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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2010.
My bad! :lol:
Don't worry, they'll probably give you another PPV HD channel to compensate you. Well, for all those people who try to make a point "for" Directv by saying "well at least they don't drop channels, like Dish", I guess recent and probably upcoming channel drops will blow that lame arguement out of the water. D*'s new logo can be "under 70 basic HD channels, and getting smaller!!"
You would leave because ONE ota station that you can probably get via antenna is removed? Wow!
In 1994, the only way to get locals was by antenna.
"Through a glass darkly" is probably more appropriate.
It does not matter which provider you go to, these lockouts are going to be the norm for all providers for a while. Everyone wants a penny or two more per subscriber. Subscribers don't want to pay more. None of the companies want to lose any profit and in fact want to grow profits.
So you'd prefer to switch to a provider who is king in having channels pulled from its lineup due to contract squabbles? When compared to DirecTV, DISH rules the day in having channels go dark due to carriage agreement squabbles. In fact, they even--on their own--yanked Comcast in San Francisco after an arbitrator whom they chose ruled in Comcast's favor. DISH's attitude was along the lines of, "To hell with our own arbitrator's decision. We're shutting off Comcast anyway."
Google the Disney channels, which to this day are still not back on DISH after being yanked early last summer.
People can justify what they want. They believe what they want to believe. There is no "wrong" decision, if someone is satisfied. :shrug:
All that said....considering what it takes to change providers - make no mistake - its a pain in the posterior to go through the process no matter who the new and previous ones were - it would seem to be in one's best interest to do some homework ahead of time.
Lord Vader is correct that Dish clearly has a track record of playing hardball with the content providers...to the point where they have lost a number of popular channels. No reason to think that will change.
In the mean time, I still anticipate DirecTV is in a better position to deliver on their ability to support more HD channels that people prefer. If that were not the case, the subscriber numbers from the 2 sat providers would be reversed.
wheres Voom when u need them
Virtually extinct (thank goodness).
While they may or may not be better positioned, DIRECTV is the only service thus far to officially announce dropping channels as a business plan element.
At least they're honest about it, unlike your boy Charlie who's a cheating cheapo.
It's a smart plan. Better than not being told.
Now if they'd only add more HD. :bang
Maybe some SD channels should be dropped (or at least threatened so by DirecTV) if their owners are asking for too much money to add their HD equivalents.
For example, AMC SD and BBCA SD are worthless to me and to my wife; they are a waste of space. (OTOH, my wife watches LMN SD a lot. )
Why are you posting this local issue it the HD Channel Anticipation thread? What relationship does this have with the thread title?
He wants attention to his situation.
Problem is, he might not be aware of the fact that none of us can do anything about carrier disputes and/or negotiations.
From DirecTV's apparent point of view, the only real priorities are theoretically AMC, TruTV, and Lifetime Movie Channel due to their generally good ratings. Of course, despite DirecTV latest claims of willing to drop unnecessary channels (which, by their criteria, BBCA probably qualifies as), they haven't been able to carry AMC HD, which, by DirecTV's own definition, qualifies as a channel worth the price and they are essentially the only television service provider who didn't add LMN HD when they added Lifetime HD.
Whatever their claims about standing up against pricing, the more obvious reason for DirecTV not adding more national HD channels and their willingness to suggest dropping channels is that so far it hasn't hurt their bottom line. As long as they add customers, they can continue to not spend money on basic programming that other providers offer and make bigger profits. I'm sure if they lost customers for two straight quarters "unnecessary" channels would suddenly become more important.
Sadly, there are some people here who are quite proud to pay more for less because DirecTV's propaganda on not going after "low-end" customers makes them feel elite. It surprising the degree to which some people are so unquestioning of "spin."
Oh, poor me is watching Top Gear in..... SD.
Worst thing: The cable company I just LEFT announced that they will add BBC America HD this month.
Does the torture end?
"More for less," is in the eye if the beholder. I feel I am getting "more" with D. More of what I want...more sports, better dvr, more channels that I actually watch. I'd love BBCA in hd, along with AMC, DIY, and the Military Channel. Do I spend a lot of time obsessing about it? Nope. I have plenty of my favorites in Hd now and it's hockey season, so I've got a full dvr of hd I haven't gotten to yet. I'm confident those channels will come at some point.