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Well, it's Thursday (HD Anticipation) again *

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Piratefan98, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. studdad

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    lol, damn straight, I grew up with Michael Myers, Freddie Kruegar, and Jason,,,,,Vorhees?? Well, some of it in my teenage years, and the rest later. I watch this stuff year round, but Halloween is my Wife's favorite Holiday, and we snuggle up with hot chocolate, trick or treat candy and the ringing of the doorbell as we watch hour after hour of our favorite "Monster" shows.
     
  2. studdad

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    What? No HD speculation for this week??? Damn, you're bringing down The Monk.
     
  3. mgtr

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    Come on, Directv, throw us a bone (and make it a tasty one this week!)
     
  4. fluffybear

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    Peachtree...
    I'm thinking we might see something next week.
     
  5. dcowboy7

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    why ?

    u also said yesterdays sox game would probably be rained out. :D
     
  6. Piratefan98

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    I think part of the delay might be DirecTV trying to figure out exactly how to package/price the new HD offerings. It's doubtful that there would be a wave of new HD's that many here have talked about (WGN, PBS, AMC, Travel, Chiller, FoxNews, etc. etc), without there being a corresponding price increase. That increase might accomplished through a new HD structure, or with more "extra packs", or maybe just an across-the-board rate increase .... but either way, I think it's reasonably certain that once the new National HD channels finally roll-out, they won't be free.

    That wouldn't be particularly disappointing to me, because it certainly costs them more to deliver more channels. What would be disappointing is for there not to be at least 10-15 new national HD channels coming to us as a direct result of the deployment of D11. If D11 provides nothing more than locals, RSNs, PPVs, and MPEG 2 to 4 conversions, then the hype and press releases concerning its launch (and the subsequent new national HDs) were bogus.

    Jeff
     
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    LOL!!!! The great thing about slasher flicks is that I love to know somebody is having as bad a day as I am. My work sux but t least I don't have a claw hammer stuck in my head. Bring on CHILLER HD!!!!
     
  8. fluffybear

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    There has been a couple of posts about DirecTV adding some new channels (Cartoon Network - West for example) on October 8th so I am thinking that October 8th may have more in store for us.

    BTW, I like being wrong when it comes to things such as this or the White Sox game! :D
     
  9. warriorking

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    Foxnews, Chiller, AMC when they go live would not be part of any additional HD Tier or the HD extra Pak since they are currently available in SD .....they will fall under the 9.99 HD package....
     
  10. Piratefan98

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    Perhaps, but as more channels are added, how long can the pkg stay at $9.99. For each new channel added, there is a new contract in place and additional cost incurred for DirecTV. Hard to imagine that they can just keep signing contracts, taking on more and more costs, without passing them on. In fact, it's not hard to believe .... it's impossible to believe.

    Jeff
     
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    I paid $9.99 a month for a year when the only HD were on the 70's to the 90's about 9 channels.And I pay the extra $4.99.They should not need to go up on the price.
     
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    I'm still trying to figure out why you would need a new contract to air the HD version of a network you already carry.:confused: It's new technology not a new network! It would be like back when the networks were black and white and changing over to the "new" technology of color. Same programming just a different way to see it
     
  13. Piratefan98

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    Well, I don't know "why" either, but it is certain that there ARE increased costs for carrying HD versions of networks that DirecTV already has. FoxNews is a good example .... a channel that we already have .... and one that is apparently demanding a pretty hefty sum for its HD version. There are others as well. It would be nice to think that if you already have SD rights, the HD ones would be free ... but that ain't the case.

    Jeff
     
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    I can't help but wonder if there is some kind of stalemate going on... the content providers want to charge a premium for the HD feeds, while DirecTV wants to minimize (or even eliminate) that premium. The content providers know DirecTV, and their customers, want their content. But DirecTV knows they are in a good position in the HD market... in this example, they know Fox News is squirming because they may be losing HD customers to CNN, which is already carried. DirecTV should have been able to have D11 filled up when it went live. But everyone is trying to maximize their profits.
     
  15. ActiveHDdave

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    Because it's the new standard.
    Someday the price should decrease because SD will go out like analog TV broadcasts.

    Someday it will pay Direct TV to stop SD broadcasts to free up bandwidth.
     
  16. ActiveHDdave

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    Someday Direct TV will quit carrying the SD broadcast and Just show HD versions of Fox. So in the long run it should work out. BUT how long?
     
  17. studdad

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    hmmmmm, I understand your logic, but something tells me the price will NOT decline once the SD stations are taken away. The explanation will be something along the lines of "broadcasters have not charged for SD duplicates of HD channels for some time now, and we have passed along the savings to you through minimal price increases.....just imagine what your price increases would have been if the broadcasters had been charging our HD customers for SD :eek2: "
     
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    I can understand why the content providers want to charge extra for the HD feeds. The content providers had to make substantial costs in their infrastructure to provide HD in the first place.

    As far as D* charging extra once the SD content goes away, this makes no sense at all.

    AFIK, any D* receiver that can receiver HD now can output it in SD now. Just go into setup and select 480i as the only supported output. The only one that probably won't be able to do it is the HR10-250 since it can only receive MPEG2 and all HD signals from D* are supposed to only be available in MPEG4 in the near future.
     
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    As they all did when they went from B/W to color. It's the cost of doing business to absorb the costs of upgrading. You can bet that they're all taking a big tax deduction on the costs of upgrading. Do you think that they're charging more for the commercials because they're being aired in both SD and HD???
     
  20. Oct 1, 2008 #120 of 205
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    you realize once the satellites are launched and already in their orbits there is more than likely no cost to maintain them as they already put up everything into it which it would need to maintain that location... I guarantee you directv is overcharging its customers to make a profit, every business wants to make a profit. Also, the number of customrs directv has is GROWING and from the few satellites it has in space it can service everyone in the USA who can get LOS to it. Increasing customer base should easily negate the prices these channels want to receive in their contract. According to wikipedia there are over 20 million subscribers, up over 3 million in the last year alone. I know you can claim other costs such as employees their free installs....etc etc but after dealing with CSR you know they can't pay those people a whole lot or train them very well from the answers they give and everyone around here calling it a lottery if you get someone who actually knows anything or not.
     

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