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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. Alan Gordon

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    That's all rather dependent upon one's taste, now isn't it?! :rolleyes:

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  2. Alan Gordon

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    Fox Movie Channel is currently offered in SD on DirecTV as well. I don't really see them dropping the SD feed and moving it to the HD Extra package.

    ~Alan
     
  3. ep1974

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    Just curious, what is PAX?
     
  4. Davenlr

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    Paxon Communications...used to own a string of analog OTA affiliates. Now its ION.
     
  5. ep1974

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    Thank you. Do you think we'll still be seeing an IONHD launch anytime soon?
     
  6. Davenlr

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    Dont know. I get ION networks on C band satellite, and they have an HD feed channel which usually has color bars on it, but I havent actually seen an HD version of the channel being distributed, unless they use another method to distribute the HD version. Best I can tell, their affiliates are upconverting it, or I am totally missing their HD channel on satellite.

    http://www.lyngsat.com/AMC-1-and-Spaceway-1-and-DirecTV-10-12.html
     
  7. tonyd79

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    Ion is HD on most of its local channels. I've seen it. Also those with HR34s have seen it on directv. I think you are missing it.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

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    Worth it financially is not subject to anyone's taste....but viewer ratings are for sure.
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    That's not what you said though... ;)

    I see a day where if DirecTV doesn't carry something in HD, it's because they don't carry it. Given that bandwidth is scarce and DirecTV's not really hurting by the lack of channels not currently available in HD, they are taking their time upgrading. They're being smart.

    HD is the future... and if 10-40 years from now, DirecTV is still broadcasting a lot of SD channels that have HD feeds available, they're going to look silly.

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  10. georule

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    One of these days, a few years down the road, one of the big national providers will start marketing "EVERY CHANNEL IN HD!" and the others will rush to finish up.
     
  11. Sixto

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    You might have some content providers that never agree to the digital rights, thus never in HD, or until the negotiating points change.
     
  12. Alan Gordon

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    I would think that would be a point of contention whenever a contract is being discussed. Whether it's for an HD feed, or simply renewing the one for the SD channel.

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  13. Davenlr

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    You are right, they added a second transponder on satellite for their HD feeds. I was totally missing it. Got it scanned in now.
     
  14. georule

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    Well, by definition, somebody has to go last, and next to last, and next to next to last, etc. But at some point I'd think the carriers are going to start striking back with dropping SD carriage in response to that kind of attitude (at least for non-"Must Carry" channels).

    Just not yet.
     
  15. cypherx

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    Ugh... My wife is watching Julie & Julia on Style. On directv style has NO style in overcompressed SD. Can't wait till she's done watching that crap.
     
  16. PrinceLH

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    Can't say that I've enjoyed the HBO/Cinemax free weekend, as of yet. Most of it seems to be the same old rehashed movies that I've seen there before. For being the most expensive premium movie channel, I can't see it as being that much of a value, to subscribe to it, full time.
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    Actually....yes it is.

    Channel launches and availability are financial decisions above all else - no surprise there as almost everyone understands losing money on providing a service is not a prudent business practice.

    There are simply some channels that have such low view levels that adding them is a cost that cannot be offset by added revenue through added subscriptions. The only exception would be specific HD channels that are "packaged" in some form to reduce their actual price.

    When we look at, for example, ESPN's group of channels (high cost), DirecTV could offer twice the number of other HD channels in it's place of the ESPN package IF they were to gain offsetting revenue from new/additional subscriptions because of the decision to offer alternative channels would draw more subscriptions.

    I suspect that based on the growing content provider costs each year...we'll get to the point that different "channel packages" will be offered. As an alternative to ala carte selections, they would be logical packages which could somehow be "bundled" - a subset of what we have now if you will...

    Regardless...the current channel cost vs. revenue delivery models seem to challenge cable, DirecTV, and Dish all the time - ergo the temp channel disputes we regularly see. Somethings gotta change...they can't just keep raising prices past the tipping point.
     
  18. sigma1914

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    HBO's original programming makes it worth every dollar.
     
  19. loudo

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    No doubt about that. Well worth the bucks for it.
     
  20. SPACEMAKER

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    Agreed. Boxing too.
     
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