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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by purtman, Oct 9, 2007.

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  1. man_rob

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    If you look at the MGM HD website, they are using the MPAA rating system if that gives any indication. I'd say the movies are probably unedited, but the schedule doesn't look very compelling. If I'm going to pay for a movie channel, I want it to play a good number of movies I actually want to watch, and not just the occasional movie of interest. One more reason not to get the HD Extra Pack.
     
  2. rcoleman111

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    The FCC is only authorized to regulate content on over-the-air TV. They have no authority to regulate non-broadcast channels, premium or otherwise.
     
  3. rcoleman111

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    We won't know for sure until we see it, but more than likely it will be like Universal HD, which shows unedited, commercial-free movies from its own library.
     
  4. hilmar2k

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    So any editing that channels like Comedy Central does is strictly self-imposed?
     
  5. terryfoster

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    Pretty much. If the FCC had their way they would have their grubby little Indecency hands all over "cable" networks forcing HBO and the like to edit their movies. I pray that day never comes. As far as I can tell basic (non-premium) channels appear to try and keep things clean during the day, but after the "family hour" though "late night" is more or less fair game (see South Park at 9pm ET and Comedy Central's Secret Stash after midnight).

    Senator Bids to Extend Indecency Rules to Cable

    The FCC's cable crackdown
     
  6. raoul5788

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    This link is more than two years old. Do you have anything more current?
     
  7. ralphfurley

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    Forget BOND...Mannequin II and Shanghai Surprise in HD...their programmer has a wicked sense of humor;)
     
  8. man_rob

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    I don't know if they still do it, but Comedy Central used to play uncensored movies some late nights. I believe they called it "Comedy Central's Secret Stash"
     
  9. lucky13

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    So when do we get Sony Entertainment Televicion? That was the only thing my kids would watch in Mexico.
     
  10. bdowell

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    Buy even a crappy DVD and you'll be paying $3.00 (give or take) for it. Maybe a little less if you get it from the used stack at Blockbuster/EB Games/Gamestop, etc.

    Figure that there's one movie per month on HD-Net Movies and one per month on MGM that you want to see and you pretty much break even on the monthly fee for the HD Extra Pack.

    Personally, to me that glass is over half-full so I'm going for the extra movies and such even if some months there may only be one or two that I want to see (or maybe none at all). On average I expect I'll find a few things per month to see and the channels will be worth the few extra $$ that I would otherwise likely be spending at Starbucks.
     
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    Yeah, the Secret Stash runs late nite on weekends. You typically find uncensored versions of the Comedy Central roasts, uncensored versions of stand-up acts like Eddie Murphy Raw, or Chris Rock, etc., there.

    I wish Comedy Central wouldn't censor stuff so much, but they seem to want to remain tame during most hours, so catching the Secret Stash stuff winds up getting you the best results if you want to see things that haven't been very heavily edited and censored.
     
  12. MrKlaatu

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    Now that TVs come with v-chips there should be no censorship on TV. People can block the programming.
     
  13. bdowell

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    Now that there's HD there should be no need for stretchovision and Fullscreen versions of movies either, but it seems some things just won't go away :D

    (Not trying to say you aren't right, just that some stupidity is like the energizer bunny and just keeps going, and going, and going....)

    :p
     
  14. man_rob

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    But if a DVD is crappy, I wouldn't buy it for even $3. Life is too short, and my time is too limited to watch crap. I barely have time to watch the things I really want to see. I'm not going to pay extra for a channel that plays 95 percent filler material.
     
  15. DCSholtis

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    Anyone know how much of their library MGM still owns and how much was sold to Ted Turner years ago?!!
     
  16. bdowell

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    That's true, but you see people continuing to find DVDs in the bargain bins, and movies that have (to me) only marginal value that someone, somewhere, will watch.

    In the case the $3 DVDs, it may be a movie that is fine, but the DVD has dropped down to that $3 range because the store just has too many of them.

    My point was (and remains) that if you can find even a few movies per month to watch on the channels in the pending Plus package, you will get your money's worth.

    Some folks see the glass as half-empty in this area, or more than half-empty, while I think it's more than half-full and figure I'll get at least one glass out of it, and maybe even get a free refill for my few $$ per month.

    Like I said above, if I cut out one or two Starbucks drinks per month, I cover the cost easily enough. I wish DirecTV wasn't backdooring in a price increase this way, but I can understand that they have to recoup the costs of the new programming someway and they've choosen to come up with a new package rather than hitting everyone with a $2 - $4 price increase that would certainly have everyone screaming and demanding a choice of not having to pay that much more for their programming.

    Being forced to pay $10 per month to get HD versions of channels you already pay for sucks too, but again there's the cost of getting those signals up there and back down to us that has to be paid for by someone and you can bet it won't be the company, it's officers, etc.
     
  17. man_rob

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    Pssst, its not about the cost. It's about the content and quality. I'm not paying for crap that is repeated over and over and over.
     
  18. man_rob

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    Maybe that is why the programming is so lacking?
     
  19. man_rob

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    Do you subscribe to every service D* offers? Game Lounge? Playboy? BabyFirst? Is there any service that D* offers that you don't feel the content merits the cost? Does that mean you are looking at it as a glass half empty?
     
  20. rcoleman111

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    Correct.
     
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