2 New HD Channels today.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Curtis0620, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. petergaryr

    petergaryr Passed away April 24, 2010

    Nov 22, 2006
    PPV for me is the ultimate in convenience. Order an HD movie from home. Watch it. If it is really good, wait for the BD and buy it.

    Cheaper than driving to the local cineplex and putting up with less than ideal PQ and AQ compared to what I have at home.

    No big deal about the viewing window. I only order when I'm ready to watch it (always DVR it first of course).

    Since I do have a DVR, it seems silly to be showing the same movie on so many channels at once, but I suppose I"d feel differently if my only choice was to watch it "live".

    What I would like, especially given all the channels, are more title choices.
  2. karlhenri

    karlhenri Legend

    Sep 25, 2007

    Can't understand why people bash having more choices. You only pay for a PPV channel when you use it!
    Movie theaters, rentals, Netflix, PPV, On-Demand Premium Channels are all options to help us satisfy our love of movies. I think a lot of you are like me. Some movies you MUST see in a good theater (like Dark Knight on IMAX). Others, can wait for DVD and others can wait for HBO.

    Why bash DirectV for giving us options? Would you prefer that they leave the bandwidth unused until they have channels they can offer?

    Nothing beats a good choice on HD PPV on a Saturday night when its like 10PM and we don't have anything else to watch. I won't do it every weekend, but 4-5 times a year? Sure.
  3. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Take a look at the HD PPV's channels at noon central on Sunday. Notice how channels 147, 148, 163, 164, 165, 180, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192 and 194 (12 channels) all say "Upcoming" for some movie later in the day? That bandwidth is needed by NFL Sunday Ticket SuperFan HD channels. Yea, DirecTV could have not added those 12 HD PPVs and let the bandwidth just sit there unused the reset of the week but they decided to put up some HD PPV channels in case someone wants to buy one of them (and D* makes a couple extra $'s).

    Would I prefer more full time national channels, yes, but D* needs the bandwidth for their sports subscription packages at this time. Hopefully we don't need to wait until D12 launches to get more.
  4. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    spinning wheels here but the problem is that channels like vh-1 & mtv are using hd channel bandwidth even though they dont show hd programs....while other channels that do show hd like travel & other hbos are just sittin there only in sd.
  5. je4755

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    I already must subscribe to Comcast for local HD channels (124th DMA) with no prospect for receiving them from DirecTV. I have no intention of switching fully but, if required to add Dish to view compelling HD programming such as the Travel Channel, I materially would reduce my substantial expenditures on DirecTV. I find it hard to believe DirecTV would launch D11 and fail to add (what I presume to be heavily-demanded) networks such as Travel Channel and FNC. Consequently, I'll "keep my powder dry" for the next few months and see if DirecTV -- the self-styled HD leader -- in fact embraces a more comprehensive approach to national HD channels.
  6. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    I'm 154th on the DMA list. I'm really thankful for the OTA tuners in my HR20.
  7. studdad

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    Aug 11, 2008
    lol, should hit the magical 150 number soon :rolleyes:
  8. KAL

    KAL Godfather

    Aug 31, 2008

    Sam Adams = quality
  9. studdad

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    Aug 11, 2008
    I think the "anger" is not necessarily pointed at PPV per say, it is more at D* claiming to be the leader in HD, and making that claim by simply adding PPV channels. In my book "that dog don't hunt".

    If I were to compare who has the biggest HD line-up, I would compare National channels, my locals, and any full time RSN's that "I" get, not someone else. Part time RSNs, RSN's I don't get, and other packages I don't get, don't come into play.

    We can argue about HBO, Showtime, etc., but an RSN I don't get or is part-time, should not be counted, nor should PPV channels. Hell, if that is the case, then Dish could do ALL PPV CHANNELS ONLY, put up 200 PPVHD Channels, and call themselves the leader. Does that make sense?

    Basically most of us are disappointed because with D11 we were promised all these upcoming national channels, and what we get is more PPV channels, and D* claiming to be the leader in HD with 134 HD channels,,,,complete hogwash.
  10. karlhenri

    karlhenri Legend

    Sep 25, 2007

    So what's my effective count? Directv vs. Dish vs. FIOs? Sorry cable, but you are out.
    HD Channels I can get in my area with their premier like package, all the HD you can get, but no Sunday Ticket, MLB extra innings etc. :

    Note that I am not comparing cost, tehcnology, or toher value. Just channels

    DirecTV (Premier package; No RSNs except the ones you get; no PPV)
    74-80 (depends on how many HD locals you get)

    Dish (Hardest thing to figure out: America's Everything + Turbo HD Platinum + Turbo Locals; No RSNs except the ones you get; no PPV)

    Fios (Channel lineup my my zip code and the count - No need to filter out RSNs
    Holy Cow! 42 Premium HD movie channels with 14 HBO and 12 Cinemax is they go on top.

    My opinion:

    Directv edges Dish on the HD channel front, but can't touch FIOS on the movies side.

    So really, Sports in HD is where Directv is focusing.

    This is the first time I am doing the package comparison myself, but I just realized that since I care more about movies than Sports I may have to monitor what Directv is doing in the near future to be the real HD leader.

    I love Sports, but I would probably never do Sunday Ticket. Not because I don't love Football but because it's all about your Sunday. I jsut can't spend the whole Sunday in front of the TV. Extra Innings or NBA I could do, because it's spread out over the week. I don't really watch Hockey anymore and

    In the end I think the HBO/Cinemax package will do it for me. My wife loves Cinemax. If only she knew what I now know.

    I give DirecTV 6 months (that's fair, dont you think?) or I go to FIOS since I already have their internet.

    So talk to me. Give me some perspective...
  11. djwww98

    djwww98 Godfather

    Jan 11, 2006
    Now this is something that is beyond my comprehension... spending money to buy a movie that you have already seen. To each his own, and I mean no disrespect, and I understand everyone has their own way of living their life, etc. etc. Seems like some people get a little riled up when someone comments on their opinion and takes it personnaly, so don't flame me. I'm just sayin', I don't get that at all.
  12. Azdeadwood

    Azdeadwood Legend

    Aug 18, 2007
    You make a great point. I have the premium service so I can get more sports and my wife can get more movies. However, I really only get about 3 or 4 extra games each Saturday during football season since all of the RSN's show the same games plus I noticed this week that I got "black out" notices for 2 college games I wanted to watch.

    I don't know much anything FIOS but it I'm going to find out. 3 months seems to be my time frame. I'm fortunate that it isn't about the money, it is the programing that will drive my decision.
  13. Azdeadwood

    Azdeadwood Legend

    Aug 18, 2007
    Well stated! My sentiments exactly!
  14. ActiveHDdave

    ActiveHDdave Godfather

    Sep 15, 2007
    To hack with buying it. I just rent it from red box. (1 dollar rentals). and burn it with DVD X-Copy.:lol:
  15. karlhenri

    karlhenri Legend

    Sep 25, 2007
    I used to burn a lot. But I have slowed down a lot. 4 for $20 pre-viewed at Blockbuster can patch a lot of my gaps. Other movies, I would want in HD, others, I know I will never watch again, so why burn.
  16. Piratefan98

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    Mar 11, 2008
    "If I were to compare who has the biggest HD line-up, I would compare National channels, my locals, and any full time RSN's that "I" get, not someone else. Part time RSNs, RSN's I don't get, and other packages I don't get, don't come into play"


    + infinity

    What good are full-time HD RSN's when 95% of their HD programming (MLB, NHL, NBA) is blacked out outside their region. Counting the whole pile of them as national hd channels is silly.

    I agree totally with the poster above .... national hd's + MY local hd's, + the RSN's that I can actually watch in HD = my satisfaction level. So far, D11 has delivered next to nothing in that regard.

  17. aa9vi

    aa9vi Godfather

    Sep 3, 2007
    I, too, switched over to Netflix. Aren't SD movies like $3.99 ea? I can get 2 Netflixes for $4.99. ... and the $9.99/mo unlimited lets me get about 4 or 5..sometimes 6 if I'm real quick watching them. So, how come D* doesn't see that their PPV purchases are down because their rates are uncompetitive and adjust prices accordingly?

    And as far as I know... HD blueray netflixes aren't any more than SD releases. Doesn't D* charge extra for HD PPV's?
  18. studdad

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    Aug 11, 2008
    Unfortunately, Fios is not in my area. If it was, I would be all over it.

    I also love sports, especially Football, but have the same attitude about Sunday. I spend 3 hours watching my Seahawks, then maybe some highlights, but that is about it, unless it is really ugly outside and/or we can't find anything else we want to do (my wife loves football too, so that is not the issue). I also watch some College Ball on Saturday, but again, I try not to be a complete couch potato during the day.

    We watch more tv at night, especially movies. So, Fios would be great for us, and from what I hear, they have the best PQ. Plus, for some reason, Directv doesn't even carry alot of the Premium (HBO, etc.) channels that are available. So, in short, if Fios were available to me now, I would make the switch in a hearbeat. But since I live in Spokane, WA, I don't see it hitting my area for some time.
  19. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    PPVS cost too much. I never buy them. All of them are locked and hidden on my system!
  20. l8er

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    Jun 18, 2004
    We never have and never will.

    I'm just more than a little disappointed that we patiently waited from D11's launch until recently (months) with the promise (or at least hope) of more national HD. So far all we've gotten is ABC Family HD and Planet Green HD. Not exactly an HD explosion to get excited about.

    As for the notion that all the new PPV HD channels are placeholders - how long is reasonable for them to be transitioned from placeholders to new national HD?

    The other argument I keep seeing is that there isn't that much national HD to be adding right now. There's a boat load of HBO and Cinemax channels we aren't getting in HD yet, and Travel Channel HD would be nice, too.

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