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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)


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#1061 OFFLINE   Santi360HD

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:59 PM

I guess i offended the loyal order of the sophisticato's in regards to shorts..I apologize for besmirching the sanctity of that wonderful channel. It truly is an asset to D*'s lineup..and worthy of not being the butt of jokes here on DBS...heh heh

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#1062 OFFLINE   cypherx

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

Ugh, I cant stand Shorts HD. I'd much rather have DIY HD. It's like what HGTV used to be.

Part of the problem with Shorts HD is the generic program listings in the guide. How are you supposed to know what's on? Its a good candidate for HD video on demand only. At least on a VOD screen the titles would be populated more accurately. Then you wouldn't even be wasting any transponder bandwidth on a full time broadcast.

There has been VOD only channels before, we have some too I think, like the Anime Network for example. Comcast had FearNET VOD only long before it became a broadcast network (if it ever did, I don't know I moved out of their territory). I know a lot of providers have some WWE Wrestling on demand too that isn't a real linear broadcast channel. Shorts HD would fit this bill perfectly.

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#1063 OFFLINE   cypherx

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

APB101, I like your lists but you should be sending them to DirecTV as frequently as you post them here. WE know the deficiencies. Perhaps they don't... or else they wouldn't have so many deficiencies.

At least many reps plead ignorance as if they never even knew that channel had HD.

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#1064 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:39 PM

APB101, I like your lists but you should be sending them to DirecTV as frequently as you post them here. WE know the deficiencies. Perhaps they don't... or else they wouldn't have so many deficiencies.

At least many reps plead ignorance as if they never even knew that channel had HD.


Don't we have a static list that is kept up to date, so APB's lists are redundant. Not to mention annoying. ;)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:40 PM

I guess i offended the loyal order of the sophisticato's in regards to shorts..I apologize for besmirching the sanctity of that wonderful channel. It truly is an asset to D*'s lineup..and worthy of not being the butt of jokes here on DBS...heh heh

heh heh


No, you made a value judgement for others. That will always get swiped down around here. Even when I make them about AMC.:nono2:
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:31 PM

Ugh, I cant stand Shorts HD. I'd much rather have DIY HD.


Let's have BOTH! :D

Yeah if I had to choose I would choose DIY Network also. But what is done, is done. They aren't going to just throw Shorts HD out, they probably signed a contract, so lets move on and anticipate the NEXT HD channel. :D
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:59 PM

Let's have BOTH! :D

Yeah if I had to choose I would choose DIY Network also. But what is done, is done. They aren't going to just throw Shorts HD out, they probably signed a contract, so lets move on and anticipate the NEXT HD channel. :D


+1 on the BOTH!

But I'd prefer Shorts over X, Y or Z (whatever channel you, he, and she likes most)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:17 PM

If DirecTV would take away Shorts HD, to make room for "missing basic," I would appreciate it.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:49 PM

you get points for reading between the lines!! yes RELEVANT!!

I dont think anyone in this entire site will ever agree that Shorts was a relevant addition..

Epix & BBC yes even DIY even BET when it was added b4 the last bird flew ...very relevant!!!

Shopping Channels ...not very...


I like Shorts, so yes it was a relevant addition for me. :D

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:09 PM

I anticipate HDs with Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes and Comcast SportsNet Houston. Add to that Pac-12 Network. All are brand-new launches.

For basics, which are mostly assigned to the channel ranges of the 200s and 300s, I think it's so stifling at DirecTV that I'm not encouraged. Crumbs being sprinkled over the last year (AMC HD, in September 2011; truTV HD, March 2012; E! Entertainment Television HD, April 2012; Turner Classic Movies HD, July 2012) lead me to believe that anything more will be of such narrow scope it would be silly to get very excited. And yet, there's a long list of Missing Basics.

Nationally in HD; Merely SD on DirecTV…



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None of this addresses a national Ion Television or the contractual agreement DirecTV has to bring in more screens of Encore. And none of this saying how many, if any, "basics" would come in before the next satellite, D14, gets its launch in 2014. (One may consider it wise to limit the potential number.)


We can already view these you posted. Why not add a network that is available in HD only? A sports network like MavTV. :)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:11 PM

If DirecTV would take away Shorts HD, to make room for "missing basic," I would appreciate it.


I think to a large extent Shorts HD was added to enhance the value of the HD Plus Pack. The package gets fairly mixed reviews here (among a group more interested in HD than the average customer) so Directv may be having trouble up-selling the HD Plus Pack.

I'm not sure that Shorts HD in and of itself would drive more people to add the pack, but upping the overall channel count couldn't hurt. Shorts HD was also probably pretty cheap to pick up.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:12 PM

Let's have BOTH! :D

Yeah if I had to choose I would choose DIY Network also. But what is done, is done. They aren't going to just throw Shorts HD out, they probably signed a contract, so lets move on and anticipate the NEXT HD channel. :D


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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:03 PM

I think to a large extent Shorts HD was added to enhance the value of the HD Plus Pack.…


Supposing that's it. Perhaps FEARnet, in HD-Only, would have made for a better selection. But I'm not too confident with that.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:51 PM

DirecTV is offering free NFL Sunday Ticket to existing Sunday Ticket subscribers. There are a few requirements. To get all of the details head over to the Solid Signal Blog, TVPredictions.com or this Business Wire article: http://www.businessw...ICKET-Promotion

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:49 AM

Epix added to HD Extra pack along with IndiePlex and Retroplex HD maybe could enhance that package.

Shorts HD is just too hard to tell whats on. Fix the guide data and maybe we'd be in business.

I'm in the "more is merrier" camp too... just my opinion is if bandwidth was really super scarce and it came down to Shorts HD or something else... I'd pick that something else and say move Shorts to VOD only. At least on VOD you can tell what the programming is called and get better descriptions of it.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:24 AM

DirecTV is offering free NFL Sunday Ticket to existing Sunday Ticket subscribers. There are a few requirements. To get all of the details head over to the Solid Signal Blog, TVPredictions.com or this Business Wire article: http://www.businessw...ICKET-Promotion


Yep, all you need to do is sign up for their credit card and spend $750 on it. Nope.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:31 AM

If DirecTV would take away Shorts HD, to make room for "missing basic," I would appreciate it.


If DirecTV would take away TruTV in HD and replace it with BBC America HD, I would appreciate it too.

But it isn't going to happen. These things are done. Set in stone. Contracts are in effect. Besides, they have free transponders, why would they need to take away any channels?
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:43 AM

Yep, all you need to do is sign up for their credit card and spend $750 on it. Nope.


My reaction to it as well.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:59 AM

if they would do away with TCM HD and add ID HD i would be happy too.. what a waste of bandwidth..:D

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:18 AM

As said, everyone has personal preferences. But lets be clear.... what is done is done, currently existing HD stations aren't going anywhere at least until their contract expires.

And the big list ABP101 keeps repeating over and over and over again... isn't going to happen either.

I think Q3 will remain sports. Maybe 1 basic HD.
Q4, maybe a basic HD, but since contracts are up for negotiation, I would think they probably don't want to use up transponders until they know where they stand with Discovery Communications and CBS.
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