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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1 2011 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Scott Kocourek, Dec 26, 2010.

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  1. Hutchinshouse

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    Yup, not too shabby. OAR too is a great bonus!
     
  2. Paul Secic

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    They were added last March & throughout the year.

    QVC is not in HD on Dish. Someone made a mistake!
     
  3. loudo

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    But, not as bad as some of the Canadian SD hockey games, in Center Ice package. They look like they were shot with a cell phone camera.
     
  4. n3ntj

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    E* offers AMC HD, BBC America HD, NASA TV HD, DIY HD, HLN HD, and TCM HD? Wow.. D* has sure fallen behind regarding the HD channels I want but don't get. D* may be the HD leader in sports, but that's about it. No new national non-premium HD channels in a long time.
     
  5. loudo

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    Over the past few years it appears that DirecTV's main concern is over their being the only provider of Sunday Ticket.

    I haven't seen anything in writing, but I wonder if the high cost to DirecTV, from the NFL, for ST is the reason for the slow down of new national HD. Could their cost for ST be more than their income from it, causing them to pay for it from other areas?

    Just my thoughts, because there has to be some reason for the big slow down of national HD, when DISH and the cable companies are still adding them.
     
  6. Davenlr

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    Read elsewhere, and cannot remember where,that Sunday Ticket only represented 4% of their total operating expenses.
     
  7. mdavej

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    No NASA HD on E* yet, but it's on my wish list too.
     
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    I think your on to somethin, NFL is BIG business and Im sure it cost a pretty penny for the ST rights and with a lockout on the horizin its not good. The owners of the NFL teams still want the TV revenues even if there is a lockout( I read this on SI website). That means D* will still have to pay even tho there will be no season in 2011:nono2:Theres been talk of a lockout for over a year now and D* stopped adding HD around the same time.
    So my theroy is if there is no lockout and they make a deal (by March 6 I think) then you will see D* start adding new HD but if theres no deal and lockout happens it could be a long wait for any new HD. We can only wait and see. Z
     
  9. Maruuk

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    Yeah, top-level SD streaming on Netflix (they have about 3-4 levels of it) looks about as good as an upconverted DVD, which is pretty watchable. I wouldn't tolerate that for sports, but for a drama not dependent on sweeping vistas or heavy awesome graphics, you can get by with it ok. Especially for free, as I use my father-in-law's account as he just has dialup.
     
  10. harsh

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    How does that compare to the NFLST subscription rate?
     
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    I think you have a good reading on a part of the reason for the hold up of HD additions (of those already carried in SD on DirecTV). But it can't go on for too much longer. DirecTV has let it be known it wants to pursue 3D programming; and it has been silent on future HD. So, I think it's a problem with direction.
     
  12. Davenlr

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    That will be a short trip.
     
  13. georule

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    While reading those last few posts I saw DirecTV's 3D comparo ad vs DISH, 4 channels vs 0.
     
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    I wonder how many customers would view those four channels compared to how many would be watching any four national hd channels that they don't have right now?
     
  15. rkr0923

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    screw 3D
     
  16. APB101

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    I wonder if Roger Ebert feels this way about 3D for television. He certainly does with the movies. (Oscar-winning film editor Walter Murch isn't too enthusiastic.)



    I believe DirecTV will come through with about 10 HD channels (already available in the channels ranges of the 200s and 300s in SD). Business-competitive reasons. I'm limiting myself, for now, to 10 and am guessing: AMC HD; E! HD; GSN HD; HLN HD; iD HD; LMN HD; OWN HD; Style HD; truTV HD; TCM HD.
     
  17. Davenlr

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    Not to start a war... I bought a 3D ready TV, mainly for the size. Then I went and watched a 3D demo before buying the 3D adapter. Not only was I not impressed, but actually got dizzy. I returned the set, and bought a large non-3D tv the same size.

    That said, Im not anti-3D. I just know it isnt anything I would be interested in. I do feel, however, that 3D cartoon movies wont cut it. The only thing that will spark enough people to buy into 3D will be sports, porn, and non-animated movies. There just isnt enough content out there. Most of the content comes from the major networks. They arent going to invest in 3D. Their affiliates have no way to transmit it. That leaves sports and hollywood. The sports folks just got to the point where most events are in HD. I doubt very few venues are equipt for simultaneous HD and 3D, so that means they need to retrofit for 3D, or carry the production crew around from place to place. ESPN is already being ripped for charging to much for carriage now. How long do you think they will subsidize 3D? Hollywood has plenty of money, so they can make their 3D cartoons, and some other movies for the theatres, but I dont expect it to go much further than that.

    As for DirecTv, they could put all the 3D content from their 4 channels into 1 right now. I just do not see where the content is going to come from to sustain the 3D push the TV manufacturers are trying to accomplish. Its not like they can go back and create 3D versions of old movies and TV shows (or at least I dont think they can).

    Will see what happens, but both my providers are dabbling into the 3D thing. At least Xfinity added the HD basics first. Hopefully DirecTv will see the light and do the same, so I can stop having to pay two providers for the channels I watch.
     
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    The more relevant question is to wonder how many new customers will come to D* for those 4 3D channels vs how many customers will avoid D* for not having AMC, BBCA, History International and DIY. The most recent estimate I saw expected 6M 3D TVs sold in 2011.
     
  19. I WANT MORE

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    So, Are you saying that the fact that it was a 3D set it negatively affected the 2D picture quality to the point that you felt it necessary to return the set? :confused:
     
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    He probably got a lower price. Some manufacturers are going to have 3D in all of their new TVs pretty soon. I don't care for it either but it won't affect the 2D HD PQ.
     
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