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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by LMckin, Feb 7, 2006.
I tv formerly Pax tv ends on Directv february 28,2006
Cool. About time they start dumping the "info" channels.
A worthless channel. A waste of space on DirecTV. That is bad enough. But its chain of OTA UHF affiliates are so very much a waste of a much more limited resouce. No infomercial networks should be permited to operate OTA in places where all of the legitimate networks are not available.
Heh, they list WQPX from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton even though they never even carried it as a local channel for the market.
The thing is, PAX/i wasn't always an informercial station, they used to be a network that had a full programming schedule with content that was safe for the entire family to watch. Which was why D* picked them up at first and they expanded to many smaller markets. I remember for a while when they first launched, they used to air the old Super Mario Bros. cartoon on their old PAX Kids block on Sunday mornings. Oddly enough, they now have a new version of PAX TV which operates on the .2 subchannel for most of their digital markets. This version has the same primetime schedule as i, but the rest of the day has some classic sticoms, game shows, movies, and no infomercials. What they should have done was made this new "PAX TV" their main channel.
Its a shame what its become, KPPX 51 is the highest powered station in my area at 5 megawatts
I don't believe KFPX Des Moines, KPXR Cedar Rapids, or WTPX Wausau have ever been carried, either.
Why wait until the 28th? Get rid of that pig now!
The only problem with losing that channel here in metro Atlanta is that the local i/PAX affliate broadcasts select Atlanta Thrashers/Atlanta Hawks games. But hopefully with the creation of the CW network on the UPN local station, the soon-to-be former WB affiliate will pick up the OTA rights for these teams.
Now thats gone how about the other 10-20 useless channels with "paid programming" running 95% of the time and only 2-3 actual shows.
I thought the new I network was supposed to start airing classic TV shows from the 50s and 60s in their lineups and not so much paid programming.
It is ridiculous to have paid programs all day and game show reruns at night. Then more paid programming all night long. A waste of bandwidth on Directv for sure!
Don't forget the shopping channels & the TV Guide channel. More waste of bandwith right there.
I hope they add something good in it's place.
I wonder if we can expect to see I TV slamming DirecTV on their website, like Lifetime did with Dish Network.
the TV GUide channel isn't a waste of space... they have some neat shows, like TV Watercooler, and their Red Carpet Shows...
I think that Directv Should get rid of some of the religious channels they have, did you all notice that two more were added...NRB and TCT...I say get rid of some of these channels, and add the pentegon channel, Dish has it why can't Directv...
D* actually gets commission from the sales of those other paid programming channels and shopping channels, so unfortunately, those won't be going away anytime soon.
The plan was actually for the new PAX TV to have them, which is available on the .2 subchannel for most digital OTA i/PAX stations.
Rumor has it that both Sleuth and BET Jazz will be added in March.
D* has to carry a certain ammount of PI (Public Interest) channels, whether we like it or not. That's why they have all of those religious and not for profit channels that almost no one watches.
And hopefully SportsNet NY as well...
how do the sales channels know i have directv vs got it OTA vs cable? who gets commission for ota?
The shopping channels usually ask how you are recieving the channel when setting up an account with them. As for paid programming, they get the money ahead of time when the seller buys the air time. As for channels that air paid programming 24/7 like Celebrity Shopping (239), Direct Shopping (340), and TV Superstore (341) the money goes to the that station, which passes some of it on to the providers that carry them. For paid programming blocks programmed by D* on channels 227, 238, and sometimes 341, the money goes directly to D*.
As for i/PAX, D* wasn't getting anything for the many hours of paid programming, as it was originally a general family entertainment station when they originally signed the deal to carry them, which was one of the main reasons why they are dropping it.
give its spot to BBC World i say.
Some pax stations carried some local sports like Atlanta's, some partnered with smaller networks like Urban America TV for the hours when it was nothing but informercials, but most of them just stuck to the national scheudle that Pax/i was giving them.