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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. georule

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    That was a $69 package? I respectfully request that the NHL and D* infuriate me likewise re NHL Center Ice. Knock $69 off and I'll take my chances on a few more SD games for likely one year.
     
  2. ShawnL25

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    Of interest from the poll:

    Over 80% of those polled have at least some interest in the following channels:
    BBC America
    TCM
    History International
    Nat Geo Wild

    Over 80% of those polled have no interest in the following channels:
    Wealth TV
    TV One
    WFN
    Fashion
    Galavision
    GMC

    DIY has the distinction of being the most polarizing.
     
  3. Garry

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    Are you sure about that? There's a reason why they carry ESPN Channels.
    And they will be raising rates every spring no matter what channels are carried or added. Just like every other provider.
     
  4. georule

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    Only 44 more votes to go on the poll to hit 1,000! Tickle your D*-scribing friends!
     
  5. PWenger

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    True...but only one of my receivers is capable of accepting an internet hook-up...so if I want to watch an on demand in our family room where our best TV is, for example, I would still have to at the very least replace a receiver.
     
  6. hancox

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    I'd GLADLY pay the $69 again to fill in the HD hole we're being given this year, even if just for the SD--> HD games. This is a big event in my house, and I have a big TV - SD, and likely horrid overcompressed SD at that, won't cut it.
     
  7. mcees4life

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    and those 13 games are a quarter of the total games played for the whole tournament. We are furious because we not getting every game in HD nor are we getting a mix channel and interavtive bracket features, all of which made Mega March Madness as great as it was.
     
  8. Hoosier205

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    A quarter? Epic math FAIL.
     
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    So why not swap receivers and put the internet-capable one in the family room?
     
  10. hancox

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    Right, so it's OK for D* to blame "the new contract," etc, for their ongoing negotiation issues with content, but a guy fudges a bit of math (probably forgetting about an increased game count this year), and it's guns a' blazin'?

    Not shocking for this crowd...
     
  11. makaiguy

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    68 teams. Each game eliminates 1 team so there are 67 games. 13/67 = 19.4%, or about 1/5.

    I'd like everything to be in HD too, but sheesh, at least I get to see them all. I follow our local Div II small school's away games via webcasts that can't be much better than 300 x 225 px. It's not great, for sure, but if you really care about the CONTENT, it is tolerable (barely).
     
  12. Hoosier205

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    What...you don't think DirecTV wanted to over what was suggested in the ad regarding the tournament? People should actually read what Satelliteracer posts. ;)

    The combination of the NCAA, CBS, and Turner made this a difficult scenario. We'll be able to watch all 67 games via DirecTV. Only 13 out of 67 games will be in SD, while the remaining 54 will be available in HD. We will survive, I can promise you that.

    Claiming to be "furious" is a ridiculous statement to make. Priorities.
     
  13. mcees4life

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    ok so with the added games this year, TruTV standard def games will represent 20% instead of 25%. I know the % of games the Hoosiers will be playing in the tournament and that math my friend is not a Epic FAIL.
     
  14. Hoosier205

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    If I had actually expected the Hoosiers to have an impact this year, that might matter to me. :rolleyes:

    Trust me, as a life-long Indiana resident, I am a basketball fanatic. If this truly were the incredible disaster that some of you claim...I'd be all over it. Let's just tone down the rhetoric. It's 13 games that you'll still get to see. It's the first time they've even broadcast all of the games live.
     
  15. PWenger

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    Okay, I think my point is being missed.

    My point is, I can't get internet other than dial up. Therefore, all the internet required stuff that Directv is doing means nothing to me. I signed up for Directv because it was "Direct Broadcast Satellite"...I didn't need any sort of cable or wired hook up. I don't understand why Directv is concentrating so many resources on aspects of their service that goes beyond their core. I will grant you, these services are great and could be an enhancement...but I would think that the core video signal delivery would be more of a priority...be cutting edge at your core business, then go beyond to other services.

    My point with the multiple receivers, which re-reading I made as clear as mud, if I have to deal with another company for the internet hook up to get things such as On Demand, why not abandon Directv at that point to receive the better bundling pricing and arguably richer on demand offerings? Especially when, by changing, I would get updated equipment with full capabilities at every TV? Yes, I certainly could move the internet capable to the family room...but that would mean the bedroom would be without those capabilities. Updating required.

    By making so much of their service internet dependent, they are basically inviting other companies into your home and giving them the opportunity to find a service that might be a better fit...especially since they have been slower than other companies in adding new HD. I get the argument that the other companies have had to play catch up and in many cases haven't caught up yet...but the perception that they ARE catching up is hard to ignore. There was a time when I said, "Even if Comcast came down my road, I wouldn't change because I love Directv." Now, if they or FIOS came down my road, I would give them serious consideration.

    If the only new HD we can anticipate is On Demand requiring internet, I would be disappointed.
     
  16. maartena

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    Problem is.... when contracts come to an end, and channels renegotiate their carriage fees, the TV channels are raising THEIR rent. If the rent is considered to high for the channel, they will drop it. (Such as G4). But if the channel is in demand, they will carry it at an increased cost.

    An increased cost that will be carried on to the subscribers.
     
  17. Paul Secic

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    Has Directv even issued a statement on the matter? I don't see anything on their website.
     
  19. sigma1914

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    Yes, I'm serious.:rolleyes: The numbers don't lie.
     
  20. sunking

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    Yet more accurate than Directvs HD insinuated/actual claims. :grin:
     
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