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Aljazeera America started today

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Ed Campbell, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Aug 21, 2013 #41 of 114

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    Wait...no Lindsey Lohan news?

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  2. Aug 21, 2013 #42 of 114

    bjamin82 Godfather

    Sep 4, 2007
    From my understanding, its not that D* doesn't want to give us theses, but some other blocker.

  3. Aug 21, 2013 #43 of 114

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    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.
  4. Aug 21, 2013 #44 of 114

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    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.)
  5. Aug 21, 2013 #45 of 114

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    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.
  6. Aug 21, 2013 #46 of 114

    mnassour Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    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.
  7. Aug 21, 2013 #47 of 114

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
    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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  8. Aug 21, 2013 #48 of 114
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    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.
  9. Aug 22, 2013 #49 of 114

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    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.
  10. Aug 22, 2013 #50 of 114

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    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.
  11. Aug 22, 2013 #51 of 114

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    I'm a fan of carrying The Blaze as an alacarte option, like the newly launched DogTV. Being a fan of The Blaze, I'd certainly pay an extra $5 or $8 to have it as a sub option.
  12. Aug 22, 2013 #52 of 114

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    In the time that I've watched Al Jazeere English I have never seen the topic come up but I have seen discussion shows with women talking about marital problems, etc. Very un-Islamic law.
  13. Aug 22, 2013 #53 of 114

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    That's the point of Al Jazeera. And I like the fact they still show the Newshour from AJE. Hopefully it will go HD quickly. While I don't know if AJE is in HD anywhere, lots of video content of thier website is available in HD.
  14. Aug 22, 2013 #54 of 114

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    My comment about BBC World News was wrong to use the word "give". I should have used the word "provide". This country needs more international news and BBC World News is about the only choice I know about.
  15. Aug 22, 2013 #55 of 114

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    AJA had coverage of the Zimbabwean elections this morning. When was the last time Zimbabwe was on any other cable news network? Good stuff.
  16. Aug 22, 2013 #56 of 114

    6tv's Mentor

    Mar 1, 2008
    Yes, Getting BBC World news is way overdue. We should also have CNN International, and don't tell me it's not available, because it is on all Verizon FIOS cable systems and many others.
  17. Aug 22, 2013 #57 of 114

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    CNN International is available to any provider who wants to make a deal for it with Turner. The previous carriage was tied to CNNfn where CNN International would be provided overnight and on weekends when CNNfn signed off, unfortunately instead of just continuing to carry CNN International 24/7 after CNNfn ceased, most providers opted to drop it entirely. Right now it's mainly available on Time Warner Cable, FiOS, U-Verse and some other smaller providers like Blue Ridge.

    As for other international news channels available in the USA, there's also euronews.
  18. Aug 22, 2013 #58 of 114

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    A channel like AJA is what everybody says they want. Good, basic journalism free of political hoo-ha.

    I really like it so far.
  19. Aug 22, 2013 #59 of 114

    Bobsacto New Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    In regards to Al Jazerra American being in HD I did receive an email from them today saying "Though HD will not be available for Al Jazeera America, you can continue to access quality, in-depth coverage of overlooked issues that are of interest to the American public by tuning in and watching us on TV or by going to our website" Don't know the long-term plans but the PQ on Al Jazeera English when I watched it on TV in the Mideast was better than what I am getting here on DTV.
  20. Aug 27, 2013 #60 of 114

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Agreed. I just saw a post by DirecTV asking what people thought the best film franchise is, and I see things about Blaze. And a new one, someone saying that DirecTV refuses to add GaitherTV. This was a new one to me, so I looked it up. It's a Gospel Internet channel at $5 a month. As in not available from any provider and anyone interested can subscribe via Internet.

    Personally, I don't really care if DirecTV adds Blaze or not, but I'm all for it if it cuts down on the spam type comments. Though I doubt anyone that complains about AJA has actually seen its content. Sometimes I think the average American actually needs a commentator to tell them what to think, on both sides.

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