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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. thelucky1

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    yeah Directv continues to disappoint...don't get me wrong...I also appreciate Satelliteracer and this is NOT directed at him...

    I just don't understand why all of the other providers are adding lots of new HD channels, but Directv isn't! yeah yeah tango smango...I understand the PQ quality vs. quantity...no I don't want to change providers either.

    D12 is up and running...D10 was fixed supposedly and still Directv continues to be left behind with new HD additions...

    Come on Directv...Plenty of bandwidth....doesn't really mean anything if they don't use it!

    Its like driving in the Arizona desert in your car...115 degrees, sweating profusely and NOT using your air conditioner...oh but I HAVE one! I just don't use it. :nono:
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    We all would love more HD channels.

    But there is clearly alot more to it than just flipping a switch or wishing a win-win carriage agreement gets done.

    In seeing the stuggles Dish is having while losing HD channels, DirecTv likely has their hands full keeping theirs as well. There is some clear channel provider greed going on when getting those deals done.

    Folks need to see the big picture before assuming its just a matter of a simple process.
     
  3. MysteryMan

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    Interesting article on TVPredictions.com (Fox To DISH: The Clock Is Ticking). Looks as if DISH has forgotten how to tango!
     
  4. Impala1ss

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    Why can DirecTV give more definitive answers on Twitter than it can give subscribers in some other manner? Is it a different part of D* that uses different rules for communicating with the subscribers? Very strange.
     
  5. adkinsjm

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    Anyone who gets news from TVPredictions.com deserves to get disappointed at the lack of HD news, because Swanni does not know what he's talking about.
     
  6. thelucky1

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    But I do understand...as I owner of several companies...I am very famaliar with the process. Yes sometimes there are last minutes changes in a plan. Again I understand that.

    Good businessmen know that...
    You don't make promises you can't keep!
    You certainly don't mislead your customers with false or misleading marketing.
    You do keep your customers wants and needs in mind for business growth.
    You stay aggressive in the market place and remain a leader in your industry.

    And believe it or not there are many directv customers (outside of this forum) who are wondering the same things about Directv as we are discussing here! :D
     
  7. Jason Whiddon

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    I know two things:

    1) I like Directv's service better than Dish (have had both)

    2) We don't have AMC, BBCA, Epix and Sony Movies in HD, and Dish does/will.
     
  8. cypherx

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    I moved out of Comcast's footprint by about a mile.

    The new area is Service Electric Cablevision (PDF Lineup: http://www.secv.com/cdocs/channel_birds.pdf )

    I didn't go with them because they do not have HD-VOD. They are a guide revision behind Comcast, and you cannot program the DVR from the iPhone, website, or even get Caller ID on screen. You can do all of that with DirecTV and Comcast (in my general area). I would of simply got Comcast, but I don't draw the system borders. I figured I'll try something new, as the DirecTV multiroom and on screen guide look years ahead of Cable (SECV uses I-Guide A25). SECV doesn't even put like recordings into folders. You can't easily hide channels you don't get (favorites lists never default). There's a huge honking advertisement at the bottom of the guide. The biggest DVR they have is 250 GB. They do not offer Multiroom. I would still have the argument with the wife that she is "on the wrong channel", because with Cable you have to remember 2 sets of channel numbers (HD channels are always way high up on the dial). DirecTV makes this much more easy.

    All the software differences aside, content is king, and if I have to downgrade my experience and featureset to watch programs in HD without resorting to Bit Torrent, then so be it. I'd rather give my hard earned money to the MSO who cares enough to provide the content customers want. SECV is an 860 MHz cable system undergoing a full digital transition. They have the bandwidth as well.
     
  9. mrtanner69

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    I disagree. The language they use really appears to be diagnostic. For example, substantially prior to the Fox Soccer channels being announced the Twitter replies to people asking for them turned noticeably more hopeful just as BBCA has now done.

    Time will tell.
     
  10. Hoosier205

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    Well, luckily DirecTV holds true to all of those points.
     
  11. radiomandc

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    This thread amazes me. Looking back you can see how happy people were that we were getting 30 new HD channels. Now look at us. We are complaining that we haven't had any new roll outs in a while. Folks we have 30 more HD channels this year than we had last year. That is an improvement. Let's stop acting like Directv is trying to screw us.
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    Agree. My comments were not directed at any one person specifically, but rather, pointed to a holistic perspective.

    When I look back at all the additions, enhancements, and changes in just this past year or so...there is little reason to be pessimistic IMHO.

    The next few months, however, should be interesting on many fronts.
     
  13. Jason Whiddon

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    Got nothing to do with what they added, because not everyone wanted these channels. I pay for a service every month, it's my right to complain when I feel they are slacking. And in the 4 channels I mentioned above, I feel they are slacking. I could care less about premiums, or Soccer, but Im sure that worked for many. So, it's not like I got 30 channels I use, I actually only watch ESPNUHD.
     
  14. MysteryMan

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    True, the 30 just didn't contain what most on this thread wanted.
     
  15. leww37334

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    I have read with interest all the excuses as to why no AMC HD, no BBCA HD, etc. I realize that it is very hard to get all the agreements in place, my only question is : How did Dish mange to accomplish something that is so hard?
     
  16. anleva

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    Exactly! As an affluent Spanish speaking soccer nut who has a house full of 3D televisions and is too lazy to head out to the mailbox to grab a movie I am thrilled with the 2010 roll-out! :p ;)
     
  17. radiomandc

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    That's fine. Then when we do get those channels that people are asking for (AMC BBCA), we will be happy. Then give it a month and there will be other channels that people will complain that we don't have. This is a never ending cycle.
     
  18. MysteryMan

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    That's human nature my friend.
     
  19. nickff

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    That's an easy one. Comcast is the worst company I (and seemingly many) have even dealt with. Their DVRs are terrible, their customer service is atrocious, their service techs are hit or miss and (at least in my area) their PQ is significantly worse than Directv.

    I am mystified why anyone would do business with a company that knowingly charges people different amounts for the same thing and in a truly random way. There is no rhyme or reason to what they charge. They offer different promos to different people and, depending on what CSR you get, some promos exist and others do not.

    My friend just recently moved and (as I predicted) they brought DVRs that dated back to their original rollout of DVRs to install. No HDMI out, tiny hard drive, etc.

    Tivo is out of the question as every tech that showed up explained no one is trained on how to install, use, troubleshoot, or maintain CableCards.

    I could go on, but I have been off topic long enough. :)
     
  20. leww37334

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    be nice to know the new timeline...... something other than "soon"
     
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