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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-13 Thread)


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#421 ONLINE   JoeTheDragon

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

Sorry to interrupt, but NASA in HD has been brought up. I know that it would take up bandwidth, but isn't NASATV HD provided free of charge? While not a must have channel it would be a nice addition.


I think NASA is a PI channel on directv and they may just do the min for it.

MPEG 4 SD takes up less space then HD.
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#422 OFFLINE   alnielsen

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

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.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:18 PM

NASA doesn't charge, but there are costs. They still have to weigh the desires of the customer with the costs involved, including bandwidth. The average customer likely isn't interested.

I would like an HD feed of them upgrading the crawler-transporter, but that's just me.


There shouldn't be that much more cost. Right now there is no NASA SD feed. The feeds they provide are in HD only (like ESPN) so Directv is downconverting it to SD

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:06 AM

What dose anybody watch on NASA? I never see anything on there I like and I have been I into the space program all my life.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

Biggest thing fairly recently, the coverage of the Curiosity landing.

Back in the shuttle days, I did watch those on HDNet.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:33 AM

I wonder what the numbers are of subs that will stay with DirecTV because they added channel XYZ in HD versus adding "new" sports HD. CSN Houston, CSNNW, Pac12 Networks, CSN Phiilly etc (or movie channels like EPiX) all seem to be channels that if added would bring in new or returning customers . It would be interesting to see where that line is.

It seems we're almost to the point of the channels being upgraded to HD would have such a small viewership compared to bringing in a new channel that would have subs leave their current provider and switch to DirecTV. I know there are people that still want channels that are not in HD yet added, just wondering business wise where the line is of new channels versus channels being upgraded to HD.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

Yes, it'd be interesting indeed, but I doubt that any outside the top management at DIRECTV® have a good grasp of those numbers, or rather, the data that might lead to informed speculation!
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

I know in the past when HD launches were pending that some of you would see the difference in the programming guides on your phones. Anybody seeing that to indicate any launches tommorow?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

I wonder what the numbers are of subs that will stay with DirecTV because they added channel XYZ in HD versus adding "new" sports HD. CSN Houston, CSNNW, Pac12 Networks, CSN Phiilly etc (or movie channels like EPiX) all seem to be channels that if added would bring in new or returning customers . It would be interesting to see where that line is.

It seems we're almost to the point of the channels being upgraded to HD would have such a small viewership compared to bringing in a new channel that would have subs leave their current provider and switch to DirecTV. I know there are people that still want channels that are not in HD yet added, just wondering business wise where the line is of new channels versus channels being upgraded to HD.


I think it is more holistic at this point than channel by channel. The slow but consistent drive toward all HD just so you can be there eventually.

The order may be affected by viewership but also cost and a lot of other factors.

It is self evident that new sports channels don't automatically mean money and viewership or they'd all be on. But probably neither does tvland or the cooking channel other than the direction of having all in HD eventually.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

I know in the past when HD launches were pending that some of you would see the difference in the programming guides on your phones. Anybody seeing that to indicate any launches tommorow?


Not at this time, but it's still early...

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

I know in the past when HD launches were pending that some of you would see the difference in the programming guides on your phones. Anybody seeing that to indicate any launches tommorow?


i didn't see anything this morning on my android.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:21 PM

I wonder what the numbers are of subs that will stay with DirecTV because they added channel XYZ in HD versus adding "new" sports HD. CSN Houston, CSNNW, Pac12 Networks, CSN Phiilly etc

Especially now that we have the RSN fee.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:04 PM

I wouldn't have expected anything to go live before Friday.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

I know in the past when HD launches were pending that some of you would see the difference in the programming guides on your phones. Anybody seeing that to indicate any launches tommorow?


Nothing yet on my phone or iPad.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

I wonder what the numbers are of subs that will stay with DirecTV because they added channel XYZ in HD versus adding "new" sports HD.


From the DirecTV perspective, the number of subs in isolation is not the correct metric. What is important is the ratio of cost per sub to number of subs. If the cost is low, then even if the number of subs is low, it might make sense to add the channel. If the cost is high, then the number of subs must be very large to make the channel worthwhile to DirecTV.

I am sure there are people within DirecTV who have made these assessments. If DirecTV felt that they could get enough new subs (or retain enough subs that will actually leave) to offset the cost of the PAC12 network, the PAC12 network would have been added. DirecTV knows how much they are willing to pay for each channel. If they can get the channel at or below that price, they will add it. If they cannot get the channel at or below a price that they feel will improve their profit margin, they will not add it.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

I wouldn't have expected anything to go live before Friday.


What is so special about Friday?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

What is so special about Friday?


The eight channels were noticed in testing last Friday, so dpeters11 is making the assumption that they'll go live a week later...

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

The eight channels were noticed in testing last Friday, so dpeters11 is making the assumption that they'll go live a week later...


Hopefully they arrive Friday, if not sometime next week. I know it's premature, but would like to see Fox Movie Channel, Reelz, Encore Drama or possibly EPIX HD added in the near future.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

The eight channels were noticed in testing last Friday, so dpeters11 is making the assumption that they'll go live a week later...


Ah I see.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:31 PM

The eight channels were noticed in testing last Friday, so dpeters11 is making the assumption that they'll go live a week later...


I was thinking that they could've been in testing earlier than last Friday? Since they were only noticed then?




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