1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Do You Have Premium Channels?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mluntz, May 19, 2011.

Do You Subscribe to Premium Channels?

  1. Basic channels with NO premiums

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Premiere Package

    168 vote(s)
    47.9%
  3. Individual premium movie subscription

    183 vote(s)
    52.1%
  1. May 20, 2011 #81 of 217
    Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    4,632
    0
    Sep 27, 2006
    Smoking is bad for you. :D Plus, as I said before, this poll is lopsided. We are all TV geeks. Right now the “Premiere Package” has the most votes. Do you guys really think the majority of DIRECTV customers have the Premiere Package? NCIH

    If you go to an ironing forum, good chance most own an iron. If you go to gardening forum, most have a garden. If you go to a butterfly forum, most collect butterflies. ;)

    There’s no way to ignore the fact that DIRECTV is ignoring basic HD. When a premium channel is added in HD, the majority of DIRECTV customers do NOT benefit. Now SR, I know you’re the man. If you say more DIRECTV customers have premium channels than not, I’ll 100% believe you.
     
  2. May 20, 2011 #82 of 217
    Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    3,042
    37
    Dec 6, 2006
    Correct, majority of people don't have Premier but the majority of customers do have a premium. Furthermore customers are paying extra for premium services and there is a desire to add some HD there next. I think people forget that the vast majority of hd added was non premium the last 3 years....of course much of that is due to quantity of available channels. Nevertheless, there is a strong desire to add value to a service like Cinemax that has only 3 channels and to bolster HBO which is the highest priced premium service.
     
  3. May 20, 2011 #83 of 217
    tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    12,971
    204
    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    And with that, the argument on the "majority" is declared over.
     
  4. May 20, 2011 #84 of 217
    Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    4,632
    0
    Sep 27, 2006
    Well, there you have it. I stand corrected. I really thought in today’s economy most people had less than more. Thanks for your feedback!
     
  5. May 20, 2011 #85 of 217
    Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    4,632
    0
    Sep 27, 2006
    +1
     
  6. May 20, 2011 #86 of 217
    tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    12,971
    204
    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I am not surprised. It was reported some time ago that cable TV is the last thing poor people in Baltimore City would give up and the movie industry thrived (actually grew) during the Great Depression.

    If you have money at all, TV is still a pretty cheap form of escape.
     
  7. May 20, 2011 #87 of 217
    QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    1,118
    0
    Jul 20, 2007
    I currently have the premium package, but I didn't vote.

    In all likelihood, I'll be cancelling some of them within the month. If one include "correct aspect ratio," most of them fail compared to Netflix. In terms of movies, Showtime is the only one who is consistent and as we all know they lost most of their first run movies when Epix premiered,

    New premium HD just repeat films already shown on the "master" channel. Posters say all the time time that "illegal" downloads let them have original shows from AMC or BBCA in better quality; the same applies to original programming from the premiums. The ideal situation is to get your television of your television provider. Unfortunately since DirecTV changed management after D10, DirecTV has advertised one thing and delivered only premiums and it's becoming tiresome.

    Some people are so concern with the name "DirecTV" that they will be on their side no matter what, even if it it ignores both a change of management and a change in philosophy. They are a slave to corporate logos.
     
  8. May 20, 2011 #88 of 217
    kenmoo

    kenmoo Legend

    206
    0
    Oct 3, 2006
    HD Extra, HBO, Showtime, Starz and MLB. I may have to cut back a bit as my bill is now over what I'm willing and able to pay per month.
     
  9. May 20, 2011 #89 of 217
    sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    14,599
    370
    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    And there's those who can't accept the fact that in our wonderful capitalistic society that it's extremely important for DIRECTV to earn boatloads of money to keep shareholders happy. More to the point - If it's working, then why change it?
     
  10. May 20, 2011 #90 of 217
    machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    3,738
    8
    Nov 2, 2006
    Phoenix,...
    HD extra pack
     
  11. May 20, 2011 #91 of 217
    zeus

    zeus Legend

    144
    3
    May 18, 2011
    Maybe you should ask Ford Motor Company.

    Conversation overheard in Detroit circa 1995 - "The Taurus sure is popular. Why change? People love it! It is the best selling car in America and we are raking in the cash! The shareholders are ecstatic."

    Meanwhile, in Japan...
     
  12. May 20, 2011 #92 of 217
    mluntz

    mluntz Icon

    642
    0
    Jul 13, 2006
    I think it's hard to fathom that most subs would have a basic package without subscribing to at least one movie package. I don't think everyone wants to go to the extra trouble or expense to download or stream content, especially if you're referring to Joe six pack.

    They just want to watch TV!
    Interesting numbers so far, and if my theory holds correct, pretty accurate.
     
  13. May 20, 2011 #93 of 217
    tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    12,971
    204
    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I am sure there are those that are that slavish to a logo, but I don't really see any around here.

    What I do see is a lot of people who are happy with their service and they get preceived as being slavish to a logo. By and large, I am happy with my service. I probably watch about 13 hours a year that is not HD (exception is TCM, which I think is clear enough for the stuff I watch, which is all very old movies), so why would I NOT be happy.

    I am even happier for additional choices to watch. I celebrate all new channels and all new HD. If not for me, for others. The recent addition of Shorts was a pleasant surprise as I found that I like the channel without ever really knowing anything about it before.

    I just don't get all the gnashing of teeth and the portrayal of a pretty well-run company that even sastisfies most of its customers as some duplicitous, money stealing rogue of a company all over a handful of HD channels. Step back and you will that is what has happened around here. All the angst is over a handful of HD channels. Those who really want them start to portray DirecTV as the Great Satan and those who try to be fair at all or say they are happy automatically get called names, including your attempt to say that people are slaves to logos.

    That is offensive in that you make it out that only those complaining are being fair and non-judgemental.

    You can ask for new channels. You can ask why they aren't on. But everytime anyone tries to give a reason that does not include a phrase along the lines of "because DirecTV is a lying corporate money grubbing bunch of theives" they get labelled.

    The FACT is that there are reasons why channel A is on DirecTV and channel B is not. There are reasons why channel B is on Dish and channel A is not. And none of them have to do with lies or theft.

    Now I guess I will be called a fanboy or my reasoned and serious post will get ignored.
     
  14. May 20, 2011 #94 of 217
    tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    12,971
    204
    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Dude, the Taurus failed when they DID redesign it, not before. In fact, the Taurus was *after* the Japanese invasion and was one of Ford's better answers to it.

    And, meanwhile, DirecTV's business grows during a recession while the others do not.

    Really bad analogy.

    For one, not every company that does not change is going the way of the buggy whip. Ask Coca Cola about change while you are at it. "New" Coke, indeed.

    For another, DirecTV is quite innovative. In fact, your lesson would be that they should be making MORE change and not spending time on that lucractive HD business because things change.
     
  15. May 20, 2011 #95 of 217
    sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    14,599
    370
    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Ford failed because they didn't update the Taurus? :lol: I guess DIRECTV will fail because they haven't added AMC & BBCA in HD. :lol:
     
  16. May 20, 2011 #96 of 217
    sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    14,599
    370
    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Best post of 2011.
     
  17. May 20, 2011 #97 of 217
    zeus

    zeus Legend

    144
    3
    May 18, 2011
    The Taurus failed in the late 90's because its design was stale and its quality was lacking compared to cars like the Toyota Camry. it was redesigned, because its sales figures were plunging...

    A day late and a dollar short. The cash cow became rotten beef because of a 50's mentality in a dynamic marketplace.

    Great analogy, actually.

    DirecTV is riding the D12 wave, which is yet to peak. It was a long term investment that brought fruit in hard economic times. When it does peak, I hope they have made the right decisions as far as the usage of said satellite's capacity. In the lull, before D14, the competition will be ready and waiting. They will exploit the holes in D* lineup and be ever evolving to meet consumer needs.
     
  18. May 20, 2011 #98 of 217
    zeus

    zeus Legend

    144
    3
    May 18, 2011
    No, Ford lost a profit center because they did not stay current with the changing pulse of auto consumerism.
     
  19. May 20, 2011 #99 of 217
    zeus

    zeus Legend

    144
    3
    May 18, 2011
    Speaking of bad anaolgies...

    Coca Cola started with one product with its incorporation in 1892. They now have over 500 brands and a portfolio of over 3,500 beverage products. That sounds like change to me, lol.
     
  20. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    12,971
    204
    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    People buy TV based upon the infrastructure? I don't get that. The only wave I would see would be a wave from years before D12.

    Sorry, DirecTV is riding the wave of sports, sports and more sports. Oh, and movies.

    They have enough basic cable to be pretty much a wash for most viewers. Channels like AMC do NOT sell HD TVs or providers. What sells is aggragate and, did I mention sports?
     

Share This Page