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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-13 Thread)


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#451 OFFLINE   pup154

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

sweet! Robin Meade in HD! Finally! :)


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:59 AM

sweet! Robin Meade in HD! Finally! :)



Now if we could also put Candy Crowley back on SD that would be fantastic!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

When it's stated that a sign starts on such and such a date, it's about 90% accurate. Aquarius usually starts on the 21st but not always (it can be the 20th). I'm too lazy to look for and dig out my ephemeris or I could tell you, exactly.


This year the sun enters Aquarius at 9:58 pm (UT) on Jan. 19th.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

SR said its the age of Aquarius, that starts next week. ;)


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:04 AM

sweet! Robin Meade in HD! Finally! :)


Yes, my wife will just Love having HLN in HD (I watch Fox News so I could care less) but I will Love having H2 in HD along with The Cooking Channel. :hurah:
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

Now if we could also put Candy Crowley back on SD that would be fantastic!


There are pros and cons to every decision that D* makes! :lol:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

NASA is going to be in the poor house for quite a few years. I don't foresee very much exciting happening there. Certainly no manned space flight, other than routine launches to the ISS. Not even missions to return to the moon. Otherwise, I would be interested in that channel.


Yup. The time to get NASA HD was when the Shuttle was still flying. Now that it's gone, we'll be lucky to keep NASA at all.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

Yup. The time to get NASA HD was when the Shuttle was still flying. Now that it's gone, we'll be lucky to keep NASA at all.

As a devoted fan of the space program since I was old enough to know who John Glenn was, I firmly believe that the agency has outlived its usefulness. The government was interested in space only to make sure that the Soviets didn't plant nukes in orbit or on the Moon. And since the end of the Cold War, interest in space has dropped off sharply while the costs have risen astronomically. NASA's FY 2011 budget exceeded $18 billion. The purpose of space exploration would be far better served by a multinational private consortium.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

As a devoted fan of the space program since I was old enough to know who John Glenn was, I firmly believe that the agency has outlived its usefulness. The government was interested in space only to make sure that the Soviets didn't plant nukes in orbit or on the Moon. And since the end of the Cold War, interest in space has dropped off sharply while the costs have risen astronomically. NASA's FY 2011 budget exceeded $18 billion. The purpose of space exploration would be far better served by a multinational private consortium.


Off topic, but I strongly disagree. The manned space program and some proven commercially viable satellites (like DirecTV) are on the way out at NASA, but that is less than one-half of NASA. NASA will be around for a long time with unmanned programs that are not yet commercially viable for a private consortium.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

This year the sun enters Aquarius at 9:58 pm (UT) on Jan. 19th.


Whee, now we're really getting esoteric.

I think I'd point out that in this context it probably matters less what is technically accurate in this regard, than what SR understands to be when Aquarius starts, which is more likely to be a common understanding (like what gets printed in daily horoscopes in the newspapers) than a highly technical one.

And I'm still sticking with next Wednesday for the first batch out of the 8. :D
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

Swanni has picked up the news, as usual Sixto you are famous! :lol: :)

DIRECTV to Launch 8 HD Channels This Week? (TV Predictions)


Also, for those who have not seen Swanni's 2013 Predictions .... Prediction #3: DIRECTV to Buy Netflix


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

Whee, now we're really getting esoteric.

I think I'd point out that in this context it probably matters less what is technically accurate in this regard, than what SR understands to be when Aquarius starts, which is more likely to be a common understanding (like what gets printed in daily horoscopes in the newspapers) than a highly technical one.

And I'm still sticking with next Wednesday for the first batch out of the 8. :D


I do not disagree. I think there will be 4 on January 23 and 4 more on February 6. Both dates fall clearly within Aquarius.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

Yes, my wife will just Love having HLN in HD (I watch Fox News so I could care less) but I will Love having H2 in HD along with The Cooking Channel. :hurah:

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I do not disagree. I think there will be 4 on January 23 and 4 more on February 6. Both dates fall clearly within Aquarius.

Or we could just use the term.... *soon* :D
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

Are these new HD adds possible thanks to Dan York (the guy that used to get programming for AT&T U-Verse)?

Derek Chang who at year end ended employment with DirecTV had the mantra that we had all the HD anyone cared about.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

Are these new HD adds possible thanks to Dan York (the guy that used to get programming for AT&T U-Verse)?

Derek Chang who at year end ended employment with DirecTV had the mantra that we had all the HD anyone cared about.

Programming decisions are tied to contractual agreements...so channel launch plans often are agreed upon well in advance of their actual deployment. In some cases, content provides have "groups" of channels, and based upon broadcast agreements, they have them launch at intervals as opposed to all at one time.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

Derek Chang who at year end ended employment with DirecTV had the mantra that we had all the HD anyone cared about.


No he did not.

"For DirecTV, the HD "bigger is better" battle is over. "To be honest, I think right now, everyone's got most of the important stuff in HD," Derek Chang, DirecTV executive vice president of content strategy and development, said. "Once we got to 100 channels, it became about delivering the overall experience."


Saying we have most of the important stuff...is far different from we have all the HD people care about.

http://www.multichannel.com/content/hd-wars-are-over-what's-next-battleground

For DirecTV, the HD "bigger is better"
battle is over. "To be honest, I think
right now, everyone's got most of the
important stuff in HD," Derek Chang,
DirecTV executive vice president of content strategy and
development, said. "Once we got to 100 channels, it became
about delivering the overall experience."

There's less benefit in trying to hit 200 HDs because
those by their nature will be less-watched networks,
he noted. DirecTV is going to continue to add channels
"selectively as we see fit and where we can deliver value
to the customer," Chang said. The satellite operator is
advancing along several new fronts, including 1080p HD
(Blu-ray Disc quality), early-premiere movies, sports, iPad
apps, multiroom viewing and enhancing the guide.

"HD is just one piece of the puzzle," Chang said.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

No he did not.



Saying we have most of the important stuff...is far different from we have all the HD people care about.

http://www.multichannel.com/content/hd-wars-are-over-what's-next-battleground



Makes perfect sense.


IMHO the quotes you posted support cypherx's basic point...sounds like Derek Chang did not put a high value on adding HD content.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:10 PM

IMHO the quotes you posted support cypherx's basic point...sounds like Derek Chang did not put a high value on adding HD content.

And yet...theres oh so much more to making those decisions than one person's philosphy. So we have new HD channels coming...which were likely defined and contracted well before Mr. Chang's departure.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

And yet...theres oh so much more to making those decisions than one person's philosphy. So we have new HD channels coming...which were likely defined and contracted well before Mr. Chang's departure.

:backtotop


Well, Chang's been gone for seven months now, so we don't know how many might have been contracted since.

But, I'd generally agree that I've always felt it likely that D* has a pool of "HD licenses in their pocket" with which they have anywhere from some, to great, flexibility when they decide to exercise them based on infrastructure availability, priority, etc. Particularly with these smaller audience channels which don't have particularly great negotiating leverage to be making demands.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

Well, Chang's been gone for seven months now, so we don't know how many might have been contracted since.

He actually left at the end of the year.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:12 PM

IMHO the quotes you posted support cypherx's basic point...sounds like Derek Chang did not put a high value on adding HD content.

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Yet he obviously did based on the results during his tenure. The quotes show his actual statements, not the false interpretation of them that has been posted before.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:12 PM

I'm glad Chang is gone. I never liked him. There's no such thing as "enough" or "too much" HD.


Haha! You never liked him...without a legitimate reason of course.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

He actually left at the end of the year.


Ah, you're correct. Yet York started in July as "Executive VP of Programming and Chief Content Officer". So, make of it as you will who had more influence since July.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Yet he obviously did based on the results during his tenure. The quotes show his actual statements, not the false interpretation of them that has been posted before.


Based on Chang's quotes, addional HD may have stopped being high on his agenda.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

Based on Chang's quotes, addional HD may have stopped being high on his agenda.

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Considering his role and accomplishments, no.
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