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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. Billzebub

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    I don't think anyone ever said the reason for every channel not being on is the inability to make a deal. Maybe they don't see the value in adding those channels. To each their own, but I have no burning desire to shop in HD.
     
  2. Paul Secic

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    Write DirecTV. You're wasting time asking these people on this board what channel you want. I tweet Dish.
     
  3. sigma1914

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    Yeah, 13 HD games has pushed dish ahead of Directv HD sports. ST, EI, tons of HD on CI & LP...All meaningless because we'll miss Texas beat Liberty by 47 points and a few other lopsided early games.
     
  4. Billzebub

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    While I'd like some of the channels you mentioned, I am confused as to why a company needs an "excuse" not to carry them. They make a choice regarding what programming they will provide. As consumers we can certainly let them know what we want. However, in the end, if they are not responsive then the consumer must decide whether to continue to purchase from them.

    The only way to get everything you want is to start a cable or satellite company. I don’t think DirecTV, Dish, Comcast or any other company has an obligation to let customers run their business for them.
     
  5. Hoosier205

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    Well said.

    I keep saying that the people who really are upset do something about it. The ones who just enjoy stirring the pot are all talk. Actions speak louder than words, so act already.
     
  6. Hutchinshouse

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    Dude, we're talking NCAA b-ball madness.

    If you want ALL games in HD, DISH Network is the clear leader.

    If I was DISH, I'd run this fact in a TV commercial nonstop. :lol:
     
  7. APB101

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    The very title of this thread: "DirecTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q1 2011 Thread)," connected with business-competition reasons.

    Not entirely. Some channels a provider has to carry. And, again, business-competition reasons; you don't offer a much-desired (or, even, rather basic) channel while the competition does, and more and more consumers take notice, then you better spring into action. Especially if you're not the only game in town.

    No need to even state it. My own situation is that I am contractually obligated for a few more months, due to equipment upgrade, and will let the time elapse.

    Never was a point (for me). I never took it that anyone here was trying to run the businesses of, say, DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, et al. In fact, some of what I have written here is a part of me imagining if I was in this business. Which HD channels would need to come in (that are already carried in SD by DirecTV)? There is no assuming (by me, at least) that everyone here posts for selfish reasons. Some posters are well-informed, and they have an awareness for the market (and what competition has to offer). After all, when I signed up for DirecTV in 1998, I did so in large part because my then-one-and-only cable provider didn't have select channels that should've been on their dial the previous year (as they were in other areas by, say, another provider).
     
  8. sigma1914

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    Even Charles Barkley joked about TruTV's games during Saturday night's All-Star stuff. The commentators were joking about each others alma maters and how bad the teams were doing. Chuck said, "You guys are so bad that we can't even get you on a TruTV game." :lol:
     
  9. Maruuk

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    Re one kinda neglected issue here: Are we ever gonna get PBS-HD nationally? It's now almost 3 years after the initial buzz that D* was in advanced talks with PBS and would be bringing at least one PBS-HD channel nationally, but then zilch. I'm in one of those lovely DMA's where D* has totally dropped the ball on LIL-HD so we're screwed. Is the whole idea of a national PBS-HD channel now dead?
     
  10. Hoosier205

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    We're using the term "HD" a bit loosely here, aren't we? :D

    I don't see it being an issue this year. This is the first time all the games will be be broadcast live anyway. People are used to not seeing them all live, on television, in HD. I for one use the the online streaming option during the day, when I am not at home. They are going to broadcast so few games that I personally am not worried about it.

    I don't blame DirecTV for not agreeing to carry a channel like this with this tournament coming up. I am sure that the folks behind truTV are using it to their advantage and using it as a negotiating tool. Take away those 13 games and their value goes down a bit. I blame the NCAA for going with truTV.
     
  11. Garry

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    That's a laugh. You're the one not making sense. If I want scores, I can check my computer or use score guide when watching sports, which I do most of the time. But if I am watching a movie, I don't want the Scores.
     
  12. Garry

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    Really? A US Senator is going to determine what channels Directv carries or not?
    Is he going to have the US government pay the increased cost? or are you willing to?
     
  13. Hutchinshouse

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    Who me? Just a tad. ;)

    However, HD lite far better than SD lite. ;)


    I sure wish we had HD channels to talk about. :D

    Bring on DIYHD
     
  14. Curtis0620

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    And DISH has both.
     
  15. Laker44

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    If you where a stockholder in Liberty, would be questioning why they invest so much into into D*, if D* doesn't see the value of adding a channel they own? Yes, to each their own, I no burning to desire to watch Premium or PPV channels in SD or HD. But I do have a burning desire for every channel that I watch to be able to watch them in HD. That is why I suspended my account and went back to cable.
     
  16. lparsons21

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    Not at all. Dish SD is better than Direct's, and if you are on the eastern arc, it is even better than the western arc.

    Arguably, Direct's HD is better, but to my eyes it is just different.
     
  17. MysteryMan

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    Wonders why DISH provides better SD on the eastern arc?
     
  18. loudo

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    I will be glad when college basketball is over. I have never seen so much concern over seeing a bunch of wanta bees playing basketball. I am sure we will eventually see TruTV in HD.

    With the current economy network/channel negotiations are tougher than ever. The networks are down in advertising revenue and they are trying to make it up in wanting more from the satellite and cable providers.
     
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    I have said it before, I do not think this lull in the addition of HD has anything to do with not liking clients or Mad Men or Basketball or contentious negotiations. I think this has been a choice in development priorities. When SR says his Tango line, we assume that D* is the one on the floor begging for partners. It could be the other way around. D* did a lot last year. It just did not include the HD we still want. I would not give up MRV for AMC. A really cool remote viewing app for iPad might be worth more than AMC. I have even watched more VOD than Mad Men this year, so it gets my nod.

    For you basketball fans, D* will absolutely not sell their first born child for thirteen games. They will make the deal they want when they want. If that gets you games in 2011, so be it. This has been discussed with The Tour d France and Hockey (Vs). Mad Men (AMC), college football (ESPNu), Golf (Golf). Dr Who (BBCa). I am sure there are others. D* has its focus on the forest. Many of us are focusing on a tree. Those of us who are little more wide in perspective are still restricted by perspective to a narrow grove in that forest.
     
  20. RAD

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    Eastern Arc is new and Dish was able to use only MPEG4 hardware there, Western Arc is their old legacy system and there's still a bunch of MPEG2 only hardware out there.
     
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