DirecTV - HBO contract battle

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  1. Sep 13, 2010 #1 of 104
    mws192

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    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i29f492889037dafd750b9fe7c857c19b?pn=1
     
  2. Sep 13, 2010 #2 of 104
    MysteryMan

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    Corporate greed...bites them in the a$$ every time!
     
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    Steve

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    That 200k premium channel subscriber drop last quarter doesn't surprise me. With basic MSO subscription rates rising, I think more and more folks are looking at the total cost and questioning whether it's worth spending an extra $10-$20 per month for premium channels they mainly only want for one or two original shows they may be interested in seeing each season. I dropped my HBO and Showtime subscriptions a couple of years ago, in exchange for Netflix and occasional PPV's that fill the movie void.
     
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    AMike

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    I think the economy is an obvious factor. When I was laid off in March, we evaluated our costs and decided to eliminate Premier. Since I have been working again, we added HBO only since we can get Starz content via Netflix.

    Hopefully these negotiations will end soon and we will get all of the HBO/Cinemax channels in HD.
     
  5. Sep 13, 2010 #5 of 104
    susanandmark

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    Yes, because DirecTV (and the cable companies also mentioned) are neither corporate, nor greedy. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Sep 13, 2010 #6 of 104
    damondlt

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    Well $15 per month for HBO is a rip off.
    Try charging that when D* carrys ALL the HD and SD Versions.
    Same with the $13 Cinemax pack . Complete and utter rip off.

    I'll stick with Starz and Showtime.
     
  7. Sep 13, 2010 #7 of 104
    RAD

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    Don't know if I believe the part about DirecTV not offering promotions to help build subscribers. I checked the DirecTV web site and it has a 3 month deal for HBO and Cinemax for $14.99.
     
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    damondlt

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    Not really a bargon or a Promo IMHO.

    In Fact I think D* Should just Charge $14.99 for HBO and Cinemax all the Time!
    Cinemax Lineup is a Joke.
    Starz/ Encore pack has more channels in HD and SD then HBO and MAX combind and cost $12.99.
     
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    RAD

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    I totally agree that the 'list' pricing for HBO and especially Cinemax is too high, but $14.99 for both is a discount from the normal pricing.
     
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    damondlt

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    Yep, It would be $24 other wise.:nono2:

    No way is that worth $24.:lol:
     
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    la24philly

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    i'd feel bad if they pull the plug on the first night of boradwalk empire
     
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    Steve

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    I wonder what the "split" is on that? How much to HBO and how much to D*? :scratchin
     
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    damondlt

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    Sounds like we may never know for real.
    Seems No one will take the blame.:lol:
     
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    la24philly

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    if they make hbo 24 can they include cinemax with it or add more channels. since HBO owns cinemax.
     
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    jdh8668

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    We watched HBO for shows like Sopranos, Big Love, Entourage for years. But when prices started creeping up, it was cheaper to A. rent the series at the video store, or B. Wait till the dvd's went on sale. By the time they show most of their movies, they have been out on dvd for quite a while. So $14.99 a month just wasn't worth it to us.
     
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    ronsanjim

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    With True Blood ending until June of next year, I called to cancel my HBO today. They offered a $5.00 credit for 3 months, but still not worth it to me.
     
  17. Sep 13, 2010 #17 of 104
    Skyboss

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    Screw HBO.

    The last contract led to higher fees, a show about polygamy and no new HD or channel expansion on DirecTV (which given the capacity for HD on DirecTV and lack of HBO HD feeds tells be the lack of the promised HD channels is the fault of HBO not DirecTV).

    Screw them. They get a last chance here with Boardwalk Empire, but its gone if that show isn't what its hyped up to be. Even if it is, I'm going seasonal.
     
  18. Sep 13, 2010 #18 of 104
    Steveknj

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    Is HBO still owned by Time Warner? If so, could this all be just a big old turf war? Doesn't surprise me that Time Warner wouldn't cut any special deals with competitor DirecTV (both for subscribers and content). Same with HBO and Comcast. This is another example of why content providers and content owners should not be the same. It's a conflict of interest that hurts the consumer in the long run. Years ago, when MSG was owned by Viacom, Cablevision had a huge fight with them over contracts to air the channel and it ended up getting blacked out on Cablevision for awhile. FF a couple of years later, and now Cablevison OWNS MSG, and TW did the same thing to them that THEY did when it was owned by Viacom. You wait, when Comcast takes over NBC and their networks. This is going to get real ugly.
     
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    Hoosier205

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    Between Hung, True Blood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Real Sports, and Boardwalk Empire...they've got me hooked. The same goes for Showtime with Dexter, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, Penn & Teller, and Inside the NFL. I won't cancel either of these networks.

    HBO must figure out quickly that adding additional subscribers from DirecTV, by agreeing with DirecTV on the addition of other HBO channels, will help them boost their declining numbers.
     
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    la24philly

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    as of now i still have both hbo n showtime but if they make it 24 for hbo i proabably will cancel
     

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