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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. tonyd79

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    Dammit!

    Every channel on CONUS is a national channel.

    Shorts HD is a national channel. HBO Signature is a national channel. Fox Sports Wherever is a national channel.
     
  2. cebbigh

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    Sure. But in everyday usage on these threads national HD has referred to general channels that are typically offered as part of normal cable/satellite packages. Has it not?
     
  3. rkr0923

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    Yes, in a normal priced package...not a EXTRA fee
     
  4. Beerstalker

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    No, those are usually referred to as basic channels.

    Channels in the HBO/Starz/Showtime/HD Extra pack are usually referred to as Premium channels.

    National channels are any channel that everyone in the US can get if they have the correct package.

    Channels only available in certain areas are Local Channels.
     
  5. sigma1914

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    So, channels only in the unadvertised Family package count since all packages above that cost extra?
     
  6. Mike Bertelson

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    Until recently I could have sworn it was Local HD, National HD, RSN HD, and Premium HD channels I don’t know who started with Basic in place of National but that’s a relatively new term...at least that's how I remember it. :shrug:

    Mike
     
  7. Paul Secic

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    Game Show Network HD has just been uplinked on Dish. Of course it doesn't mean much. Just sayin'.
     
  8. Daniel

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    +1 :lol:
     
  9. Curtis0620

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    I'd rather have ShortsHD.
     
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    I don't like the 'basic' term much myself but HDNet Movies, MGM, Universal, etc are still national HD channels, not premium. My old cable company has many of the channels D* has in the HD Extra package available in their basic tier. Just b/c D* has it in a smaller tier doesn't make it a premium.

    Which leads me to my next point, I wish people would stop using the term 'basic' and instead refer to additions by package. Whenever someone says "basic" I think Choice Xtra or below, so why not just say that?
     
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    I think that is referred to as "Basic" HD.

    But then..... take a channel like History International HD.

    Not available on Choice. To receive it, you MUST pay DirecTV $5 extra to get Choice Extra, and for some other channels, you MUST pay DirecTV $10 extra to get Choice Ultimate.

    What is "national" or "basic" then? If you have to pay extra to get a channel like History International, why is an addition like Shorts HD, for which you also have to pay $5 extra to get considered a "non-national" or "non-basic" addition. It's just another step up in programming from Choice Ultimate, with the difference you can already get HD Extra with just Choice.

    So you want History International, you pay $5 for Choice Extra. You want HDNet or Smithsonian, you pay $5 for HD Extra.

    Another example of: "I don't have it or watch it, THEREFORE it doesn't count as more HD" :D
     
  12. Tom Robertson

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    :) :)

    Wanna really have fun? Call the CSRs, order the family package and ask to add ESPN as an extra. :) :)
     
  13. sigma1914

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    Is it possible? I think I'd rather stab forks in my eyes than ask for something not on a CSR script. :lol:
     
  14. Mike Bertelson

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    IMHO, if a channel is added to HD Extra it's still a National HD channel. It doesn't make sense to me to categorize a channel by the package it’s in...except for premiums because it’s always been that way and is a widely used convention.

    I believe that just because it’s in a higher tiered package doesn’t mean anything (again premiums excepted).

    What happens when something that was in the bottom tier moves up one or two levels? Is it no longer a “basic HD” channel and is not...what...a little less basic? At what point does it become National vs Basic.

    I very much prefer the way it is everywhere outside of this thread; Local, National, RSN, and Premium.

    My 2¢ FWIW. :grin:

    Mike
     
  15. Beerstalker

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    I figured they were called basic channels because they are part of the basic channel packages Choice, Choice Xtra, Family, etc.

    Premiums are channels you can add to any basic package by paying an extra cost. So HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Sports Pack, HD Extra pack, etc.

    Choice Ulimtate is just some weird bastardization that I still don't understand why they came up with it.
     
  16. Tom Robertson

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    Don't you mean: local, national, RSN, Premium, and shopping? :)
     
  17. Mike Bertelson

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    I was kinda ignoring shopping... :D

    Mike
     
  18. Curtis0620

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    Since you have to pay $10 extra for HD, they are all premium channels.
     
  19. swans

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    Everyone has such an anticipation of new HD by DirecTV. So much so, that you are conversing over the definition of 'national.':nono:
     
  20. rkr0923

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    They know what we mean by basic and national....they just want to be difficult and/or make excuses for D* when really there are none.
     
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