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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. Surveyor40

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    I stopped watching Top Gear and Doctor Who (on BBC America) because I could no longer take the SD smear. Not a problem anymore! Awesome, and Thank You D*.
     
  2. tonyd79

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    BBCA must've put on some sort of push to get hd systems. Went live on fios today. Their first basic add in a long, long time.
     
  3. TomK

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    Maybe we can get some more BBC shows back on the BBCA lineup.
     
  4. sigma1914

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    I wonder if their new show, Copper, is the reason?
     
  5. tonyd79

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    Could be. SR specifically mentioned it a while back.
     
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    Universal Sports have exclusive US rights to the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana as well as several other cycling events. Leading up to the Olympics, they showed the US Olympic qualifying events for swimming, track and field, and gymnastics.
     
  7. Santi360HD

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    I welcome correction !!! now hows about it in HD ??:lol:

    I remember one of my NY NBC digital alternates had Universal Sports...and then it stopped beaming...would of been cool if it was still up there..it might of flipped into HD and i wouldn't be leaning on D* to add it....
     
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    Yeah I saw that yesterday somewhere, I wondered about that too. It looked bleak for BBC America HD for DirecTV and FIOS users alike, both have been complaining for years.... and all over sudden: WHOOMP, there it is!
     
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    Not quite right, the NBC Universal GROUP has these exclusive rights, meaning they can technically show it on any other NBC/Comcast owned channel.

    They just have chosen to put those events on Universal Sports this year, where they were on Versus (now NBC Sports Network) last year. I think this has to do with the fact the channel is now available in HD, and perhaps this is a way to give the channel content that would interest enough Americans.

    To give you an example, the main NBC broadcast network showed swimming trials and gymnastic trials in the 2 weeks before the Olympics.

    NBC Universal has the rights. Where they choose to show it, is a different matter.
     
  10. bobnielsen

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    Also ITV, etc. Since when are BSG and TNG British shows?
     
  11. Mike Bertelson

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    Because they star Patrick Stuart & Jamie Bamber are Brits. :D

    Mike
     
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    True, but the Vuelta and Giro have been on Universal sports only, while the Tour of California and the Tour de France have been on Versus only.
     
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    When u say 'Basic', it's actually not part of their "Prime", which is their 1st/Basic Platform. You have to be in their 'Extreme' or 'Ultimate' package to get it.
     
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    True. It is hard to truly define basic. We argue over that all the time.
     
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    For DirecTV, some people say "channels in the 200s and 300s", others say "anything that is in a Choice package".
     
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    Thanks for the new HD channels D*!!!

    I hope to see DIY HD very soon.
     
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    if we are to anticipate in groups of 4 or 5...seems that is the norm going as far back as to the ESPNU/WGNHD/Hallmark and others launch of basic HD additions a while back...here are the next 4 or 5 I'd like to see D* do

    H2 / DIY / OuterMax (finish off the existing premiums already!! :)) / Bloomberg TV / Headline News (finish off the news services)..and swap of my premium choice to include the main C-Span channel not 2 or 3..since I threw a premium in the mix..

    Honorable mentions go to adding Pac12/ FMC/WE/IFC & Sundance/TV Land..since the latter of the 3's HD aint superb..
     
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