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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-13 Thread)


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#951 OFFLINE   MysteryMan

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:09 AM

I suppose then the question is, what is sizable? I suspect there is a much higher percentage of dvr owners in the hd base than the sd. Maybe someone has some actual numbers to post.


That someone would be Satelliteracer or my friend sigma1914.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

I suppose then the question is, what is sizable? I suspect there is a much higher percentage of dvr owners in the hd base than the sd. Maybe someone has some actual numbers to post.


http://tvbythenumber...-viewers/86819/

DVR penetration increased by about 4% in the last year on an absolute basis (11% on a relative basis) rising from 35.7% of TV households with DVRs in February 2010 to 39.7% in February 2011 according to Nielsen data via Turner's research department. The percentage of viewers reached in those DVR homes rose from 38.5% in February 2010 to 42.2% in 2011.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

Found this which is dated Jan 13th, 2007 at 3:33 PM

http://www.engadget....horror-channel/


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

http://tvbythenumber...-viewers/86819/


Interesting numbers but I wonder if DBS customers aren't a bit more advanced, given the technology and that the numbers cited include non-satellite, non-cable households.

We are, after all, talking in the context of DirecTV and DirecTV only.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:32 AM

Interesting numbers but I wonder if DBS customers aren't a bit more advanced, given the technology and that the numbers cited include non-satellite, non-cable households.

We are, after all, talking in the context of DirecTV and DirecTV only.


Yes, these numbers are for the "unwashed masses". ;) We, of course, are much more advanced. I suspect the % are much higher for Directv customers. Also, it doesn't point to how many hd vs sd customers have a dvr, the real question.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

Yes, these numbers are for the "unwashed masses". ;) We, of course, are much more advanced. I suspect the % are much higher for Directv customers. Also, it doesn't point to how many hd vs sd customers have a dvr, the real question.

It would be interesting to see the % of new DirecTV customers that are signing up and getting DVRs, vs those choosing regular receivers.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

It would be interesting to see the % of new DirecTV customers that are signing up and getting DVRs, vs those choosing regular receivers.


New customers? Aren't all the deals for new customers steering them toward DVRs?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

My sister is the only member of the family that does not have a DVR. She does have HD (not DirecTV; she is fios). I never understood that logic. She is not a huge TV watcher but she does like specific shows she watches almost every day.[/QUOTE]

I know people like that and they tell me its just that they do not want to pay for thr DVR fee.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

Interesting numbers but I wonder if DBS customers aren't a bit more advanced, given the technology and that the numbers cited include non-satellite, non-cable households.

We are, after all, talking in the context of DirecTV and DirecTV only.


And more specifically, DirecTV customers who subscribe to HD. Those who only subscribes to SD would not care whether the West Coast feed was in SD or HD. The real question is what percentage of DirecTV customers subscribe to HD but do not have a DVR. I believe that number is shrinking by the day.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:05 AM

[quote name='PCampbell']My sister is the only member of the family that does not have a DVR. She does have HD (not DirecTV; she is fios). I never understood that logic. She is not a huge TV watcher but she does like specific shows she watches almost every day.[/QUOTE]

I know people like that and they tell me its just that they do not want to pay for thr DVR fee.[/QUOTE]

She doesn't really care about that. She didn't think of it when she signed up and just hasn't made arrangements to get one.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:06 AM

I use the favorites list religiously. I have it named Big Sexy which was a little embarrassing when the tech showed up on a service call. :blush:


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

It would be interesting to see the % of new DirecTV customers that are signing up and getting DVRs, vs those choosing regular receivers.


Indeed it would! I bet Mr. White and top management know those figures well and get updated weekly or so. As well as new signups for SD vs. HD.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:26 AM

My favorites list is labeled Family HD.
I had one labeled Olympics for just those channels and I normally have one just for MLB during the season.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

A Leichtman Research Group study a few months ago showed 52% of pay tv customers have DVRs. I'd guess that those pay tv customers who also have HD would up that to better than 2-1 have a DVR.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

I know people like that and they tell me its just that they do not want to pay for thr DVR fee.

And I am one of them. I'd have it, if there was no fee. I'd like a Directivo and still may get one.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:30 PM

And I am one of them. I'd have it, if there was no fee. I'd like a Directivo and still may get one.

I know what you mean, I am cheap too. Now that I have a dvr, I am in the "what did I do without it" group.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

I know what you mean, I am cheap too. Now that I have a dvr, I am in the "what did I do without it" group.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

I know what you mean, I am cheap too. Now that I have a dvr, I am in the "what did I do without it" group.


My wife and I are the same way. It's getting so we hate to stay in hotels because we can't pause the programing. I look forward to the day when DVRs are a lot more common away from home.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Every once in a while when I am driving I reach to the radio thinking I can back it up a couple of seconds!

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Every once in a while when I am driving I reach to the radio thinking I can back it up a couple of seconds!


I tried to reach for the remote in a movie theater this weekend. Missed a line.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:04 PM

I tried to reach for the remote in a movie theater this weekend. Missed a line.


Hah! I do the same thing. Between trying to pause/rewind life and wondering about things in terms of Google query syntax.....

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

I'm still at a loss why there isn't a full time HD Fox Sports Ohio channel that carries the Reds, Blue Jackets, and Cavaliers.


I agree. Hoping that the SportsTime Ohio(Full time HD)/ FSNOhio merger will lead to something good. It really p*sses me off that I am stuck watching the Cavs when the Blue Jackets are on in the rest of the state. My neighbor gets FSNOhio & FSNCinci (U-Verse), so he`s not locked out.

Granted, both teams stink, but an option would be nice.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

I know what you mean, I am cheap too. Now that I have a dvr, I am in the "what did I do without it" group.


Exactly. One might as well go back to the pre-VCR days of the early 1980s, because without a DVR, television is almost too much hassle to keep up with. Life is busy, and it's simply too easy to get interrupted while watching something.

If I'm interested in a show, I'm going to watch the show. I bristle at the fee, but the utility is truly undeniable.

My wife and I are the same way. It's getting so we hate to stay in hotels because we can't pause the programing. I look forward to the day when DVRs are a lot more common away from home.


Yeah, a television in a hotel room is almost completely useless. Maybe catch the local forecast but otherwise, not much. I want my recordings!
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

If I'm interested in a show, I'm going to watch the show. I bristle at the fee, but the utility is truly undeniable.


If people just put a monetary value on their time, they would see the DVR cost is nothing. Just the ability to watch a show when I want to and in a shorter amount of time than it takes to watch it "live" saves the price in itself.

The problem is that no one sees their own time as having a monetary value.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:54 PM

I agree. Hoping that the SportsTime Ohio(Full time HD)/ FSNOhio merger will lead to something good. It really p*sses me off that I am stuck watching the Cavs when the Blue Jackets are on in the rest of the state. My neighbor gets FSNOhio & FSNCinci (U-Verse), so he`s not locked out.

Granted, both teams stink, but an option would be nice.


Considering there is exactly 1 MLB team, 1 NHL team, and 1 NBA team on Fox Sports Ohio it could work just like Fox Sports Detroit and the part-time (at least it's part-time on DIRECTV) Fox Sports Detroit Plus. When there are dueling games just put one on the overflow channel. I know the blackouts are different in Ohio than they are in Michigan (everyone in Michigan gets all 3 pro teams) but they could be applied just like they are now.




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