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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. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Discuss HD channels...not each other, not how you think the discussion is going, not who's on whose ignore list...HD CHANNELS!

  2. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Good question! Both DirecTV & Dish should stop selling SD equipment today.
  3. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
  4. oldcrooner

    oldcrooner Godfather

    Feb 23, 2004
    Very true and very well said! DirecTV is "missing the boat" in several areas where they could easily excel if they acquired better management and focus. ...No matter what profits they may make in the short run, some of their current deficiencies are going to come back and haunt them in the long run, IMHO.
  5. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    :lol::lol::lol: The end is near Mike White. It's all doom and gloom for DirecTV. :lol::lol::lol:
  6. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
  7. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    You guys here skew WAY WAY WAY higher than the average bear (Yogi bear reference). Most customers on Dish, Directv, etc, etc are not HD customers. Not yet anyway. Just because 85% here are HD, doesn't mean 85% of the country is.
  8. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Glad you posted. Confirms what I have been saying. A significant portion of DirecTV customers are SD.
  9. mcees4life

    mcees4life AllStar

    May 9, 2008
    Satracer.....any idea of when Directv going to officially announce their enhanced coverage of NCAA March Madness. It's a lot of speculation about it and i'm ready for closure lol. Thanks in advance
  10. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    But everyday that you send out SD hardware is prolonging the inevitable huge cost of replacement. Half may or may not be a good determining point but at least making SD boxes that can see the HD channels and downrez them would mean the ability to move closer to an environment where you turn off the SD feeds, at least for duplicates. And can make the rest of them MPEG4 with improved quality for all.

    I would have started this at least three years ago.

    What DirecTV is doing is creating legacy environments in an already outdated model (SD MPEG 2).
  11. sunking

    sunking Godfather

    Feb 17, 2004
    At least two points should be considered.

    1. Directv caters towards sports fans, probably skewing the numbers to a higher percentage with an HD TV.

    2. More importantly, anyone in a DMA with only HD locals is more likely to have HD equipment, regardless of whether they have an HD tv or not.

    I have no idea what the numbers actually are, but I don't believe that the 65% overall HD TV ownership correlates very well to directvs customer base for those who can receive HD.
  12. georule

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    I didn't say "really low income", I said "mostly low income". And if you look at studies of the actual, government defined "poor" (which is an even lower income than I had in mind as a top limit) you'll find the vast majority of them have color TVs. TV is about the last thing a family gives up.

    Personal anecdotal story. When I was a kid, about 40 years ago in a fairly rough time for our family finances (things got better later), we lived in a real nasty apartment complex of about 10 units in two stories (five top, five bottom) run by a real slumlord. It was old and ratty then. You didn't have cats to handle the rats, because the rats were too big and mean for most cats. A dog was required. This was a tiny coal mining town in western Pennsylvania.

    So, a few years ago, my wife and I were visting the old stomping grounds, and I made a point to try and see if that place was still there. At one level I didn't expect it to be, but if it was I wanted my wife to see where I'd lived as a kid and see if it matched the stories I'd been telling about it ever since.

    Yep, still there. Yep, still a s**t-hole. There's a picture of me as a kid kneeling with our new dog (remember the rats?) in front of that place 40 years ago. When I saw that dump 38 years later the first reaction I had was "OMG, it still has the same ratty, peeling, fake-brick tar paper siding on it!" I went home and got that picture out. . . and yep, there it was. Nothing had changed in 40 years.

    The point? On the railing of 1/2 of those soul-deadening ancient apartments were SD dishes. . . .

    So, even "really low income" do dishes. But I didn't mean to limit it to people living in those kind of places. Modest middle-class still have a lot of SD out there as well, in places where they have to have a dish to get much (or any) TV.

    And, if you didn't notice, the switch to digital has further limited OTA reception in some rural areas, so the problem is even worse now, even if you have a government-supplied DTA.
  13. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    A significant portion of television households in the USA are still SD, as in everything they own is SD. That's part one, then you have the next part where a lot of homes have one HD television but the other 2 or 3 or 4 are SD. Mixed households as it were. That's the case for every MSO.
  14. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    An HD box costs a LOT more than a HD box. I get what you're saying, but there's a point when this stuff makes sense and a point where it doesn't. No question long term this is where every MSO will go there are financial realities that have to be considered.
  15. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    I'm not aware of any enhanced coverage since all the games are on CBS and Turner channels.
  16. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    What HD channels? :lol:

    And HD channels can be displayed on SDTV's.
  17. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    You haven't seen D*'s monthly customer flier? Here's a pic of mine:

    DirecTV 2011 March Madness ad

    Also will we get Tru TV HD in time for the first games?
  18. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

    Nov 16, 2004
    I am surpised D hasnt advertised this on their website.
  19. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    Yeah well its still a month away, plenty of time to do so.
  20. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    The games will be on four discrete channels in the 700's. TRu-TV channel (as it currently is displayed in the Guide) is not where the HD games will be, but one of those four channels in the 700's will be Tru and be in HD. That is what I have gathered from discussions in several threads.

    In other words, there appears to be no connection between TruTV (as we now know it) going HD and the basketball games being in HD.
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