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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 24, 2010.
+1 -- I email'd Fox and DirecTV virtually the same thing in May. D* response "Thanks for writing. "
I, too, marvel at the personal responses one receives from auto e mail programs. :lol:
In general, I think you are spot on about what D* did with D10 and D11, though on the why I'm not sure the channels they added with D11 (Planet Green and extra Showtimes over Travel Channel and Lifetime?) helped them stay competitive in anything other than channel count. It still doesn't change the fact that past evidence and what DirecTV tells investors suggests that big bump in national channels from D12 has already occurred. We heard this tango talk after D11 and at it's best it was a misrepresentation of the actuality of the situation.
In terms of keeping competitive, I think D* biggest problem with their HD lineup is not so much people leaving as it is people looking at their current cable or E* line up and realizing that they would lose channels if they switched to D*, but since E* lost the Disney channels there is really no way to advertise this fact without it coming back to bite them. If E* could make deals and ruin their picture quality enough to carry essentially everything and advertise that fact, it might put pressure on D*, but that assumes D* doesn't already know exactly what they will do with their free bandwidth, which I think is doubtful.
D11 allowed DirecTV to add ESPNNews HD, Disney East HD, DisneyXD, Planet Green HD, Showtime 3 HD, Showtime Beyond HD, ABC Family HD, Fox News Channel HD, Crime & Investigation HD, Golf Channel HD, MLB Channel HD, Comedy Central HD, a slew of RSNs, and of course the conversion of legacy channels to MPEG4, and a lot of local markets.
If so... (and I hate this term), EPIC FAIL!!
We do know there's potentially more coming in the next few months. It's possible that DirecTV may not go after HD channels as aggressively, but I still say that DirecTV cannot afford to fall considerably behind other providers (regardless of DirecTV's channel count).
I personally like ABCFamily, and as someone who grew up on comic books, I enjoy some of the comic-based animation on DisneyXD from time to time (looking forward to the new "Avengers" cartoon coming soon). That being said, I know quite a few people who probably don't even realize these channels were removed from Dish Network.
As for DirecTV's plans for the (national) bandwidth, I suspect their plans are somewhat conservative. D14 is still a few years off, and DirecTV will want to keep some bandwidth free in case something "compelling" comes up in the next few years, or upcoming channel negotiations require DirecTV to carry (insert channel here).
Honestly... as long as I get AMC in time for "The Walking Dead" in October, BBC America in time for the "Doctor Who" Christmas special and "Outcasts" in December, I'll be pleased. Though Lifetime Movie Network would be nice in time for the holidays, and Sony Pictures Movies HD, FearNet, and Turner Classic Movies would be nice at any time.
I'm with you on AMC and The Walking Dead. That's really the only channel left on my want list.
BBC America gets my vote.
DIRECTV could add all channels you mentioned and still have a bandwidth safety net.
Make it so DIRECTV. You’re two channels (BBCAHD & AMCHD) away from shutting most of us up. :lol:
I really need to do something to celebrate.
If you're referring to my mention of AMC, BBC America, LMN, TCM, SPM, and FearNet, you're correct. Though Sony Pictures Movies (that's a mouthful) and FearNet are unknown factors, I feel there's a good chance of getting the other channels I mentioned... though whether it's in the time-frame I'd like them, I don't know.
However, there are still quite a few channels left... some of which are on other's most wanted lists, so my point regarding conservation still stands.
There is considerable truth in that...
~Alan<~~~~~~~~~~~~Who will update the list linked to above tomorrow after Fox Soccer Channel is added...
"The schedule is still being determined but we plan on showing England vs. Hungary in HD on FSC+ tomorrow." From Directv Twitter, 30 minutes ago.
I am unsure how desperately we need religious and shopping channels in HD. That leaves ± 30 from your list and I am pretty sure they could make that now with current capacity or if maybe they had a few fewer HD PPV's so it has to be a tango/desire issue solely at this point. I, and others have pointed out that alternate delivery is becoming possible, (I like Mad Men and want in HD, but not at $3 per episode) and if D*, E* and even the cable companies don't adapt as prices come down for web delivery, they will be hurtin' so to speak. You can lock people in with less than ideal delivery once they get what they want. I already stream some Netflix and a fair amount of VOD from D*. This is the future and providers can delay it, perhaps by years, but only if they get as much as possible available at near current pricing.
I THINK! I would rather have Investigation Discovery HD (ID) before BBCA HD (Top Gear).
I thought it was strange when I searched Top gear right now on my DVR, the HD logo came up by the name of the show, well at least on the first page. If you go to the View Upcoming Episodes Option, than the HD logo disappears.
We will probably never see WeTV HD on either satellite provider.
1. E! HD
WeTV HD (I think ALan Gordon is the only other member that mentions this channel every once in a while).
Nat Geo WILD HD
1. Style HD
Cooking Channel HD
Maybe so, but I want LMN HD, and lately I'm seeing more and more others express that opinion too. So, if some of us shut up, plenty of us will take their place with other flavors of yammering.
I doubt there are many here who would disagree with you (though I've heard a few people requesting the shopping channels)... but there are multiple reasons why DirecTV might want to offer them.
I actually wouldn't mind GMC, though I would prefer they focus on MANY of the other channels first.
That would be leaving out upcoming HD launches, additional premiums, additional RSNs, etc., though I do agree that desire is probably a big reason in the situation.
and if they don't get desire soon I bet they start losing subs, I almost dropped it when they had the hooha with VS and no MSG in HD as other than hockey, online is fine and with no MSG in HD, I could have saved a lot of dollars and watched a lot more via computer hooked to my tv
"Top Gear" is shown in HD on The 101.
Not sure why'd you say that?!
As for the amount of members mentioning it... pretty much... though it's not very high on my list since I really only watch the occasional syndicated program on it... which aren't available in HD. I may (or may not) have watched an "original" movie on it once.
True, though I think AMC (#1) and BBC America (#2) would "thin the herd" a little....
Is there any word yet on when D* will be getting E! HD and History International HD?
No word yet. HD additions are hush-hush just prior to going live. Maybe our insider can drop a hint.
We do....2 words:
Melissa Dawson. :heybaby:
I keep hearing the same thing, from my wife.