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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4 2010 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2010.

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  1. MikeR7

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    I believe Hutch's latest strategy is to try and humiliate DIRECTV into adding more HD channels. When you tell the "big lie" often enough it starts gaining acceptance as the truth. It is a common propagandist strategy. :lol:

    I don't think it is going to work.
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    Unless Sixto comes up with something next Wednesday looks like a bust.
     
  3. maartena

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    I wonder if there is any interest in adding BBC World News and CNN International.... I am a news junkie, and CNN International was on my wishlist. I almost chose UVerse for it, but decided that D* would be better quality. These are CHEAP channels to add for DTV. Don't even need them in HD ;)
     
  4. Hoosier205

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    Find a single "anticipation" thread on this forum which is short. :rolleyes: They are popular threads regardless of how many channels are being added at a given time.

    DirecTV is beating the competition with ease.

    • They have more HD channels.
    • They are adding and retaining more subscribers
    • They are adding features rather than potentially losing features (see Dish Networks 3Q report regarding fears that they may have to pull DVR functionality)
    • They are the more successful business financially
    DirecTV offers HD channels Dish Network does not offer. Dish Network offers HD channels DirecTV does not offer. Aside from those particular channels...DirecTV wins in every category you can think of.

    If you want the channels that Dish Network has, go with Dish Network. Otherwise...it's just noise.
     
  5. Hutchinshouse

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    Worked for TRAVHD. :D

    For the record, I don't lie when it comes to DIRECTV. I love DIRECTV. HOWEVER, I don't protect them. They're not a family member. ;)
     
  6. mhking

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    As a newsman, age don't mean a thing on payday... :lol:
     
  7. TheRatPatrol

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    Source? :sure:
     
  8. thelucky1

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    Lol good answer!
     
  9. thelucky1

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    Yep makes me wonder if directv is even attempting to "tango" with anyone at this point!
     
  10. ejjames

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    Man, when I was at USSB, and we carried all the premiums (minus Starz.) We also had a handful of basics. We had 5 transponders, 5 feeds per transponder. I remember switching between our downlink (videocypher or digicypher) then switching to a ird. i could not tell the different and that was my job.

    Channels would run between 3 and 5 Mbps. Of course the encoding software was 16 years behind today's technology.. We couldn't downres to 480x480 even if we wanted to.

    I've never uploaded a video to youtube, but I went from room (no audio) showing rooms, down and uplink dishes. I'll try to dig that up and post it.

    Sorry if I was rambling.
     
  11. Hutchinshouse

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    Yes, :lol: thanks for asking. :D

    If we don't have the HD feed, yes, it's a joke. With DIRECTV's SD-lite, HD is a must.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    Except the the vast majority of posts are from about 8 or 9 regulars and about half of them are the same 4 or so people complaining.

    Then the thread goes off into everything but religion and politics for a day or so.

    Yup, not a great measure of how well DirecTV is doing.

    Maybe the subscriber levels, the money taken in and the churn rate are better measures. They are the ones DirecTV is using, anyway.

    Yes, yes, yes. It would make more people happy if DircecTV were to add AMC and BBCA in HD. Maybe a few more movie channels (although whatever they did to the SD channels like TCM sure makes them watchable again). But a lot of us are very, very happy with the mix we have today (I am a huge sports fan...that is I am hugely into sports and I am huge...LOL) and the only channel I would like is BBCA but that is for only one show.

    If I go to Verizon Fios as my only provider, I lose half the local HD sports and a lot of what folks call basic channels that I watch like Cartoon Network (love the HD newer shows on there). If I go with Comcast, I lose a lot in my county. If I go with Dish, I lose some locals in HD and lose a ton of out of market sports in HD. And in any case, I gain nothing I watch except for Dish for that one show on BBCA. Not a good trade for me or for a lot of others, it would seem based upon sales and subscriber rates.

    So, to say that the reaction and the customer base is overwhelmingly negative from a handful of vehement and vocal posters is an stretch at best.
     
  13. ProgPic

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    Not according to this chart:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=183207

    According to this Dish Network has a very sizable lead in Standard HD and also leads in Premium HD.
     
  14. Richierich

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    Excellent Comeback!!! :D

    I'm the same way. When Directv does something Right and Good or Great I Applaude them but when they are Screwing Up I'll Take Them To The Wood Shed!!!
     
  15. Richierich

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    No because Directv have to Support alot of Grandmas and Grandpas and other folks who haven't converted over to HD because of many reasons such as they can't afford to or just haven't gotten around to it or just don't care to do it.
     
  16. MysteryMan

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    The days of total HD broadcasting are a long way off. SD is going to be with us for awhile. Calibrating your LCD or Plasma TV will significantly improve your picture quality making SD tolerable. Even if you cannot afford a professional to calibrate your set a inexpensive calibration DVD will give you noticeable picture quality improvement.
     
  17. Hoosier205

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    :rolleyes: As I said in the post you quoted (portion you deleted however)...Dish Network has channels DirecTV doesn't have. DirecTV has channels Dish Network doesn't have. The categories in that chart are my own. If someone wants what Dish Network offers, enjoy.
     
  18. Curtis0620

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    Not STARZ or SHOWTIME.
     
  19. DaveC27

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    Well AMC have cancelled Rubicon

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2010/11/amc-cancels-rubicon.html

    So I guess that's one bit off my list of why I want AMC-HD :nono2: Though I just saw a rumor that D* may be interested in buying the show for its 101 network, this will no doubt turn out to be desperate fans clinging to hope but it would definitely be a turn up for the books :S
     
  20. DaveC27

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    I have to agree with you that neither BBCA or AMCHD are seen as Must-Have's by the D* management otherwise we would have had them 6 months ago, but it's wrong to assume that the desire for those channels amongst the greater subscription base is mirrored by this thread, we represents such a small snapshot of the base that we're way below statistically insignificant :)
     
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