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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 24, 2012.

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  1. Apr 11, 2012 #221 of 1602
    RML81

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    I understand. However, I would note that none of the channels that most of us want are in ranked in the top 25 in terms of ratings, so I would presume that the differences at this depth in the barrel of viewer demand are comparatively minor. That said, I could be wrong :).
     
  2. Apr 11, 2012 #222 of 1602
    RML81

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    My comment was mainly in reaction to the negative comments I had read in the posts above. I understand that this is all business.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2012 #223 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    The last time I watched E!, I think I was either a teenager or barely in my 20s. I watch "The Voice" which they air, but I watch them on NBC, and I have ZERO interest in the rest of their programming...

    Last year, DirecTV added 14 channels. I liked one of them! Granted, most of them were either premiums that I don't subscribe to or 3D channels which I can't watch, or else that number would be different.

    This year, three channels were added (to my knowledge), and I'm 0 for 3.

    I'm happy for those who are happy, but it is an extremely disappointing anticlimactic event for me. :(

    Yeah... my personal disappointment aside, I understand it. :(

    I'm still fascinated by the disconnect in the ratings though. I know one person who watches E!... a good friend in Michigan. Besides her, most everyone I know would consider the sheer act of watching E! akin to a punishment one might experience in Hell. :rolleyes:

    Granted, I only know a few people who watch BBCA, and only slightly more who watch TCM, but pretty much everyone I know watches programming on TV Land, and EVERYONE I know watches programming on DIY... so I'm still surprised by the differences shown in the ratings. :eek2:

    ~Alan
     
  4. Apr 11, 2012 #224 of 1602
    inkahauts

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    Why? I don't get it... I'm happy for every new Hi Definition channel we get, even if I never watch it. The more the better for everyone overall.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2012 #225 of 1602
    inkahauts

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    You said that wrong. Never ever sign up with anyone based on a single channel coming soon.
     
  6. Apr 11, 2012 #226 of 1602
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    Absolutely. There have been some really bad Blu's.

    Of course sometimes it's what you have to work with. In the Star Trek Next Gen sampler, there are a few minutes of substandard video, basically because they couldn't find the original piece of film. In some ways I am surprised that we have so many excellent transfers of the really old movies. Calling the original film stock flammable can be an understatement.
     
  7. Apr 11, 2012 #227 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    Again... I'm happy for those who like the channel.

    I feel EVERY channel available in SD on DirecTV SHOULD be available in HD on DirecTV... E! included.

    There are a considerable amount of channels on DirecTV whose programming I watch that are still in SD, and the last several years hasn't been the kindest in dwindling that number down. If transponder space wasn't an issue, I'd be less disappointed, but as it is now, this channel isn't a cause of celebration for me personally.

    Once again... I'm happy for those who like the channel.

    ~Alan
     
  8. Apr 11, 2012 #228 of 1602
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    I don't know in detail the programming on E!, but I'd say that Directv should have waited until late this year to add E! and give us something else now. One of the big things on E! or, at least, what wife watches, are the red carpet shows plus the Fashion police shows - but academy awards has taken place +- 1 1/2 months ago and isnt' award season back only towards December timeframe?

    Anyway, like SatRacer said, provided that "more HD will come" and that Directv keeps on giving them, eventually I'll get the ones on my I want list: BBCA HD and the 2 Deportes Channels in HD.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2012 #229 of 1602
    inkahauts

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    Depends on what the price is to carry the channels... :)
     
  10. Apr 11, 2012 #230 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    Last week, I watched on Blu-ray:

    "The Ten Commandments"
    "King Of Kings"
    "The Robe"

    All three had AWE-INSPIRING PQ (particularly the first one), and it's absolutely amazing to think that at least one or two (I can't remember) were filmed in better quality than a considerable amount of today's films. :(

    ~Alan
     
  11. Apr 11, 2012 #231 of 1602
    Hoosier205

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    What benefit would there have been in waiting to add it? It's not like they have two channels and only one slot available. They add channels as deals are reached. At times, you have a parent company that owns multiple channels and the channels DirecTV doesn't carry won't get added (or considered) until that retrans deal is up for renegotiation.
     
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    +1 I second that!
     
  13. Apr 11, 2012 #233 of 1602
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    Completely agreed.

    An apology to the group here... I didn't mean to rain on anyone's parade and (no kidding) really am glad that DirecTV has once again seen fit to open up and throw us a couple of bones.

    It is tough, though, when your favorite channels look like crap, yes, crap and the only thing you can do is set up a second (actually third) dish and take on another provider because Direct has programming that you absolutely cannot do without that Dish will never carry.

    Aw well, what the heck. :bang You guys enjoy your soup, or whatever that program is :lol:.
     
  14. Apr 11, 2012 #234 of 1602
    Davenlr

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    I feel your pain. I pay Comcast every month for those missing HD channels too. In a perfect world, I could just have one provider. Maybe someday.
     
  15. Apr 11, 2012 #235 of 1602
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    Grats to the E! fans! Here's to hoping more HD is on the way! I'm surprised they haven't added anything to HD Extra pack. Something like Funimation HD might bring in some subs to that package.
     
  16. Apr 11, 2012 #236 of 1602
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    :scratch: Perhaps you ought to send the bill to DirecTV. Explain your reason for having Comcast as well. That you are doing it to get the HDs DirecTV is failing to carry. Maybe DirecTV would send you a prorated reimbursement for the inconvenience of having to have more than one provider who delivers.
     
  17. Apr 11, 2012 #237 of 1602
    Hoosier205

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    I doubt they would do anything more than a normal discount. Folks don't have to carry more than one provider, the simply choose to do so.
     
  18. Apr 11, 2012 #238 of 1602
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    Not sure if this is complete. What springs to mind among the missing....

    Comcast/NBC Universal programming (with HDs):
    Comcast SportsNet Northwest HD
    Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia HD

    E! Entertainment Television HD
    G4 HD
    Oxygen HD
    PBS Kids Sprout HD
    Style Network HD
    TV One HD
     
  19. Apr 11, 2012 #239 of 1602
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    Alan,

    :) Also looking great on Blu-ray: David Lean's 1957 Oscar winner for best picture The Bridge on the River Kwai. Paid a good sale price at a well-known merchant, last year, and did it after viewing it on (if memory is correct) HDNet Movies. Glad that I bought it!
     
  20. Apr 11, 2012 #240 of 1602
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    Those of us who would switch providers over missing basic HD channels, would have done so WAY before AMC HD was launched.
     
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