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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. Feb 4, 2011 #1021 of 4070

    rkr0923 Guest

    Sep 14, 2006
    Too bad Voom was ahead of their time. Had they not jumped in before they were quite ready and waited until now....WOW D* would be so hurting
  2. Feb 4, 2011 #1022 of 4070
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Maybe, but timing is everything, right?
  3. Feb 4, 2011 #1023 of 4070

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    I doubt that very much. Most of their programing was repeated over and over, like it was in a loop. As more HD programing became available, the popularity of it dropped, until it completely disappeared.
  4. Feb 4, 2011 #1024 of 4070

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006

    Rates and the economics are always an important part, but so are many other things. Length of the deal, bandwidth capacity, what other channels is the supplier demanding be taken, what tier(s) are demanded (for penetration), on Demand rights, authentication mobile rights, online rights, HD vs SD, 3D rights, etc, etc.

    A contract as recent as 2 years ago is DRASTICALLY different today because of all the new rights that both sides want. So, someone like Dish might have a network on their air right now that they signed a deal for 2 years ago for a 5 year deal that is straight forward. That same network may be trying to deal with Directv right now and all those additional rights above now come into the equation, many of which didn't even exist 2 years ago.

    It's a different world, that's why I always caution when people say "why does company XYZ have it". Well, there could be a lot of reasons why, but dollars and cents is only one of those reasons.

    Have a good weekend
  5. Feb 4, 2011 #1025 of 4070

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Most companies claim to be leaders with the best products at the best price. I don't think I've ever seen a company advertise themselves as having a crappy, over-priced product with lousy service, even if that was the case.

    Directv markets their service and puts themselves in the best light possible, it's up to us as consumers to decide if what they offer is worth the price.

    For me, personally, I have been increasingly dissatisfied over the last 18 months and have let Directv and the channels involved know how I felt through e-mails, calls to customer service and posts on channel boards. Directv has been fair with me and offered incentives to stay, so at least up until now I've stayed.

    If you're 100% happy with Directv, that's great. If you're not, the best chance for affecting a change is letting the parties involved know how you feel.
  6. Feb 4, 2011 #1026 of 4070

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    The only thing Voom was ahead of was their lack of foreseeing reality - that they had an inferior lineup of channels that was doomed to failure. Their flawed product offering and business model would not work any better today then when they went under.
  7. Feb 4, 2011 #1027 of 4070

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    SWEET! :D
    Probably same time as last years rate increase. ;)
    Thanks for the explanations, clears things up a bit.
  8. Feb 4, 2011 #1028 of 4070
    Dave K

    Dave K New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Ouch, that's harsh...I like it, short & to the point.

    Right now I'm looking at putting up a Dish 1000.4 to get the HD channels they have that I want even though I hate their receivers & HD lite. If that isn't desperation & frustration I don't know what is.

    BTW, my neighbors are probably beginning to think my house is a TV studio by the looks of my roof :p
  9. Feb 4, 2011 #1029 of 4070
    Dave K

    Dave K New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    That's just it - they're not listening to their customers, they seem to be beholden to their stockholders & board. Case in point - no MSNBC HD for the Olympics - that was literally just stupid & a big FU to the customers.
  10. Feb 4, 2011 #1030 of 4070

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    There was a lot more to that (MENY cable systems (comcast as well) did not have it as well and that was a big story) NO NBC put a big game on that low rate channel that has nothing better to show then lockup , to catch a predator and other shows like it on the week ends.
  11. Feb 4, 2011 #1031 of 4070
    Dave K

    Dave K New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    If I were NBC @ that Olympics time, I'd be PAYING companies to put MSNBCHD on, for at least a short time. Think of it as a paid incentive to get more viewers. Suck them in for 1 thing & get them to stay for all the other stuff = increased viewship. Then you've (NBC) got more leverage for negotiating later.
  12. Feb 4, 2011 #1032 of 4070

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    look up the old posts hear for a LOT MORE on that.
  13. Feb 4, 2011 #1033 of 4070

    paco1986 Icon

    Mar 26, 2007
    Well, I could stand to watch just one more ESPN channel, that is, ESPN Deportes HD!:) It's supposed to launch in mid-February, so hopefully D* adds it soon after that!
  14. Feb 5, 2011 #1034 of 4070

    levibluewa Icon

    Aug 13, 2005
    WA, OR, CA
    As soon as D11 is up and operational we'll see tons of new HD channels :)
  15. Feb 5, 2011 #1035 of 4070

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    D11 has been up and running since July 2008. :rolleyes:
  16. Feb 5, 2011 #1036 of 4070

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    Good catch, but I offered a gentle question, not a “crucifixion.” I deeply appreciate SR’s contributions to this site and have so declared in multiple posts.
  17. Feb 5, 2011 #1037 of 4070

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    No worries, it's all in fun. :)
  18. Feb 5, 2011 #1038 of 4070

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    Every publicly traded company is "beholden to their stockholders & board". Not by accident; by design. The stockholders elect the board, the board hires a president, and he hires the rest of the staff.

    What do the stockholders care about? Stock price and dividends. Since White took over, the stock price is up about 30%. They probably love him.
  19. Feb 5, 2011 #1039 of 4070

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern plains
    You're wrong. We have to wait for D12. Not only will they launch D12, they will also fix D11 to add even more capacity. Then there will be tons of new HD basic channels added. Tons.
  20. Feb 5, 2011 #1040 of 4070

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    Don't know whether you're trying to ironic/sarcastic, but D10, D11 and D12 are all on-orbit and operational (and have been, for awhile). D14 will not be launched and operational until mid-2013.
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