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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Dec 27, 2012.
still can't believe we don't have Headline News in HD yet ......
And as mentioned in another thread, Al-Jazeera purchased Current TV and it will be called called Al-Jazeera America [link]. Time Warner Cable is dropping it, will DIRECTV be next?
In the information released to the press they said Current's existing distribution agreements with Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, FiOS and U-Verse are included.
but owner and content change can void distribution agreements.
Not all agreements include content and owner escape clauses, it depends what terms they agreed to. When The Health Network was sold to Discovery and became FitTV, Cablevision had to keep it, but as soon as the agreement they signed while it was owned by Fox expired, they dropped it. When Discovery Health became OWN, Discovery wanted to have everyone negotiate a higher deal, but with only 3 shows announced, none of which featured Oprah and the launch being delayed several years, most of them chose to wait it out and stick to the existing deal.
The deal was actually made last year, it wasn't until they got the final approvals that they announced it yesterday. Al Jazeera would have just continued trying to get coverage with their existing channel as the purchase of Current would have been worthless if it didn't include distribution agreements.
i.e. Not really cable, but Time Warner was ready to sell WCW to Eric Bischoff and financial backers in March 2001, but they pulled out at the last minute when Turner decided not to include a timeslot on TNT as part of the deal. Without distribution it made the deal worthless.
ion 51 is just a remap of IonEHD channel 305 since mid-September and the other three went live Dec 19th...
and is it really a content change? It was a news channel before, it's going to be a news channel after. They can't drop CNN because they start focusing on the Arab Spring vs whatever news story of the day is happening in the US.
There is a thread for discussing Current TV and the purchase by Al-Jazeera.
This thread is for discussing potential new HD channels, not potential SD channel losses.
I get the feeling January will be too soon for any newly added basic-cable linear HD. That is with consideration to hints by Satelliteracer. So, I will look to February.
The basic-cable programmer whose HD I feel most strongly to become a high-def addition is H2, formerly History International, and part of A&E Networks. It would make sense to bring in with it LMN HD. But last year came additions of E! Entertainment Television HD (without Style Network HD) and DIY Network HD (without Cooking Channel HD), so I wouldn't presume a natural connection. H2 HD, I figure, would come in before LMN HD, if it turns out both wouldn't get added on the same date.
You may be right, but think positive. I still think sometime in January.
I never watched Current and thought that a waste, yet there it was in HD. Now I have entirely new reasons not to watch it.
How about CSPAN if you want public information channels in HD? Seems odd to exclude that and add al Jazeera, but maybe that's just my US bias showing.
We're still very early. We can see a test channel go up and a week later it's live. And we still have 4 Wednesdays left (not that they always go by that schedule).
Current is in HD?
bright house central florida is dropping it!
Looks like Dish will be getting the rest of the Cablevision channels in HD (like IFC and WE) soon since they're now uplinked in test mode. Guess we have to wait at least another week for any hints of what might be coming, soon.
Would like to see Fox Movie Channel in HD. Which cable or satellite providers is it available on, if at all?
Per Wikipedia Fox Movie Channel HD launched early in 2012 and is available with some cable systems.
Id like LMN, HLN, GSN, GMC, and RFD
DirecTV was part owner of Current, and was apparently paid enough to keep Al Jazeera as a channel. Would like to see Glenn Beck TV in HD instead!
I have Current blocked out now, and it will stay blocked out. Advise others to do the same.