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DirecTV HD Access Fee


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#1 OFFLINE   batrad

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:07 AM

now with the locals shutting down the analog signal and with everything going HD, will DirecTV stop charging us a HD Fee ?

They will be recovering a fair amount of Bandwidth back and not be transmitting 2 of the local channels atleast...

Any idea if this is in the works ?

Thanks

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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:08 AM

Actually not everything is going HD. There will still be SD broadcasts on DIRECTV but they will come from the digital source.
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#3 OFFLINE   Mertzen

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:11 AM

HD is digital, but digital is not HD.

So even though everything is digital doesn't mean everything is HD.
I doubt the HD access fee is going away anytime soon if ever.

Remember you pay for HD no matter what provider you go with, either through a HD fee or increased lease prices for HD equipment.

#4 OFFLINE   MountainMan10

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:16 AM

They'll stop charging the HD fee when over 75% of all D* subscribers have HD. Then they will drop the $10 HD fee and raise the package prices by $10.

#5 OFFLINE   turey22

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:30 AM

They'll stop charging the HD fee when over 75% of all D* subscribers have HD. Then they will drop the $10 HD fee and raise the package prices by $10.


Why do you believe your claim is true?

What evidence can you supply to support your claim?

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Edited by turey22, 12 June 2009 - 08:35 AM.


#6 OFFLINE   evan_s

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:33 AM

now with the locals shutting down the analog signal and with everything going HD, will DirecTV stop charging us a HD Fee ?

They will be recovering a fair amount of Bandwidth back and not be transmitting 2 of the local channels atleast...

Any idea if this is in the works ?

Thanks


The changes to the OTA broadcasting have nothing to do with how DirecTV distrubites it's content. They are still going to be transmiting 2 different versions of most channels that they have in SD and HD versions including locals. The only markets where they don't have a SD and HD version of the channels is the 72.5 markets they are moving to 99/103 which is why they need an receiver capable of receiving mpeg4 hd. DirecTV is gaining 0 additiona free bandwidth here and even if they did gain bandwidth from turning off locals it would only be on spot beams and could only be used for other locals.

#7 OFFLINE   LarryFlowers

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:45 AM

I suppose if you took the cost of the 3 HD satellites and their launching costs and divides that by $10 you could come up with a number of "customer months" it would take to pay them off... of course by that time we will need new satellites...

It's a charge, it's part of their price structure. The digital transition has nothing to do with it.

now with the locals shutting down the analog signal and with everything going HD, will DirecTV stop charging us a HD Fee ?

They will be recovering a fair amount of Bandwidth back and not be transmitting 2 of the local channels atleast...

Any idea if this is in the works ?

Thanks


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#8 OFFLINE   bobnielsen

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:44 AM

Actually not everything is going HD. There will still be SD broadcasts on DIRECTV but they will come from the digital source.


Directv has already been using digital sources for the SD locals for several months in most cases.

When there are enough customers with MPEG4-capable receivers I suspect there will be a complete MPEG2 to MPEG4 changeover and only one feed will be needed for all channels (some will probably always be SD). At that point, I expect we will see the separate access fee go away (probably at least partially rolled into the base package fees).

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 10:30 AM

now with the locals shutting down the analog signal and with everything going HD, will DirecTV stop charging us a HD Fee ?

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Until HD reaches saturation in the homes and becomes the norm, that fee will more than likely stay in place. And as others have said, everything is not going HD, its just going to all digital transmission...

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:43 AM

DirecTV will charge what the market will bear regardless of their costs.




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