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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3 2010 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 24, 2010.

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  1. harsh

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    Given how little overlap there is between AMC and PPV (or even most of the movie plex offerings), this line of reasoning is way off base.

    The only major movie competition AMC presents may be to the Encore channels that are part of DIRECTV's largest HD movie plex, Starz!.
     
  2. Alan Gordon

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    ... and considering that the Encore channels are uncut and commercial free, they're not even similar channels.

    Not to mention that Encore has no original series...

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  3. Lord Vader

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    Yet all of you would be wrong.
     
  4. slimoli

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    6 bucks per movie is very expensive compared to other alternatives. Netflix is much cheaper and bluray has a better picture and sound. I watch 30 to 40 movies a month, 10 to 12 from Netflix bluray and the rest from Directv premium chanels. I always think about cancelling all my premiums but I watch HBO and SHO originals.

    Depending o the movie, I still lke to watch it in a real theater.
     
  5. thelucky1

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    Interesting perspective on twitter today:

    @Directv Almost a year now since we ditched cable for you guys! Never seen so much HD added or just so much HD in my life! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!
     
  6. QuickDrop

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    I agree that is what their philosophy of the past few years seems like and my post wasn't meant in this instance to criticize PPV. I would just like DirecTV to be more public about it.

    If someone posts in a Dish Network's forum, "I want the MLB Network and Sunday Ticket." Numerous people will tell him there's no way you are going to get that from Dish. If someone posts in a DirecTV forum, I want such-and-such HD channels. You have a bunch of people talking about tangoing. In both cases, the poster will be disappointed, but at least with Dish he has a realistic expectation of what will be added in the future.
     
  7. Civrock

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    Pretty much all cable markets that aren't in or around major US cities are still starved for HD. That quote respectively situation is quite common. You're basically screwed if you don't live in a market your cable provider (this includes FIOS & U-Verse in many areas, too) cares about, it's a system with many flaws and why I switched to satellite TV myself. All cable in smaller markets is good for is internet (and there's exceptions to that, too). Smaller markets usually only have one ISP to choose from which is just another flaw that allows them to slack with additions and have varying prices per area.

    When you think about it, satellite customers are pretty spoiled. Glad this option exists instead of being stuck with cable or other systems in smaller markets. All these comparisons on this forum to non-satellite providers' lineups are only relevant to major markets, everywhere else it's not even close.
     
  8. cfkane

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    I am surprised that you actually concede second to the Cow College, MadManBama. There is no way they are that high in importance. RTR! 2 weeks and I'll be at the stadium watching the Saban Machine crush SJS!

    OK, sorry about that. resume topic.
     
  9. thelucky1

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    I guess you are right. I switched to directv in mid 90s and never looked back. Enjoy their service and yes I still have some new HD channels on my wish list!
     
  10. QuickDrop

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    It's relevant in the sense who is signing contracts with whom and which providers have successfully negotiated to get certain channels. The most often cited reason for DirecTV not having a channel is contract negotiations, so it's useful to know whether other providers are having the same issue.
     
  11. James Long

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    Lower expectations certainly help. The miracle addition of AMC-HD give hope of other miracles. :)

    But subscribers to both services still have their lists of channels they are waiting for.

    Yes. All providers have issues with contract negotiations. Perhaps not with the same channels, but they all have had issues at one time or another.
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    Explain to the world where anyone said that.... :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  13. RACJ2

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    You are correct, there are cheaper and better alternatives. The difference is that for the average DIRECTV subscriber finds it convenient to just bring up a menu and click on a PPV movie and then start watching.

    To watch a Netflix movie, they have to invest in a player and rent a Blu-ray DVD. Or have Netflix streaming and get the player connected to the internet. So which way do you think most non technical DIRECTV subscribers choose.

    And on the watching in the theater comment, I can understand wanting to see some movies on the large screen. Some families may prefer to do so, but can't afford to.
     
  14. stoutman

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    Ok, one of sixteen or so million customers, but I have been with Directv since 1997. I dropped movie channels and went with Netflix within the last month. Got the wireless BluRay and gave up waiting for Directv to provide download content. Maybe I am alone or I represent the tipping balance. We will see....
     
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    They probably think they have Directv, but actually have DISH.
     
  16. Alan Gordon

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    !rolling!rolling !rolling!rolling

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  17. harsh

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    DVRs are the great equalizers when it comes to commercials. As for the uncut part, I don't think that's necessarily the case with Encore.
     
  18. Alan Gordon

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    Commercials cause some problems even DVRs can't cure. Movies on commercial channels are not just edited for content, but often for the time allotted. Of course there are a few exceptions in which movies are actually padded with additional footage to fit into the time alloted.

    As for Encore, you apparently don't view them much, as they are premium channels. Uncut and commercial free.

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  19. harsh

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    I watch the Encore channels as much as any of the movie plex channels. The Encore channels aren't premium plexes with Comcast or DISH Network.
     
  20. tonyd79

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    Not totally. They still interrupt the flow and you have to pick up the remote and do something. Many movies depend on timing for their mood and story telling. Commercials disrupt that mood. (Conversely, movies made for TV use the commercial breaks to set mood and timing.)

    Plus, AMC JUMPS into their commercials abruptly. Sometimes very loudly. Hardly the same as watching a commercial free channel.
     
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