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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 24, 2012.

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  1. Jun 6, 2012 #1181 of 1602
    moob

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    That's one of the reasons I want BBCA in HD as well. I'd like to check out some of the other shows on there, but watching it in D*'s awful SD makes my eyes bleed.

    It's off topic, but I'm a PC gamer myself. But usually if it's on the consoles, it'll come to PC eventually.

    **shakes fist**

    I had no idea. :(

    I always forget that Spike covers gaming as well. I still have it my head that G4 was the only channel, and since that's gone, I ignore everything else.
     
  2. Jun 6, 2012 #1182 of 1602
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    Where are we on HD?

    That Satelliteracer says some of what will get added by the end of 2012 we will appreciate; some others that will become added we will dismiss?

    Can we just say six, and figure two of them to be premium-movie channels (multiscreens); two that are newly launching sports; two that are basic-cable channels?
     
  3. Jun 6, 2012 #1183 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    All SD looks terrible to me... :(


    I don't like PC gaming... which is good because my PCs are POS. I can't play games on them...

    The END! :)

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  4. Jun 6, 2012 #1184 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    One can make assumptions all they want, but most of us know what making assumptions does... ;)

    I expect at least two RSNs this year...

    Beyond those (which I care nothing about), I'm not getting my hopes up.

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  5. Jun 6, 2012 #1185 of 1602
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    You would be correct.... there is a big USC vs UCLA feud here, and since there is no NFL team in Los Angeles, these two teams are often the football team of choice, as it is easy to go to the games.

    Although some may think that finding it very likely that these channels are going to be added as "being west coast biased", I think it is pretty much a "must have" situation for DirecTV.

    You can bet that Time Warner Cable, who obviously will carry the channels (and has signed up for Pac12 already as well), will start a HUGE advertising campaign in local newspapers, radio, social media, and on TV of course that THEY carry the Lakers, USC Football, etc.... People will start switching to TWC rather quickly.

    I think Time Warner also knows that DirecTV will eventually sign on for these channels, but if they can push the negotiations till after the season starts.... they can quickly rake in a bunch of early switchers.

    In my humble, not so west coast biased opinion, I don't think DirecTV has a choice here. They just need to get the right price.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2012 #1186 of 1602
    maartena

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    I expect 2 RSN's for the L.A. market and Pac12.

    And no, I don't give a dam about any of those, but hey.... it's 3 new HD.

    SatelliteRacer's post seemed to indicate he had a pretty good idea what is coming down the pipeline, with his "some will like it, some wish for other options" comment, and I am with you on this one: Beyond those three, I don't expect a whole lot else.

    Maybe, just maybe we'll get 1 more basic HD this year. But I am not holding my breath.
     
  7. Jun 6, 2012 #1187 of 1602
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    Actually, the Trail Blazers used to be on FSN Northwest (now Root Sports Northwest) which DirecTV has always carried, so when they moved to CSN Northwest, which D* has never carried, we did lose a team.

    Also the Hornets used to be on Fox Sports South, which D* has always carried, and when they moved to CST New Orleans, which D* has never carried, we lost them too.

    Neither teams' games are on NBA League Pass either...
     
  8. Jun 7, 2012 #1188 of 1602
    sigma1914

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    Yes they are. Sometimes we get the Blazers feed.
     
  9. Jun 7, 2012 #1189 of 1602
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    As to SR's "some will like it, some won't" comment, has there ever been an HD addition that was universally praised? When the premiums were upgraded to HD, basics fans (like myself) were unhappy. When AMC was upgraded sports fans felt neglected, etc, etc.

    Directv could add 20 new HD channels and someone would chime in, "but what about ___."

    If Directv adds all these new RSNs that are coming online soon or the ones that have been so unobtainable (Philly is that you?) I'll be very happy for those sports fans. But as for myself, I'd be very disappointed that they chose sports over some of my longed-for basics.
     
  10. Jun 7, 2012 #1190 of 1602
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    Yes but the in-market fans never get to see them. Seems pretty unfair if you ask me.
     
  11. Jun 7, 2012 #1191 of 1602
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    If I read the tech thread right (correct me if I'm wrong though), there's 44 empty spots. Plenty of room for (in order of spot on channel lineup):

    1. DIY HD
    2. Cooking Channel HD
    3. GSN HD
    4. Style HD
    5. Reelz Channel HD
    6. HSN HD
    7. Oxygen HD
    8. Lifetime Women HD
    9. TCM HD
    10. Fox Movie Channel HD
    11. We TV HD
    12. Disney Junior HD
    13. BBC America HD
    14. H2 HD
    15. Logo HD
    16. Ovation HD
    17. QVC HD
    18. OWN HD
    19. Nat Geo Wild HD
    20. ID HD
    21. The Hub HD
    22. Nick Jr HD
    23. Teen Nick HD
    24. TV Land HD
    25. TV One HD
    26. Centric HD
    27. GMC HD
    28. Fuse TV HD
    29. RFD HD
    30. C-SPAN HD
    31. C-SPAN2 HD
    32. C-SPAN3 HD (replace the duplicate of the worthless News Mix SD)
    33. OuterMax HD
    33. Encore Drama HD
    34. Encore Action HD
    35. Flix HD
    36. Sundance Channel HD
    37. IFC HD
    38. Sportsman Channel HD
    39. Outdoor Channel HD
    40. Fox Soccer Plus HD (full time)
    41-42. Fox Sports Ohio (both feeds) HD (full time)
    43. TWC SportsNet HD/CSN Houston HD/Pac-12 Network HD (depending on contracts)
    44. ESPN8 The Ocho HD
     
  12. Jun 7, 2012 #1192 of 1602
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    I keep seeing ads on HD channels for programming on cooking channel and we. These ads show the programming in HD. If directv wasn't allowed to showcase these channels in HD then why wouldn't the commercials be pillar boxed and quality reduced on the HD channels running these ads?
     
  13. Jun 7, 2012 #1193 of 1602
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    Because those commercials most likely are included in the channels HD stream itself. So if you're watching HGTV in HD and there's a commercial for DIY, that's in HD that is because that commercial is part of the HGTV feed that DirecTV is receiving and sending out to you. DirecTV didn't record something off DIY, edit it themselves and make the commercial.

    If the company that produced the ad did so in HD, and sent it to a channel to be aired, and that channel is in HD then that is what you are going to see. Why would DirecTV pay someone to sit there and watch for commercials for channels they only carry in HD and set it to downconvert the HD channel airing it so the ad is only seen in SD.
     
  14. Jun 7, 2012 #1194 of 1602
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    The bigger oddity, for me, is SD ads in an HD feed. Ads that are big budget items, not Mom n Pop locals. Even JG Wentworh, [877-cashnow!] makes 'em in HD these days. (Their operatic one is a fav. that occasionally I'll not FF through.)
     
  15. Jun 7, 2012 #1195 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    I've seen HD commercials for The Hub, Lifetime Movie Network, The CW, DIY, Cooking, WeTV, TV Land, etc., etc.

    Heck, I remember seeing HD commercials for E! and AMC years ago... ditto for Lifetime prior to DirecTV adding them.

    Beerstalker is correct.

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  16. Jun 7, 2012 #1196 of 1602
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    The ones that do kind of annoy me are the ones that call out specific DirecTV channel numbers.

    Like watch Dr Who on BBC American HD, then a voice breaks in and a screen pops up saying on DirecTV channel 264. The first time I saw it I got excited for a minute and thought they had finally added BBC-A HD.
     
  17. Jun 7, 2012 #1197 of 1602
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    If that is the case, then enough with the whole contracts argument. You see an ad for a show on the cooking channel for example, and the graphics, people and whole thing is in HD - just because your watching HGTV or TruTV or something.... then for those 30 seconds they are playing Cooking channel HD content.

    I say lets get rid of these walls and if DirecTV has rights to display the content, it should display it in HD. These providers can't ask for more money. Enough with this segregation. HD shouldn't be regulated to the back of the bus anymore.
     
  18. Jun 7, 2012 #1198 of 1602
    Alan Gordon

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    I TOTALLY forgot about BBCA... yeah, I remember seeing commercials for "Torchwood: Children Of Earth" IN HD prior to BBCA HD feed even launching! :mad:

    BTW... speaking of BBCA, I mentioned "The Misfits" were on sale on iTunes for $4.99... turns out, it's a BBCA sale for a ton of shows, and several of them (CoE mentioned above being one of them) are selling for $4.99 in HD. :eek2:

    Multiple channels offer their HD feeds for free... but as mentioned before, there is other costs associated with offering the HD feeds, not to mention that it's possible some of these channels might use the opportunity to get more money for their SD feed at the same time.

    You are still watching HGTV or TruTV... NOT Cooking Channel.

    ~Alan
     
  19. Jun 7, 2012 #1199 of 1602
    cypherx

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    Yes this is what I mean! They were like saying cooking channel blah blah blah (I don't even remember the number since its not HD i don't watch it yet...). But you see the logo and excerpts from the programming in HD and you just think oh ch 2 hundred something, cooking in HD? Then you go to it and it's a big burry mess like someone took their glasses off!

    Also the biggest PITA ads they run lately are those phone numbers to call if you ever taking certain drugs like Yaz is one or Ocella(sp?). I'm not sure if these are locally added or not. I never saw these kind of ads before I had DirecTV.
     
  20. Jun 7, 2012 #1200 of 1602
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    Everyone commenting seems to have missed my point.....I was offering a technical definition of the term "network".....not the FCC or Directv interpretations of the term.
     
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