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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2 2011 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Scott Kocourek, Mar 17, 2011.

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  1. Apr 2, 2011 #181 of 4112
    Scott Kocourek

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    I am not so sure that most people have high speed internet available to them yet. Many people do but I have to believe there is a large portion of the country that can't get it or do not subscribe to it.
     
  2. Apr 2, 2011 #182 of 4112
    hdtvfan0001

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    The new HD premium channels launched.

    The additional new HD channels are pending as he stated, likely late April or early May.
     
  3. Apr 2, 2011 #183 of 4112
    tonyd79

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    But wouldn't those people that do not have high speed internet not have access to a system with video on demand? Meaning that DirecTV does not have to offer on demand to those people to be competitive. Often, people who have no access to high speed internet have no other means of TV other than OTA and satellite.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2011 #184 of 4112
    Scott Kocourek

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    Wouldn't this make DirecTV more appealing to everyone, especially those who don't have other services available? This may also help with bandwidth caps. You could be given the choice, do you want it now and DL via internet, or put it in the queue for watching at a later time, DL via satellite? This way DirecTV can offer something that relies less on the customer and what other subscriptions they have in their home.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2011 #185 of 4112
    hdtvfan0001

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    Most people don't have broadband...only about 28% do, according to this report. In fact, the U.S. is doing poorly compared to other countries. One difference - the cost is higher here.

    http://www.websiteoptimization.com/bw/1001/

    That doesn't do much to see a strong near-term future for web-based advanced services.
     
  6. Apr 2, 2011 #186 of 4112
    cypherx

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    Maybe the Verizon LTE trials with DirecTV will help fill those broadband holes. That way they could download VOD using LTE rather than waste precious transponder space.

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  7. Apr 2, 2011 #187 of 4112
    Barmat

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    This discussion of VOD via the Internet is all well and good but what about those of us whose Internet provider has caps? Between netflix and a couple of 1080p VOD movies a month I would think those caps would be reached pretty quick.
     
  8. Apr 2, 2011 #188 of 4112
    hdtvfan0001

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    Very good point...and more and more folks will be joining that "camp" soon enough.

    I think the real point is that there are multiple alternatives/choice, each of which has its pros and cons. I share your view that streaming has plenty of downside based on bandwidth and caps.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2011 #189 of 4112
    Impala1ss

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    If they release info to 3rd parties to release to us, they could release the info. themselves. Now we wait until there is some article in some magazine/newspaper telling us of changes coming to D*.


    How successful COULD they be if they didn't treat subs. as unimportant (regarding new channel/shows announcements.) :(
     
  10. Apr 2, 2011 #190 of 4112
    hdtvfan0001

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    Choosing not to pre-announce things is hardly treating customers as unimportant.

    Not knowing the exact date of a new HD channel release doesn't force people to run around like their hair is on fire.

    When its ready, its ready. Simple.
     
  11. Apr 2, 2011 #191 of 4112
    Impala1ss

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    UNfortunately all we can do is ASSUME. D* provides us with no information.:mad:
     
  12. Apr 2, 2011 #192 of 4112
    tonyd79

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    Is your rant over?

    Why do you need this information? The only people who could need it are those actively shopping for services and they would be fools if they chose based on something that is not done.
     
  13. Apr 2, 2011 #193 of 4112
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    I'm with you on this one......

    Best example I have is my dad......he lives in Sacramento California, has AT&T for his internet service. His provider tells him he has "high speed internet", which is 768k DSL. When I've told him about my 20mbps service (which doesn't cost THAT much more, I live in Phoenix), he asks AT&T and they tell him that he's 2 or 3 "blocks" outside of the area where faster internet is provided and they have no plans of expanding into his area. And he lives in town, in the capital city of California.....

    I'd expect it to be much worse in rural areas.......
     
  14. Apr 2, 2011 #194 of 4112
    Impala1ss

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    You fanboys could/would defend an ax murderer.
     
  15. Apr 2, 2011 #195 of 4112
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    Not if he is a Dish customer :rolleyes:
     
  16. Apr 2, 2011 #196 of 4112
    tonyd79

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    Yawn. Didn't take long to get to namecalling, huh?
     
  17. Apr 2, 2011 #197 of 4112
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    Clicked on the link, ordered 3 Assasins. I have 3 DVR's in my living room, only 1 internet connected. It gave me the option to record to all 3 DVR's, so I chose it. This is the message I got:

    "You have successfully added this program to your queue for the following receiver(s): LIVING RM - 3385, LIVING RM - 4026, living roo - 9187. This title will be available for viewing once it has been downloaded to your DVR and appears in your DVR playlist."

    As of this moment in time, it is only downloading to my 1 internet connected reciever, although it is possible it may take longer to get to the other 2. Will keep checking.

    By the way, the 1080P version is $10.99 for 24 hours! No thank you!

    Hope this is what you're looking for.
     
  18. Apr 2, 2011 #198 of 4112
    pappy97

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    Watching "Clark Howard" now on HLN and it appears as if DirecTV has the HD feed but is cropping it to 4:3 and showing it on the SD channel...you can see how the bar at the bottom is getting chopped at both sides, suggesting DirecTV now has the HD feed.

    Any chance this is a sign that DirecTV will start showing HLN-HD soon?
     
  19. Apr 2, 2011 #199 of 4112
    coolman302003

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    Nope.

     
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    What was this thread about again? :p
     
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