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Why doesn't DirecTV carry BBCA in HD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by steveT, Jun 14, 2012.

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  1. steveT

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    Been searching the DirectTV forums in planning to switch from Dish if they drop AMC. I was surprised to see that DirectTV doesn't carry BBC America in HD. But I haven't been able to find out the reason why; does anyone know? Has there been any reporting on when DirectTV might add it?
     
  2. lacubs

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    its the most request channel in HD on Directv, but their no sign of it coming to Directv
     
  3. steveT

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    I'd tried to scan that thread, but it's 51 pages long... Is the reason bandwidth, DirectTV not wanting to pay BBC more for the HD feed, or both? I've now read in a few places that DirectTV doesn't have another bird going up until 2013 or 2014...

    Regardless of whether they add it soon or not, I'm still switching to DirectTV if Dish doesn't resolve the AMC dispute. I'll miss Doctor Who in HD, but no way am I missing "Breaking Bad".
     
  4. dpeters11

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    It's a top request on here, not necessarily out "in the world."

    As for the OP, we honestly don't know. We do know that they are doing some work to increase the number of channels that can be on the satellites. We also have been told by an extremely trusted source on the inside, SatelliteRacer, that more HD is coming this year. He never gives details until the ink is dry and he can publicly say what it is, a few days before going live.
     
  5. HarleyD

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    The short answer is D* and BBCA have not been able to come to terms on a carriage agreement...which entails compensation for the right to carry the signal but also includes other things like Digital Rights and length of contract. Bandwidth is finite, but not exhausted. If they could agree to terms, bandwidth would not stop D* from carrying BBCA
     
  6. Araxen

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    Because they would have no programming for the Audience Network then.
     
  7. dpeters11

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    Funny thing is, if they added it now, Top Gear would be SD.
     
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