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DIRECTV to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Conference


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#21 OFFLINE   RAD

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:55 PM

Sounded like DIRECTV will be taking a harder look at sports programming channel additions and costs. Mentioned that spors providers need to stop the increased costs and all the additional channels, specically mentioned Longhorn Network, Pac 12 Network and Lakers Networks.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:02 PM

- Targeted local ad's, starting with HD DVR's only on 25 channels in 25 markets in the fourth quarter. Starting next year SD DVR's will be included and increase to 50 channels in 50 markets.


Just a thought, since they mention "DVR" only: Could this what the "push" system is going to be used for? One of the big problems that satellite always had was that it couldn't advertise locally on national channels like TNT, Bravo, Discovery, etc. But instead of having to use the LiL spotbeams to "insert" commercials (and with 25 channels there is a high probability that around the whole and half hour, at least 10 different local commercials are running at the same time), could they "push" them to a little bit of reserved hard drive space (commercials don't take that much space) and call them up when they are needed to be shown?

The "push" would be done CONUS, like the 20 or so push channels are now, and DVR's will just save the pushed that are meant for the zipcode it is configured for to be in.

Or am I really thinking too far out of the box now?
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#23 OFFLINE   la24philly

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

Sounded like DIRECTV will be taking a harder look at sports programming channel additions and costs. Mentioned that spors providers need to stop the increased costs and all the additional channels, specically mentioned Longhorn Network, Pac 12 Network and Lakers Networks.


I missed the webcast, you say there is talk on there intention about some sports programming and it's cost.

I hope this leads to them getting a fair price on CSN philly

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:10 PM

Just a thought, since they mention "DVR" only: Could this what the "push" system is going to be used for? One of the big problems that satellite always had was that it couldn't advertise locally on national channels like TNT, Bravo, Discovery, etc. But instead of having to use the LiL spotbeams to "insert" commercials (and with 25 channels there is a high probability that around the whole and half hour, at least 10 different local commercials are running at the same time), could they "push" them to a little bit of reserved hard drive space (commercials don't take that much space) and call them up when they are needed to be shown?

The "push" would be done CONUS, like the 20 or so push channels are now, and DVR's will just save the pushed that are meant for the zipcode it is configured for to be in.

Or am I really thinking too far out of the box now?


I have no information on how that would work but if I'd have to guess that's how it will work.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:13 PM

I missed the webcast, you say there is talk on there intention about some sports programming and it's cost.

I hope this leads to them getting a fair price on CSN philly


I think in the past the assumption was that DIRECTV would just get any sports channel since they were the sports leader. But with the RSN's always wanting big increases and adding niche channels it sounds like DIRECTV will be taking a hard line with new channels and pricing.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:47 PM

There's an interesting take on the presentation over at Deadline Hollywood Daily with the headline, Directv Blames Economy for Weak Sub Growth and PPV Spending.

They even throw in speculation about Directv's past desires to merge with Dish.
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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:51 PM

I think in the past the assumption was that DIRECTV would just get any sports channel since they were the sports leader. But with the RSN's always wanting big increases and adding niche channels it sounds like DIRECTV will be taking a hard line with new channels and pricing.


They best be careful with that approach. I for one, and their are many just like me, love DIRECTV because of the sports offerings. If a hardline will result in other providers offering sports channels that DIRECTV refuses to carry I will take my business, as will multitudes of others, elsewhere. Been with DIRECTV since 1998 and the shenanigans that ESPN and DIRECTV pulled over ESPNUHD and Comcast and DIRECTV pulled over Versus was ridiculous. I'm a $200+ a month customer and am willing to pay for sports as are many others. Don't sacrifice the high dollar customers over rights fees, that will be a big mistake for DIRECTV.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 05:05 PM

There's an interesting take on the presentation over at Deadline Hollywood Daily with the headline, Directv Blames Economy for Weak Sub Growth and PPV Spending.

They even throw in speculation about Directv's past desires to merge with Dish.


While I would not have prefered DirecTV's merger with DISH I do agree with Patrick Doyle on how it would have strengthened their negotiating power. With the amount of unemployment and zero job growth for the month of August I can agree with their assessment of the poor economy causing their weak growth rate. For months my wife and I have noticed people are buying less groceries at the supermarkets. A sure sign of belt tightening.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 05:06 PM

There's an interesting take on the presentation over at Deadline Hollywood Daily with the headline, Directv Blames Economy for Weak Sub Growth and PPV Spending.

They even throw in speculation about Directv's past desires to merge with Dish.


The story didn't mention that they saw good numbers in July and August and were very happy with the NFL-ST promotion. He also mentioned that 50% of new HD customers are taking the WHDVR function.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:11 PM

Maybe they shouldn't have spent millions bringing in a dog like DAMAGES which nobody watches too.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 01:01 AM

They best be careful with that approach. I for one, and their are many just like me, love DIRECTV because of the sports offerings. If a hardline will result in other providers offering sports channels that DIRECTV refuses to carry I will take my business, as will multitudes of others, elsewhere. Been with DIRECTV since 1998 and the shenanigans that ESPN and DIRECTV pulled over ESPNUHD and Comcast and DIRECTV pulled over Versus was ridiculous. I'm a $200+ a month customer and am willing to pay for sports as are many others. Don't sacrifice the high dollar customers over rights fees, that will be a big mistake for DIRECTV.


They could always charge a higher premium for sports.

I certainly have no interest in my bill going up any higher so some people can watch grown men play with balls, but to each their own...

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 08:33 AM

Maybe they shouldn't have spent millions bringing in a dog like DAMAGES which nobody watches too.


Nobody huh? I guess a million viewers is nobody. It wasn't huge ratings, but that doesn't mean nobody watched. It's won a few Emmys and other critics awards.
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:48 AM

Maybe they shouldn't have spent millions bringing in a dog like DAMAGES which nobody watches too.


One man's candy can be another man's poison. I havn't watched one episode of Mad Men. Does that make it a dog? Programing comes down to personal preference.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:49 AM

Wrong topic, edit.
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 01:45 PM

One man's candy can be another man's poison. I havn't watched one episode of Mad Men. Does that make it a dog? Programing comes down to personal preference.


Ditto. I watch a TON of tv here too. Damages is way better than mad men IMHO.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 01:58 PM

And I liked Friday Nights Lights so IMHO they didn't waste their $'s on that series.

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