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The official "More HD in 2009" thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Dec 15, 2008.

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  1. Dec 18, 2008 #261 of 2558
    tcusta00

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    Are you serious????????????????? This is ridiculous. :nono2: :nono2:


    Sorry, I only went through 6 pages...

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  2. Dec 18, 2008 #262 of 2558
    Stuart Sweet

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    May I first be clear: All of you should think I'm referring to you personally. I mean this message not just to the most recent or most frequent posters in this thread, but to all of you.

    Folks, let's take the rhetoric down a notch, ok? If you don't like the politics in this thread, I invite you to visit one of the other threads here in the forum.

    I understand we have some very entrenched opinions here. Let's not let them turn into attacks. Again, it's my intention to keep this thread open so this argument has somewhere to "live".

    In my opinion, since I don't intend to close the thread, my only other option would be to issue infractions to a large number of valued members for insulting other members and other violations of forum rules. I could also delete every post that questioned another member's integrity or repeated an argument already made in this thread.

    I don't want to do any of that stuff, as I think it would be a disservice rather than a service to our members. But I will.

    Please, let's keep it civil.
     
  3. Dec 18, 2008 #263 of 2558
    Piratefan98

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    I certainly haven't read all of the press releases, and could have missed this .... but can you point me to the one where they said that.

    Jeff
     
  4. Dec 18, 2008 #264 of 2558
    Jhon69

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  5. Dec 18, 2008 #265 of 2558
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    I don’t know about not having an ‘excuse’ for choosing not to carrying them, I’d imagine the reason for not carrying them is how it currently would effect their bottom line.

    Price point probably is a concern of the carriers. No one wants to be more expensive than the competition, even if you have more to offer. It’s not attractive to new customers.

    If there are 100 channels (for example) and Dish carries 90 and Direct carries 90 their costs remain more or less intact. They can charge the same while maintaining profits.

    I’d guess the costs of providing all the channels, or any amount more than your competition, while maintaining rates similar to those carriers offering less,(but at less cost) wouldn’t be good for your bottom line and wouldn’t be inviting to investors.

    I think when there is profitable company, consistently providing more channels than Direct - while at a similar rate, is when we can claim there is no excuse, and jump ship.

    The one thing I think we all agree on is we all want more HD, however I sense the time span we are judging carriers ability to add new channels is still narrow. Yes, others have accomplished deals with some channels that Direct has yet to but obviously the same could be said about Direct signing channels others are still working on.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2008 #266 of 2558
    Mike Bertelson

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    Piratefan98

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    This is the press release that set my (and many others) expectations: http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPage.jsp?assetId=P4560004

    The primary headline in bold reads:
    DIRECTV Satellite Launch Sets the Stage for Delivery of Up To 150 National HD Channels

    The secondary headline reads:
    DIRECTV 11 will Deliver Big Boost To HD Capacity and Expand Industry-leading HD Lineup; With Next Satellite Launch in 2009 DIRECTV will have Capacity for Up To 200 National HD Channels

    And the first pargraph of the story reads:
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 19, 2008 — A powerful, new DIRECTV satellite, launched successfully today from the Pacific Ocean-based Sea Launch platform, will further boost DIRECTV's HD capacity, enabling the industry's HD leader to deliver up to 150 national HD channels when the satellite goes into service this fall. With the additional capacity, DIRECTV will also expand its delivery of local HD channels to more than 100 markets, representing 84 percent of U.S. TV households.


    This release isn't suggesting a "sprinkling" of new national hd. This press release FOCUSES on new national hd. Yes, they do mention locals, etc., but even the fanniest of fanboys would have to say that this particular press release raised people's expectations for more national releases. On this score, the company simply didn't deliver in 2008.

    Jeff
     
  8. Dec 18, 2008 #268 of 2558
    Jhon69

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    It's simple programming and pricing subject to change at any time.;)


    I take this to mean when DirecTV encounters problems say new owners,bad economy, negotiations,ect.ect..These items are subject to change.;)

    So would it be nice if DirecTV told us what's going on?.Sure.Do they have to?.No.:sure:
     
  9. Dec 18, 2008 #269 of 2558
    hdtvfan0001

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    If another of the "right" 5-7 HD channels were live right now...I'm pretty sure we wouldn't all be having this thread/conversation right now.

    That's not missing the mark by all that much....in some ways this is all blown way out of proportion to what really got added and done this year. If you asked any of the dozens of new HD LIL markets that previously had nothing before, or the folks who now have PBS HD (that was a major whining thread or two...), and those who got the new national HD channels they really felt were important to them....I suspect they'd all feel quite fulfilled by what was delivered in 2008.

    On the other hand...at least they're not going backwayds and losing channels (7 HD LILs just this past week) like Dish is right now...

    But then.....I'd also concede that one man's satisfaction is another man's "inever enough". :D

    As in the case of your Pirates, my friend...there's always next year... :lol:
     
  10. Dec 18, 2008 #270 of 2558
    Richierich

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    I think DIRECTV is doing a Great Job with HD Programming even though I am bitching about The Travel Channel, it's not like the End Of The World if I don't get it for awhile.

    I remember a couple of years ago when I was happy with 3 or 4 HD Channels and now I don't even have enough time to watch all my HD stuff recorded and then my BluRay DVDs from Netflix.
     
  11. Dec 18, 2008 #271 of 2558
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    I don't know what you're talking about. This was a great year. We captured several private vessels, and a few small commercial ones. And as a big prize, we also nabbed a big oil tanker, among others. We plundered and looted to levels not seen in decades. It was a great year to be a pirate.

    Arrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Jeff
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    Richierich

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    I thought it was Arrrrrrrrgggggghhhhh!!!!

    Oh, by the Congrats on the Great Plundering as you are doing a great job on the high seas but it won't be long until you get shut down!!!

    However, a Cruise Ship managed to OutRun you after they saw you coming. NOT GOOD, NOT GOOD as far as PIRACY is concerned. Very Embarrassing!!!

    Arrrrrrrrgggggghhhhh!!!!
     
  13. Dec 18, 2008 #273 of 2558
    je4755

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    Liberty Media formalized its acquisition of DirecTV in late February; the press release you cite was issued only a few weeks later. Consequently, it may have reflected the priorities of News Corp rather than incoming ownership.
     
  14. Dec 18, 2008 #274 of 2558
    hdtvfan0001

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    A valid point, often overlooked. :D
     
  15. Dec 18, 2008 #275 of 2558
    RunnerFL

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    They also missed that new CI HD that we have, can't remember what the CI stands for [Crime & something] right now, that everyone complaining about not getting new National HD seems to forget that we just got so that would be 69 and ahead of DISH.
     
  16. Dec 18, 2008 #276 of 2558
    Mike Bertelson

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    Oh, so we're subject to whims of any given department at DirecTV at any given time? :grin:
     
  17. Dec 18, 2008 #277 of 2558
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    True enough. But an undisputed industry leader might have thought to, at some point, issue a follow-on press release outlining the new priorities of the company. Obviously, that is way too much to expect with Malone at the turd controls.

    Jeff
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  18. Dec 18, 2008 #278 of 2558
    David MacLeod

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    what is a Turd Bird ???
     
  19. Dec 18, 2008 #279 of 2558
    Jhon69

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    Don't know,but it is in bold print....Hmmm..........:eek2: ;) :roundandr :biggrin:
     
  20. Dec 18, 2008 #280 of 2558
    Jhon69

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    That's what Rupert called DirecTV.:icon_stup
     
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