. Jan 3, 2012 #41 of 1156
    hahler2

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    For me I would like to see them in this order: H2, BBCA, and TruTV.

    I would be especially excited for H2. H2 seems to carry all the original content from History channel. Now on History all you see is shows like Pawn Stars and stuff. Shows that I have little interest to watch and really, not that much to do with history.
     
  2. Jan 3, 2012 #42 of 1156
    Justin85

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    DIY, Cooking, HLN, H2, NatGeo Wild, Pentagon Channel.

    Never mind, I'll take it all in HD Please!
     
  3. Jan 3, 2012 #43 of 1156
    mreposter

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    I'm not a big fan of "reality" programming either, but those shows helped the History Channel get double-digit increases in ratings last year. It's now the #5 ranked cable network.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2012 #44 of 1156
    APB101

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    If we were to get up to five basics added in HD, in 2012, and considering the current lineup of SDs, I'd guess the following from DirecTV:

    1. truTV HD
    2. BBC America HD
    3. Turner Classic Movies HD
    4. and 5. DIY Network HD and Cooking Channel HD

    In sequential order:
    230 DIY HD
    232 COOK HD
    246 truTV HD
    256 TCM HD
    264 BBCAM HD


    This doesn't disregard other possibilities — such as Headline News (ch. 204), Style Network (ch. 235), E! Entertainment Television (ch. 236), Lifetime Movie Network (ch. 253), and H2 (ch. 271) — but I would guess there to be no festivus. (A festivus would be beyond 10. More to the tune of 20 basics for HD.) Nevertheless, there's only one other direction to take, compared to 2011, and that's going from one [1] to zero [0] additions.

    Based on what Satelliteracer mentioned, there is slight encouragement.
     
  5. Jan 3, 2012 #45 of 1156
    crawdad62

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    I've noticed that a lot of people want IFC in HD. The last time I saw the channel in HD is was horrible. I was really surprised since I figured a channel catering towards showing movies would be good. Maybe it's changed?
     
  6. Jan 3, 2012 #46 of 1156
    twiseguy

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    Fox Sports Ohio (660) & FSN Cinci (661), BOTH available in HD 24/7

    Direct TV carries SD version only except for most Cavs basketball and Blue Jackets hockey. The ONLY time 660-1 & 661-1 are running.
     
  7. Jan 3, 2012 #47 of 1156
    APB101

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    I had the chance to look over some programming, including IFC HD, at a Comcast office. Not a great display. And I couldn't hang out for hours to see more than one program. What was on was a movie with Anna Paquin. Letter box.

    Fuse HD, also from AMC Networks, looked great. And so did a cooking channel on We TV HD, also from AMC Networks. I bring those two up because of being from the same company (which was named Rainbow Media).

    If we were going to be given five new basics in HD, and the selection was motivated by quality of picture from a given programmer, Home Shopping Network HD and QVC HD would beat out IFC HD. So would Investigation Discovery HD and The Hub HD, both from Discovery Communications.

    With this brand new year 2012, I'd like to see DirecTV add at least 15 basics in HD. But, due to capacity, I get the impression they don't have a pot to piss in.
     
  8. Jan 3, 2012 #48 of 1156
    georule

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    Yes, when the original report was saying within 12 months, SR said that was incorrect; that within 18 months was the target. Which would be Fall 2012. So a temp for the NCAA tourney again could definitely be in the cards. Which makes me wonder if D* is already paying for TruHD and just not using it full-time for infrastructure reasons. . . or if Turner was feeling so much heat from NCAA they actually agreed to that kind of odd two-off (last year's tourney and this year's tourney) deal.
     
  9. Jan 3, 2012 #49 of 1156
    Alan Gordon

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    I remember reading about DirecTV adding Hallmark Movie Channel around two years prior to DirecTV actually adding it... and by that time, it was HD only...

    Univision was on 101°... hence why it was added to 99°/103°... ditto with GolTV, but aside from Galavision (I believe that's what it is called) which I'm not sure is available in HD or not, all the rest of the channels are on 119°, so they could be added to 110°/119° easily.

    I suspect any POSSIBLE addition of the future Encore Espanol would go to 99°/103° though...

    ~Alan
     
  10. Jan 3, 2012 #50 of 1156
    Alan Gordon

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    I already added Universal Sports, Pac-12 Network, and WWE Network yesterday, and BYU TV has been on there for months, but I'll add the rest later...

    Pac-12: It's going to be SEVEN channels?!?!?!?! :confused: :eek2:

    ~Alan
     
  11. Jan 3, 2012 #51 of 1156
    dod1450

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    For those who were receiving Universal Sports over the air. It is no longer being broadcast OTA. The only way is to receive Universal Sports is via a satellite or cable.



     
  12. Jan 3, 2012 #52 of 1156
    Paul Secic

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    The History Channel lost it's history. Seems like reality shows are taking over.
     
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    Paul Secic

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    IFC has commercial every 5 minutes. I stopped watching it a year ago.
     
  14. Jan 3, 2012 #54 of 1156
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    BBC America
    Cooking Channel
    E!
    H2
    IFC
    Investigation Discovery
    Oxygen
     
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    For one, because it is free. Well, free as in no retransmission fees are charged by the Pentagon, there is always a (relatively insignificant) cost to get the signal to DirecTV, and beam it up to space.

    And it is a "feel good" addition. The network not only gears to active military personnel, it also gears to veterans as well to family of those who are deployed. And although Iraq is no longer an issue, the U.S. still has about a quarter of a million men and women stationed abroad or afloat. (Afghanistan, but also Germany, England, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, and a few dozen smaller deployments).

    I personally probably won't watch it much. But given what our troops have done for our country, and what they are still doing for our country, I have no problem with this channel addition. If it helps active personnel, veterans, and family of those in any way, I think it is a worthy addition.
     
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    mreposter

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    I wasn't commenting on the programming on the Pentagon Channel, I was just raising questions about the validity of the reports that it was "coming soon."

    There are a number of channels Directv could get for little or nothing (CSPAN3 comes to mind) but if Directv is looking to lower programming costs, it sounds odd to me that they would be negotiating deals with niche channels like this.

    The one thing going for Pentagon is the target audience. As you said, vets and their families are a large group and offering the channel might bring in new customers. Much like adding locals or RSNs, there are certain types of programming that drive up new subscriptions. From a business perspective, if Pentagon can expand the customer base, it's worth the investment.

    Then again, Directv adding Shorts HD was rather baffling. Were they just looking for some super-cheap HD filler? Nothing against the programming on Shorts, but having that channel isn't going to make thousands of people suddenly drop cable and sign up for D*.
     
  17. Jan 3, 2012 #57 of 1156
    JoeTheDragon

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    a other thing to look at is D* is low on SD space. Also they need space in the the guide.
     
  18. Jan 4, 2012 #58 of 1156
    DaveC27

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    I would much rather have an IFC PPV channel, one of the reasons I also subscribe to cable is their PPV channel which allows me to see some of the films that are currently showing at the IFC theater in NYC
     
  19. Jan 4, 2012 #59 of 1156
    crawdad62

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    That would be nice. I used to watch IFC all the time. I loved watching the original programming as much as anything. I liked "Dinner For Five" and Henry Rollins. Really haven't spent much time checking it out lately. Sorry to veer OT a bit.
     
  20. Jan 4, 2012 #60 of 1156
    nola56

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    ^Plus 1
     
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