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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. Jan 25, 2011 #681 of 4070

    rkr0923 Guest

    Sep 14, 2006
    I'll take it lol
  2. Jan 25, 2011 #682 of 4070

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer

    Apr 1, 2007
    actually, i just got cspan hd in december. i just watched a little bit of it but i enjoyed it.
  3. Jan 25, 2011 #683 of 4070

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    They don't have to pay to carry it, but it would cost them. They'd be more likely to focus on channels which can generate revenue. The same goes for C-Span and channels such as that.
  4. Jan 25, 2011 #684 of 4070

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    I guess I don't understand how there could be no hd added in so long. Not every single channel could be unreasonable in their demands. Many or most, yes, but not all. I am becoming disillusioned. I'm not unhappy with what we have, but there are a lot of channels that we don't.
  5. Jan 25, 2011 #685 of 4070

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    1. CSS part time HD right now? plans for full time HD?
    2. CSN NW HD
    3. CSN Philly HD (comcast is pricing it so high that other area cable systems are dropping it.)
    4. TCN HD / CSN Philly + HD (comcast seem to force area cable systems to have TCN to get CSN Philly + games.)
    5. SD 4 HD
    6. Cox Sports New England part time HD?
    7. Cox Sports Television HD / CST HD (E* has it in sd but D* wanted SD 4 as well and cox said no) AT&T also does not have it and also wants SD 4.
    8. any more?

    other comcast and other cable only networks that right now are sd only.
  6. Jan 25, 2011 #686 of 4070

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    I think it is still only part time HD.
  7. Jan 25, 2011 #687 of 4070

    thelucky1 Icon

    Feb 23, 2009
    Yeah all of the excuses for NOT adding any basic HD channels in a LONG TIME are really lame! :rolleyes: Maybe Directv needs a better ne·go·ti·a·tor!

    negotiate: to deal with some matter or affair that requires "the" ability for its successful handling! :)

    Seems new basic HD programming additions have come to a stop since Mike White became CEO! :(
  8. Jan 25, 2011 #688 of 4070
    Dave K

    Dave K New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Frustrated 'Amen' to all that :mad:

    I thought Ergen was supposed to be the great poker player/bluffer/negotiator. I got sick of his sh!^ - that's why I left E* a couple years ago. Now D* is pretending to play the role of 'champion of the little guy' to 'save us money'. Bunch of B.S. They put up a brand new sat for HD that 's what half-full after a year?? All they're offering is new PPV HD - who actually buys that overpriced crap with Netflix and online sources?

    I for one would actually be willing to part with an extra ~$5/mo to get another dozen or so of the most popular missing Nat HDs. Like I said, "negotiating better contracts" is a ruse and Verizon Fios which just came to my 'hood a couple months back is looking better all the time (internet bundle included).
  9. Jan 25, 2011 #689 of 4070
    Dave K

    Dave K New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Oh damn, I didn't realize that was my 1st post here. I must really be PO'd :D
  10. Jan 25, 2011 #690 of 4070

    wmb Godfather

    Dec 17, 2008
    Most of the desired channels are from either Discovery, Turner, Comcast, and Scripps. For all four, we have some channels, but not all. Make you think D* is not going to add channels from these providers until carriage agreements are renegotiated.

    What I would like to see is complete coverage of the packages in HD. That capacity won't be there until D14 comes on line - there are about 40 slots on D-12, and somewhere around 90 channels left as SD only. Yeah, some are only available as SD, but that can change.

    I anticipate... 5 more years of HD anticipation.
  11. Jan 25, 2011 #691 of 4070

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    well we can start to move SD to MPEG4 and only have 1 MPEG4 feed for some channels and we don't need D14 to get more room by doing that.
  12. Jan 25, 2011 #692 of 4070

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    The most obvious answer, and it's been obvious for a long time now, is that DirecTV is the one who doesn't want to negotiate or are unreasonable in their demands.

    Look at AMC HD. It's gotten easier to get that channel than in the past. There was a time when it seemed like it was a "cable only" channel. Then Fios made a deal and over the summer Dish Network made a deal. DirecTV customers only get excuses.
  13. Jan 26, 2011 #693 of 4070

    Laker44 Godfather

    Jun 18, 2008
    For some. I anticipate if channels aren't being added that they want and another provider offers them. They will leave D* and go with that provider.

    For me Feb 4th is my last day with D*. I will be moving the first week of Feb, into an area that has a provider that carries every channel I want in HD, provides locals and neighboring locals and their sub-channels, and also an additional RSN without having to add the Sports Pack too receive it.

    My bill will be the same as it is with D*. The only thing I will be losing, is a
    HD-DVR with the capacity to record up 200 hours. Which for me isn't a loss, 30 hours of recording space is more then enough me.
  14. Jan 26, 2011 #694 of 4070

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    IIRC, that was discussed. The cost of swapping out existing mpeg2 subs to mpeg4 was much more than the cost of a new satellite.
  15. Jan 26, 2011 #695 of 4070

    alnielsen Godfather

    Dec 31, 2006
    ...- .....
    A more correct way to describe it is 5 more years of HD frustration.
    Frustration can lead to movement way from our present service.
  16. Jan 26, 2011 #696 of 4070

    SWORDFISH Legend

    Apr 16, 2007

    Almost eight years without a post....well done.

  17. Jan 26, 2011 #697 of 4070

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    If Directv would stop providing MPEG2-only boxes, that would be a start. I suspect that the manufacturing cost of a H24 is much less than a SD box was not that long ago.
  18. Jan 26, 2011 #698 of 4070

    oldfantom Icon

    Mar 13, 2006
    At this point, I have come to the opinion that this has little to nothing to do with negotiations. This is a "strategic" decision to focus resources in other areas. I think that one of the executives said as much. I had surely hoped that January would start off with something. Some indication that the 2011 focus was going to be on boosting content.

    It will happen and it will happen on their own time. Will it happen with or without me? I am not sure I agree with their direction of an on demand world. I am sure I am constantly frustrated by their half baked implementation of products. I am not happy with my perception of value for the dollar.

    What it all boils down to, is I can be happy with the Red Zone channel. The NFL Sunday Ticket had been their biggest hold on me. D* has no hold on me other than the inertia I would have to overcome to make a change. I am sorry but the argument of higher picture quality only holds water for me if I am watching the broadcasts side by side. When I first started driving my Ridgeline, I thought I would never get used to the lack of power I gave up dropping down from my V8 truck. This is the first time I have thought about that in 4 years.
  19. Jan 26, 2011 #699 of 4070

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I like to record movies with a DVD recorder but only if they don't have commercials. Never watch movies that have them.
  20. Jan 26, 2011 #700 of 4070

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006

    All of us will be parting with more than $5 next month due to DIRECTV's rate hike. Without new HD. :lol:

    "champion of the little guy" :lol: DIRECTV is looking out for us as they raise our rates. :nono:

    Come on guys, DIRECTV is short on cash. Maybe if we all buy a PPV, DIRECTV can save up enough money to add an HD channel.

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