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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 16, 2008 #21 of 2558
    BattleScott

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    Primarily, they know that due to the "Digital Deadline" many people are going to be shopping around for new TVS and with them, new services capable of delivering the HD programming that their new TVs can display.
    One of the biggest determining factors, I believe anyways, for these HD noobs is going to be whether or not a perspective provider can offer their local network affiliates in HD. D* is making a concerted effort, rightfully so, imho, to make sure they have as many markets available in HD to woo these new customers.

    edit: ps, I know that HD and DTV are not one in the same.
     
  2. Dec 16, 2008 #22 of 2558
    Wolly Bugger

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    I'm getting pretty tired of the daily "I better get (insert channel here) in HD or else" posts. Anyone else? If you can get more HD channels somewhere else, leave D* and quit crying. I for one am mostly happy with the HD offerings - sure, there are a couple that I want that aren't in the D* lineup, but that's the case no matter what provider you go with.

    I can almost guess how the routine goes when I log in - someone says they want more HD, JayPSU chimes in with the same post he's had hundreds of times, and it goes from there. More power to you, but I say enjoy the many HD channels you have and know that more are eventually going to come, or jump ship and see if the grass is greener on the other side.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2008 #23 of 2558
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    Again, what does that have to do with DirecTV with adding national HD networks?
     
  4. Dec 16, 2008 #24 of 2558
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    I suggest, rather than trying to control others on the board, you control your mouse, and just not click on threads that upset you? Also, you can put forum members on your ignore list if they bother you so much.
     
  5. Dec 16, 2008 #25 of 2558
    kd4ao

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    I don't care so much about more HD channels but more about the programming on the ones we have. And, this is NOT D*s fault. If we could just get some of the HD channels to produce more new programming and stop replaying the same old stuff over and over then I don't mind waiting for D* to add new channels as they can. The discovery owned channels are especially bad about that.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2008 #26 of 2558
    BattleScott

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    If I have 10 people that work for me negotiating and executing carriage aggrements, I could have 5 doing national channels and 5 doing locals. Or, I could have 7 of them work on locals and 3 on nationals. Or, I could have all them works on locals and no one work on nationals...

    My point is that they are concentrating primarily on maiximizing the number of local markets offered. Nationals are not a prioroty at the moment.
     
  7. Dec 16, 2008 #27 of 2558
    JayPSU

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    Like MANY others he will take his business to other providers who actually are adding new National channels. I know there are some on this board who will always be faithful to their beloved Directv no matter how fast the ship begins to sink, and that's their right. But for those looking for a competitive provider, they will go elsewhere.
     
  8. Dec 16, 2008 #28 of 2558
    HDTVsportsfan

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    So now we're on a sinking ship. Oh brother. :sure:
     
  9. Dec 16, 2008 #29 of 2558
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    Obviously adding new national HD is not a priority to DirecTV, but what would it say about DirecTV, a multibillion dollar multichannel television provider, if they didn't have any resources to negotiate both locals and nationals, as Dish, and other providers have been successfully in doing?
     
  10. Dec 16, 2008 #30 of 2558
    Mike Bertelson

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    Wow, I didn't realize that subscribership was dropping in the face of having less HD then everyone else! :eek: :rolleyes:
     
  11. Dec 16, 2008 #31 of 2558
    Curtis0620

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    That would be DISH. :D
     
  12. Dec 16, 2008 #32 of 2558
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    Yeah, I never understood the emotional attachment people have with their providers. I'm not fond of DirecTV, but they provide the best value and programming that I want compared to my other options (Dish, Comcast and FiOS). If someone decides to go elsewhere then I'm happy for them for making a decision based on their needs. The last thing I'll do is tell them they're dumb/stupid/<insert term here> for wanting to leave DirecTV.
     
  13. Dec 16, 2008 #33 of 2558
    tcusta00

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    Buh bye. :wave: :joy:
     
  14. Dec 16, 2008 #34 of 2558
    Greg Alsobrook

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    I wouldn't consider it an "emotional attachment". It's more that some of us are happy with the service we are receiving. But apparently that makes one a "fan boy" to some. :rolleyes:

    I couldn't agree more with your statement that people should make their decision based upon what meets their needs the best. But it seems that some people would rather complain daily than moving along to something that would make them happier.
     
  15. Dec 16, 2008 #35 of 2558
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    You know, you would think I would give up on explaining to you that resources are not infinite. But I guess I am just insane.

    Look, DirecTV is *cutting back* on a lot of things and you want them to throw more short term resources on something they do not see as a competitive need right now. Why can't you understand that? Businesses need to make decisions. They cannot do everything all the time. DirecTV has made a BUSINESS decision to pursue local HD believing (right or wrong...and they have numbers that say it is right) that this is best for their business.

    You may disagree with their business decision but to assume that they can just throw money or manpower at something is just plain silly and bad business. You don't just throw resources (that you are not going to use for other necessary work later on) at items that are not business critical. Especially when you are looking at budget tightening.

    We get it. You want YOUR channels and don't give a tinker's dam about what the others get and you refuse to understand that business decisions that have to be made and instead just bleat the same whine over and over again without even acknowledging that there may be an issue that you cannot comprehend playing a part in the decision making.
     
  16. Dec 16, 2008 #36 of 2558
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    But the POINT IS: It is not the same provider for everyone. Most of us are happy with what we get. DirecTV provides more sports in HD than anyone else and close to the best sampling of everything else. The missing channels (I will acknowledge that there should be more HBO, etc, in HD) are mostly fringe channels for most of us.

    I never run out of HD programming to watch. It is mildly annoying that I don't get ESPNU games in HD but I will live with it just fine as a trade off for tons of NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL and other college sports in HD.
     
  17. Dec 16, 2008 #37 of 2558
    Wolly Bugger

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    GoBeavs, you are dead on. Nice post. You look for value and programming, and make the best choice for you. I think that if someone is "emotionally attached" to D* or any other provider for that matter, they perhaps should get out of the house a little more! I've got friends who have D*, Dish and just about every cable option available (and I've had most of them in the past as well). I know which one I like best, but I'm not going to tell them that because they choose something else they are dumb. It's a personal choice, and you go with what works for you - pretty simple, actually. That's why I don't understand the constant griping on this forum - if you don't like it, leave, because there are lots of options available to suit your needs. And as much as I could have guessed JayPSU's post in this forum, I darn near predicted man_rob's reponse to my initial post, word-for-word. Too funny.
     
  18. Dec 16, 2008 #38 of 2558
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    Um, we are talking about channels that have been around a while, (some going on a year now) and ones that other providers have added months ago. DirecTV's cutbacks are a recent thing. And again, satelliteracer has said nothing that even comes close to your theory of budget cutbacks. He's repeatedly said that the channels are in negotiations, and that it takes two to tango, etc, but said nothing about DirecTV cutting out of their budget the adding of new nationals.

    Can you make an argument without making personally against me? Maybe answering my arguments, instead of putting words in my mouth, and throwing out personal insults? (If you had a real argument that is, but go ahead and insult me some more instead.)
     
  19. Dec 16, 2008 #39 of 2558
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Can't we all just get along?? :grin:
     
  20. Dec 16, 2008 #40 of 2558
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    Yea, it's kinda funny that people think the Travel Channel will bring in more new subs then dozens of markets getting their HD locals for the first time. Too many people only think about themselves and don't understand the business end. Now certainly everyone has a right to only think about themselves and are free to switch to Dish or someone else that has the Travel Channel. For me, if I switched every time another provider had a channel I wasn't getting now I think I'd be switching every 6-12 months and spending tons of $$$ and time and wife frustration doing it. These companies are always leap frogging each other. For the longest time Dish had the most HD channels. Then DirecTV blew by them and *still* has more HD channels. Maybe Dish will catch up some day or Charter will finally get their act together and then 6 months later DirecTV would overtake them again. I just don't have the time or energy to care. I just pick the provider that give *me* the channels I want for the cost I can live with. I'll switch once that no longer applies to DirecTV. If it doesn't apply to you now with DirecTV then switch. But I don't want to hear the crying 6 months from now when Dish drops half your locals with no notice and DirecTV has added whatever channel you left for. ;)
     
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