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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 26, 2013.

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  1. cypherx

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    I caught my dog watching Nat Geo Wild HD. Was pretty funny to see. Father in law sometimes puts Animal Planet on just for the dogs.

    Still I would never pay for dog TV! They should at least make it MPEG4 so it's not such a waste of SD bandwidth.

    Currently the only reason I have the HD Extra Pack is for Paladia. I like your suggestions APB!
     
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    I can see the appeal for some for DogTV. My dogs can barely focus on what toy they're fighting over let alone sitting still to watch TV. Anywho, bring on more HD!! No matter what it is!! :D
     
  3. APB101

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    I'm aware Satelliteracer mentioned that Dog TV will not be carried in HD, yet, on DirecTV.

    Given my suggestion of revamping the HD Extra Pack, to include Dog TV (and in HD), I disagree with leaving Palladia in that package.
     
  4. APB101

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    My Aunt, who I referred to DirecTV (and has been a subscriber since 2005), has the HD Extra Pack mainly for Hallmark Movie Channel HD. But she does watch Sony Movie Channel HD-Only and HDNet Movies HD-Only for anything that catches her interest.

    I think, if DirecTV were to finally bring in EPiX (no matter how many screens in HD), it could spike this package with more interest among subscribers. Especially if you factor in having multiscreens of EPiX plus FEARnet HD. Comcast/NBC Universal is part owner in FEARnet as well as Universal HD-Only. Moving Palladia which, like EPiX, is connected to Viacom may be doable.

    I suppose the flaw is that DirecTV would want what Dish Network generates for EPiX: $7 as a standalone pricing. But you make it $10, and throw in a number of others [six or seven], which probably aren't the most sought-after (Shorts HD!), and it may be enticing and appealing.
     
  5. Coca Cola Kid

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    Disagree how? Putting it next to MTV and VH1 would be like putting CNN on channel 512 just because it's owned by Time Warner like HBO and Cinemax. There's no SD feed either. It's in the correct position.
     
  6. APB101

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    You haven't been following.
     
  7. Coca Cola Kid

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    Defend your position, I defended mine.
     
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  9. James Long

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    Channel placement and packaging are separate issues. The concept of a HD Extra package that can be added to any tier, including Entertainment, is a good concept. If these channels were taken out of HD Extra would they be put in Choice? Or would they end up in a higher tier? As a part of a regular package those channels would also need to be made available in SD. Got bandwidth?

    Having HD Extras as a special package is not a bad thing.
     
  10. APB101

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    I know.

    Higher tier of "Choice." But that's also something that can gradually change over time, as has been the case with some programmers. A past example: NBA TV, which was available as a separate sports tier before being moved to a basic-type level.

    One thing to consider are the multiscreens of premium movies that were added only in HD. Numerous screens of Cinemax and Showtime were added, circa 2010 and/or 2011, only in high definition. So, having both linear SD and HD of a given programmer, if available in both formats, are apparently not entirely necessary.

    Another thing to consider: The annual programming subscription costs, in the first quarter, which now routinely reflect an increase with basic-level cable programming. That would likely cover having moved Crime & Investigation HD, Hallmark Movie Channel HD, Palladia HD-Only, and Smithsonian Channel HD over to a basic-cable package like the high-end "Choice" (whatever the name).

    I agree.

    What I mentioned was a suggestion.

    The pricing that would probably work on both ends, with EPiX, would be with a HD Extra Pack. Much of what's in there are movie-based programming that aren't a premium-movie level like HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime. (Many people still debate on that point Encore.) It is somewhat what Viacom had wanted from DirecTV with EPiX, no? Dish Network charges $7 a month for EPiX as a standalone. But don't they have a HD Expansion-like package that is $10? With channels like MavTV HD and World Fishing Network HD. In this case, it could make bringing in FEARnet HD worth it. (If DirecTV were to bring in FEARnet HD, they may want it outside the basic-cable package.) And then Dog TV, reportedly only getting added by DirecTV in SD (while I don't dismiss the notion it could go to HD), could become a part of this. That it may make Dog TV maybe more attractive to a consumer given everything else from a revamped HD Extra Pack. Plus, DirecTV would still continue getting its additional HD Access Fee of $10.
     
  11. James Long

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    Making a channel cheaper is usually accepted by customers. Placing some current HD Extra channels in Choice would make the channels cheaper for (until the price of Choice had to go up to cover the channels). Hallmark Movies could easily end up in Xtra.

    It is less necessary in a premium package where customers are more likely to have HD or where the content on the HD only channels airs on the other SD channels in the package occasionally. Basic channels available only in SD packages would be an annoyance ... especially if competitors offered the channel in SD.

    And it was taken as such. It isn't a bad idea ... but I see some issues that make the suggestion less of a good idea.

    Blockbuster @ Home is DISH's "HD Extra" package ... $10 including the $7 sold separately Epix channels. There are 16 HD channels in BB@Home ... two of them are also available in tiered packages. There are also four SD channels in the package (three available in tiered packages).
     
  12. APB101

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    My basic-cable package is the grandfathered one. Admittedly, I haven't commited the names of the packages to memory. There is one right next to it that is, like, $1 or so more. But, yes, it's at that level I would suggest putting those HD Extra Pack transferees. But, at the same time, I question whether the grandfathered one and the $1-more one will end up becoming one. (Give it time.) It's in this area it would make sense to fold those HD Extra Pack programmers [Hallmark Movie Channel HD, Palladia HD, etc.) right in, and there you go.
     
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    We can consider AXS-TV HD-Only. It's not in HD Extra Pack.

    What I had mentioned were few. Not many.
     
  14. James Long

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    As introduced, a channel called "HD Net" probably shouldn't be in SD. :D
    With the format change reaching a wider audience via SD isn't a bad thing.
    (DISH added AXS in SD when the name changed last year. The HD feed also remains.)

    Exceptions are less annoying than trends. It probably wouldn't hurt to have a few HD only "basic" channels in the tiers but when someone is paying $77.99 for DirecTV's Ultimate the number of channels the customer is paying for but does not get needs to be kept to a minimum. Otherwise the non-HD customers may feel ripped off.

    Of course, for the purpose of this thread who cares? Everything in HD, please.
     
  15. I WANT MORE

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    I hate dogs.
     
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    And I prefer my 5 Shih Tzu's to humans, thank you very much.
     
  17. joed32

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    They're probably not crazy about you either.
     
  18. MysteryMan

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    :lol:
     
  19. Paul Secic

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    That link took me too ebay..
     
  20. Santi360HD

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    it is listed in HD on my Samsung GS3 android app

    it threw me off for a second as the logo isn't there in the app...just the channel 353 BTV HD and a Directv logo
     
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