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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

    mcees4life AllStar

    May 9, 2008
    Y'all doing all this chit chat about the type and amount of content which I respect and understand.....but all I want is good coverage of March Madness....is that too much to ask for lol
  2. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I think that was in response to the subthread about TruTV and sports, namely March Madness.

    Aside from NFL ST, my points really apply to all HD channels. The providers are all asking for as much money as they can. (Which makes sense, actually.) So negotiations ensue and hopefully the DIRECTV will get reasonable prices more often than not. :)

    I think DIRECTV is working hardest on non-sports HD these days--aside from TruTV which wasn't sports, I don't know of any sports HD doesn't have. (And someone will let me know very soon where I'm wrong--thanks in advance.) :)

    Are you a fan of premium movies? Or are you interested in the more basic HD channels? I think both are coming, though I don't know the particular focus. DIRECTV likely has negotiations ongoing with many providers at the same time.

    Here's hoping everyone gets the channels they want in short order,
  3. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Nope, not too much to ask. Unfortunately... looks like too much to expect this season. Unless someone blinks very soon. (And for your sake, I hope they do.)

  4. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    Well said.

    I agree.. VOD it not a channel. VOD has nothing to do with this HD CHANNEL thread.

    In this thread posters will state: "it's not smart business to add HD channels due to cost and the majority of DIRECTV customers are still SD only."

    Yet one post later they'll complement DIRECTV for adding HDVOD. :lol:
  5. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    My wife. :D
  6. seern

    seern Active Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    Glen Allen, VA
    Other then golf I never watch sports. :grin:
  7. BigRedFan

    BigRedFan Legend

    Mar 28, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    Now that SatRacer has thrown a big ice bucket on the spirit of this thread, we can confirm what we've known since last summer: DirecTV's interest in adding new HD is as high as the Egyptians' interest in bringing Muraback back...

    And the tango is no longer a reason for saying "no", since Tru-TV-HD was not even a "money" issue... TruTV was "guilty" of not really being a sports network and was carrying the NCAA Tournament as an anomaly... Well, Univision is not a sports network either and yet, DTV picked up its HD channel 3 weeks before the World Cup last summer, at a time when Univision had very little HD programming, much less than TruTV has today...But the World Cup was an important enough event to warrant the HD carriage, no different than the NCAA on TruTV...

    BET-HD was added the Friday before the big Annual BET Music Awards Show at a time when there was zilch HD programming on BET...Again, a Special Event (just like the NCAA's) which warranted immediate HD carriage...

    Fast forward to Feb. 2011 and we see that the "new" DirecTV will find any and all creative reasons to avoid adding new basic HD channels... They're counting on their subscribers remaining dumb and stupid about the large and increasing number of missing HD networks... And they're also counting on these same subscribers remaining blind and indifferent to the more than 90 unwatchable SD super-compressed networks DTV refuses to convert to HD...

    A company business plan based on underestimating the client base...Very wise "strategy"...
  8. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    25 states don't have a professional major sport (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) team. 'Nuff said...
  9. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    ......and you statement of DirecTV subs being blind, dumb and stupid is based on?
  10. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Actually, that says squat about sports fans, but a lot about Pro sports. Thank God that's not all there is!
    Plus many Pro teams draw a regional, sometimes national, following, well across State lines.
  11. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    Let's count the seconds until Hoosier205 responds. :lol:
  12. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Now you've done it! :D
  13. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    And that's why DirecTV was invented...
  14. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    BigRedFan's profile shows he subscribes to DirecTV and DISH. What's that make him? Blind, dumb and stupid times two? :rolleyes:
  15. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    Just call me Nostradamus :lol:
  16. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    rich :lol:
  17. APB101

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    Sep 1, 2010
    DirecTV should make some deals. Make … some … deals! And make those deals with these below-listed companies.

    I was told here that the capacity would allow for 34 more high-definition channels for DirecTV. I won't ask for that much, for now, but I think at least 15 more need to get added. In my area every provider has truTV HD, TCM HD, HLN HD, E! HD, Style HD, iD HD, QVC HD, LMN HD, and HInt'l HD. (Only one of my other area providers, AT&T U-verse, does not have AMC HD! Just one of my other area providers, Dish Network, does not carry HSN HD. Only one of my other area providers, Comcast, does not carry DIY HD and COOK HD.)

    Just those channels — plus GSN (half-owned by DirecTV!) — not being on DirecTV in high-def discredits any feeling or notion that it is okay for DirecTV not to bring its HD lineup up to date (with the competition). It also discredits anyone here who thinks there is a need to debate whether there is an insufficient HD lineup (in the 200s and 300s), when the competition (not just in my area!) is delivering those channels listed in the above paragraph (as well as, say, OUTCH HD and SPRTSM HD, in the 600s).

    So, DirecTV needs to make some deals!

    DirecTV: GSN.

    Rainbow Media: AMC, IFC, We, FUSE, and WEDDNG. (SUND is not yet available in HD.)

    Turner: HLN, CNNI, truTV, and TCM.

    Comcast (partially- or fully-owned): E!, Style, G4, TVONE, and SPROUT. With purchase of NBC, there is also OXYGEN.

    E.W. Scripps: DIY and COOK.

    Hubbard: REELZ and OVAT.

    Lionsgate: TVGN.

    Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc.: OUTCH.

    InterMedia Outdoors: SPRTSM.

    Viacom (through divisions of BET and MTV): CENTRC and LOGO.

    Liberty: QVC.

    HSN, Inc.: HSN.

    A&E Networks: HInt'l and LMN. (MHIST and LRW are not available in HD.)

    Discovery Communications (partially- or fully-owned): iD, TheHub, and OWN.

    NewsCorp (partially- or fully-owned): NGWILD. (FMC is not available in HD.)

    BBC Worldwide: BBCAM.​

    DirecTV: Make … some … damn … deals!
  18. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Hmm. That list would include Virginia. Better tell the Redskins that there are no NFL fans in Virginia.

    That list would also include Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky. Better tell those folks that they are not interested in sports.

    I could go on. But who says that the existence of a professional team in a state means if sports are important or not. It is more a measure of population density. During college seasons, tell me what state cares nothing about sports.
  19. KK in CT

    KK in CT Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Exactly. In some states college sports are bigger than pro sports.
  20. wmb

    wmb Godfather

    Dec 17, 2008
    Wait a sec... one of those states is Kansas! The Cheifs and Royals play in KC, Mo.
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