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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 25, 2013.

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  1. KyL416

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    No station is "forced" to carry a Spanish SAP feed, any station that does so does it voluntarily. In fact, many channels like USA, Disney, Nickelodeon, TNT, TBS, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox were forced to dump the Spanish audio they were carrying for many of their popular programs in favor of descriptive audio for the blind because of the accessibility act that went into effect last year. Until that act passed, carrying the SAP feed for these channels were optional for the cable, satellite and even the local affiliates of the networks. For example, Spike TV, which isn't a top 5 network so they don't have to follow the accessibility act has a SAP feed that is only used for wrestling, and almost no one carries it.

    FYI, many of the Spanish stations offer English subtitles if you select CC3.
     
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    I'm all for 100% HD and I know they can't do it all at the same time, I would have just liked to see a mix. Yeah these 3 need to be added, but why not throw in something popular with it, like FXM, GSN, Oxygen, We, Fuse, Style, Sprout, or others.

    I know cable adds them in 3's around here, but that's a technical thing (a single RF QAM channel can carry 3 HD's). So DirecTV doesn't have the "QAM" limitation like cable, would of liked to see maybe 2 more higher rated channels in addition to these 3 to soften the blow.
     
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    Three channels that should have been added next year when new bird goes hot. FX Movie, EpixHD, We, Oxygen, Ovation would have been better options. (I Think)


    Exactly!
     
  4. APB101

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    ^ And this is what I meant about ... another poll. I wasn't deadly serious about doing a poll; however, captaink5217 @ #107 responded as if I was.

    Yes, I think that these three [Galavision HD, Playboy TV HD, QVC HD] rub a number of people, because there are more urgent linear HD of carried-only-in-SD programmers for which subscribers don't want to wait until D14 in 2014.
     
  5. APB101

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    In using my imagination for this, one of the three linear high-definition programmers I would have selected would have been specifically targeted for children. That's because of the timing; that the kids are out of school for the summer. I would have selected The Hub HD.

    As for a second, I would have selected Style Network HD, for the women. It has been more than a year since E! Entertainment Television HD was added. (That was in April 2012.) Style has been around for about 15 years. It's commonly carried in HD, and it would have been ahead (of this limited three) of We TV HD and fellow Comcast/NBC Universal-owned Oxygen HD. (What in hell is going on between Comcast/NBC Universal and DirecTV?!)

    With regards to a third, I would have made a choice of a programmer that targets both men and the general audience. That would have been Pac-12 Network HD. Of course, since that isn't already carried in linear SD, I would have said "never mind men specifically" and go ahead with one of the following two (that is still appealing to men and the general audience): GSN HD because, well, it is available from everyone else but DirecTV (which, according to Wikipedia.org, owns 42 percent of the programmer); or, I would have gone with Sundance Channel HD, because it is changing and becoming more substantial in its content (that and the fact that Dish Network carries it as well; but who am I to look at ... the competition?!).
     
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    Urgent to who? There's so much disdain here for channels with people putting their personal channel wants ahead of what is possibly better additions. Again, Galavision is the #1 Spanish channel in ratings.
     
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    I don't see how Galavision is popular since all they show is old rehashed shows and soap operas from the 90's, But they do show news programs and wrestling from Mexico for the Hispanic community. They used to show some soccer but it's now on UD HD or UniMas.
     
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  8. sigma1914

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    It's not HD on Fios, Cox, Mediacom.
     
  9. APB101

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    Verizon FiOS has/had been noted in being slow with HD; with programming that should have been carried from the get-go, like with Cartoon Network HD.

    Now if you want to impress with this argument ... go ahead. You can create another thread, with a poll, asking us whether we would predict that DirecTV will end up the last among the four to add GSN HD.
     
  10. APB101

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    This argument?

    :scratch:

    How is Shorts HD doing in the ratings? (Is it the No. 1-ranked cable-television programmer for short films? Note: I'm glad that Galavision HD will be added. My point before is not getting deflected or discredited by you, regardless how much would you like to try to achieve that. :nono: :cool: )
     
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    Directv is a minority owner of GSN.
     
  12. Robin112

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    Thats what i thought the sports channels are more important
     
  13. studechip

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    All of this "discussion" back and forth about why one channel should/shouldn't be added over another only proves one point, that we don't know why Directv adds the channels they do. Only they know!
     
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    What it really proves is that there are no channels left that are not already in HD that would be high on most people's list. Every channel has some hard core supporters, but no channel is wanted by everyone, and I doubt that any of the channels that are not already in HD are wanted by a majority of DirecTV subscribers.
     
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    Short films isn't a genre to compare to what Spanish programming is. The Spanish population is a massive growing audience, a tv provider is a fool to not cater to them.
     
  16. APB101

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    Corrected. (Thanks.)
     
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    None of those are my cuppa, but congrats to those who have been waiting for them.
     
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    Style Network is mostly junk.
     
  19. sigma1914

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    Many people probably feel that way about channels you watch.
     
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  20. captaink5217

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    This is so true, I would like to see them add Encore Drama and the West coast feed of Encore in HD, personally I'm happy QVC was added, I don't have to listen to my mother say "I could watch this channel in HD on cable, why did I switch"


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