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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. Dec 8, 2010 #3401 of 4034
    Richierich

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    I guess I would rather watch Robin Meade on the Headline News (my TV doesn an excellent job of scaling), than Poke my Eye Out with a Needle!!!

    How much could it cost Directv to add this channel in HD??? Couldn't be much.
     
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    Hutchinshouse

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    That was by design. :D We already have a plethora of HD news to choose from. Not sure I personally need more news options.
     
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    Hutchinshouse

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    Much, much more than adding another PPVHD channel. :D
     
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    The parent company which owns HLN also owns other channels. It is likely that they would want to bundle other channels which DirecTV does not carry with HLN in an agreement. So, it would probably be more expensive because of that. TCM and truTV are two that I can think of off hand.
     
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    wow what a tough decision! :lol:
     
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    When I first read the "content is no longer king" comment from Directv, I thought back to the recent channel disputes at both Directv and Dish. When D* dropped VS and G4, there was a great deal of noise made by fans of those channels. And when Dish dropped several channels a few months ago it made lots of headlines. But how many people actually changed services? I'm guessing not too many.

    With 200+ channels in the lineup, it's difficult for all but a few to have much of an impact. Chief among these key channels are the locals. In the last 2-3 years as Directv dramatically expanded locals and HD locals it had a big impact on getting people to move to them from cable.

    Directv is rightfully preparing a cost/benefit analysis on some channels and may decide that dropping a few will save them more than it will cost them. It's the same with HD additions. As much as I'd love to see BBCA and about a half-dozen others added in HD, I doubt that Directv having them would have any measurable difference to the company's revenues.
     
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    If what I saw of her this morning was in HD...I'd be blind - world's ugliest outfit. HD can't fix that. :D

    On a serious note...

    There are certainly a good number of potential channels. What has changed in the content delivery world is the need to decide what is offered on the basis of it making business sense...not just adding channels for the vanity of a channel count.
     
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    I wonder if we'd have more HD right now if D* didn't do away with the $10.00 a month HD fee?
     
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    I therefore wonder what cost-benefit analysis has underpinned the decision not to provide HD LIL to the Monterey-Salinas DMA, which is ranked #124 and encompasses several relatively-well off communities, such as Pebble Beach, which presumably translate into a desirable customer demographic for DirecTV bean counters.
     
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    Kingly content is King.

    Joker content not so much.
     
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    I got this idea while posting to another thread.

    If in the next quarter this forum continues with another "HD Anticipation" thread, shouldn't there also be an "Official DirecTV Channel Dropping Anticipation" thread?

    The official pdf released during DirecTV's investors' meeting suggests dropping channels is at least as likely as adding new HD channels.

    The official HD anticipation thread has essentially existed regardless of whether DirecTV is actually adding HD channels. Shouldn't we have another thread on the same essential topic from a negative perspective? We've already seen one example of it (G4) and DirecTV has essentially made it part of their official policy. Now, it seems just as likely that we might might lose channels altogether that DirecTV doesn't carry in HD as it is that DirecTV will carry HD simulcasts of national channels that they currently don't. That change in official information should be addressed.
     
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    I know these threads tend to be critical, and often for good reason. So to keep me from going crazy, I'll try to interject a bright spot.

    If I were to look at my bill 4 years ago and compare it with programming received, then look at today's bill with all the added HD, DIRECTV2PC(My killer app), MRV, VOD...I think I'd take that trade any day. Just thought I would take a look at the bright side for once.

    I'm sure I'll have plenty to complain about tomorrow!
     
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    Well Most of us would propose to drop all the shopping and infomercial stuff, and that will never happen! I guess if a network is in risk of getting dropped, they need to pay DirecTV in order to stay on, rather then DirecTV pay them. Hey yeah, G4 should of just paid DirecTV to keep itself on the system. After all they want carriage and potential entry into more homes right? I just don't get the industry. Should be that channels make money on advertising. Use that money to pay companies to carry them, and pay their bills and staff. Branch out on the web, make a few bucks there. Make a few bucks on merchandise and DVD/BluRay sales, etc. Use all that money. You want 50 million potential viewers? Your gonna have to pay enough companies to carry your network into 50 million potential homes. You gotta pay to play! Like any investment.
     
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    Thats sort of what I was getting at earlier. Make less popular channels like G4 available to all, and allow those that want it pay for it. You would think G4 would want to make some money then none at all. I wonder how their ratings are now? There was a rumor on here that some of the shows may show up on other channels.
     
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    My definition of "soon" differs from DirecTV's definition of "soon", which is more likely "some time next year". ;)

    "soon" is before christmas. :D
     
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    "When will then be now?"

    "Soon."
     
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    When Now Gets Here!!!

    Patience Comes To Those Who Are Willing To Wait For It To Come!!! :lol:
     
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