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#26 OFFLINE   joshadam84

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:08 PM

You can find the cut and paste source from the blaze folks here:
http://www.getthebla...om/take-action/

It's kind of amusing yet sad reading some of the comments on the Directv FB page!

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#27 OFFLINE   mrro82

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:47 PM

The Stream is pretty darn good. I really like how no one is trying to talk over each other. Like they're listening to each other rather than trying to get their point across no matter what. Promising start. HD will make it even better.

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#28 OFFLINE   larryharry59

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:50 PM

Out of curiosity how does the international Aljazeera channels abroad paint issues like same sex marriage? I know it has a rep for not slanting to either political side but knowing its owned by the monarchy of a Sharia law country there has to be some type of preference in those type of social issues. Just asking because I was reading that they want this channel to target young generations more or less and younger generations are more progressive on issues like that.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:03 PM

OK,  I am all for more sources of information and have no issues with AJ being added to DirecTV. If they can provide another voice then all the better.

 

I tuned it in for about 5 minutes today and happened to catch their domestic (US) news and the first thing I heard was the same crap I see on MSNBC. A political opinion supported by a discredited study reported as fact to set the tone of a report on a current news item that could have been reported without the biased intro.  Hopefully, their International news is more balanced and factual.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:26 PM

OK, I am all for more sources of information and have no issues with AJ being added to DirecTV. If they can provide another voice then all the better.

I tuned it in for about 5 minutes today and happened to catch their domestic (US) news and the first thing I heard was the same crap I see on MSNBC. A political opinion supported by a discredited study reported as fact to set the tone of a report on a current news item that could have been reported without the biased intro. Hopefully, their International news is more balanced and factual.


What was the opinion? Your example was vague at best.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:58 PM

It boggles the mind that this topic is even being discussed.  :shrug:


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:20 AM

The channel needs to be HD.  SD is sucky sucky..



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:46 AM

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:40 AM

I guess we will see how Anti American the channel is... I personally think it got a bad rap just because Bin Douche choose to give his tapes to them. They claim they are going to take the BBC approach... I guess we will see.

 

Interesting article on all Cable news networks... http://news.yahoo.co...-072000487.html

 

Al Jazeera English is not anti American in any way. Al Jazeera America sounds like it will be just like the rest of the American news sources.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:45 AM

DirecTV's Facebook page is self imploding from people hating this channel. Post not about the network are inundated with people wanting The Blaze instead of this "terrorists" news channel. If they only took 5 minutes to actually watch it...

 

I took a look :)  I was soon thinking, well I'd wish you'd all bugger off to Dish then :)  though it doesnae appear to be cut and paste jobs, "someones" been feeding stories of ALJE being a "terrorist" network and DTV preferring to broadcast anti-American channels instead of good-old patriotic channels

 

Plus the one or two clearly uninformed wondering why D have replaced Current with ALJ

 

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:41 AM

This could be the go to news channel, but as it has been noted it needs to be in HD. You can tell that a lot of time and effort has been put into the sets, graphics and sweeping camera work. That effort is somewhat wasted in its current format. As a news junkie, I've already watched about 8 hours of coverage yesterday and today. To the point, straight forward news without hyperbole or a single Kardashian mention. Not one!

 

And very best thing? Zero cheesy teasers followed by commercials and 20 minutes of fluff until you get that news tidbit you were promised. 



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:54 AM

Well, that was what was promised ever since the announcement that Current had been sold to AJ.  The point about the sets is well taken, as it's obvious they are set up for HD, it's just a matter of getting DirecTV on board with that.  As one who doesn't watch a lot of SD on DirecTV, this channel certainly shows how badly SD is now being treated by the compression process.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:04 AM

Well, that was what was promised ever since the announcement that Current had been sold to AJ.  The point about the sets is well taken, as it's obvious they are set up for HD, it's just a matter of getting DirecTV on board with that.  As one who doesn't watch a lot of SD on DirecTV, this channel certainly shows how badly SD is now being treated by the compression process.

 

Would like to tune in to check it out, but PQ is terrible. Hopefully an upgrade to HD soon.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:12 AM

So DirecTV gives us Aljazeera America but won't provide BBC World News or Sky News.

 

It's pretty sad.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:05 AM

DirecTV didn't "give" us anything, Al Jazeera purchased Current and used it to launch Al Jazeera America, instead of running away like Time Warner or backing out at the last minute like U-Verse, they honored the existing contract.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:10 AM

Wait...no Lindsey Lohan news?
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:20 AM

So DirecTV gives us Aljazeera America but won't provide BBC World News or Sky News.

 

It's pretty sad.

 

From my understanding, its not that D* doesn't want to give us theses, but some other blocker. 

 

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http://www.dbstalk.c...news/?p=2421909


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:21 AM

Been watching AJA for many hours now since yesterday;

 

Seems pretty tame stuff so far, with just straight international news reporting largely devoid of editorial commentary.

 

No real discernible anti-american bias I can detect, at least early on here.

 

But I agree, the soft and blurriness of DIRECTV's SD PQ just isn't going to cut it. Really need the HD feed ASAP.     


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:05 PM

I watched a bit. I was actually surprised that the PQ wasn't worse than it is. (It actually looked blurrier on Fios, which is very odd for SD.)

 

Still, it is SD and it is not great SD at that. But far better than I had hoped. (Especially given that I am not impressed with the Bein HD at all.)


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:09 PM

It would be nice if they add this to a Spanish package Mas Ultra, I'm tired of watching CNN,HLN and MSNBC I want to watch unbiased news and no gossips, It was nice when I used to stream to AJE on my ipad.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:18 PM

So DirecTV gives us Aljazeera America but won't provide BBC World News or Sky News.

 

It's pretty sad.

 

I don't think Sky is available in this hemisphere, at least I haven't seen it on any US or Canadian DBS service.  But as for BBC World, that CONTINUES to be inexcusable.

 

And on the content front, it was an excellent first day for AJA.  Good, solid, reporting, no celebrity crap at all....just what they promised.  If you take MSNBC and combine it with Fox and stir in a bit of HLN, you get everything AJA is NOT.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:35 PM

You can find the cut and paste source from the blaze folks here:
http://www.getthebla...om/take-action/

It's kind of amusing yet sad reading some of the comments on the Directv FB page!

 

There seems to be a lot of anti-Blaze bias in this thread in spite of the fact that this forum is supposed to be non political.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:56 PM

There seems to be a lot of anti-Blaze bias in this thread in spite of the fact that this forum is supposed to be non political.


It does seem interesting that The Blaze is the source for attacks on the Al Jazeera America channel. That being said, their suggested attack seems to be focused on "carry us too" not "remove the channel". The Blaze wants people to petition DISH as well, to get their channel moved to AT200 instead of AT250 (another few million subscribers).

I don't believe it is anti-Blaze bias to point out the source of the anti-Al Jazeera America comments being used to petition DirecTV. But it should be noted that now it has been pointed out the thread can move on to discussing the actual channel.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:08 PM

I watched a bit. I was actually surprised that the PQ wasn't worse than it is. (It actually looked blurrier on Fios, which is very odd for SD.)

 

Still, it is SD and it is not great SD at that. But far better than I had hoped. (Especially given that I am not impressed with the Bein HD at all.)

As far as I know, Al Jazeera has never been HD.  Their streaming feeds were all very blurry SD,  The DirecTv and Xfinity feeds are actually MUCH better than even their AJ English satellite distribution channel was.   Agreed tho, to succeed, they need to be HD.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:09 AM

There seems to be a lot of anti-Blaze bias in this thread in spite of the fact that this forum is supposed to be non political.


No. Just talking about the tactics being used by the Blaze fans. It has been obnoxious. You can't go to any topic on the directv Facebook page and not get repetitive posts by the same people polluting the conversation.
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