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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. cypherx

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    So I had D* for a week now and it's pretty neat the way the guide works and the multiroom, but I can't believe that such a big provider is missing so many HD channels that I had with Comcast. They do all of this marketing and everything claiming they have the most HD, but clearly they do not. I moved out of Comcast area, and when I had Comcast, I had 100 HD channels scattered throughout Ch 792-918. Sure their guide software sucks, but I miss some of the content.

    Were missing (the wife mostly, but I have to put up with a blurry stretched picture) these at least:
    E! HD, We HD, Style HD, CNN HN HD, Fuse HD, Investigation Discovery HD, TruTV HD, AMC HD, TCM HD, and a few others.

    Is there any hopes that DirecTV, the premier service that most Celebrities use, get back on top with the HD channel count. It's bad enough they can't figure out how to stream VOD, even though Netflix can do it across multiple devices.

    Is DirecTV out of bandwidth? That was the reason Comcast was so behind, but then they had lots of analog channels removed to reclaim the frequencies for new HD content. I hope I didn't sign up with a provider up against a bandwidth wall. If that's the case I have 3 more weeks until I can back out without an ETF. I hope they can fix their capacity issues because their software and featureset blows cable out of the water.
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    Nope, theres plenty. Its all about $
     
  3. cebbigh

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    Capacity is not the issue. We are all hoping that DIRECTV is making a sincere effort to bring us the channels you mentioned. Satelliteracer is DIRECTV's official representative on this site. He has been silent for some time. We are all looking forward to hearing what is coming up in the way of new National HD programming on DIRECTV.
     
  4. sportshermit

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    Wonders if Directv is planning a 30 channel HD upgrade soon and are waiting to get all the channels on board at once.

    Otherwise it can't be about money and we know it's not space so it must be about the "wow factor".
     
  5. cebbigh

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    Now THAT would make us all happy. :)

    There wouldn't be any need for this infernal thread anymore.
     
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    It IS about money. PPV,Xtra Pack or the cheap tangoes (Religious,QVC) is all I expect. Directv doesn't seem to care about channels like AMC or BBC-A in HD or, in other words, those we really want.
     
  8. Hutchinshouse

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    I can see a difference from Blu-ray and DIRECTV HD. So does that make DIRECTV HD-lite?

    FYI – 720P and above is HD. Clearly DISH is HD.

    Now on the other hand, would I move to DISH if their HD was 100% equal to DIRECTV? 100%, yes I would. You do have a point regarding HD quality. However, DISH is HD. No way around that fact.

    Now regarding “let's get back to anticipating new HD”. There’s nothing to talk about. Been that way for far too long. :nono2:
     
  9. DogLover

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    Why can't it be about money??

    Are the Shareholders eager to live with less profit?
    Are the customers eager to have rate increases?
    Are the distributors eager to give away the channels?
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

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    That would be your speculation of course, which you're entitled to.

    On the other hand, and as others have posted...it fact, it mostly comes down to weighing the cost of the broadcast in contrast to the revenue to pay for it.

    Its also not unique to DirecTV - Dish is on the verge of losing Fox channels and already lost a few other channels this year for the very same reason...HD channel carriage pricing.
     
  11. cypherx

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    Well I e-mailed DirecTV and received this response:


    Seems canned? Most likely, yes.
     
  12. slimoli

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    Obviously it's MY speculation and opinion, but it's based on the fact that despite capacity we are not seeing anything but soccer recently. Satracer already said no new "basic" (Choice/Choice Xtra) HD channel in the next festivus. I think even you agree about the clear priority Directv give to sports and PPV, therefore my speculation is not that crazy.
     
  13. slimoli

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    What channels did you ask for ?
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    Sports is and has been a priority for years...nothing new there.

    It's not their only offering...nor will it be in the future.

    I'm anticipating several key new HD additions before year end.
     
  15. Hoosier205

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    No, that does not make DirecTV HD-Lite. DirecTV offers 720p, 1080i, and 1080p in their full resolutions.

    Full-fledged HD is 720p, 1080i, and 1080p at their appropriate resolutions. HD-Lite is when those resolutions are shaved down. In this case, 1080i is affected. 1920x1080 is taken down to 1440x1080. That is HD-Lite. Throw in overzealous compression schemes and you've got a real mess. It doesn't mean it isn't HD necessarily, just a purposefully degraded version of HD.

    So long as there are HD channels available, but not carried...there is something to anticipate. We should all get back to doing that. Let the customers of other providers worry about their own service. Luckily, picture quality is not a concern for us.
     
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    Of course it is. How many people do you think email and ask the same question you probably asked? If multiple people ask the same question, they receive the same response.
     
  17. cypherx

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    Well my e-mail to them was:

     
  18. Hoosier205

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    Well, your email boils down to wanting more HD than is being currently being offered. I am sure that all providers receive countless emails on the same subject. A canned response is to be expected. If you're one of many asking the same question, you'll be one of many to receive the same answer. I used to send emails like that to Comcast years ago until I understood the process a bit more.
     
  19. cypherx

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    That's fine, I just hope it goes into a word count system, so when they go to decide on which new HD channels to add, they can pull a report and see how many times so and so has been mentioned.

    IE) AMC HD has been mentioned 16,743 times. or whatever.
     
  20. Hoosier205

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    My guess is that no matter many people call and/or email about the addition of a particular channel, that isn't going to influence their negotiations. For example, DirecTV isn't going to pay more for AMC HD than they feel is appropriate based on pressure from customers. Doing so would be like blood in the water for other network operators. It would lead to a feeding frenzy. DirecTV has a history of being methodical and getting it right for the long haul.

    However, it may help to give them an idea of what is most requested and help shape their priorities.
     
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