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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-13 Thread)


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#1426 OFFLINE   maartena

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:37 PM

I don't see why they couldn't have everything in HD by then once D14 and D15 get launched.


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#1427 OFFLINE   juniormaj

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:50 AM

Not that I expect OuterMax HD . . .

I received in today's mail a statement from DirecTV.

According to the "Inside DirecTV" mailer: During the weekend of Friday 03.29.2013 to Monday 04.01.2013, we will be given a "FREE Trial" of both HBO (ch. 501–"512") and Cinemax (ch. 515–523).


My guess is 512 is either a typo, or HBO Latino West?

#1428 OFFLINE   Richierich

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:06 AM

I don't see why they couldn't have everything in HD by then once D14 and D15 get launched.


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#1429 OFFLINE   WestDC

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:26 AM

Money is the Reason as Everything Has To Be Cost Justified as Directv is in Business to Make Money!!! :lol:


I thought that was evil :confused: According to OWS

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#1430 OFFLINE   Richierich

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

I thought that was evil :confused: According to OWS


Just what is OWS??? :confused:
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#1431 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

Just what is OWS??? :confused:


Something that would cause this thread to become Occupied on issues other than HD Anticipation... driving some of our users up the Wall, and deterring this thread down a one-way Street.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

Something that would cause this thread to become Occupied on issues other than HD Anticipation... driving some of our users up the Wall, and deterring this thread down a one-way Street.
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I get it!!!

However, if a Company doesn't make a Profit year after year it will not be around to service us when we need their Product or Services. :nono2:

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#1433 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

However, if a Company doesn't make a Profit year after year it will not be around to service us when we need their Product or Services. :nono2:


I have no doubt that monetary issues are a big hold-up when it comes to the addition of HD channels. I think most level-headed individuals can understand DirecTV's reasoning behind doing it a little at a time.

I think we should leave it at that and move on... as I don't believe this is a thread to discuss the definitions of "evil."

Hey Alan, you Updated Your Avatar!!! Cool Beans!!! :)


Yeah... I used the CW HD logo for a while, because the Christmas themed avatar was not exactly appropriate anymore, and I couldn't find the picture I was using prior to it.

Though I wish the reason for my avatar change was due to my anticipation being sated, I'm STILL waiting... :(

#1434 OFFLINE   Pepe Sylvia

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

Not that I expect OuterMax HD . . .

I received in today's mail a statement from DirecTV.

According to the "Inside DirecTV" mailer: During the weekend of Friday 03.29.2013 to Monday 04.01.2013, we will be given a "FREE Trial" of both HBO (ch. 501–"512") and Cinemax (ch. 515–523).


They could be fooling you.

#1435 OFFLINE   YUMA11

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

They could be fooling you.


Any good news?

#1436 OFFLINE   moob

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

Game of Thrones comes back on the 31st, so it'd make sense that they'd have a free preview.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

Game of Thrones comes back on the 31st, so it'd make sense that they'd have a free preview.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

Whether they all could be packed out to 6 HDs is a question only DirecTV can answer (and probably will not for competitive reasons).


There are indications in one of the engineering documents for a current-gen encoder system (which DirecTV may or may not be using that specific make/model, but held up as an example of what current gen encoders can do) that channel content mix per transponder can play a role as to suitability for 5 vs 6 HD per transponder (in other words, I'm agreeing with you).
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

I've never watched Fox Movie Channel but seeing some of the movies on the channel lately it seems like a channel I wouldn't mind seeing in HD. Are the movies they show uncut and unedited?
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:10 AM

I say give us everything in HD and make it ala cart so we can pay for what we want to watch and not pay for things we dont want.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:15 AM

I say give us everything in HD and make it ala cart so we can pay for what we want to watch and not pay for things we dont want.


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:47 AM

I've never watched Fox Movie Channel but seeing some of the movies on the channel lately it seems like a channel I wouldn't mind seeing in HD. Are the movies they show uncut and unedited?


Since January 1, 2012, Fox Movie Channel (which airs old 20th Century Fox movies uncut and without commercials) airs every day from 3:00 am Eastern/12:00 am Pacific to 3:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Pacific, with the FXM (FX Movie Channel) block (which telecasts newer movies (not just from the 20th Century Fox library, but also from the film libraries of Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, etc.) with some content editing and commercial breaks) airing during the other half of the channel's airtime.


Source: http://www.broadcast...h_FXM_Block.php

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:00 AM

I say give us everything in HD and make it ala cart so we can pay for what we want to watch and not pay for things we dont want.

That is not always any bargain. When we had C-Band you used to be able to buy it ala carte or by the package, by the time you picked out the services you wanted it was sometimes more costly than just picking a package that had the channels you wanted in it. The reason being you pay more for the individual ala carte channels than you do for the same channels already in a package.

The higher ala carte cost is because it takes less time and costs less for program providers to assign a setup package to a receiver, than to go through a list and assign them one at a time.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

Source: http://www.broadcast...h_FXM_Block.php


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

Source: http://www.broadcast...h_FXM_Block.php


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:55 PM

COOL!


What is cool about introducing commercials where there were none before?
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:20 PM

What is cool about introducing commercials where there were none before?


“We felt that that brand carried over nicely back to the original brand in articulating that this was going to be a contemporary movie block as opposed to a classic movie block,” says Chuck Saftler, executive vice president, FX Networks and general manager of Fox Movie Channel.

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“Part of this was, let’s commercialize it, let’s take some contemporary films, let’s bring in advertising to support the initiative, become Nielsen-rated and try to grow the network,” Saftler says.


"Let's commercialize it"? Go run News of the World, Mr. Saftler. And take your damned commercials with you.

One more commercial-filled, hopelessly-edited, trashy old movie channel. That's OK, just fewer channels to scroll through in my soon-to-be-edited guide. No need to waste valuable HD bandwidth on this mess.

Thank God for TCM and HDNET movies.

#1448 OFFLINE   maartena

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

I say give us everything in HD and make it ala cart so we can pay for what we want to watch and not pay for things we dont want.


Dreaming of Utopia, aren't we?
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#1449 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

What is cool about introducing commercials where there were none before?

Didn't you read the article? They are putting on newer movies some of them real blockbusters, not just the old 40 year old movies of the past.

If you own a DVR, there is no such thing as a commercial interruption anyway.

We want Fox Movie Channel in HD. No more games, no more excuses.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

If you own a DVR, there is no such thing as a commercial interruption anyway.

Yeah but they are editing for content and time which makes the FXM block of movies un-watchable in my opinion. :nono2: I'll stick with the premium HD networks or rent the Blu-ray before I will watch a movie butchered on the basic cable networks...

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