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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by priester68, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Oct 3, 2008 #41 of 129
    dngrant

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    I have to agree. I live in an area in which Comcast does not provide adequate services for TV. If it wasn't for D* or E*, I would be SOL. D* seems to try to keep its rural customer in base in mind when making decisions. I cannot argue with how they have chosen to proceed. Sure, I got frustrated when other DMA's got their HD locals before I got mine, but now that I have them, I am happy. I can only imagine that those in the pipeline will feel the same way.
     
  2. Oct 3, 2008 #42 of 129
    leww37334

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    I wonder if the fact that Liberty Media bought Directv has anything to do with the lack of new national channels?
     
  3. Oct 3, 2008 #43 of 129
    Argee

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    And that one hour a week is actually only 13 weeks a year.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2008 #44 of 129
    ralphfurley

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    I'll repeat what I said a couple of weeks ago: If DIRECTV had added channels people wanted and or watched ( AMC, FOX NEWS, TRAVEL) instead of channels people dont watch and/or never heard of ( PLANET GREEN, SHO EXTREME) then we wouldnt have this bellyaching. Threads entitled "WHEN WILL WE GET PLANET GREEN HD" would have very few replies.

    If DIRECTV added those popular channels, we would be applauding the LIL move and we'd wait patiently for "fringe" HD channels to come online.

    It makes little sense to have multiple SHO HD, while not carrying ESPNU, FNC and QVC.
     
  5. Oct 3, 2008 #45 of 129
    harsh

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    Fall 2009.
     
  6. Oct 3, 2008 #46 of 129
    harsh

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    The Liberty Media deal had been in the hopper for a couple of years so it wouldn't have come as any surprise to anyone who cared about such things.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2008 #47 of 129
    Stuart Sweet

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    Folks, there is a time to every purpose. Our friends at DIRECTV are very aware of the fact that there are other HD channels that they do not carry and I'm sure those channels are in the works. However, as Ken S and others have said, the plan is to flush out their local HD coverage first, and they are close to 100 HD markets now.

    This is not a new plan; it's consistent with what was being said two years ago before the launch of DIRECTV10 and DIRECTV11.
     
  8. Oct 3, 2008 #48 of 129
    Piratefan98

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    No. The press release on the succcesful launch of D11 was very front and center about there being more National HD's. It would be nice if they'd simply come out and say ... "forget our D11 press release about more national HD. We are going to focus on locals and RSNs instead".

    At least that would have been honest.

    In the meantime ..... the critics vs. fanboys threads are kind of fun. :lol:

    Press Release re D11 and National HD's: http://dtv.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=300485


    Jeff
     
  9. Oct 3, 2008 #49 of 129
    bwaldron

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    Yep, it's pretty obvious to me. Without an a la carte system (which may or may not reduce end-user programming costs that much -- but that is another dicussion), all of us pay for channels that we don't want or watch. We all get upset when our provider doesn't immediately add channels we do want to watch (or HD versions thereof). But the bottom line is the bottom line -- as you note. And adding more channels costs DirecTV more money, which is passed on to us. (Not to mention that providers often bundle in a bunch of less desirable channels with those that people clamor for.)

    Many people would bitch at a price increase for channels added to the base packages, just as they would if new programming were added to extra-cost tiers.

    What we can do as customers is to choose the best provider for our "needs," balancing channel offerings with how much we have to pay. We can also make sure our provider knows when there are channels that we want to see on the system.

    But no matter what provider we choose (and DirecTV is currently the best for me), it's pretty unlikely that they will have every channel we want (in HD) at any given time.
     
  10. Oct 3, 2008 #50 of 129
    raott

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    You'd think they'd be able to do two things at once. I guess not.

    The same guy working on DLBs and the permanent loss of a tuner on rain fade, must be also working on National HDs and locals.
     
  11. Oct 3, 2008 #51 of 129
    bwaldron

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    Yep, sarcasm always adds a lot to any discussion. :)
     
  12. Oct 3, 2008 #52 of 129
    raott

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    About as much as PR and spin.
     
  13. Oct 3, 2008 #53 of 129
    bonscott87

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    I don't watch any of them so...
     
  14. Oct 3, 2008 #54 of 129
    bwaldron

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    Haven't seen any press releases here. And "spin" is of course in the eye of the beholder.

    There are some HD channels that are available that I would really like to see right now. I even will admit to being a bit surprised that we haven't seen them yet. (Though If I were in a market without HD locals until recently, I'd be pretty pleased.)

    I'm just not willing to ascribe malice or even incompetence on DirecTV's part in this matter. If I were, I'd change providers.
     
  15. Oct 3, 2008 #55 of 129
    Kentstater

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    You can't have more until everyone has what you have.

    Last night Senator Biden calls that "fairness".
     
  16. Oct 3, 2008 #56 of 129
    Stuart Sweet

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    First of all my statement was neither PR nor spin.

    Second of all, I am both a critic and a fanboy; I thank you for both appellations.

    Finally, while our friends at DIRECTV can do multiple things at once, sometimes it's necessary to take steps in the proper order.
     
  17. Oct 3, 2008 #57 of 129
    iceturkee

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    i believe the press release said 2nd quarter '09!
     
  18. Oct 3, 2008 #58 of 129
    jahgreen

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    That press release talks of both National HD and locals, as well as sports offerings. It doesn't say that National HD channels have priority. If delivering locals first maximizes DirecTV's return, then as a business, that's what it should deliver first.
     
  19. Oct 3, 2008 #59 of 129
    Sixto

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    it was 2nd half 2009
     
  20. Oct 3, 2008 #60 of 129
    Piratefan98

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    National HD's are the first thing mentioned, in the first paragraph of the press release.

    National HD's are the only thing mentioned in the headline/title of the press release, which reads: "DIRECTV Satellite Launch Sets the Stage for Delivery of Up to 150 National HD Channels" I didn't title the press release, they did!

    Surely you can see how a reasonable person would read the press release, and think that National HD is at or near the top of the priority list. Then again, I don't imagine there'd be quite as much of a splash with a headline of "DirecTV Satellite Launch Sets the Stage for Delivery of lots of PPVs, full-time RSNs, Locals and Planet Green"

    Again .... they wrote the news release, and by doing so, set expectations for National HD once D11 was lit up :grin:

    Jeff
     

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