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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)


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#2926 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:16 AM

Exactly. With movies like that I don't understand why DirecTV is adamant about not having Epix. Seems silly.


While I may be more interested in "basic" (sorry tonyd79) channels, depending upon the pricing, this channels' content is definitely on the rise when it comes to box office hits.

If it goes into the HD Extra package ala Dish, which is the only way I'd be interested in it personally (since that's the only way I'd get aside from perhaps a Freeview weekend every now and then), I'm afraid they'll jack the price up. :(

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:27 AM

EPIX would look good in the HD Extra's pack, but it would probably induce a price increase, if they do so. If it's only a dollar, then I could live with that.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:50 AM

EPIX would look good in the HD Extra's pack, but it would probably induce a price increase, if they do so. If it's only a dollar, then I could live with that.


I'm with you on that.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

EPIX would look good in the HD Extra's pack, but it would probably induce a price increase, if they do so. If it's only a dollar, then I could live with that.


I would see it being closer to Dish's $10 fee... so that'd be a $5 increase.

While I'd miss HDNet Movies, MGM-HD, Sony Movie Channel, and Palladia HD, I'd be really ticked if it went up to $10 because I'm not sure I could justify the $5 increase when the only reason why I don't cancel the package and save me some money at this time is Hallmark Movie Channel which DirecTV chose to stick in the package. :(

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

Epix streaming is available on Roku for I think $14/month.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:26 PM

Epix movies are available on Netflix 90 days after they debut on the Epix channel.

Otherwise to get Epix you have to be with certain providers like Verizon and some others to get it on your Roku box from what I've read.

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#2932 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:34 PM

Epix streaming is available on Roku for I think $14/month.


And that may be the reason we never see it on DIRECTV.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:44 PM

I can't find any way that you get Epix on Roku without paying for it through some cable/sat provider. There's even some discussion about it in Roku forums, here's a link:

http://forums.roku.c...de40f9bc9bd2afa

IOW, Epix is available to stream from some devices and your computer just like HBOGo and MaxGo are, and they have no added cost. But you cannot get a subscription to Roku on just a computer or device as far as I can determine.

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#2934 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:46 PM

I know of no way either. I do know that Epix movies are on Netflix streaming but Epix streaming has a lot more than what is available on Netflix.

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#2935 OFFLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:49 PM

Epix movies are available on Netflix 90 days after they debut on the Epix channel.

Otherwise to get Epix you have to be with certain providers like Verizon and some others to get it on your Roku box from what I've read.


I have it on mine. Signed up during a free preview that I believe Dish was having. It's stayed accessible, except Live streaming.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:51 PM

I know of no way either. I do know that Epix movies are on Netflix streaming but Epix streaming has a lot more than what is available on Netflix.

Amazing assortment of recent blockbusters and old crap. And I mean crap. Lots of 1 star movies.


From what I read, all of the stuff Epix has from Lionsgate, Paramount and one other studio are supposedly to be on Netflix 90 days after they debut on Epix. I'm not sure if other studios are involved, and it does seem like not everything is showing up on Netflix, although I don't know of a way to search Netflix for Epix movies as a search term.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:53 PM

I have it on mine. Signed up during a free preview that I believe Dish was having. It's stayed accessible, except Live streaming.


I'm not sure what you are saying. Are you saying that after the free preview you can still stream movies from Epix???

If so, I suspect it is a glitch and not supposed to be happening.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:59 PM

I'm not sure what you are saying. Are you saying that after the free preview you can still stream movies from Epix???

If so, I suspect it is a glitch and not supposed to be happening.

As far as I can remember it's a glitch.
It was a glitch that apparently occurs every free preview even if you don't sub to Dish.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:22 PM

Is there some reason that the pinned thread never mentions Al Jazeera as available but not carried? I DVR the grainy SD coverage on LinkTV, but it would be nice to have the full day of coverage in HD.

As for sports, I'm putting a dime into the 'Pac-12 Network' bucket. I'm happy that we got beIN right away for La Liga and Serie A, but I think they're dropping GOL TV from the English sports package. Too bad. ESPN Deportes and GOL TV should both be included, or at least packaged with Fox Soccer Plus. I don't want to buy the entire Spanish tier for two channels.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:24 PM

While Pac-12 has no interest to me, for those that want it I would hope that it can come in either a spot beam to those areas with enough interest, or have few enough channels to get good coverage nationwide and not seriously eat up too many transponders.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:26 PM

Is there some reason that the pinned thread never mentions Al Jazeera as available but not carried?


If you're referring to my list on the first page, it's because I didn't realize it wasn't there.

I can add it...

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:55 PM

Is there some reason that the pinned thread never mentions Al Jazeera as available but not carried? I DVR the grainy SD coverage on LinkTV, but it would be nice to have the full day of coverage in HD.


Sadly, it's not available in HD anywhere.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:10 PM

Sadly, it's not available in HD anywhere.


Is there really no HD feed available? I seem to remember there is/was at least a premium 720p stream being offered by some internet sources. I would think they would be offering an HD satellite feed as they are attempting to make greater penetration of the US market.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:47 PM

Is there some reason that the pinned thread never mentions Al Jazeera as available but not carried? I DVR the grainy SD coverage on LinkTV, but it would be nice to have the full day of coverage in HD.

As for sports, I'm putting a dime into the 'Pac-12 Network' bucket. I'm happy that we got beIN right away for La Liga and Serie A, but I think they're dropping GOL TV from the English sports package. Too bad. ESPN Deportes and GOL TV should both be included, or at least packaged with Fox Soccer Plus. I don't want to buy the entire Spanish tier for two channels.


or maybe a soccer pack with fox Soccer + fox Soccer plus + GOL TV + beIN.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:11 PM

EPIX would look good in the HD Extra's pack, but it would probably induce a price increase, if they do so. If it's only a dollar, then I could live with that.


I've always been willing to pay a reasonable price for what I want. I get much more annoyed when it isn't available to me to do so at all. Having said that, I have no idea what the pricing for Epix is like. . . but I do know it doesn't make me happy to see those movies exclusive there and it not on my provider. Exclusives for movies that big at the box office makes me think that it would be more than $1/month, however.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:26 PM

What is even better with Epix is that it gives you free access to the ROku streaming app too.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:46 PM

I would see it being closer to Dish's $10 fee... so that'd be a $5 increase.

While I'd miss HDNet Movies, MGM-HD, Sony Movie Channel, and Palladia HD, I'd be really ticked if it went up to $10 because I'm not sure I could justify the $5 increase when the only reason why I don't cancel the package and save me some money at this time is Hallmark Movie Channel which DirecTV chose to stick in the package. :(

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Revise the package. Move Hallmark Movie Channel HD, Universal HD, Crime & Investigation HD, and Palladia HD out of that group and into the Choice Plus (whatever its called). Bring in all three HD screens of Epix and make them a part of HD Extra Pack. (Will the fourth Epix, Epix Drive-In, go HD?) Charge $7.50. Raise the basic-cable packages, now that they would get HALMOV HD, UNVRSL HD, C&I HD, and PALAD HD (plus the basic-cable adds for HD screens thus far in 2012), and DirecTV could stick another $3 onto the subscription-price tag come 2013 Q#01. (That will probably happen anyway!)

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:53 PM

So give us Premier subs Epix for free? Sounds great to me.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:07 PM

Revise the package. Move Hallmark Movie Channel HD, Universal HD, Crime & Investigation HD, and Palladia HD out of that group and into the Choice Plus (whatever its called). Bring in all three HD screens of Epix and make them a part of HD Extra Pack. (Will the fourth Epix, Epix Drive-In, go HD?) Charge $7.50. Raise the basic-cable packages, now that they would get HALMOV HD, UNVRSL HD, C&I HD, and PALAD HD (plus the basic-cable adds for HD screens thus far in 2012), and DirecTV could stick another $3 onto the subscription-price tag come 2013 Q#01. (That will probably happen anyway!)


I always thought the current channels in the HD extra pack should either roll into the HD access fee or into the Choice Ultimate package since there isn't too much of a difference between Ultimate and Choice Xtra to start with.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:28 PM

I think the Soccer Pack is in order now that I understand GolTV will be removed from the Sports pack and into the Spanish Packages only. Even though I am not affected since I have the En Espanol add-on, fans of German soccer is not going to be all that pleased about it.

I think a good pricing point would be $5.95/month or free with the Sports pack. But in addition to the previously mentioned channels, I'd like to see some supplemental coverage of Serie A and Ligue 1 in the 490s, i.e. whatever isn't shown live on beIN Sport, like the Inter-Roma match that happened to be concurrent with the Barcelona-Valencia match on beIN Sport this past Sunday. DirecTV already does an exceptional job with the UEFA matches and they should build upon it.

I'm happy that we got beIN right away for La Liga and Serie A, but I think they're dropping GOL TV from the English sports package. Too bad. ESPN Deportes and GOL TV should both be included, or at least packaged with Fox Soccer Plus. I don't want to buy the entire Spanish tier for two channels.


or maybe a soccer pack with fox Soccer + fox Soccer plus + GOL TV + beIN.






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