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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. Avder

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    I'll take IFC and Sundance both in HD along with AMC HD. I'd like to watch Breaking Bad and interesting movies in HD. We HD you can chuck in the bin. No reason for it.

    Also, I would love to see an HD CW feed from WDCW. I cant stand smallville in sd after watching the first seven seasons in glorious HD on HDNet.

    After that I want BBC America.
     
  2. Alan Gordon

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    Correct, and I can certainly understand why DirecTV would TRY and focus on the more popular channels when possible, but just because something isn't as popular as another channel, doesn't mean it's inferior ("scraps").

    DirecTV needs to focus on the popular channels, but to not forget about those who enjoy more "niche" channels as well.

    The day when DirecTV offers HD versions of their SD programming is when I'll be happy. That will probably be with D14 instead of D12, but I look forward to that day nonetheless.

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  3. Alan Gordon

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    Avder.... I can't disagree with a single thing you've said! :D

    ~Alan
     
  4. Hoosier205

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    It may not mean that from a customer point of view, but it may from the business point of view.
     
  5. Alan Gordon

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    ... to a degree, absolutely! :(

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    ooooh, let me change to channel 244 :confused:
     
  7. dcowboy7

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    The problem to me with AMCHD isnt the commercials, just DVR FF them.

    It looks like the problem will be they dont do movies in OAR....that totally sux if thats the case.
     
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    I agree with the OAR comment. They also run banner ads during movies though.
     
  9. tonyd79

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    Have you watched an AMC movie with commercials? They come on abruptly and often chop a tiny piece of the movie off. It is rather jarring. Moreso than typical commercial stations, who normally have some quiet transition time. AMC's often just blare out you with no fade to black.

    I used to love AMC when it actually showed classic movies, uncut and uncommercial. Then they decided that classic movies are not good movies but any movie older than 5 years old that they can get their hand on and they started to butcher the movies by editting and not running OAR and their hamhanded commercial interruptions.
     
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    Movies edited to allow for commercials and fill a time-slot...yuck.
     
  11. tonyd79

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    Immaterial. His point was about DirecTV not having HD. The FACT is that many people have the CW in HD. I did not from DirecTV for a while, so I did OTA. If you don't have HD in your area OTA but you get CW, then you won't get the HD anyway (I know that CW is often a subchannel that is SD only) because that is against the law. So, the only folks who will benefit from a national CW are those who have DNS only. They are real but to use it to attack DirecTV is pretty weak. That is a network issue more than a DirecTV issue.
     
  12. dcowboy7

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    Just for info:

    Last weeks ratings -- Adults 18-49 Top 25 Primetime Average (Live+SD)

    Network (000s) Viewers
    1 TNT 1,516
    2 USA 1,085
    3 ESPN 938
    4 TBS 787
    5 FX 700
    6 HIST 687
    7 DISC 598
    8 VS 582
    9 A&E 580
    10 CMDY 496
    11 DSNY 492
    12 TRU 476
    13 BRAV 470
    14 FOOD 462
    15 SYFY 425
    16 NAN 419
    17 BET 414
    18 FAM 414
    19 TLC 409
    20 EN 392
    21 SPK 383
    22 AMC 374
    23 HGTV 365
    24 MTV 348
    25 LIFE 322

    edit: per tvbythenumbers.
     
  13. dishrich

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    You forgot Fuse, which is ALSO in HD... ;)
     
  14. Alan Gordon

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    Yeah... I seriously doubt anybody here wants AMC for the movies. Turner Classic Movies and Fox Movie Channel (once it goes HD later this year) however... ;)

    AMC is really working on their original programming. They have hits with "Mad Men", "Breaking Bad", and will be premiering two new shows this year with "Rubicon" this Summer and "The Walking Dead" this Fall.

    ~Alan
     
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    I hope that 2nd wave includes DIY!
     
  16. tonyd79

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    The irony is that TCM and FMC were what AMC was at one time. Then people would want it for the movies.

    If they did a better job, I would want it for the movies as I am not interested in Mad Men nor Breaking Bad.

    But AMC would need to get better movies, put them in OAR (I can handle zoom but not stretch), improve their PQ and at least do a better job with commercials.
     
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    It's a good thing they rebranded. (They are now just AMC rather than American Movie Classics...just like Kentucky Fried Chicken is now just KFC). A lot of what they show may be movies, but they sure ain't classics.
     
  18. Alan Gordon

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    I don't have a CW affiliate in my DMA period!

    I can pick it up on a sub-channel from a neighboring DMA, but SD only. However, I regularly use the SD-DNS I receive from DirecTV over the sub-channel from the neighboring DMA... whenever I actually bother to watch CW's programming instead of waiting for eventual Blu-ray releases ("Smallville", "Supernatural", "The Vampire Diaries").

    I don't know how many SD-LIL DMAs receive a "regional" CW via DirecTV, but with DirecTV entering smaller markets (like mine) without a CW affiliate, DirecTV can offer a "regional" CW HD with the HD-DNS feeds.

    Either way, PBS and the CW are the only DNS feeds on DirecTV currently without an HD feed, and I think that's a fairly valid criticism.

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  19. Alan Gordon

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    Actually, I think Fuse was spun off...

    Rainbow Media no longer lists it on their site, and while you need to take it with a grain of salt, Wikipedia lists Fuse as being owned by MSG... which if memory serves, was spun off from Rainbow Media.

    ~Alan
     
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    If its stretched cant you just unstretch it with a button on the remote or in the tv menu.
     
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