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New HD channels coming in May/June!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by PaulieORF, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. Tom Robertson

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    Very, very little as most of them are probably still in serious negotiations and can't be hinted until the paperwork is finalized.

    That's the nature of the beast. Negotiate in silence until the contract is done.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    That's actually a practice I applaud...otherwise, the rumors run rampant and folks get over-hyped and sometimes disappointed.

    When its a done deal - let me know....otherwise....nothing stops me from taking wild guesses anyway. :lol::lol::lol:
     
  3. goldwing

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    All i need is History International HD, Military HD and i am set for life. I can see why no Military HD yet as no one has it but why no Hist I HD yet? Seems everyone has it now but DTV. I am not going to wait much longer :)
    tick tock tick tock tick tock
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    Well....

    DirecTV has a contract with Gospel Music Channel... ;)

    ~Alan
     
  5. T-Hefner

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    Negotiation doesn't have to be so hard and long though. You figure if Dish/Comcast/Cablevision/Verizon all have a channel in hd that DTV doesnt at this point...you gotta wonder. Now that D12 is up and live and DTV has space, the deals should close fairly quick I would think.....

    And I am grateful for the additions coming on 6/23 ..... All I want to see now as far as premiums is Cinemax hd channels...Like 6 of em.... lol
     
  6. BigJ52

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    I'm hoping E! will be in the next round of HD additions (after the June 23rd releases).
     
  7. RunnerFL

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    I've watched it and have a SL for it. It's a FOOD show, not a travel show. It's a guy taking on food challenges, not about a guy showing you places of interest in the town he is in.


    A show about my daily drive to work would be more of a travel show than Man V Food.
     
  8. RunnerFL

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    You learn nothing about the city other than the city name. All you learn is how much he loves food and how much he can eat in an hour. I'm not flaming the show at all, I just don't think it should be on the travel channel just like Food Tech shouldn't be on the History Channel.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    I'm not saying the show sucks. I'm saying it's not a show about travel and shouldn't be on the Travel Channel, it should be on Food Network.
     
  10. Tom Robertson

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    One can always hope the negotiations go smooth and quick...

    But I don't expect negotiations to be simpler or smoother as long as the providers keep thinking they can have huge increases when customers are already screaming about the aggregate 4% increases.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  11. hdtvfan0001

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    From everything I'm reading on the subject these days....the process is getting more difficult, negotiations tougher, and taking longer. :(
     
  12. Sixto

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    I wonder who has more leverage.

    Since the SD version is already carried, does the content provider take a position that they're not picking up any new viewers when the TV provider adds the HD version? So the TV provider should pay?

    And if a consumer moves from one TV provider to another to get the HD version, it's not a net add to the content provider. So the TV provider should pay the content provider to enhance their offering and keep consumers from switching? And the content provider, especially if it's a competitor (and also a TV provider) would hold them hostage?

    Interesting negotiation.

    Seems like it would be much easier to get this done as an overall package at renewal time, then mid-contract.
     
  13. Hoosier205

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    How many times do you have to be wrong before you are satisfied?
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    I'm good now. :D
     
  15. trainman

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    I can definitely see how a channel being on every other provider would make the negotiations tougher -- the channel will attempt to use its "but we're on all your competitors" leverage, and will try to extract more concessions from DirecTV.
     
  16. tonyd79

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    That may be what is happening with some and why the mixed bag among providers. This could be an explanation as to why Dish sometimes has channels that are considered "more expensive" than DirecTV earlier (since we all know that Charlie is basically cheap). Their renewal time may have been earlier.
     
  17. James Long

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    I agree. I imagine some providers looked ahead and pre-negotiated their HD channels ... but multi-year contracts work against channel additions. The content providers can see it as an opportunity to renegotiate the whole package.

    Locals are the worst in this respect. If a deal for HD isn't struck when a market is added I don't look for one until the next election period and contract is written. I wish stations would stop selling their feeds as a revenue stream and serve the public ... but that is a topic for the legal issues forum where I rant about that often.

    I believe that channels are beginning to realize that they are throwing away millions of viewers by not having a HD feed ... and many are creating one even if they have little HD content to put on it. The smarter content providers will keep their rates reasonable and be seen. I wonder how much presence on other providers affects the negotiation. Do content providers ask more from DirecTV because they are already on DISH and can use that as leverage?

    The number 1 reason why channels are not on DirecTV is because DirecTV pursued other programming (sports) as their priority. The channels will come to DirecTV ... just not immediately. Negotiations take time.
     
  18. Satelliteracer

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    That goes both ways, right? Why doesn't Dish have YES, for example? If DTV has it....you gotta wonder. :D
     
  19. RunnerFL

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    I'm not wrong. :D
     
  20. James Long

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    No wonder there. It is probably the best known "contract dispute" DISH has.

    What we have been told is YES wants to be in DISH's lowest package (now AT120) where absolutely every customer in their market would have the channel available instead of what is now "AT120+" (AT120 + $5 gives customers the AT120 channels plus their local RSNs).

    Every RSN that DISH carries is in AT120+ or above within their own region. YES wanted to be special. DISH didn't want to cave in to their demands which would likely have led to other RSNs making similar demands and basically forcing DISH to charge all of their low end customers (an estimated four million customers at AT120) the extra money needed to pay for their RSN. YES just couldn't handle the thought of a third of DISH's customers choosing not to pay for their RSN.

    YES' demand does not affect DirecTV since DirecTV has already chosen to place the local RSN in their lowest regular package ... providing it to every customer in market.
     
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