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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2010.
Still playing moderator? Actually you are becoming a parody of yourself.
I am suggesting that we behave like adults, rather than making life difficult for the moderators.
The hypocrisy hits just keep on coming from The Governor.
Just for fun, I went back over the most recent 10 pages of this thread.
The Guv posted 25 times.
4 or 5 had something to do with the topic.
20 or 21 did not.
And in over half a dozen of those 20, he chastised others for not dicussing the topic! Oh, the hypocrisy.
Guv, it's more fun here when you are not on "Ignore".
So here's a softball for you:
What channels do you anticpate? And when?
I'm just paying attention to what DIRECTV has stated regarding their programing intentions. Adding national HD programing to basic packages is not what they plan to do.
With the exception of sports I can get the programing I want at greatly reduced charge through my Roku box. The programs not included for a $10 netflix subscription or the soon to be added $10 Hulu-Plus subscription I can select as a purchase or rental through Amazon.
I'm from the Seattle area and miss the local Seattle teams, especially Seahawks and Husky football, so it's worth it to me to pay for the sports pack and ST from Sept until Feb. When that period is over I'll either suspend or go to Family Pack.
What does this have to do with anticipation? Like many others I have been anticipating new HD nationals on DIRECTV since prior to the launch of D12. The outcome of that anticipation has not been rewarded. BUT ... there are choices. We have choices as consumers just as DIRECTV has choices as a provider.
Good luck to all who are still anticipating new services and programing from D12. I'm not any longer and so this will be my last post on this thread.
From the playground bully that is an interesting concept. What is your implication?
I just bought a PS3 (For streaming, not gaming), and upgraded my PlayOn, and subbed to Netflix also. Good quality. Rather than the Family Pak though, consider SELECT. It has ESPN and ESPN2 in it, which Family does not. I am going to take the same route as you, and start scaling back my DirecTv services in exchange for online/mail services.
The are discussing the topic. If the answer to all channel concerns was "leave if you are not happy" what would be the point of this thread? Endless high fives?
Look in the mirror before you criticize all and sundry.
Lol that's funny!
Man I certainly understand!
I think he meant making life difficult for EVERYONE but him!
This thread has lost it's focus.
ROFL...some of the best advice all day!
Guys .. I think it's time for everyone to take a break .. We're close to a 24-our moratorium on this thread.
So please .. discuss the topic .. not each other.
Yes you are correct.
This may change significantly for E* if they lose the Fox channels.
I am new here and cannot post URLs just yet. I'm sure a Google search would find any number of stories on the issue.
Have I missed something? Did they launch a new satellite set to go online in the 4th Q?
I anticipate that the remaining 34 HD slots on D12 will surely keep inching upwards with more Cinema PPV's, as it happened again this week....and last month... and the month before that...
The tango with the Hollywood studios requires that Nightmare on Elm Street be showing starting now every 15 minutes-- in glorious 1080p no less !
Come on DTV !... Move up the launch of D14 ! We need its HD bandwidth for the Cinema PPV's to start every 5 minutes !
OK, I did some math. The assumptions may be wrong, but hey, I'm just guessing.
I used The Rat Patrol's wish list from page 1 of this thread.
I also used the attached chart of subscriber fees:
I couldn't unbundle HLN from CNN, and I didn't find a sub fee for NGW. So I threw those out.
Also, I deleted Sundance, as it is not a "basic" channel.
For this exercise, I made an assumption that might not be close.
I assumed that adding HD would just double the carriage fee of SD.
Feel free to shoot me if I'm wrong.
Adding all of those channels in TRP's post would cost $1.51 per sub, per month.
With 18,000,000 subs, this equals additional fees of $326,160,000 per year.
Last year's Average revenue per user was a few bucks over $1,000 per year.
So D* would need to add 326,160 new users paying for 12 months to offset the annual cost addition.
In 2009, D* added 460,000 net subs.
US revenue in 2010 will be approx. $20,000,000,000.
The cost of adding those channels would be 1.6% of total revenue.
There are times to attack and times to consolidate.
With excess capacity and Dish on the rocks, this is a great time to attack.
And we have not even factored in next year's price increase.
Again, I have no clue if carriage fees double for adding HD. So feel free to pick holes here.
But I continue to be surprised why D* does not take this opportunity to really go after Dish at a time when they are very weak.... and their customers are scratching their heads.
I also found these interesting notes:
1.DirecTV’s HD/DVR penetration within its subscriber base has increased from about 29% in 2006 to about 60% at the end of 2009. As the majority of the subscriber have already upgraded their equipment to HD/DVR receivers, future upgrade and retention costs are bound to decrease.
2.DirecTV states that about 70% of the new subscribers are signing up for its HD/DVR services, up from 60% a year ago. As more subscribers directly go for advanced services, upgrade requirements are coming down.