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NewsMix Channel 352 - No More

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by SomeRandomIdiot, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Nov 29, 2012 #61 of 214
    majormax69

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    Yikes!! Yes I said it was Political.. I won't go into {{all}} the Politics

    Better do some more RESEARCH! FYI Gannett owns hundreds of local NBC stations around the country and they are also about to go black at Nov. 30th 11:59pm:confused:
     
  2. Nov 29, 2012 #62 of 214
    Hoosier205

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    Once again, how is it political?

    Hundreds? No. They own 23 stations, only 12 of which are NBC affiliates. In what way are those associated with the news mix? HINT: They aren't.
     
  3. Nov 29, 2012 #63 of 214
    TJNash

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    I fear we have entered tinfoil hat territory here.:nono2:
     
  4. Nov 29, 2012 #64 of 214
    majormax69

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    No Prob!! End Of Subject... Just Mark My Words!! :)

    P.s @Hossier205 !! Good Job!!
     
  5. Nov 29, 2012 #65 of 214
    Hoosier205

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    What?
     
  6. Nov 29, 2012 #66 of 214
    inkahauts

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    Well don't fall asleep! :lol:

    Seriously, what did you do before they even had the feature? Sorry, its not crippled, its simple. Do you have a universal remote of some sort. Maybe one that you can program it to do things at certain times? If so, set it to change the input of your projector at a certain time to an input with nothing connected.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2012 #67 of 214
    inkahauts

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    Oh hey, i didn't say I agree with what they did. I just said that is obviously their theory. Although I will say, when your dealing with 20 million people, how many that don't get something do you have to figure into your decisions before you say you need to simplify it? I am sure some are that lost with technology. And each person that is lost will call in, and do you really want hundreds of hours wasted erasing how it works with options? However, I would never have allowed this feature to only have an on and off,it would have had several settings if I was in charge.
     
  8. Nov 29, 2012 #68 of 214
    inkahauts

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    I can't understand how some local channel distribution deal would have an affect on national channels it has no stakes in. I with you, please elaborate...
     
  9. Nov 29, 2012 #69 of 214
    majormax69

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    Sorry to say earlier that it was "Political" ,, Dave is in a game of CHESS.. For US!! Think About it!! .. It will work out.. It USUALLY does...
     
  10. Nov 29, 2012 #70 of 214
    Hoosier205

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    Then explain your comments about the Gannett situation and how you believe it is related to the news mix being pulled.
     
  11. Nov 29, 2012 #71 of 214
    ben 11

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    Not as a strict matter of their typical corporate disclaimer - but that's not the issue.

    The issue is customer satisfaction and how the company chooses to treat their customers when an issue comes up.

    To me, they seem totally tone-deaf and unresponsive in any meaningful way to the complaints that they are receiving and tone-deaf to the rationale given by customers for keeping the channel as simple good decision making (see posts in facebook threads).

    It shouldn't matter if you have 20 million customers or whether there are other companies to switch to.

    What matters is how a corporation treats EVERY customer as an individual - maybe that individual will have an idea worth consideration.

    But with off-putting pre-digested pablum as a form letter, you're bound to create ill will and end up ruining your reputation in this instant media world - just look at facebook and the twitter feed for DTV customer service.

    It just looks to me like corporate bullying when you don't announce or invite input in advance of this kind of decision making.

    Sure, you don't have to legally, but is it in the best interest of the customer and the perception of the company as a corporate citizen?
     
  12. Nov 29, 2012 #72 of 214
    Stuart Sweet

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    With due respect, I am not certain you have all the facts when you assert that they did not invite input. It is quite possible they invited quite a bit of input from targeted focus groups as they often do.

    If you mean that they should have opened it up to public debate, I'm not sure they would have found that as helpful.
     
  13. Nov 29, 2012 #73 of 214
    ben 11

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    No one knows, that's true.

    But is it really good corporate policy to rely so much on focus groups if that were the case? I mean it is hard to imagine that newsmix had any less of a niche market than many of the other hundreds of channels already up and running.

    I know that public debate wouldn't be the answer but the very least they could do is notify in advance as a matter of simple courtesy and respect for the person that buys their product - no matter how big they are.

    Don't know what the answer is but I cannot imagine that it is that big of a deal to keep newsmix up and running.

    There can't be that big of a downside unless it has to do with the bottom line - advertising - or the 8 networks in the mix objecting directly to DTV because they thought it was bad for them in some way, (i.e. Fox didn't like to be put in the same "league" with Current or MSNBC, etc.) or ratings couldn't be monitored on newsmix rather then if the customer was tuned in to a single specific news channel by number.

    They didn't do it for a lack of interest in the channel because the upsides so far outweigh the downsides for the customer as spelled out for so many posters on facebook and elsewhere.
     
  14. Nov 29, 2012 #74 of 214
    john262

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    I am unhappy to lose the NewsMix channel because the package I subscribe to does not offer the Fox Business Network, but FBN was included on the mix channel so I was able to listen to it anyway. Now I can't. Goodbye NewsMix channel.
     
  15. Nov 29, 2012 #75 of 214
    majormax69

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    In Reply to your post [post=3138420]3138420[/post]
    Bravo!! Spot on!! Pass It on!! :nono:
     
  16. Nov 29, 2012 #76 of 214
    Hoosier205

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    Still waiting your explanation of your Gannett/news mix claim.
     
  17. Nov 29, 2012 #77 of 214
    ben 11

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    Perhaps NEWSMIX made it too obvious that most of the major news channels not only ran commercials at the same time, they often ran
    the SAME commercials at the same time.
     
  18. Nov 30, 2012 #78 of 214
    Davenlr

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    Or perhaps it showed that the news channels rarely showed news.
     
  19. Nov 30, 2012 #79 of 214
    TMan

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    Interesting. I wonder if the channels became a bit self-conscious when they were presented in a way that so easily allowed viewers to compare them side by side.
     
  20. Nov 30, 2012 #80 of 214
    LakeSteve

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    2 or more catheter commercials at once!
     

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