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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 24, 2012.
Well we haven't actually lost anything, just no gains to speak of.
If a horse in the Belmont Stakes stopped in the middle of the race, would they not lose?
HD is an ongoing race and in the net, it is still moving forward leaving those who don't move behind.
Only if they were passed before the race ended.
But as you correctly pointed out - there is no end to the HD race.
The two lead horses are doing so well that the can afford to slow down. The only competition moving forward seems to be those that, if there was an end to the race, would not finish on the lead lap.
DirecTV is doing fine ... they have a lot of channels in HD and people are buying their service. This is not Belmont.
It's more like a pit stop in a race that never ends. As long as DISH subs still feel the need to comment on DIRECTV I think they are still a player otherwise they would just forget about DIRECTV.
Don't get me wrong... I think that if something is offered in SD, it deserves to be offered in HD, so I anxiously await the day when DirecTV's entire lineup is offered in HD.
However, I think the race ended years ago...
DISH is moving in the opposite direction by dropping AMC,. WE, IFC and Sundance. DirecTV has added TruTV and E! in HD.
Local options (such as Cable) are different for everyone. There are plenty of not-so-big cities that have 70-ish HD channels at most on cable. Even big companies such as Comcast offer vast differences between states/cities. Sure, bigger markets may have all this new-fangled XFinity technology, but not every town has upgraded their digital technology to be able to carry 100+ HD channels.
So it is hard to say whether they are winning or losing the race, because they present a different horse in each town they race in.
The DISH horse however.... is the same nationwide, and seems to be confused as to what direction it should go in. AMC was one of those networks that DirecTV customers were not only screaming for, some actually left DirecTV over it and went with Dish. And some of them are now moving back.
Show me an analogy that doesn't break down fairly quickly. Kinda like mammalia on a steer.
and comacst with it's big hd line up is missing stuff that other cable systems have (even ones in the same area)
BIG TEN HD ALT's
GAME 3-9 HD
TEAM 2-9 HD
other systems have the full HD line ups (non dual east / west) for SHOW, HBO, STARZ, MAX. Comcast does not.
I think most people don't have regard for what is actually available in high definition, and whether to analyze their area's provider for what they carry.
I'd also like BBC News and MHZ Worldview in HD but I know that's a long shot. Some cable providers have it... DirecTV would definitely gain some subs if they had it. I know several people who Pirate the show via the internet, just so they can get it in HD.
Top Gear (UK) is SUPER sexy in HD.
To be fair WE, IFC and Sundance were not HD channels and AMC HD has yet to be dropped. But that really isn't the point of this thread.
My apologies for replying to Harsh here --- but to close out his "horse race" analogy (and possibly add a little Nascar to it):
The purpose of this thread is to cheer on DirecTV. Some may be in this thread to say "come on, DirecTV, you can add one more channel (my favorite) you can do it" ... others may have a longer list of channels they still want added. And people can cheer pretty loud even if their horse or Nascar driver is "in the lead". If the lap times in Nascar begin to fade one might want to scream "don't back off now" regardless of the position on the track.
But this thread is all about DirecTV ... so perhaps it is time to put the blinders on and push ahead without knowing or caring what other horses/cars there are on the track and how well they are doing.
Horses, horsepower or satellites in orbit -
either way we're running around in circles...
That and running out of patience. Satelliteracer posted we will be getting more HD. Some will be pleased, others will not. Either way all good things come to those who wait.
A minor suggestion that may eliminate some confusion with the name Laxguy. I would suggest a capital X instead of the small case x (LaXguy). You can see the large X on railroad crossing signs. When I first saw the name Laxguy I thought of the airport and next the product you take when stuck and need a "moving experience" . Isn't that what you get at the LA Airport aka LAX (a moving experience).
Yes, this thread should be about cheering D* on to more HD channels. But sometimes you have to wonder if they pay attention. Did more people here want TruTV before BBCA? I don't know for sure, but I think the answer is no.
Then again, I oft times have to wonder why I want BBCA in HD so much. It really only comes down to one series that I absolutely can't be without, Doctor Who. And a couple others I wouldn't mind seeing. And no, watching them in SD on D* is too horrible to contemplate!
While I'm sure that bandwidth is always a consideration, and has been certainly tight at different times over the past few years, it's seems very obvious that the true issue is with the content providers. I also just posted similar thoughts in the AMC thread.
With the economy struggling, it seems crystal clear that the content providers are looking to squeeze every dime out of the TV service providers.
If you signed a deal years ago, great. If it didn't include HD then you're stuck, and the negotiation begins.
And with hundreds of channels, all with different contract renewal dates, many grouped together with the same company who maybe only wants to bundle for advantage, all while everyone needs to meet quarterly earnings forecasts, and TV providers trying to keep rate increases to only growing 3-5% per year, and new RSN's being added ...
Well, there's alot to worry about.
Thinking that someday this industry might get turned on it's head and the content providers might need to deal with the real world, the consumers, and we'd see it they'd allow these increases.
Info on upcoming PAC-12 channels.
They are a bit nuts. There is not enough content for seven channels. Ask the BTN. Except a couple of times a year, they struggle to fill one channel.
LAX= Los Angeles Int'l Airport
lax= undisciplined, careless,
Lax= The game of lacrosse
If a Mod will ok a change, I'll make it less confusing, but using the full word of lacrosse.....
The "official" anticipation threads aren't initiated (or even made some of the longest) by DISH subscribers.
And to James, to hear the DIRECTV people go on, DIRECTV is no longer a "leader" in the HD race (and Derek Chang, the slowly departing director of such things, is OK with that).