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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. mcees4life

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    It's the principles about it that matters.....it should be in HD. It was announced almost a year ago that TruTv was getting the games in HD which was more than enough time for Directv to plan accordingly and have the games in HD.

    But the more egregious matter is the fact that Directv has begun advertising in mailers to its customers that the March Madness package would be free with access to a HD mix channel. If plans for that was not set in stone and 100% agreed upon then why even go through the trouble of misleading your own customers. This is truly the first time that I have been angry with Directv to the point that I am thinking about discontinuing my service as a customer.
     
  2. richall01

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    Could we get the games in HD on TruTV (on the 700 channels), But not the channel?
     
  3. loudo

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    If you don't think he is right, just go to the DirecTV web site and see what they sell for $99.00 for an HD receiver and $69.00 for an SD receiver.
     
  4. mws192

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    You can't blame Directv for changing the rules. Had the NCAA kept everything the same, I'm sure we'd be offered the opportunity to purchase MMM.
     
  5. mcees4life

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    I 100% agree with you. In fact, i'm not even that upset that we're not getting TruTv HD. My main gripe is that Directv is falsely notifying us that there will be still be coverage of march madness as it has been in the past (interactive channel, mix channel, etc...).

    For all of the major golf and tennis tournaments Directv offers "enhanced" coverage meaning between 5 or 6 channels usually from 701 to 706 with all being in HD including a mix channel. March Madness is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year and we went from having the best coverage of the event to having average, and compared to a segment of the competition, below average coverage. It's going to be a real pain trying to watch and follow as many as 4 games at once without the enhanced coverage that we are accustomed to. It's one of the reasons I am a Directv customer to begin with.
     
  6. KK in CT

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    I don't blame them for changing the rules. I blame them for not adapting to the new rules. Last year they made some type of deal with CBS that allowed me to see three feeds of their network that I did not have the rights to see at any other time. With a years notice, and being the self proclaimed HD sports leader, couldn't they have made a similar deal with TrueTV? Charge us for that feed like they did for the three extra feeds from CBS. That's fine. But the fact that they have already been offering us all of the games in HD and now they aren't while their competition has made the necessary arrangements to have them, well that just doesn't add up.
     
  7. KK in CT

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    So losing about 20% of their HD coverage is acceptable as the HD sports leader? What if it were NFL Sunday ticket? Would that too be acceptable if the rules changed? The point is they are reducing their HD coverage. As the self proclaimed HD sports leader.
     
  8. Sixto

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    Let the anticipation begin ...

    The 2011 DBSTalk DirecTV HD Poll ... it was almost exactly one year ago that we had our last survey ...

    This Poll will be modeled after a recent survey from DirecTV that a participant/subscriber sent me ...

    Formatting it for DBSTalk to be easy to take, and self tabulating ...

    Within the next few days ... early next week ... :)
     
  9. MysteryMan

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    Looking forward to it......Thanks Sixto
     
  10. scoop8

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    Racer, anything that you can pass on regarding the remaining Encore feeds going to HD?
     
  11. loudo

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    It will be interesting, as the last one was. Thanks for the effort in putting it together.
     
  12. georule

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    No, D* (and every other major provider who's been around more than a few years) already has a legacy equipment environment.

    I sent back a SD box to D* a few weeks ago when we upgraded our third TV to HD. I'd guess that D* is getting SD boxes back from customers upgrading TVs to HD every week. What happens to them? They go back out to somebody else is what. It'd be interesting to know if D* has even had to buy any new SD boxes in the last couple years.

    Meanwhile, HR20-23 are coming back as people upgrade to H(R)24. At some point the math will make sense.

    Comcast spent more than a billion dollars on DTAs for World of More over the last two years --but they didn't have much of a choice.
     
  13. Hutchinshouse

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    :lol:

    Speak for yourself. Why should people have to "survive"? Sounds like DIRECTV's new slogan.

    Face it, your beloved DIRECTV has the cash/capacity to have all games in HD.

    The last few additions, SD, SDVOD and 3D. :lol: Don't even get me started on 3D. They're adding 3D channels when less than 1% of households has a 3D TV. :lol:

    How about adding BASIC HD? Oh yeah, I forgot "we'll survive".
     
  14. thelucky1

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    No TruTv HD for March Madness? Ridiculous!!! It's only one of the biggest sporting events for the so-called "HD sports leader"! Then bring back the MMM HD package. Oh I forgot Directv might have to spend some money to get TruTv HD. Very hard to "tango" with their head up their ass!
     
  15. TheRatPatrol

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    Then whats the reason, ratings?
    Basic HD........yeah, riiiiight. :lol:
     
  16. mcees4life

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    Also this easy for you to say being that your beloved Hoosiers won't even be in the tourney. You would be pissed if the Hoosiers made the tourney and their games was going to be shown nationwide in standard definition. Its the year 2011, that's unacceptable....especially for the company that set the standard for excellence in sports coverage.
     
  17. thelucky1

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    Directv's new philosophy is to follow, not lead. AND they aren't even doing that well!!! As you said...that's unacceptable!!!
     
  18. mluntz

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    1. If I'm paying $300 for something, I expect it to be in HD.

    2. If my local team gets in, I'm sure the game will be broadcast locally in HD, so no worries for me. Unfortunately, if you follow a team not in your local market, than I see your point.
     
  19. mcees4life

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    The more I think about this the more angry I become. The scoreguide is a great feature and would be a great way to keep up with all of the march madness games....but guess what???? The scoreguide feature is not operable on non sports channels. Since there will be no enhanced coverage ala MMM package, we won't even have access to all the tourney games via scoreguide because all the games are being broadcast on CBS, TNT, TBS, TruTV (all non sports channels).
     
  20. mluntz

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    I don't watch scoreguide, but a very good point!
     
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