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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2/Q3-14 Thread)


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#51 OFFLINE   seern

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:21 AM

And your bill will be sky high. Who needs Cooking Channel?

Well some people who subscribe to DirecTV are not here for the sports and do like other channels like Food and Cooking. Also while we are talking about picture comparisons, how does Verizon Fios stack up to D* since its fiber?


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:13 AM

And your bill will be sky high. Who needs Cooking Channel?

The Cooking Channel has been on DirecTV since it replaced Fine Living Network on May 31, 2010.  The point of my post was that ads for the channel were in HD on other channels long before Cooking Channel was offered in HD on DirecTV.  DirecTV has had Cooking Channel in HD since January 31, 2013.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:51 PM

We're kind playing the sports waiting game ourselves.  We're due to move in mid-July, and unless DirecTV has at least signed Pac12, SEC and Longhorn by then, it's hello Charlie Ergen and bye bye Direct.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:19 PM

We're kind playing the sports waiting game ourselves.  We're due to move in mid-July, and unless DirecTV has at least signed Pac12, SEC and Longhorn by then, it's hello Charlie Ergen and bye bye Direct.

You'll be switching - P12 isn't coming.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:23 PM

I just don't think Directv have limited bandwidth for HD channel's, That's been argued before, because they been adding a few although unnecessary HD channel's, Either there preparing for something, or price is a factor,
Hey commercial ad space cost money as also future D14 satellite in 4 Qt 2014.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 08:29 PM

I just don't think Directv have limited bandwidth for HD channel's, That's been argued before, because they been adding a few although unnecessary HD channel's, Either there preparing for something, or price is a factor,
Hey commercial ad space cost money as also future D14 satellite in 4 Qt 2014.

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Directv has been able to add a limited number of HD channels by switching to new encoders which can handle 6 HD channels per transponder instead of 5.  If they haven't used all of these, they must be very close by now.  They are also maxed out on the MPEG2 SD channels on 101.  The only ways to add more channels (without downgrading picture quality) would be to convert these MPEG2 transponders to MPEG4, which would require switching out receivers for all SD-only customers at considerable cost.  This will probably happen at some time but not until many more of those customers have upgraded to HD, reducing the cost to Directv.  Hopefully, in less than a year D14 will be online and this issue will no longer exist.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:14 PM

directv also does a better job with overflows and alt feeds no channel hunting (even better with the new XXX-X numbering) and more HD then cable systems.


I want CLTV / CLTV HD on direct tv.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:01 PM

Love to see Sundance HD


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 06:34 AM

thank you !!!!  Goltv has more than just the German league, it was in hd for years. I know Bein sports has pretty much taken all there main programing but if u remember the French n Italian league was on fox soccer before bein sports bought the rights . I also know there are channels that others enjoy that I have no interest in but when u speak to a customers service rep at Directv and the most requested new channels are the Blazetv, Pac 12  and Epic movie channels. I think its time for them to listen to there customers. The only reason I can think of is that Fox sports will start carrying the German league n MLS IN 2015. That's way they wont add Goltv in Hd. I enjoy the debate please commit and tell me what u think.

 

It has something to do with the addition of BeIN Sports. I remember they dropped GolTVHD right before BeIN Sports came in. Maybe it was just a business decision made by DTV, GolTV was not price wise and/or content worth to keep in HD or BeIN forced DTV to drop GolTVHD when signed, we never know.


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 06:54 AM

I can tell you from a former charter subscriber that they don't have a better picture quality than directv. I can also tell you that my parents have bright house and the HD quality is horrible. Pixelation like you wouldn't believe.

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i also have bhn beside dtv. while their pq isn't nearly as good as dtv, it certainly isn't the worse i have seen. and this is on a 64 inch sammy plasma.



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 01:16 PM

You'll be switching - P12 isn't coming.

 Yea, I was afraid of that.  If I get the other two then it's a consideration to stay, depending on the money and if I get any hassle about my second dish for my no-longer-subscribed internationals.  But this company, while it's managed to keep picture quality up, is really falling behind on programming.



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 04:10 PM

Does anyone know how many individual channels can be added in HD by DirecTV?

 

(Current status. And this is before the successful launch of D14. Whenever that will happen.)



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 04:32 PM

There's no real solid number. There are some transponders that didn't get bumped to 6 channels instead of 5 yet, however since the transponder maps don't show part time feeds, it could be a case of part time feeds not picked up unless the grab is done while they're live as well as some channels that can't be compressed more than they already are like channels with a lot of fast motion video. Some of it could also be reserved for things they knew about well in advanced that will launch before D14 goes live like, barring an impass, SEC and Longhorn when the deal with ESPN is renewed later this year.

Some HD PPV Movie channels can be replaced for special cases (i.e. WeatherNation as a result of the TWC dispute, the potential addition of missing RSNs or other things) Other HD PPV Movie channels are just ways of monetizing the part time feeds when not in use for for things like Sunday Ticket and extremely busy nights like the last day of the NBA's regular season where even the SD informercial channels go off the air for the night so the feeds can be offered to both SD and HD subscribers, while other HD PPV Movie channels are permanent because VOD requires an internet connected HRx so it's the only way DirecTV can provide the same day as DVD/Bluray movie premieres to all of their subscribers like digital cable does with VOD.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:28 PM

We're kind playing the sports waiting game ourselves.  We're due to move in mid-July, and unless DirecTV has at least signed Pac12, SEC and Longhorn by then, it's hello Charlie Ergen and bye bye Direct.

Someone at DTV management/marketing must have thought about this.  Why not offer a  full "Sportsman" or to be pc, a "Sportsperson" package.  This package primary intent is to provide programming far and above the current "sports pack."  Included for $???? a month a subscriber would get all current sports channels including SEC-TV, BTN, PAC12, LongHorn, MLB, NBA, NFL, ESPN, FOX Sports, Tennis, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Golf, Soccer, etc... (ST, EI or such would not be included)   A package like this would also include a few prime networks, TBS, TNT, TruTV All Locals and maybe a few news and weather channels.

 

It would allow for those who want more sports to pay and have their appetite satisfied and those who don't want such programming to avoid paying for unwanted content.



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:35 PM

Someone at DTV management/marketing must have thought about this.  Why not offer a  full "Sportsman" or to be pc, a "Sportsperson" package.  This package primary intent is to provide programming far and above the current "sports pack."  Included for $???? a month a subscriber would get all current sports channels including SEC-TV, BTN, PAC12, LongHorn, MLB, NBA, NFL, ESPN, FOX Sports, Tennis, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Golf, Soccer, etc... (ST, EI or such would not be included)   A package like this would also include a few prime networks, TBS, TNT, TruTV All Locals and maybe a few news and weather channels.

 

It would allow for those who want more sports to pay and have their appetite satisfied and those who don't want such programming to avoid paying for unwanted content.

the rights owners may not let them do that.


I want CLTV / CLTV HD on direct tv.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:39 PM

Don't know, but adding another programming package seems like it would be a DTV call.



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:49 PM

Don't know, but adding another programming package seems like it would be a DTV call.


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:50 PM

Don't know, but adding another programming package seems like it would be a DTV call.


If the content providers do not provide the content there is nothing for DTV to sell.

Powerhouses like ESPN will say "put us in all of your packages or you don't get to carry our content at all". And they will do that for all of their channels ... with required tiers for each channel. If DirecTV does not place the channels in the demanded tiers then ESPN doesn't allow any DirecTV customer to see the channel. ESPN is big enough to make such demands stick.

If you can convince the content providers to accept less than nearly all of DirecTV's subscribers without having them pull their channels completely or put the rates high enough that it would be cheaper to pay for all 20 million then your idea might fly. But in the real world the content providers have a lot of leverage.
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:53 PM

If the content providers do not provide the content there is nothing for DTV to sell.

Powerhouses like ESPN will say "put us in all of your packages or you don't get to carry our content at all". And they will do that for all of their channels ... with required tiers for each channel. If DirecTV does not place the channels in the demanded tiers then ESPN doesn't allow any DirecTV customer to see the channel. ESPN is big enough to make such demands stick.

If you can convince the content providers to accept less than nearly all of DirecTV's subscribers without having them pull their channels completely or put the rates high enough that it would be cheaper to pay for all 20 million then your idea might fly. But in the real world the content providers have a lot of leverage.

I guess the Weather Channel is excluded from this list.  :sure:



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:58 PM

It's not, it's a complicated mess of multiple contracts on all ends. (i.e. some networks promise the leagues a certain ammount of homes, they charge the advertisers the rates they do because they're in that many homes, etc) That why Fox Sports caved in about a week before launch since without DirecTV, Dish, Time Warner and several other providers they wouldn't reach that quota, so they let the providers who didn't make a new deal with them have Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 under the same terms as their existing contracts for Speed and FUEL TV.

Another example is Cablevision when they joined the NCTC, a coop meant to negotiate contracts on behalf of smaller cable providers who don't have the clout of a subscriber base in the millions to use in negotiations. At the time Tennis Channel was moving away from a sports pack to base packages in all their new deals, but Cablevision, who didn't have any deal with Tennis Channel, saw that the current NCTC deal allowed for a sports pack placement. But as soon as the NCTC renewed their deal with the Tennis Channel and it called for base package placement, instead of honoring the new deal with the NCTC, Cablevision dropped the channel entirely.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 06:03 PM

I guess the Weather Channel is excluded from this list.  :sure:


The Weather Channel is not a powerhouse. :D
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:04 PM

PLEASE CAN WE GET THE BLAZE ON DIRECTV ???????????????????  IF ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING PLEASE WRITE BACK, ALSO LA DODGERS AND PAC 12 AND EPIC MOVIE CHANNEL. SO WE CAN WATCH STAR TREK 2, HUNGER GAMES 2 AND OTHER. WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 08:19 AM

The new sat should be operational early next year. The Dodgers and Pac 12 are a dispute over price for the Dodgers and carriage (how many channels) for the Pac 12.


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 11:15 AM

PLEASE CAN WE GET THE BLAZE ON DIRECTV ???????????????????  IF ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING PLEASE WRITE BACK, ALSO LA DODGERS AND PAC 12 AND EPIC MOVIE CHANNEL. SO WE CAN WATCH STAR TREK 2, HUNGER GAMES 2 AND OTHER. WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:01 PM

I think I can live without the blaze


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