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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-11 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 28, 2011.

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  1. TheRatPatrol

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    I bet we'll get those before more basics.
     
  2. QuickDrop

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    I often think the only people who visit his website are DirecTV subscribers who want to complain about him on internet forums. That's the only reason I know who he is.

    The thing is you can find more thoughtful criticism of DirecTV here, backed up by more concrete facts, than you get with his editorials, which is odd since he gets a lot of his information here (without properly sourcing it.)
     
  3. Davenlr

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    Has Encore even started sending out their themed channels in HD yet?
     
  4. cypherx

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    I wonder if we could just start to see more HD content available on demand. I know transponder bandwidth is a big issue, but internet bandwidth falls on the subscriber. Our ISP gives us a 100GB cap but it's only measured between 5 PM and 1 AM M-F. Any time after that, and weekends is unlimited. Let me download what I want in HD.

    I did grab a few things from VOD this weekend in HD (Premium channels) and the quality was really good.
     
  5. TheRatPatrol

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    I'd like to see that happen too. But maybe they can't do HD VOD without also carrying the channel in HD full time?
     
  6. cypherx

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    Yeah I guess I can see that being an issue. The content owners make boneheaded moves like that all the time. I guess they don't care about DirecTV's bandwidth limitation. Maybe they see it as "DirecTV should of known better and prepared their delivery system with adequate bandwidth from the start". But little do these content owners know what it takes to do that.

    It would be really nice if they offered a discounted rate for VOD only content in a contract that said by x date, you need to carry our full time HD channel. Then that x date could be a time when the new birds are up and running.
     
  7. espnjason

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    Right now, only Encore Action and Drama are in HD. From what I understood, the full slate should come out sometime in the new year.
     
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    They probably could. People used to say they couldnt carry the HD without the SD - then HD Extra Pack came out.

    Dish has that similar set up with Blockbuster.

    Would only take something like Directv to link up with Vudu or someone to do the same thing
     
  9. TravelFan1

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    Don't want to beat on a dead horse, and slightly off-topic, but just to give an idea on how shallow Swanni's research skills are, check this out:
    http://www.tvpredictions.com/dish121211.htm

    I'm going to make a comment there asking Mr Swanni if he has ever heard of dishworldiptv.com, which is the existing IPTV service offered by Dish, so it's not like Dish is launching a "new" service.... :rolleyes::nono2:

    And I am going to copy this because he can always change later, after I make my comments:

    Dish Network May Launch Net TV Service
    By Swanni

    Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2011) -- Dish Network is considering launching an online TV service that would compete with cable operators and other pay TV rivals such as DIRECTV.

    Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton told Bloomberg News that his company already has the infrastructure to launch an online service.

    “There’s not a lot of infrastructure you have to put in place for this,” Clayton said “The expense is the programming.”

    Bloomberg writes that Dish has discussed with TV networks what the online TV service would look like and how it would work. In theory, Dish could stream its channels over the Net, which would enable consumers to subscribe to its service without installing a dish.

    The idea of launching an online TV service is not new. Verizon reportedly is considering a similar venture, perhaps partnering with kiosk company Redbox or online renter Netflix.

    “If Verizon can do it, why can’t we?,” Clayton said. “Both of our companies buy a lot of content. That gives us some leverage.”

    Dish also owns Blockbuster Video, which it purchased in a bankruptcy auction. The company says it plans to offer Blockbuster streaming nationwide soon, but will not give a date. As of now, only Dish subscribers can get the service.

    For the Dish Internet TV service to be successful, the company would likely have to educate more Americans how to connect Net-enabled devices to their home networks. While streaming is growing in popularity, the vast majority of Americans still do not use it for a variety of reasons, including technical uncertainty.

    In addition, surveys have shown that even frequent streamers are sometimes dissatisfied with the video quality and reliability; a streaming video is sometimes interrupted if your Internet service is slow.

    It's unclear that Americans would accept their favorite channels occasionally going blank in the middle of a show.
     
  10. harsh

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    If dishworld was a full-fledged programming service you might have a point. As it is, it is not something that most North Americans would subscribe to.

    What Clayton is talking about is a conventional programming service offering a variety of channels comparable with any other US carrier's product.
     
  11. crawdad62

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    They just lost me for that reason. I had cable before I had D* and dropped it because at the time they offered very little HD (basic or premium) even though the picture was outstanding on what they did offer. Jump ahead 6 years and my cable company (not really a cable company but a regional electric company with fiber to the house) and they offer way more HD (basic) than D* does. Made the switch today.

    I really like D* and thought about getting new receivers (Whole Home) but that in itself would've tied me in and cost me about $200-300. Glad I held off. I'm sure you're correct that the premium content brings in customers since they can get something that very few people offer but in my case the basics drove me away.
     
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    Good for you! I wish we had something similar in Des Moines to offer as an alternative. But all we have is Mediocrecom.

    :mad:
     
  13. PrinceLH

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    You'd think that they'd do the Encore Westerns channel, because it's a jaudra that is popular and there's nothing else available like it.
     
  14. TravelFan1

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    Clayton in the article literally talked about the following:

    “There’s not a lot of infrastructure you have to put in place for this,” Clayton said “The expense is the programming.”

    IN fact, there's ZERO infrastructure he needs to put in place - well, that actually depends on how fast service grows, but Dish already has the infrastructure to deliver IPTV and is already delivering it.

    Replace tbs/tnt/american channels for indian/foreign channels and Dish's ready.
     
  15. Paul Secic

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    There are only two ENCORE themed channel. I wish Dish would get them. Then I would cancel STARZ.
     
  16. Paul Secic

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    They started those two themed HD channels in June.
     
  17. maartena

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    Oh I am sure there are ALWAYS going to be customers that leave a company and switch, for whatever the reason. But looking at the total picture, DirecTV is the only company that is still gaining subscribers.... so whatever DirecTV is doing, it works.
     
  18. cypherx

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    I'll tell you what works... Refer a friend and free Sunday Ticket. I referred 2 people from comcast so far. Why not right.... $20 off my bill for the next 10 months. Now they may refer some people as well. DirecTV has their own customers working on the sales team. Smartest thing they ever could of done. $200 is a drop in the bucket when they get a new customer locked in for 24 months.

    That and people talk. At first DirecTV discounts services heavily. With rising Cable rates people tell their friends how much money they saved by switching. The number 1 reason I hear from people debating the switch is the cost. Not the channels, the equipment, the software/guide.... But the cost!
     
  19. PrinceLH

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    If they exist, Directv hasn't picked them up yet. I guess they're up to the wall on bandwidth, right now.
     
  20. harsh

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    You're completely ignoring the concept of scale. DISH's current IPTV offering probably has customers numbering in the thousands (if that). What we're talking about is a customer base in the hundreds of thousands or millions. That's like bringing a red wagon to the rock quarry.
     
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