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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. Oct 1, 2010 #101 of 4034
    studdad

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    That's great. What's next? Some HD channels in French? :rolleyes: Way to utilize that precious bandwidth D*.
     
  2. Oct 1, 2010 #102 of 4034
    RAD

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    Not really a bandwidth taker since they put it on 119 which is where most of the spanish package channels are located and DirecTV has stopped using for core HD programming.
     
  3. Oct 1, 2010 #103 of 4034
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    So when will they add Travel Channel in HD? :bang

    Sorry, I just had a flashback. All of this waiting is getting to me. :lol:
     
  4. Oct 1, 2010 #104 of 4034
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    As someone routinely confused by statisticians, I need to remind you of the works of the Reverend Thomas Bayes. His work on conditional probabilities and degree of belief is a hot topic in modern statistics. A very different approach than confidence intervals and ANOVA.

    Anyhow, you can start your estimate with expert elicitation and improve your estimate of the true value by obtaining more data. As you obtain more data, you improve your estimate.

    There are a number of problems with this data set, but there is nothing in this data set that is unusual compared to a wide range of data sets. Examples include self reporting of health data and loss of follow up on epidemioloy studies (censored data). Its a good starting point, and a statstician would use this in the absense of something better.
     
  5. Oct 1, 2010 #105 of 4034
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    Funny.

    But, seriously, it is not getting to me. I am watching HD every night.

    So, I anticipate watching my favorite programs in HD.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2010 #106 of 4034
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    :lol: ...

    So when will they add E! HD? :bang

    Sorry, I just had a flashback. ;) All of this waiting is getting to me. :(
     
  7. Oct 1, 2010 #107 of 4034
    hdtvfan0001

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    WOO HOO!

    We're back in the anticipation saddle.

    I like our odds on some new HD channels this quarter. ;):)
     
  8. Oct 1, 2010 #108 of 4034
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    Depends on what 50 they were to add tomorrow. If they added 50 more PPV/RSNs/3D channels, you'd probably be correct.

    If they added 50 channels that included many of the more popular channels currently missing, I doubt you'd see many people on this thread.

    In 2007, DirecTV was adding every available HD channel (VOOM being the exception) out there. Therefore, it WAS hard to complain. Now that DirecTV is lagging on MANY of the available channels out there... some of which might contain some of your favorite programming that you are either forced to watch in SD, or through other sources, it gets MUCH easier!

    I watch HD every night too. That doesn't mean there aren't channels and programs out there I'd LOVE to be watching...

    ~Alan
     
  9. Oct 2, 2010 #109 of 4034
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    I meant basic (channels 200-378) or premiums (channels 500-570) national channels. D* themselves have said "one movie isn't a channel" and called 3D "a niche service"; and RSN's vary in price depending on where you live.
     
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    "While we have thousands of titles in DIRECTV On Demand, we are looking to expand this option further. Stay tuned. "


    From Twitter, 5 hours ago.:mad:
     
  11. Oct 2, 2010 #111 of 4034
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    Maybe they meant we're getting HBO and Cinemax VOD! :D
     
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    Yeah, right! This is high skill tango. :sure:
     
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    Chocolate and peanut butter don't go together.

    Chocolate is dear and peanut butter is cheap.

    Chocolate is Nirvana and peanut butter is awful.
     
  14. Oct 2, 2010 #114 of 4034
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    Apparently you've never had a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
     
  15. Oct 2, 2010 #115 of 4034
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    The reference to "one movie isn't a channel" is in reference to a movie stored on a DVR's hard drive to my knowledge, and not in reference to PPVs.

    3D might be a "niche service," but there isn't anything wrong with being a niche service.

    I posted a list of possible channels for DirecTV to add on page #2. If DirecTV were to add 50 of those channels (not likely given the amount of bandwidth free), and choose wisely among them, I really doubt you'd see that many people complaining. Heck, if DirecTV were to choose wisely among even 25-30 of them, I doubt you'd see ANYWHERE as many people complaining.

    ~Alan
     
  16. Oct 2, 2010 #116 of 4034
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    I can use big words if I want to also, it just doesn't add much to the conversation. Plus if you want to impress with your big words you might as well spell them correctly. Nor does the use of big, misspelled words change the fact that you didn't say anything new or important.

    This sample, the people on this thread make a biased sample. You can poll them to see what they want, but you can't apply that to a broader group, say, directv customers in general. The people who are either happy with the channels directv offers, don't have hd, or don't care enough to even find this site, simply don't come here. They make up a huge majority of directv's customers.

    Most directv subscribers don't care about the channels some of us are very excited to get. If those people who don't care were suddenly told that their monthly bill was going up because directv added GSC or whatever, how happy would they be? That is the question directv has to ask itself when it looks to add new channels.
     
  17. Oct 2, 2010 #117 of 4034
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    If you were to take a poll, you would find that BBCA, AMC, E! and the ones asked for most here will be the ones that are most desired amongst the general group. The precentages may change some, the order of preference may change, but the list won't change significantly.
     
  18. Oct 2, 2010 #118 of 4034
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    The wailing and gnashing of teeth with the "I'd love to watch channel X but I won't because it isn't in HD" line is tired..

    If you really wanted to watch something that isn't on a channel you get in HD, you'd watch it in SD and be done with it.

    If you aren't watching the channel in SD, you wouldn't *love* to have it in HD.
     
  19. Oct 2, 2010 #119 of 4034
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    !rolling
     
  20. Oct 2, 2010 #120 of 4034
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    Great data. Thanks! My only question now is whether or not Dish is all MPEG-4 HD, or both MPEG-2 & MPEG-4. If both, I notice some channels average ~ 4 Mbps and some ~ 6 Mbps. Is that an indication of MPEG-4 vs. MPEG-2? Or are they all MPEG-4, and the 4 Mbps 1080i channels are 1440x1080i and the 6 Mbps 1920x1080i?

    For those wondering what this is all about, it's a continuation of a brief discussion in the last thread about HD picture quality D* vs. E*. It appears Dish is compressing a bit more, presumably to squeeze more channels on each HD transponder.

    DirecTV's 1080i HD is 1920x1080i and 8 MPBS on average. Seems like DirecTV has at minimum 33% higher resolution, but based on my own observation, from normal viewing distances, I doubt many will notice a significant difference between MPEG-4 @ 6 Mbps and MPEG-4 @ 8 Mbps, if the encoding was done right. Those channels being transmitted 4 Mbps MPEG-4 vs. 8 Mbps MPEG-4 would probably exhibit a noticeable difference, tho. Just my .02.
     
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