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10 channels that Direct could replace and no one would care!?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by thelucky1, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    well some of that SD bandwidth will be needed for the missing RSN's
  2. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    D12 has 34 empty slots.
  3. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Dropping the west coast feeds might not make HBO all that happy. The addition of HD VOD may be a sign of improved relations, but the removal of the west coast feeds could then be a setback. I don't think I would get much out of the additional HBO's, but it would be nice to get more bang for our buck with that package.
  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Well Diretcv needs to keep at least tow spots vacant for the the two new RSNs that will be up and running in 18 months or so....
  5. ProgPic

    ProgPic Legend

    Sep 13, 2009
    Current (18,000 households) It was an interesting concept when it first came out, but it seems like every time I check it these days they are showing movies. What's with that? I hate to say it, but this one can go.

    DIY (80,000 households) Decent channel. Wife has it on here QuickTune. Should be in HD though.

    ESPN Classic (19,000 households) It's time to pull the plug on this one and start broadcasting ESPN3 instead.

    Fox Soccer Channel (33,000 households) I'm a soccer fanatic who switched to Directv about 2 years ago because Dish pulled GolTV. I'd do the same again if this were pulled but unfortunately my only other option would be Comcast and only receiving both in SD. Don't underestimate the loyalty of soccer fans!

    GAC (49,000 households) Never watched.

    Logo (39,000 households) Reruns of Buffy and Reno 911 keep me coming back to this channel occasionally.

    Outdoor (46,000 households) Seems like it's mostly hunting shows, unless I'm getting it confused with similar channels on the dial. I'm an avid fisherman and occasionally tune into fishing shows, but never in SD so I wouldn't miss this one.

    RFD-TV (56,000 households) Never watched.

    Sleuth (81,000 households) Some decent programming but would never consider watching in SD.

    VH1 Classic (31,000 households) It's ironic how the only music channel that actually features music is rated so low. Needs to be in HD and that huge, annoying bug needs to go.
  6. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Mrs Fluffybear and I tend to watch both Sleuth and DIY occasionally so yes, we would care if they were removed. As for the other 8, see ya!
  7. SteveHas

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007

    I'm with ya here for sure!
  8. SteveHas

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007

    Where is my heterosexual channel!
    I want a channel dedicated to guy stuff....

    oh, wait
    I forgot about Spike
  9. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    So in your model, people who have these channels pay the same they are now or more for less programming? They'll never drop the East/West Coast feed. If anything, they'll add more.
  10. jdh8668

    jdh8668 Legend

    Nov 7, 2007
    As a music fan, I would keep VH1 classic. I currently don't have it because of my grandfathered old package. Not only would I lose my old package, but would be paying alot more as well....just for that channel. I watch it when we have the freebee weekends twice a year.
  11. photostudent

    photostudent Godfather

    Nov 8, 2007
    At the proverbial 2.2 people per household that is about a million viewers for niche channels. I don't think D would turn their back on that many subscribers. Some of the "artsy" channels listed are considered to appeal to more affluent viewers that advertisers like. Anyway just talk of reducing channels is a bit depressing. I have Roku which has added about two hundred channels in the last year. Almost all of those are REALLY niche though.
  12. ffemtreed

    ffemtreed Icon

    Jan 30, 2008
    DIY is the only SD channel I still watch. if they dropped it completly i would be gone to someone who did offer it within a week!
  13. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    The wife would probably kill if they dropped Bravo, but the others are fine. I'm not even sure what some of those channels are. I don't even have some of those on my favorites list. What the heck is Logo?
  14. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Never watch any of those channels and they're not even in my guide.
  15. PhilipDC

    PhilipDC AllStar

    Aug 16, 2006
    Current's numbers figure to go up once Olbermann starts there. Even if only a fraction of his MSNBC's audience watches him on Current, it will dramatically increase their viewership during his hour.
  16. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    The whole survey is suspect at best. First, it's based strictly on estimates, and second, it's about bloody CABLE, and guesses as to viewers' habits on that delivery system.

    Everyone knows that satellite subcribers are way more sophisticated :D * than cable types, so the numbers will be different than this "survey" shows.

    Presumably both sat. companies have actual figures as to viewer's habits. [Can anyone confirm or deny that?]

    * With an exception or two.....
  17. sangu72

    sangu72 AllStar

    Jul 26, 2006
    I don't think you should only look at the numbers. A while ago there was a very interesting article on the Times about the Tennis channel. Although this channel had a very limited audience, it was extremely profitable because it was watched by a individuals whose average income was higher. These are the kind of customers that buy pricier packages (and the ones who advertisers love).
    Second, as someone else mentioned, niche sports is a great way to entice new subscribers. I, like many others, am a DTV subscriber only because they have GolTV (I used to be with Dish). The day they drop it, they will lose many of those customers.
    And last, I enjoy having a diverse offering. Although, I don't watch most of the channels you mentioned, I'm not to spoil the fun of those ones who enjoy them. Providers have to be very careful not to alienate some of their customers.
    It'll be interesting to see how things develop with Internet offering more content directly to customers. Who knows, we might see a la carte programming one of these days...
  18. micky76ag

    micky76ag AllStar

    Feb 18, 2007
    GAC plays almost continuous music videos – I’d guess quite a bit more actual music than VH1 classic and by far more than MTV, VH1 or CMT.
  19. jameskelly

    jameskelly Mentor

    Feb 16, 2008
    You are correct. I would love to see TVLand in HD though.
  20. WebTraveler

    WebTraveler Icon

    Apr 9, 2006
    This logic only goes so far. Tennis is probably dirt cheap and therefore, it is offered because there is bandwidth available.

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