DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1-18 Thread)

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  1. AngryManMLS

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    As of right now only some NBC Sports regional channels are on Sling TV. NBC Sports Boston for one is not available as of right now (same with NESN as well).
     
  2. JoeTheDragon

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    or tie to you billing address with in market rules and out of market packages billing address and location says set your blackouts.
     
  3. JoeTheDragon

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    Layer3 was and still is? missing locals (+ some steaming blackouts) and they are not really an private network situation.
    Uverse or other systems that are based on the same tech are cable like with must have that systems pipe to you + has local add's (head end level) + locally controlled blackouts (head end level).

    satellite tv days back to the old c-band days that did have localized blackouts for sports (controlled at the box level and at times in the past forced an phone line for some stuff) (locals spot beamed and billing address controlled)
     
  4. slice1900

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    Getting a different billing address would be pretty easy, just apply for a credit card using a friend or relative's address.
     
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    Don't forget about spot beams.
     
  6. Bigg

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    You literally just described Comcast's streaming as well. Everything available in-home (or VPNed into the home router), most stuff available anywhere, families can share logins in different locations. I've done it myself, and know others who do as well.
     
  7. Bigg

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    Blackouts are just one more nail in the coffin for pay TV. It's a bunch of nonsense that a bunch of people in an office somewhere came up with to have "their turf", and doesn't make any sense in the year 2018. Blackouts alone aren't going to kill pay TV, the outrageous cost of pay TV is going to kill pay TV, but blackouts don't exactly help the situation. Nor does lousy VQ, awful cable boxes, terrible cable bundles with hundreds of channels of garbage, but they are all nails in the coffin. Unfortunately, the pay TV industry is going to end up basically killing a good chunk of itself by refusing to adapt to the current times and markets.
     
  8. slice1900

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    This was talking about signing up for streaming packages like PSVue or Directv Now.
     
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    I see Charter like DirecTV are going to produce original shows. Charter are teaming up with AMC/Viacom to produce original series for their platform in order to retain subscribers. Charters original content will debut first on its own platform then on AMC and Viacom networks. I wonder will the provide a linear channel like Audience on DirecTV or will they only be available on demand?
     
  10. trainman

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    If it's a linear channel, I anticipate it to never, ever be available on DirecTV. Who says there are no easy answers in this thread?
     
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    I mean do you think Charter will also provide a linear channel to show their content like DirecTV does with Audience on the DirecTV platform? Or will content be exclusively on demand? (If exclusively OD they are not really catering to all their subscribers based are they?)
     
  12. Bigg

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    Cable-company specific content is never going to do very well. If a producer has something good, they're going to go for a wide market, not at most 35.5% of 39% of the market, for a grand total of 13% of the US market.
     
  13. slice1900

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    13% of the market is still tens of millions of people. 13% is probably about as many people as have HBO, and they create original content. 13% is about Apple's share of the phone market, and they're the largest publicly traded company in the world.
     
  14. Bigg

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    But it's an arbitrary 13% based on what cable company bought up what other cable company. HBO is available everywhere in the US, and is targeted to a particular type of consumer. The only way I could see this working is if DirecTV or DISH did something to target rural markets, but that would be a niche sort of thing to compete against the other DBS provider.
     
  15. slice1900

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    If Game of Thrones is able to get people to subscribe to HBO who don't have it, or keep it if they do, then why couldn't a cable/satellite network creating their own content make customers more likely to choose them, or less likely to leave?

    This is basically what NFLST is, it is unique content that draws people to subscribe to Directv and makes them more 'sticky' so fewer leave. It targets a certain segment of viewers, just like Game of Thrones or Orange is the New Black.
     
  16. zeebre12

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    Does the DirecTV original content on Audience entice subscribers to stay really? They don't really produce any hit shows, shows are for a fairly niche audience.
    Do you think Charter will also provide a linear channel to show their content like DirecTV does with Audience on the DirecTV platform (With a few syndicated series like on Audience)? Or will content be exclusively on demand? (If exclusively OD they are not really catering to all their subscribers based are they?)
     
  17. KyL416

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    Cable VOD is very different than Satellite VOD. It doesn't require an internet connected HD DVR, it essentially operates via a reserved set of dedicated channels at each hub/node that you control via 2 way commands, so non-HD and non-DVR boxes can access it. Even people with 3rd party cable card devices that don't have access to VOD will still be able to access the content via the Spectrum apps.

    The only people who won't have access via their boxes are those in limited areas like portions of upstate NY that don't offer VOD or broadband internet since they are still running on an a 450 MHz network, and any remaining analog only subscribers in areas that haven't gone all digital yet.
     
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  18. slice1900

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    They'd have to invest real money in original content like HBO and Netflix do if they want it to be a real success, instead of just another useless channel like I assume Audience is.
     
  19. Bigg

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    There is a difference between adding HBO and switching TV providers. The potential market is only 39% of US households that are basically randomly picked, that's a terrible market.

    NFLST isn't original content, it's out of market broadcasts of content that is produced for an in-market audience, and it's available on DirecTV, which covers the entire CONUS, Hawaii, and part of Alaska.
     
  20. slice1900

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    39% of the US market is over 50 million households. In what way is that a "terrible" market? I don't know why you seem to think access to everyone is required for success. I guess local stations should quit producing any original content because they have a far smaller potential market than that!

    Nowhere did I say NFLST was original content. You even quoted my actual words, where I said it was unique. And it is, only Directv has it. Just like if Directv produced original content for Audience network it would be unique content just like NFLST. Who produced it is irrelevant, what is relevant is that it is only available from a single provider.
     
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