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#21 OFFLINE   Volatility

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:36 PM

I had an argument with a geneticist about this. I choose (I can offer no proof, just an opinion) to believe that dogs can see in color. She chose to sit on the rods and cones theory.

A few months, perhaps a year, ago, I read an article (might have been in National Geographic magazine) that stated that herbivores see in color, which was not known until recently. I called her up and she had read the same article. Refused to believe it. Recently read that bats can distinguish colors. Why not dogs? I've also known "racist" dogs. How do they discriminate without seeing colors (I'm speaking about black folks and white folks, I've known dogs that go both ways)?

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Yes dogs can see in color, but their perception of color is not the same as humans. And, they can see various shades of blue as well as differentiate between closely related shades of gray that the human eye can not distinquish. However for the sake of my joke I went with the common misconception lol.

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#22 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

Really?

I am as big of a dog person as anyone (I have 6...down from 7) and I think this is ridiculous.

The dogs I own that are inclined to watch TV already do. My Chihuahua 'Buddy' very actively watches. He perks up and notices if I pause, rewind or FF. He also continues to be mystified by the screen saver. The others not so much.

I even leave the Family Room TV on when I go to work just to make the room seem a little more lived in. It keeps them happier and they are less destructive. They seem to act up more when left in dead silence. Primarily chewing and peeing. The 58" Panny with 5.1 Dolby Digital helps.

They are confined to the Family Room but it is about 15x30 with a sectional, a chaise, a regular sofa and a doggie door out to the fenced in back yard with a pool. Not bad confinement. They are definitely spoiled.

But even I don't buy the idea that they are that interested in the actual program content itself. I think this is silly.

I think the idea that it costs $5.99 per subscriber to produce this programming is a little disingenuous too. I bet you could get Matt Galant to say "who's a good doggie?" for 20 minutes and put it on a repeating loop for little more than minimum wage.


The $6 a month isn't actually DirecTV's idea, that's the model for DogTV. It starts at $6 a month. On Roku, it's $10.

And while the channel will be SD, it will require an HD set. They can't watch a 60hz TV, the refresh rate is too low.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

Whether it's DirecTV or DogTV setting the price point, my reaction is the same thing I say to my dogs many times a day.

"Get down!"

Of course it's a moot point since I wouldn't even buy it for a dollar. This is a ridiculous concept.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

It's not the channel I was barking for.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:02 PM

He'll ignore the O'Reilly Factor (sorry Bill) but really perk up for a race.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:28 PM

They are barking up the wrong tree if they think I'd be interested in that dog crap.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:56 AM

Hardly a new idea. I could list several channels that went to the dogs long ago.

But seriously, I hope we get a free preview. I actually might subscribe for my pooches.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

That's why my father taught me never to confuse academic achievement with intelligence. ;)


Something I had to learn the hard way.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:44 AM

Whether it's DirecTV or DogTV setting the price point, my reaction is the same thing I say to my dogs many times a day.

"Get down!"

Of course it's a moot point since I wouldn't even buy it for a dollar. This is a ridiculous concept.


I agree with everything you've said. I record the Westminster dog show each year and let my Westie watch it. He lays on the couch totally immersed in the show.

He's not thrilled with wolves and doesn't like dinosaurs at all. He even gets upset when people fight. Westies aren't listed as the smartest dogs, but they have to be pretty close to the top of the list.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:58 AM

http://www.inquisitr...family-members/

At 5.99 per month....now I've seen it all....


I love dogs, but if Dish had DogTV I wouldn't get it. My bill is high enough. In September I'll dump STARZ when the half price deal with HBO-STARZ is over.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:29 PM

Kinda takes the term "niche programming" to another level.
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:40 PM

Dogs are a large market. Now, programming geared to ferrets, that is truly niche.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

My dog definitely watches TV. She even responds to it. If a character has her name, she perks up every time someone says it. She is terrified of real thunderstorms - and those on on TV, too. She loves the Puppy Bowl and soccer. As spoiled as she is otherwise, she can watch the Puppy Bowl and soccer. My bill is high enough!

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:49 AM

When there's a doorbell ringing on the TV, my Burmese gets up goes to the front door and barks like crazy! We always has to say "it's just on TV!!" That calms her down.

She was looking at the TV one time I had Nat Geo Wild on, but usually she doesn't seem to be watching it.

Dog TV needs a good long free trial to get people to see if their dog really even responds. It needs to be free for at least a week or two... No short weekend trial.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:44 AM

When there's a doorbell ringing on the TV, my Burmese gets up goes to the front door and barks like crazy! We always has to say "it's just on TV!!" That calms her down.

She was looking at the TV one time I had Nat Geo Wild on, but usually she doesn't seem to be watching it.

Dog TV needs a good long free trial to get people to see if their dog really even responds. It needs to be free for at least a week or two... No short weekend trial.


Agreed. I had two Westies, one of them had to be put down a couple years ago. The one I have now has a keen interest in TV, the other one wasn't interested at all.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:37 PM

If our Beagle can get off her lazy butt and get a job and pay for it then she can have the channel... otherwise forget it, she will just have to settle for laying in the recliner watching human shows.
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:57 AM

This may turn out like what happened with BabyFirst TV...they have it as an add-on for awhile, then next rate increase they will include with either HD or Premier as a freebie.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:17 AM

If I had to watch programming from one of them, I'd choose DogTV over BabyTV any day. Programming is likely more interesting and less annoying (though only based on bits I've seen from NBC's Saturday morning offerings.






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