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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. Hutchinshouse

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    All would be happy minus DIRECTV. They'd take a huge financial hit adding all those HD channels. Hence, we don’t have them. Hence, DIRECTV keeps adding PPVHD and $12.99 channels.

    Sad but true, the writing is on the walls.
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    Unless one of the providers (D*?) stands up and says "we're going all HD" (or almost all HD). Why should providers continue to pay for both SD and HD? Cut costs by carrying only the HD feeds.

    Of course they would need to upgrade everyone, but thats sort of already being done now. I know theres still people out there with tube TV's (I have 2) but I can watch HD channels just fine on those TV's.

    Ok, anyways.......I know we've talked about this before, but I'm just saying. ;)
     
  3. raoul5788

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    There are still millions of customers that are sd only. Their receivers/dvrs would all have to be exchanged for mpeg4 boxes. That's not going to happen due to the cost, not all at once anyway.
     
  4. sigma1914

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    People would still complain. Here's what the outcry has been like in 2010:

    WE WANT PREMIUMS, ESPNU, WGN, MSNBC, & TRAVEL! :ramblinon
    WE WANT LIFETIME, PREMIUMS, amc, BBCA! :ramblinon
    WE WANT amc, BBCA, TCM, E!, TRU, COOKING, DIY, HLN, ETC... :ramblinon
    WE WANT {rinse, lather, repeat}

    It'll never end. ;)
     
  5. MysteryMan

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    From the articles I have read recently they are saying there are more households that havn't upgraded to HD than those who have. Hence SD will be here for the foresee'able future.
     
  6. Paul Secic

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    CNN International is better than CNN. When I had U-verse I watched it everyday. I had lots of problems with U-verse. I really miss CNN International.
     
  7. Paul Secic

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    the Cooking Channel is in HD on Dish. Personally I don't care for it.
     
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    What articles?
     
  9. sigma1914

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    Not quite, HD is the majority...http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire...-now-the-majority-but-hd-viewing-lags-behind/
     
  10. georule

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    How many of those households have one HDTV and 2 or 3 SDTV boxes? Quite a few, I'd bet.

    We just bought our 3rd HDTV today (27" 1080p for $249), and we'll still have 2 SDTV's left in the house. . .
     
  11. BK89

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    I just saw they are finally shooting The Soup in HD - now I Have a reason to start complaining about adding E! in HD. :)
     
  12. Brent72

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    I just recently switched from Dish to Direct and one of the only shows I'm missing not having in HD is The Soup. Everything else on E! is basically worthless, but The Soup alone warrants having the channel in HD.
     
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    ST is still a no show?:scratch:
     
  14. SPACEMAKER

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    Today I saw a 27" Zenith Console TV being viewed from about 12-16 feet. I felt so bad for them.
     
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    TV sets are one of the things people keep for decades, it's one of the reasons the technology is so slow to change. Look at the barriers 3D-TV is facing - it requires people to buy a whole new television! Even our beloved HD standard is old technology.

    Directv and other providers could probably hook SD sets up to HD boxes with down-res'd or letterboxed output for old 4x3 sets, but many customers would strongly object to this. On one of the early Directv HD boxes I used to have an old little tv in my office hooked up (it had s-video or composite outputs or something) and it was funny to watch squished HD rather than stretched SD on that little tv.

    It's going to take a long time to wean people off of SD.
     
  16. mreposter

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    Look how deep that tv is - it must be one of those new-fangled 3D tvs!
     
  17. gaperrine

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    VHS was the #1 VCR format and beta was a distant #2. Does that mean VHS was the better format? Marketing had a lot to do with it.

    Most people who subscribe to a satellite service do not do a side by side comparison of the services. They make their choice based on marketing. Marketing is what DirecTV is doing right.
     
  18. TheRatPatrol

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    I'm not so sure. If D* gave us all those channels on my list I think the vast majority on here (and not on here) would be very happy.
     
  19. Richierich

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    I know I would be Very Happy.
     
  20. tonyd79

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    There were two things VHS had going for it. It could handle longer movies in a single unit and the porn industry settled on VHS.

    :)
     
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