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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. beachmonkey

    beachmonkey Legend

    Jan 16, 2010
    The promise of a complete HD March Madness reminds me of the promise of a complete HD Winter Olympics.. I'll believe it when I see it. :nono2:
  2. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
  3. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    This is simply because they don't have the bandwidth in their satellites to carry ON DEMAND (which is "play when I press play, and not at half an hour intervals such as cinema pay per view) to subscribers, and second, subscribers don't have the equipment to SEND requests to a satellite. It is a simple technical limitation of satellites.

    Satellite providers such as Dish and DirecTV have typically used 2 methods of "On demand".

    The first one is to pre-load your DVR harddrive with "On-demand" shows. Basically, a satellite provider would push, just like it would with guide updates, a set number of programs to a reserved space on your DVR, from which the user can then select what he/she wants to watch. This type of On Demand is really just "On Demand" from what I have on my drive. This works great for SD, since it takes up 4x as less space as HD, so you have a decent choice.

    The second one is through the Internet. This is more like the true on-demand like cable companies and IPTV companies offer. Here you select a program to watch, it buffers for a minute or two, and then you can watch it. (That is, if you have a fast internet connection like me. If you have a slower connection, it might take a while before you can start watching the movie)

    On Demand will always be a problem for satellite companies, as satellite technology simply won't allow for it very easily.

    If On Demand as a technology, is a DECIDING factor in what provider you choose, you should cut out both Dish and DirecTV, and go either with Cable or an IPTV solution.
  4. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Search for posts from Satelliteracer.
  5. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    There are too many college football and basketball teams to keep track of. That's why I don't watch.
  6. sunking

    sunking Godfather

    Feb 17, 2004
    I think his point is that he doesn't see the same value in being able to see a rerun of a show on a channel he already has compared to an actual new channel with new content. If I cared about it I would have recorded it. On Demand for me is pretty low on the totem pole compared to an entirely new HD channel. Not saying it's without any merit, but when I look at value I don't jump to On Demand, I look at channels offered. Maybe that makes me a simpleton, but there you have it.
  7. KK in CT

    KK in CT Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    huh? I watched them all live last year. In HD. It's just a step backwards that's all. Why that's so shameful to admit I don't understand. Yes we will deal with it. Just disappointing from the sports leader that's all.
  8. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Last week, I made a stop at a Comcast office (a bit out of my area) and found that they had a station set up where one could check out its channels. So, I let an employee know that I wanted to view some HD programming to look at the picture quality. (This isn't about Comcast; but it's about some of the channels we don't get but should receive from DirecTV.)

    HLN HD, E! HD, FUSE HD, QVC HD, and HSN HD — In-studio progammings that were sharp and lively.

    Style HD — Some outdoors program, like HGTV, that looked vivid.

    LMN HD and HInt'l HD — Terrific!

    AMC HD — Good; it was an action-adventure film whose shots were fairly dark (so it wasn't the best opportune time for me).

    gmc HD — Very nice (it was a program with Billy Ray Cyrus).

    IFC HD, TVONE HD, and TCM HD — Were not showing HD content (at the time).

    I should have written this earlier, because I'm not recalling a couple others — iD HD and truTV HD — and, yet, am encouraged.

    I have the feeling these channels will come to DirecTV in 2011.
  9. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007

  10. KK in CT

    KK in CT Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    I believe they are referring to the fact that they are staggering the games more this year? Either that or because they aren't all on CBS, therefore everyone can watch them all (not at the mercy of what your local CBS is showing). I definitely saw every game live last year via MMM. Yes I had to switch between the CBS feeds, but they were all live.

    Edit: they must mean it's the first time you can see all of the games live with any service provider, referring to DirecTV's loss of exclusivity they had with MMM.
  11. PWenger

    PWenger Legend

    Jan 24, 2003
    One last try to explain...then I will go away.

    First off...I can't get anything else. As I stated in the paragraphs above, Satellite is my only option. No cable or TELCO will come down my road.

    2nd...On Demand isn't the deciding factor for me. I understand your whole explanation of On Demand. That is why I am so disappointed that every new service or innovation is based on providing that. I am bemoaning the fact that Directv has concentrated so much of their resources into aspects of their services that require internet. Instead of negotiating On Demand contracts, developing network media sharing, youtube, apps, autopilot, etc...negotiate in good faith for more Satellite deliverable services...in other words, TV channels. Be the out and out leader in that, then even if a FIOS or Comcast provides your internet, you'll still keep Directv for your TV.

    Is that practical? I don't know. Do I know the fine details of the negotiating process? Do I have to answer to stockholders? No. Do I wish Directv's priorities were mine? Damn straight...because my only two options are Directv and DISH, and I frankly think Directv is my better choice.

    So I repeat...if On Demand and internet related services remain the corporate focus of this company, I will be very disappointed. Am I delusional enough to think that will keep anyone at Directv up at night? Of course not.
  12. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    Since I can't and may NEVER get Mad Men or Gossip Girl in HD--which is outrageous--I'm going to sign up for Amazon Prime, get free 2-day shipping and just stream them in HD for free, one day after their airing. Then drop a tier or two on D* because I'm solving my viewing issues pro-actively. Shove it, D*.
  13. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Now that's a great way to handle it in a very mature and reasonable manner.

    Never mind. That didn't last long.
  14. David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

    Aug 21, 2006
    Fresno, CA
    Even with Prime, Mad Men and Gossip Girl are $2.99 an episode for HD.
  15. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Too bad neither are free with Prime.
  16. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007

    Well, that won't work.
  17. georule

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    It's intereresting that with a near tripling of the sample size (now over 1,000) from last year, the results are still very similar once you remove the options from last year that do not appear on this years poll due to already being added or not included by D* on their poll.

    2011 --BBC, TCM, HI, DIY, IFC, NatGeoWild, TruTV, E!, Cooking Channel

    2010 --BBC, TCM, IFC, E!, HI, TruTV, DIY, HLN

    I think NatGeoWild HD had just barely launched at the time the 2010 poll was taken, didn't it?

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Now THIS is fun to read.:)
  19. Baldmaga

    Baldmaga Godfather

    Sep 1, 2007
    It should be free if you have to wait two days to watch the stream :p
  20. huskerhead

    huskerhead AllStar

    Oct 27, 2002
    So this poll was taken last year as well to "shape the future of Directv"? Doesn't appear that it had much affect in regards to adding HD from the list.
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