This may be unpopular to say, but I think DirecTV should do a restructuring of the channel lineup. I'm not stating this loosely. This is costly. It is inconvenient for many. But a new template may be in order. And it last happened in July 1999, one year after USSB ended and its channels (especially from Viacom) went directly to DirecTV.
Now that we can access four-digit channel numbers (which I'd use for categories such as pay per view; foreign languages; and, as already the case, On Demand), one-hundred blocks can be set up. With sports, DirecTV could use a one-hundred block for regional sports; another one-hundred block for national sports; and two one-hundred blocks for seasonal sports.
• 002–069 Locals (070–099 Distant Networks)
• 100–499 Non-premiums (arranged in categories but, within this, would be HD Extra Pack)
• 500–599 Regional sports (Fox Sports, Comcast SportsNet, Root Sports, et al.)
• 600–699 National sports (ESPN suites, The Golf Channel, Speed, The Tennis Channel, NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, NFL Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, MLB Network, et al.)
• 700–899 Seasonal-subscription sports (NFL Sunday Ticket, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, MLB Extra Innings, et al.)
• 900–999 Premium movies (HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime, et al.)
I wholeheartedly agree, I assume you'd mix the Spanish channels into where they'd logically fit in the guide (Discovery en Espanol with the other Discovery channels; add a guide filter to hide/show only Spanish channels for those who don't want to see them, like the "hide SD duplicates" option).
I make this change, though: when you buy the sports-sub package it just un-blacks-out (is that a word? is now!) the game on the RSN it's supposed to be on. No separate channels. That means we'd have to get TSN and RDS and other Canadian networks, or at least just have a -1 temp channel for the games mixed in the RSN section.
: "Cable" channels, carefully organized, leaving room between categories for additions and flow. If the "Kids" section stops at 241, don't start the next group till 250.500-549
: National Sports. (ESPN, MLB, NFL, NBCSN, etc)550-599
: National college sports (The Mtn, CBS SN, Big 10, a placeholder for Longhorn that says "Longhorn is too damn expensive", etc)600-749
: RSNs, in geographic order, leaving space for additions. Only make Alt channels show up when they're being used (that way you can add NESN+ -for example- in a favorites list but it only appears when there is something "upcoming." Leave room for Canadian RSN/alts for Seasonal Sports Subs. 750-799
: Sports that aren't on RSN that have packages (Sunday Ticket, Tennis Open Court, UEFA).800s
: Premiums 900s
: Sonic Tap. if we must have it. Give Pandora and YouTube a channel number for fun.1000s
: On-demand. Networks on-demand can be put in here somewhere, but all other channels should be like they are now; same channel but 1000 higher.2000+
leave it alone (unless someone has a better idea.)
Edited by ejbvt, 12 February 2012 - 07:53 PM.