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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 24, 2010.
So sad but true my friend!
I assume Mad Men is letterboxed on the SD channel, so zooming it shouldn't destroy the framing. I don't watch Mad Men on D* because it is only in SD. If zooming does crop the picture, then it's pretty safe to assume the picture is already being cropped for SD. Either way, the picture on D* is worse than what it now is on E*. Maybe D* should rebrand their SD channels as HD Super-Lite.
Great commentary good job!!!
As much as I want AMC in HD now, I won't care about it for another year if it doesn't arrive before the end of the end of Mad Men's season.
These carriers don't realize that they are marginalizing themselves. If I can buy MM in HD and watch The Daily Show online, why do I need DirecTV?
I agree. If it wasn't for my addiction to SEC football (and thus a need for the ESPNs), I could get by with OTA, Netflix, and online video. Lord knows how much money I could save.
For the movie currently playing AMC SD is 4:3 ... AMC HD is OAR ... that in itself is an improvement.
I have not figured out how to stretch a cropped picture back to it's precropped state. Perhaps that feature will be in the next generation satellite receiver?
Todd, this was exactly what I stated on yesterday a few pages back. I am going to give DTV until the start of Breaking Bad, if they don't have AMC HD by then, I will downgrade my package to only having my ESPN HD channels and maybe only pick up HBO during the True Blood and Entourage seasons and Showtime during Californication.
I already will cut the Sports pack after football, so DTV is going to loose money by playing around.
Online HD is where it is going, my Netflix, XBOX 360, and Panny plasma, and Mac are all net connected and ready to stream. I'd hate to see DTV go the way of Blockbuster video, but that day is coming very fast!
Is there any reason I should believe that we will get another 10 non-PPV/Cinema HD offerings over the next year?
Hell, I'd be happy with just AMC, IFC, BBC, HLN, SUNDANCE and HBO Comedy in HD.
I have so much respect for this site...I now choose to get my news on any upcoming rambling & additions here as opposed to elsewhere...My biggest peeve was if i didnt see it in print somewhere I didnt believe it...I was wrong to have ever doubted this site and I never will again...I have learned alot being here reading the forums...so Im gonna take a stab at something and I hope to not get shot down...
this recent out of nowhere addition from DISH to get AMC HD strikes me as if you want something YOU WILL GET IT DONE. As I said before mad respect to the lords of the sport here on this site, however I do feel that Directv does drag their feet a bit on channel additions (or negotiating agreements).
More so even handshaked agreements, I am referring to the newsbreak when ESPNU was announced it was coming to HD bout a year ago..I remember DIRECTV wasn't gonna add it till the new bird was in the air. if BET HD was able to jump its place in line and Chinese Channel with new satellite still testing or before the rocket launch I dont remember...What was their real excuse for making us wait for another college football season to pass? Wasnt an agreement in place for ESPNU/HD???? Would it of really damaged to put a few crumbs some HD's that have been asked for in droves?? the way they rotate HD offerings on sports & PPV's WAS THERE REALLY NO SPACE WHATSOEVER to add 2 or 3 HD channels b4 the new bird came IN SERVICE??? Please correct me if Im wrong here guys..But BET stretchovision HD came 1st...hmmm
This AMC-HD addition on E* shows Directv follows what others do and does not lead...make no mistake you couldnt pay me to switch to Dish Network and the lack of channels they pose (MLB/YES/and the Extrainnings package and NFL ticket)..So far D* has props with me WGN/ESPNU and the soccer channels ....yea i said it the soccer stations going HD..Im very happy for GOL and FSC HD..
But i truly believe they lose focus on what the masses want....AMC & BBCA are now the rants in many forums here..I'd like to also put in IFC & Turner Movie classics, Sundance if it even exists or beams in HD..
Another channel addition ....from someone else..
Well, I personally won't be a DirecTV customer a year from now if we don't.
I would expect that number to be closer to 30 than 10.
There are 37 open slots on D12 right now. PPVs require no tangoing. D* has likely already used something close to all of the slots for PPV that they're going to. In fact, if they wanted to, and felt the need, it is just as easy to reclaim some of those slots for nationals if they care to do so at a later date. They don't need to tango to put them up, and they don't need to tango to take them down.
Somewhere along the way, thought it was mentioned that they did need to tango to take them down (previously), due to contractual commitments with the studios.
Im sure to get the HD PPV's so fast, they had to agree to maintain so many feeds. More revenue potential.
Hmm, okay. So maybe not as easy on the down as I thought. They should be getting a feel now for how much it actually helps adding those. There's got to be some law of diminishing returns there.
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I've figured out what the deal is with DirecTV. Some execs probably 2-3 years ago placed a longterm outlook bet on PPV as a means for competing with physical media (Blu Ray). years down the line, PPV seems to not be the wave of the future due to the cost of the carrier bill, then forking over extra money for HD movies with compressed sound that is only DVD quality.
What these execs didn't count on or weigh heavily enough was the speed by which streaming video was going to catch on and how quickly bandwidth would increase to match HD. Wireless N and internet connected TVs and set top boxes, along with HULU and other web tv offerings are now making the PPV model obselete.
Problem is, DTV is too far along into the investment and there is no one smart enough at the company to pull the plug on it for fear of being wrong.
They also are further gambling that because of NFL ST, Northeastern residents and subscribers who are pro football fans wouldn't dream of leaving. Now that we have ESPN 360, that may take care of even the sports.
If the NFL decides to stream live games within the next 2 or so years, I think DTV will suffer some very high churn. I think they know that, so they are slow to spend money on these channel deals for fear that it may be money down the tube as viewers go online.
In other words... I think DTV is in a slow holding pattern until they can figure out the next move. Diminishing returns is the economic theory used here.
Completely without regard for HD, our inability to still not receive a SD version of CSPAN 3 is deplorable...
I thought SatRacer said there was a "chance" of another festivus in August? I realize there is still time, but yes August is almost over. Will we get an announcement soon?
Not the word I'd use...
We got Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus beyond the already known GolTV.
Beyond that, who knows if he meant more in August. It did sound like we should have more in the next few months though.
They have ways of slowing down broadband. I'm just saying..
It wasn't out of no where. Dish negotiates with channel providers too. We just don't make it a focus because we are DirecTV subscribers. Furthermore, Dish Network seem to be much better negotiating for national HD than DirecTV is. The one difference is sports, which Dish Network is upfront about not caring as much about.
BET didn't jump ahead. The contract with Viacom was signed before the contract with ESPN. BET HD was listed among D10 coming soon channels. Like Comedy Central (another Viacom channel), it launched when it did because the channel itself didn't exist until 2009. I have no idea what a SD Chinese channel has to do with any of this.
You're assuming that DrecTV truly cares about adding more national HD. To investors and dealers, they've almost suggested the opposite. DirecTV is still going to show their leadership, but probably with 3-D and $30 PPVs for films still in theaters.
The surprising thing about AMC HD is that it is the one channel DirecTV publicly announced negotiating with (no vague "tangoing" there) and they still manage not to get a deal done before Dish. I still say wait for two before getting upset about this specific channel. Now that everyone has it but them, D* might feel the pressure to get it.
Well, Dish has had BBCAHD for awhile, and the "pressure" has not worked.