I don't directv to be like a crappy cable system where SD and HD do not have the same number.
I do agree with that at a meta level. I just don't think that 2-4 channels out of a couple hundred, and hopefully on a relatively temporary basis (couple years, until D14 is up), is a more important consideration than having those channels available to those willing to pay extra for them.
I assume that any time D* can come up with the economic case, it improves our chances of actually getting what we want made available to us. So making suggestions that would provide added revenue, IMO, is a matter of my furthering my own self-interest.
Everything is a trade-off, even buying new 6-per encoders and infrastructure, vs expected added revenue (if any).
With smaller, intense fanbases (which certainly covers some channels like BBCAHD, DIYHD, and a few others), leveraging the "intense" part can provide extra revenue, and thus make it more likely we actually get access to what we want.
Also, my apologies to Tonyd79 if he saw the part of my post that Mike snipped, and agreed with Mike's assessment of it. I did not intend, nor understand, that snipped text to be aimed at him. I understood him to be commenting on unnamed others as a group (not specific individuals), and I was agreeing with him, not criticizing him.