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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. ep1974

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    Was this a simple mistake or a slip of the tongue re: EPIX?? Any thoughts or hints SR?
     
  2. maartena

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    Now here is the thing..... if there was NOTHING going on, absolutely NO negotiations, and the comment made by DirecTV about 2 years ago regarding EPIX still stand..... Satelliteracer would absolutely be able to confirm this. After all, nothing would have changed, and this is common knowledge. SatelliteRacer would just be able to say something like: "There are no plans to carry EPIX this year" or something like that.

    If, however.... SatelliteRacer is keeping mysteriously quiet about this, (beside trying to get conformation on Jim Norton so that they can (Italian accent kicks in) "make him sleep with the fishies") this could be interpreted that there ARE some negotiations going on, and DirecTV is coming back on a previous statement not to carry EPIX.

    Only if there is a change to DirecTV's previous stance on EPIX, and negotiations ARE happening.... SR would not be able to talk about it, as he is not allowed to reveal anything about ongoing negotiations or upcoming channel launches till.... well.... pretty much till Sixto finds out about it. :D


    This is SR's "Witch Test" :D :D

    (The Witch Test, performed in middle ages: A large boulder was chained to a suspected witch and then thrown into the water. If she floated, she was obviously guilty of witchcraft (and subsequently sentenced to death) as she would be able to use magic to make the boulder float/disappear etc. If she sank, she would have been innocent. But also dead.)
     
  3. maartena

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    Yeah I watched "Dune" at my mother in-law some time ago in HD on Time Warner Cable. And that was a re-mastered 1980s movie..... looking pretty good!

    Actually, almost every time I am at her house and I turn on a TV, I check out BBC America, just to see how much better the programming looks.

    Oh man do I want Top Gear in HD!

    I would probably re-watch all episodes again.
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    Well... why did they wait so long to add TruTV?!

    I think it was either an 18 month or 2 year wait after I read that DirecTV had signed a deal to add Hallmark Channel in HD and Hallmark Movie Channel in SD and HD. Obviously, they never got around to adding Hallmark Movie Channel in SD...

    Granted, they were most likely waiting on transponder space for those two channels, and that COULD be the issue again. I'm not saying that I believe they have a deal signed (I'm skeptical they'd add my #2 most wanted channel), but they could be waiting for money in the budget to upgrade the encoders for the channel...

    ~Alan
     
  5. Alan Gordon

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    For many years growing up, I only had the channels I could pick up via antenna, and aside from PBS, most of the channels had spotty reception... so I've seen a LOT of British programming in my time. However, I didn't care for most of it! Sure, I enjoyed "Blake 7"... but I HATED "Doctor Who."

    The 2005 reboot which I mainly only tuned into due to curiosity over seeing what Billie Piper was like as an actress, was the first time I started enjoying the series.

    Since then, I've grown to like a large amount of British programming! :)

    ~Alan
     
  6. TheRatPatrol

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    Where did you hear/read this at?
     
  7. maartena

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    During the Tribune Dispute in May this year it was mentioned in several articles:

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/20...-dispute-whether-programming-deal-was-reached

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    "The programming expense will be exacerbated when DirecTV negotiates new contracts with CBS Corp. and Discovery Communications Inc. this year, said Michael McCormack, an analyst at Nomura Securities International Inc. in New York, in an interview in February."

    "This year" could be any of the 180+ remaining days of the year of course, although likely the end or beginning of a month. Many deals are renegotiated per January 1st, which is always great for network/satellite/cable etc executives Christmas plans. :D

    I don't know when exactly this year, but IF indeed Dec31st, there is at least a CHANCE that HD carriage of BBC America is included.

    We'll see.
     
  8. Coca Cola Kid

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    If signing a new contract means getting new HD channels, where's NGW HD? :mad:
     
  9. steinmeg

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    Come on, Satelliteracer, how about a cluuuuuuuue???? I can hardly wait for the next channel to be launched in HD
     
  10. maartena

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    I said MAYBE. It doesn't mean anything, a new contract..... it COULD mean new HD, but we just don't know.
     
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    Directv can't add BBCA HD because they won't be able to use BBCA HD shows for the Audience Network. I fully expect this to be one of the very last channels Directv adds in HD.
     
  12. inkahauts

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    I think what he said was the clue.
     
  13. inkahauts

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    Huh? How does that correlate?
     
  14. georule

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    When was the last DirecTV/BBCA contract signed? That would have some impact on my thinking if it was in the last three years vs longer ago than that. BBCAHD launched in the fall of 2008. . . I think.

    Comcast quite often has national contracts for content that they don't make available everywhere.

    Nor would I suggest that somehow DirecTV mislead BBCA on the matter, if such contract language exists.

    As to why they wouldn't put it up if they already had the deal, all the usual reasons --bandwidth priorities and infrastructure support. Possibly additonal fees to BBCA as well (dunno, it's probably a pretty cheap channel).

    The point is, the best time to negotiate terms, for everybody, is when you're negotiating the overall deal. Having to come back mid-term is a pain for everyone --and even would put D* in an inferior negotiating position, because now you've admitted its a priority for you and you want it now. Much better to do "if and when" language when doing the main deal.

    Edit: Btw, my original statement was a little more nuanced than an allegation they "already have an agreement". The reality of my belief, absent evidence more compelling than just the lack of a public announcement on the matter, is somewhere between "may" and "likely", depending on how old the existing deal for BBCA is. If such "if and when" provisions exist, why would either one of them want to publicize it? Just makes headaches for both of them.
     
  15. TheRatPatrol

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    Thank you
     
  16. mreposter

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    If you're curious what a carriage agreement looks like, I stumbled upon one whilst searching for information on BBC-America. It's fairly old (from 1999) and from a smaller system, but from what I can tell, these agreements are usually held in strictest confidence, covered by non-disclosure agreements, etc.

    This agreement is for the City of Ashland, OR, which must run their own system. Near the end of the document is the rate card for the 9 year term of the agreement.

    BBC-A Carriage Agreement, circa 1999

    I haven't read the whole thing in detail, but what I've skimmed through is interesting.
     
  17. inkahauts

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    Honestly,anything from that long ago is cool to read but probably doesn't have much in common with today's, since there are so many more things in today's contracts dealing with digital rights, Hi Definition, streaming to devices, etc.... These things have just gotten more and more complex because they cover more and more stuff.
     
  18. Alan Gordon

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    Considering Jim Norton is on "The Tonight Show" tonight, the ninjas haven't gotten as of this afternoon...

    ~Alan
     
  19. bjdotson

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    Yes, but if he retracts his original statement, we'll know that he woke up with a horse head (or something) in his bed.
     
  20. maartena

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    I think he doesn't have any new information. Nothing he is allowed to reveal anyways. I would imagine that is there isn't anything happening in the next few months.... that there isn't anything to talk about. :D

    I'm still anticipating a number of sports channels. Not sure if we should be anticipating EPIX based on a comedian. I don't think so.
     
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