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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. MysteryMan

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    Speaking for myself commercials put me in the same kind of mood as flies buzzing around the picnic table. Makes you want to swat them!
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    Well, one more week in August. I don't think we're going to see anymore HD channels this month. I hope the next 4 months of this year are good to us with HD additions, if not, I know a few people that may start looking at other options for their HD channels. Not me though, I'm hoping that we'll get more added in the coming months and next year. However, I "hope" we don't have to wait for D14 to get more. :sure:
     
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    And I've been teetering back and forth on this for a while. Now that I've got Netflix enabled equipment in more than just one room of my house, it's much more doable. I could probably save myself a good bit of cash by NOT having the Premier package.......just the top tier of the basic stuff coupled with Netflix.
     
  4. James Long

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    Commercial free channels are for lazy people ... :D
    The jumps are not too bad. AMC puts a bumper between the movie and the commercials (or makes an AMC promo the first commercial) to soften the blow and alert you that you're watching a commercial. The return bumper is especially useful with the 30 second skip/slip. It is a signature screen that clearly alerts one that they are back to the show.

    I know there are other places to get movies ... but for the partially lazy (those willing to use their DVRs but not seek another source for content) AMC for movies can be a good choice - and it may be better than paying extra for a movie package or for HDMovies. One benefit I have found to the "commercial" movie channels is the "suggestion" to watch the movie. Watching a particular film at a particular time would not have crossed my mind if I had not seen it in the EPG - I would not have sought it out via another source.

    I also appreciate "edited for television" content. I've seen some "good" movies ruined by excessive language and distracting nudity/violence. Some I get half way through and no longer care about the story. Not all will agree but there have been times that I've waited for a movie to get to TNT or TBS for the editing and saved the edited version for replay. I wish I could buy these versions on DVD.
     
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    Which is why I've maintained for some time that the ONLY way to watch commercial TV programs are on the DVD sets that are released, or via Netflix streaming........both shown without commercial interruption. :)
     
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    I won't be going anywhere either......I like the HD programming I'm currently getting from D*, would enjoy more but if doesn't get here as fast as I can snap my fingers and stamp my feet........I won't be seeking service elsewhere.
     
  7. MysteryMan

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    Agreed...seeking service elsewhere would be down grading.
     
  8. Alan Gordon

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    Then you should know that the Encore channels are uncut and commercial free.

    As for the premium issue, as a Total Choice Ultimate subscriber, the Encore channels are included in my base package... just like they were YEARS ago with DirecTV. As long as Encore gets their money, I'm sure they don't care that they are included in base packages.

    ~Alan
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    Though I firmly believe in unedited content, I wish I would have waited to watch "Good Will Hunting" in edited form. I won't be watching it unedited EVER again! :nono2:

    ~Alan
     
  10. MysteryMan

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    To each his own. My preference is to view the film the way it's director intended it to be seen.
     
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    "Commercial free channels are for lazy people ."

    That is absurd!
     
  12. MysteryMan

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    Who said that?
     
  13. Alan Gordon

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    I do too... though there are a couple of films that had I known going in what I was getting myself into, I simply would not have watched them.

    ~Alan
     
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    Which would be the sentiment that both D* and E* customers would share. :)
     
  15. James Long

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    I did, but joed32 is misquoting me. *I* put a smilie on the comment. It was in reference to the thought that skipping commercials was too much work.
     
  16. MysteryMan

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    Found your post, your right.
     
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    I certainly hope the fall is much more fruitful when it comes to HD additions than the summer has been. For me, D12 has so far been a snoozefest - not at all what I expected leading up to its launch and operation. I'm not a premium member nor do I subscribe to sports pack, so most of the new channels don't matter to me.

    I know the new CEO's stated goal is to differentiate D* from its competitors, but to me you do that by first offering all the same services as your competitors and then introduce new features/services.

    To me, D* is currently differentiating itself by what it doesn't have rather than what it does.
     
  18. James Long

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    It is a lot easier to walk out of the home theater than a movie theater.

    If a director has decided to insult me by filling his movie with unnecessary levels of harsh language, violence or sexuality he has a choice. Either let me watch an edited version or lose me as a viewer. Most of the time they will just lose me because it's not worth the effort to find an edited version.
     
  19. MysteryMan

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    DirecTV has a improved parental feature that is very in depth, almost commical. I assume DISH has something similar. Do you use this feature?
     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    I rarely go to the theater....

    Though I certainly have my fair share of DVDs/Blu-rays with all three forms of content mentioned above, there are some that go too far to me... particularly with language. If too excessive ("Good Will Hunting"), I'm often brought OUT of the movie instead of being brought IN to the movie like I'm supposed to be. There are exceptions though....

    +1

    ~Alan
     
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