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#1 OFFLINE   Mark Walters

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:26 PM

Let me see if I understand this:

DIRECTV has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 East & West, HBO Signature, & HBO Family East & West = 7 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is four different HBO channels and only ONE in HD. DIRECTV DOES NOT HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $14.99

DISH has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 HD East feed - SD West feed, HBO Signature HD, HBO Family HD, HBO Comedy HD, & HBO ZONE HD = 8 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is six different HBO channels and SIX in HD. DISH DOES HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $15.99

I did not include HBO Latino in this discussion. For the record, both companies provide HBO LATINO, but only DISH has it in HD.

Please correct me if my research is incorrect. I think everybody would agree if these figures are correct that D* has a horrible HBO offering. For $1.00 more, I would get 5 more HD channels. I would also get HBO Comedy, ZONE & HBO ON DEMAND.

Will this ever be corrected? Does anybody even care or feel they are not getting much value for $14.99? :nono2:

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#2 OFFLINE   Justin23

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:28 PM

Let me see if I understand this:

DIRECTV has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 East & West, HBO Signature, & HBO Family East & West = 7 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is four different HBO channels and only ONE in HD. DIRECTV DOES NOT HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $14.99

DISH has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 HD East feed - SD West feed, HBO Signature HD, HBO Family HD, HBO Comedy HD, & HBO ZONE HD = 8 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is six different HBO channels and SIX in HD. DISH DOES HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $15.99

I did not include HBO Latino in this discussion. For the record, both companies provide HBO LATINO, but only DISH has it in HD.

Please correct me if my research is incorrect. I think everybody would agree if these figures are correct that D* has a horrible HBO offering. For $1.00 more, I would get 5 more HD channels. I would also get HBO Comedy, ZONE & HBO ON DEMAND.

Will this ever be corrected? Does anybody even care or feel they are not getting much value for $14.99? :nono2:


That's why I get Starz for my movie channel option...


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Edited by Justin23, 11 February 2010 - 07:29 PM.
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:35 PM

Will this ever be corrected? Does anybody even care or feel they are not getting much value for $14.99?


Since HBO doesnt do OAR no i dont care.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:51 PM

It doesn't really matter. The additional channels show the same content as the ones we have now...just at different times.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:18 PM

Let me see if I understand this:

DIRECTV has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 East & West, HBO Signature, & HBO Family East & West = 7 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is four different HBO channels and only ONE in HD. DIRECTV DOES NOT HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $14.99

DISH has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 HD East feed - SD West feed, HBO Signature HD, HBO Family HD, HBO Comedy HD, & HBO ZONE HD = 8 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is six different HBO channels and SIX in HD. DISH DOES HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $15.99

I did not include HBO Latino in this discussion. For the record, both companies provide HBO LATINO, but only DISH has it in HD.

Please correct me if my research is incorrect. I think everybody would agree if these figures are correct that D* has a horrible HBO offering. For $1.00 more, I would get 5 more HD channels. I would also get HBO Comedy, ZONE & HBO ON DEMAND.

Will this ever be corrected? Does anybody even care or feel they are not getting much value for $14.99? :nono2:


I agree, it is a BS that we only get the main HBO in HD. What really pisses me off is they promised the rest in HD by September 2007. I called the office of the president about it last spring and the robot refused to acknowledge the press release and said some BS about the signals are unavailable to them, whatever that means.

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DirecTV Press Release July 13, 2007 DIRECTV to Offer 11 HBO/Cinemax Channels in HD

Whats really bad is there's 8 Max's (not counting west feeds), and we only get 2 (1 HD not counting west).

I guess you could say D* signed up for the "limited basic package" when it came to HBO and Max :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

Edited by Coca Cola Kid, 11 February 2010 - 08:29 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:22 PM

It doesn't really matter. The additional channels show the same content as the ones we have now...just at different times.


If I haven't seen it, its new to me. With these crappy DVR's that can only record 2 shows at once, I like having ample chances to tape a show or movie. Way better than basic cable channels/OTA networks that show it once or twice and if it overlaps with 2 other shows you're screwed. I guess on demand solves this though that's why they keep adding more and more.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:30 PM

If I haven't seen it, its new to me. With these crappy DVR's that can only record 2 shows at once, I like having ample chances to tape a show or movie. Way better than basic cable channels/OTA networks that show it once or twice and if it overlaps with 2 other shows you're screwed.


If space is absolutely not a problem...I will take all of these.

If space is limited...I will consider these similar enough to duplicates and pass on them.

Of course the other issue is do paying same price for them as others, but receiving less in return.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:33 PM

If space is absolutely not a problem...I will take all of these.

If space is limited...I will consider these similar enough to duplicates and pass on them.

Of course the other issue is do paying same price for them as others, but receiving less in return.


Well hopefully space won't be a problem when D12 is live so maybe they will finally follow through on their promise from 3 years ago.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:45 PM

How many chances do you need to record the same movies over & over?
If you stop responding to them or put them on ignore, then eventually they'll go away.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:04 PM

How many chances do you need to record the same movies over & over?


HBO Comedy is different from the others. Lots of stand up specials you won't find anywhere else.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:20 PM

mabey its because timewarner owns hbo and wont let dtv have video on demand

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 07:33 AM

mabey its because timewarner owns hbo and wont let dtv have video on demand


I thought about that, but they let DISH have it.

I've always said, if your a movie buff, you're better off going to DISH, if your a sports fan, DirecTV is better (although I have a few beefs with them on some sports issues too).

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 08:53 AM

There appears to be a rift between HBO & DirecTV. DirecTV announced nearly three years ago that they would deliver in HD all of the HBO/Cinemax channels that they currently carry in SD, and have yet to make good on that statement.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:12 AM

I hate to be the one to say that the current state of HBO on D* doesn't bother me (because I am always one to want more HD), but I only subscribe to HBO for the original programming. I can get all of the first run original programming in HD from just the main HBO channel. It would be nice if we had On Demand for older programming and movies, but that is probably the only added service I *might* use. I can get all of that stuff from Netflix.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:05 PM

It would help if Directv for HBO Signature in HD. They do not show Rome and some other shows on regular HBO.
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:18 PM

Let me see if I understand this:

DIRECTV has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 East & West, HBO Signature, & HBO Family East & West = 7 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is four different HBO channels and only ONE in HD. DIRECTV DOES NOT HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $14.99

DISH has HBO HD East & West, HBO2 HD East feed - SD West feed, HBO Signature HD, HBO Family HD, HBO Comedy HD, & HBO ZONE HD = 8 channels.
Although not counting the duplicate feeds, this is six different HBO channels and SIX in HD. DISH DOES HAVE HBO ON DEMAND.
Total monthly price - $15.99

I did not include HBO Latino in this discussion. For the record, both companies provide HBO LATINO, but only DISH has it in HD.

Please correct me if my research is incorrect. I think everybody would agree if these figures are correct that D* has a horrible HBO offering. For $1.00 more, I would get 5 more HD channels. I would also get HBO Comedy, ZONE & HBO ON DEMAND.

Will this ever be corrected? Does anybody even care or feel they are not getting much value for $14.99? :nono2:

I only keep HBO to be able to watch True Blood. And of course it's not back on yet. Otherwise I would drop it. Not worth it, they duplicate way more than the other guys and our HD offerings with them are pitiful.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:26 PM

It would help if Directv for HBO Signature in HD. They do not show Rome and some other shows on regular HBO.

Araxen (If it ain't in HD, it ain't worth watching! ) Amen. What drives me crazy (everything actually) is that we have 4 HD boxes and 4 HD/TV's and family members will record and watch sd movies when HD versions are available!!

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:31 PM

The lack of HD, along with the recent price increases, prompted me to switch from Premium to Choice +/HD/DVR with Starz/Showtime 2 for 1 offer. It's not that I can't afford it, I just strongly feel that HBO/Max is highly overpriced for the offering. I also lament the press release from several years back. I really looked forward to having a complete HBO/Max package.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:37 PM

Lately all we have been hearing is issues with D* and channel providers...What gives? Is D* in that bad a shape to save money?

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:40 PM

Lately all we have been hearing is issues with D* and channel providers...What gives? Is D* in that bad a shape to save money?


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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:58 PM

Lately all we have been hearing is issues with D* and channel providers...What gives? Is D* in that bad a shape to save money?


Honestly...the HBO/Max saga has been going on since day 1. The only recent issues have been Versus and XM. XM most likely due to the fact that DirecTV did not want to have the same music source as Dish network.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 06:01 PM

And apparently they dont want to have the same HD channels as well LOLLL.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 04:04 PM

And apparently they dont want to have the same HD channels as well LOLLL.


How sad but true!

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 10:10 PM

Lately all we have been hearing is issues with D* and channel providers...What gives? Is D* in that bad a shape to save money?


Agreed. I've been a longtime fan of D*, for over 14 years, but lately I am getting disgusted with the direction they're taking. I'm waiting to see how the Sunday Ticket thing plays out. If I decide not to bite the bullet of over $400 for Sunday Ticket with HD this upcoming season, then they have lost their last compelling reason for me to stay.

I've gone through an awful lot over the years for the right and ability to even receive D*, but there's too many other options out there right now. I know, I know, don't let the door hit you on the way out, and they really don't seem to mind telling people if you don't like it leave, but I may take them up on that.
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:02 AM

Hey.. BE CAREFUL here..

watch out..

because if you say something bad about Directv in any way, shape or form,, the Directv defenders are going to RUSH IN.. and save the world from your "misstatements"...

that you can't say something bad about Directv.. because on this forum, we all know that Directv is perfect in every way..

its the PERFECT COMPANY at all times.. they never lie, or give poor information.. their ads are 100% accurate at all times. and you always get what you pay for.. and if you don't ITS YOUR FAULT..

so be Careful..

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