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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. maartena

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    There is definitely a lot of action happening in the sports world this year. And in some of the biggest markets of the nations.

    I'm seriously thinking that we probably won't see ANY basic HD this year. Or maybe they'll squeeze in 1 or something like that.
     
  2. lparsons21

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    I agree, I've about given up on D* getting BBCA in HD this year with all these sports lining up for the HD coverage and of course, the bucks involved! :(
     
  3. APB101

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    If DirecTV takes on those sports launchings (regional and national), how will they fit in the channel ranges of the 600s?

    If any basic-cable programming, which one would find in the 200s and 300s, comes to DirecTV at any point during the remainder of 2012, it would probably be nothing beyond BBC America HD and/or Disney Junior HD.
     
  4. Davenlr

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    645-1, 645-2, 645-3, 645-4 :)

    I actually wish they WOULD do that with the ALT channels. The main RSN could be 645, and the alternates could be the -x channels. Would make it a lot easier to remember, and easier to check the alt channels.
     
  5. Sixto

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    They may really need to consider charging each geography differently for their RSN's with all these new channels. Had seen reference to the $2 extra charge but these channels are piling up.
     
  6. Coca Cola Kid

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    Yeah well I hope it's way more than 1. It'd be nice if SR would drop some better hints.
     
  7. Davenlr

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    I would like to see them include EVERY RSN that airs programming from a team that claims the viewers home as a "home territory". It makes no sense for me to have Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and St Louis ALL claiming MY home as their "home territory" but only getting ONE RSN (not even allowed to choose which one).

    Cable gives me 3 of them. DirecTv gives me 1.
     
  8. maartena

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    He has dropped a hint for "later this year" already, and that some will like it and others will wish for other choices. He has been active in other threads, so that tells me that there isn't anything else in the pipeline to actually give hints about. It might not even be ONE basic HD, but absolutely nothing at all.... with all these sports negotiations going on, we just don't know if there is any bandwidth left.
     
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    That works in some cases, but in other cases the alternate channel is a full fledged RSN with its own programming, that is also a RSN in another market.

    Example, FS West and FS San Diego are primary RSN's, and FS Prime Ticket is the secondary and available in both markets. They show the teams that cover both markets, such as NBA/NHL, as San Diego doesn't have those.

    I think we're just going to get confused if we move full channels to sub-channel locations, people want to just punch in a 3-digit number to go to the game. There still looks to be about 25-ish spots available in the 600 range, there are many gaps between the numbers.

    Also, there currently isn't anything in the 900s. (at least not on my receivers) They could move everything up, Sonictap from the 800s to the 900s, and sports packages and specials from the 700s to the 800s, and voila.... plenty of sports channels available. :D

    I don't think they have to worry about that.
     
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    Isn't there still local channels in the 900's for older receivers?

    They could also move sports into the 1600 and 1700's. Sports in the Six and Sevens. ;)
     
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    When Fox pulled the plug on Fox Reality, it took Directv about two months to agree to the deal to move to it's replacement, Nat Geo Wild, and even then it didn't go HD. It's been about that same amount of time and the living dead channel Soapnet is still hanging around. With no sign of Disney Jr, you have to wonder if Disney is asking for more money than Directv is willing to spend.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    Agreed.
     
  13. tonyd79

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    Uh. Alternates are alternates. Not separate RSNs. Like masn2. Like the five or six MSGs.

    That is a large chunk of numbers.

    If they do do all 7 PAC 12 channels, make them -1, -2, etc if they are full or part time.
     
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    I think the more RSN's they add, the more pressure there will be to go back to part-time HD RSNs. There are drawbacks to doing so, but the bw demands get more unreasonable as you add more.
     
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    That's probably all he's allowed to tell us at this point. The ink must not be dry on the contracts. The year is only half over, I'm not giving up hope for new basics in 2012. The new RSN's are all launching in Q3 for NBA and college seasons, and there's only a handful. If no new basics in Q3, there's gotta be some in Q4. I find it hard to believe that D* will go 6 whole months with no new basics, especially since they're experimenting with 6 HD per transponder. Of course, there will never be a consensus here as to whether RSN's are basics or premiums. :lol:
     
  16. JoeTheDragon

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    part time?? I thing they used to be full time HD on the spot beams.
     
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    Or Encore for that matter. Available in Choice Ultimate (just like Cloo, Chiller, NHL Network, and Sprouts), I consider them basic HD, just like the networks I mentioned in brackets. They are in a Choice package after all.

    For some however, that is "not basic enough".

    RSN's are available in HD for everyone, regardless of package, in their local region. So yeah.... the new RSN's launching in Los Angeles are "basic" to about 30 million Americans across 4 states, but someone in the other 46 states really could care less. :D

    I think have started stating "Basic is a channel in the 200/300 range". But a channel like NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) is on Channel 603 and available with Choice Extra. In my eyes, that too is a "basic" channel.

    So I just keep it simple: "Basic" is everything that is available to any of the "Choice" packages.
     
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    Any word on any more HD channels coming to Directv?
     
  19. maartena

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    Yes.

    Currently 2 HD stations are expected with a certain degree of likely hood, being 2 Los Angeles RSN's, Depending on negotiations with PAC12, we could see as many as 9 new HD channels in the next 3 to 4 months, with a strong possibility to see at lease the main PAC12 channel.

    So currently expected 3 to 9 HD channels, all sports related.
     
  20. inkahauts

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    I love your optimism, but beyond what makes sense from all of our point of views, have you seen anything published saying that DIRECTV is close to agreeing to carrying the Lakers channels?
     
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