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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Greg Alsobrook, Dec 23, 2011.

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  1. Feb 16, 2012 #461 of 1156

    slimoli Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    Does anybody know if BBC-America will get involved with the Olympics at all ? I know BBC in UK is preparing a lot of nice stuff, including 3-D.
  2. Feb 16, 2012 #462 of 1156

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    No, only NBC/Comcast here.
  3. Feb 16, 2012 #463 of 1156

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Hi guys,

    I haven't participated or read up on this topic in a long time. It's usually the same back and forth banter repeated Ad nauseam.

    So I see by looking up SatteliteRacer's profile and reading his post history, sounds like something new is coming soon?

    Worth participating again in this roller-coaster ride? Eh.. I guess I just did :rolleyes:

    I feel I've done everything I possibly can as one small insignifigant number on DirecTV's books.
    Email'd. Post on various sites to get attention. Tweet them, bring it up every time I call for something, Facebook them, directv forums, and even have a good 45 minute conversation with customer support escillations team (whom called me after writing into the office of the president). Sent snail mail to corporate, vote on DBSTalk polls, etc...

    So I can't say I haven't given it my all. I've done all that I can do, hence stepping back. There's nothing more me as a person can do about DirecTV's HD channel lineup. I've done more than most would have so thus is why I haven't come over to this thread in awhile. It's just a losing battle and I guess there's other things in life to worry about. Can't say it wouldn't be nice to see any of the channels mentioned in my sig though!
  4. Feb 16, 2012 #464 of 1156

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    If SatRacer says its coming, and in the timeframe he gave, it's worth keeping watch. It probably means that contracts are signed, no chance of things falling through. We don't know who he is (us non-mods at least), but we do know he is tremendously reliable as an insider.

    We'll know specifics at least a week before the go live date.
  5. Feb 17, 2012 #465 of 1156

    bjdotson Legend

    Feb 20, 2007
  6. Feb 17, 2012 #466 of 1156

    TravelFan1 Legend

    Apr 1, 2009
    No way, NBC pays for approximately half of the worldwide Olympic broadcast rights. But I think it's fair to assume 3-D will be shown in the US.
  7. Feb 17, 2012 #467 of 1156
    Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    If you watch live sports you're stuck watching commercials. Hello?
  8. Feb 17, 2012 #468 of 1156

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    Not on the redzone channel. :p
  9. Feb 17, 2012 #469 of 1156

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    No. NBC has the broadcast rights of everything Olympics in the United States. BBC America is not owned and/or operated by BBC UK either, it is its own corporation, not getting any BBC funding. They merely lease the rights to the BBC logo, and have a link with the BBC to buy programming.

    No worries, ALL the channels already used in the 2008 summer Olympics are carried by DirecTV in HD, and the Olympic Organization sets strict rules on availability to as much people as possible, so they won't put Olympic programming on channels many carriers don't have or not have in HD.

    I'm pretty certain over 95% of Olympic events will be in HD on DirecTV. I remember from 2008 that only the Equestrian events were in SD, as the channel they were on back then (forgot which) didn't broadcast in HD yet. (And I was on TWC at the time with barely 50 HD channels).

    If BBC America does anything with the Olympics, it is probably some documentaries about the sites/venues and stuff like that, nothing related to sports events as they don't have the rights.
  10. Feb 17, 2012 #470 of 1156

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Two problems I have with this comparison.

    1) It would not be complete if you do not list the channels carried by DirecTV in HD, but only in SD by Dish. It wouldn't be a "comparison" that way, as you give us nothing to compare it to.

    2) When choosing providers, MANY choose DirecTV because of premium sports. For instance, both the NFL Sunday Ticket and NASCAR Hot Pass are not available on Dish, and the availability of these package often way in heavier in the decision to choose DirecTV over Dish.

    Additionally, it might be worth noting that I specifically chose DirecTV for their Whole Room DVR, which at the time I ordered it (Oct. 2010) was not available on Dish - they only released something similar only very recently.

    A person that is not interested in features that the equipment may or may not offer, and is not interested in premium sports, would probably either have chosen Dish from the get-go, or switched to it when the HD channel addition started to lag behind.
  11. Feb 17, 2012 #471 of 1156

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    you could do what my brother-in-law does. He hits pause as they are going to the commercial break, then waits until the commercial is over and fast forwards to where the action starts. I never understood the logic in that, but he does it whenever he watches any live TV. I just channel surf during the commercials. There is usually a game on another channel that I will peak in on.
  12. Feb 17, 2012 #472 of 1156

    millercentral Mentor

    Oct 24, 2007
    @maartena: totally agree with everything you said, however this thread is really about anticipated additions to DirecTVs HD programming, which is why I focused on that list. There isn't any HD premium movie or sports I feel like I'm missing on DirecTV vs Dish or other competition -- they are clear leaders there. But there are a few basic cable stations I still anticipate to get to an effectively "everything HD" experience...
  13. Feb 17, 2012 #473 of 1156

    larry55 Legend

    Jun 3, 2010
    Maybe we know next week what d new hd channel will be.
  14. Feb 17, 2012 #474 of 1156

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    You are?

    I guess if you mean

    a) absolutely live with no buffering at all (you can start watching half hour in and FF through commercials)

    b) you do not go watch something else during commercials

    c) you do not wander around the house or even go pee during commercials.

    You are never, ever forced to "watch" commercials.

    PLUS, he was being sarcastic.
  15. Feb 17, 2012 #475 of 1156

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    will the part time Olympic baskball hd and Olympic soccer hd come back this year?
  16. Feb 17, 2012 #476 of 1156

    twiseguy Legend

    Jan 31, 2011
    Stow, Ohio
    So what happens with Universal Sports when it comes time for the Olympics?

    Am I supposed to pay for the Sports Pack to watch 2 weeks of Olympic coverage ib glorious SD?
  17. Feb 17, 2012 #477 of 1156

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Of the 2011 Top 40 Primetime Networks these aren't in HD on Directv yet:

    #18 - TruTV (expected in time for NCAA basketball next month)
    #23 - Nick Jr (don't think this is in HD yet)
    #30 - E!
    #31 - Lifetime Movie Network
    #35 - Investigation Discovery
    #36 - HLN/Headline News
    #39 - Oxygen

    If you look at total day ratings on that same page, #22 TV Land, could also be added to the list.
  18. Feb 17, 2012 #478 of 1156

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    right now it's better then Comcast subs who don't get it at all.
  19. Feb 17, 2012 #479 of 1156

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    Interesting, aside from TruTV the only HD channel I would care for is Investigation Discovery. I seriously doubt that those who gravitate towards D* simply because of sports wouldn't care for the other channels listed. I guess D* is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  20. Feb 17, 2012 #480 of 1156

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I don't think they're having any coverage - I'm not sure.
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