DirecTv wouldn't have to compress channels if they would dump alot of the channels that noone hardley watches. Like the Dumb home Shopping Channels and all the religion channels. I bet hardly 5% of viewers or maybe even less watch those channels on a regular basis. I say dump them.
FCC regulations stipulate that direct broadcast satellie providers must maintain a certain percentage of programing be of a religious nature.... oh, and the shopping channels pay the providers for carriage, so they aren't going anywhere.