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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Scott Kocourek, Dec 26, 2010.
You forgot to ask them about TCM HD.
You'd probably get the same canned response even if they planned to add those channels tomorrow.
That's pretty much a standard reply.
I actually asked about Sony Movie Channel HD about a week before it was launched, and I got a similar reply..... The CSR's really don't get informed about such changes until they actually get launched. Like with the 3Net channel.... the official announcement was what, yesterday? So within 3 days of launch.
If you would have asked a CSR on Monday when we would get 3Net, you would get a similar reply. It doesn't help one bit.
Of course it is known WEEKS in advance when a channel will be launched (sometimes even months), but it is a closely guarded secret.
It's too bad.... but that is what a big national company does. TWC was a big company, but they had local divisions. And when I called the LOCAL number or emailed some of the LOCAL communication people, they would usually have a decent answer.... such as "we tentatively have planned to launch channel X in HD in March 2011, keep checking the website when more details are available".
No hard promises, just tentatively. It keeps customers happy, and it kept me around for much longer then I should have.... because everytime I asked, at least they had SOME sort of answer for me..... and not a vague "There will be more HD" comment from Satracer. (No offense, you are a great guy for giving the Info you DO give).
My local TWC keeps a log of what they add, and when they add it:
I loved that. It just tells you exactly what you can expect, and when. Right now it doesn't show all THAT much, (although it gives a nice chunk of HD channels they added, starting October 13th), in the past they had plans that would go 3 or 4 months out. If plans changed, they would also add the changes.
What killed TWC for me and made me move.... was mostly the awful size of the DVR, at a paltry 160 Gb. They did finally add BBC America HD, but I am not going back to cable.
But it is too bad that a big company like DirecTV can't give any more information besides "Well, we will add some more HD at some point in the future, but we don't know when and we don't know what."
I have been getting similar response for the past 10 months. Nothing new, just a canned reply.
What of the channels like ESPN3D and sports alternates that are dark most of the time?
Is a series of Cinema channels that all play the same movie on 30 minute staggers for a day really a series of channels (todays' specials are For Colored Girls and The Social Network each occupying four "channels") or is it just a "title" as Comcast coined the phrase?
Is there a limit to the length in which you will defend D*? :nono2::nono2:
They raise rates because their costs go up yearly. Just like Comcast, etc.
Seems like a channel is a channel.
It's not useless and it's not crap. Many here want AMCHD and BBCHD. It will cost DIrectV to carry it and I most likely won't watch it. But that doesn't make it crap or useless.
I do not believe their carrying 3D channels had any thing to do with their fee increase, and when new customers choose Directv because of 3d, it helps to off-set costs.
Also, since they haven't used up all the bandwith of the latest satellite, I don't see how having 3-4 3D channels is preventing other additions. That's a completely different issue.
I agree and since there are sponsor names like imax, discovery, sony and panasonic, I'm inclined to believe that these channels are not carrying a heavy carriage fee, ATM. I'm not sure of ESPN, discovery and imax's roles in all of this but it may be more of an investment on future revenue.
The TV manufacturers are poised to make a fortune off the LCD-LED 3D HDTVs because they're cheaper to manufacture and some folks want them at the price-point they're currently asking. IMO, they have a vested interest in ensuring that 3D formats and broadcasts succeed so they are offsetting Directv's cost to provide them.
If it's all true, it makes total sense for Directv to offer 3D without the fee to draw new subs.
Remember, there is an ignore feature. I found it very useful in this instance
The PPV channels are used for the sports alternates.
Comcast counts the part time NFL Red zone HD, PPV HD (events), game 1 HD, game 2 HD, team HD, INFO Channel HD / CSN + HD (480i when in info channel mode) and others.
I'm defending facts and common sense. Unfamiliar with either?
OK, lets not go down this road. The topic is HD channels...NOT each other.
Will there be ANY new basic HD channels additions this quarter?
Oh wait what was I thinking, dreaming, hoping, wishing...
DirecTV Cinema VOD channel 1100 has a "In Theaters" feature. There are many current and recent movies listed. Most are listed as premieres TBD with a few having actual premiere dates listed. In either case you can add to queue now. Two questions. Obviously these are PPV so why arn't the prices listed? There was talk of renting movies on DirecTV while they were in theaters. Any chance of this happening soon?
So 3net's initial audience via DirecTV will be less than 100,000 potential viewers according to Multichannel News. Fine!
Now Directv how about adding new basic HD channels for your 19 million customers!!!
It's a good thing that DIRECTV didn't wait to add HD channels back in the early 2000's until there were millions of potnetial HD views.
BTW, DIRECTV doesn't have 19 million HD custoners, the guess is maybe 50% have HD.
It might get higher ratings than BBCA shows, which isn't hard, but people still think BBCA is high demand. God forbid channels are added some won't watch.