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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2 2011 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Scott Kocourek, Mar 17, 2011.

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  1. swaff

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  2. oldfantom

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    What I would ask you to look at here is not WHAT they are adding, but the fact that they ARE adding. One of their vp's had made a statement that last year the focus was not in the addition of HD but in the addition of other offerings. 2011 was supposed to refocus on the rollout of new HD. While they are still adding and still able to add, there is hope for next week or next month. How long have we all watched these threads with no hint or hope of activity. This activity seems to be a pattern and not a one time shot based on the tea leaves scattered by the racer prior to him getting fed up with us. Maybe you want to focus on what you have not got today, I will choose to focus on the potential that "soon" may actually have real meaning again.
     
  3. Paul Secic

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    I never watch BBCA.
     
  4. APB101

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    The option that has been bolded is my answer. There are 40-plus channels carried only in SD — listed below — that are nationally available in HD. Even if DirecTV just-so-unfortunately couldn't get those bargain deals with any of much-sought-after AMC HD, TCM HD, BBCAM HD, E! HD, LMN HD, HInt'l HD, OWN HD, NGWILD HD, etc., it is nothing but spin this while, at the same time, DirecTV apparently also couldn't get a bargain deal with even those lower-desired programmers such as RFD HD or TBN HD or GALA HD.

    And then there's the matter of … GSN HD!

    While ignoring the "basics," DirecTV is doing what it has been intending: any HD that gets added will be with programming requiring higher-level subscriptions. After that becomes exhausted, perhaps DirecTV will get around to making a deal here or there on one or two of the "basics." (Look out for 2013!)

    204 HLN HD
    230 DIY HD
    232 COOK HD
    233 GSN HD
    235 Style HD
    236 E! HD
    238 REELZ HD
    240 HSN HD
    246 truTV HD
    251 OXYGEN HD
    253 LMN HD
    254 AMC HD
    256 TCM HD
    258 FMC HD
    260 We HD
    264 BBCAM HD
    271 HInt'l HD
    272 LOGO HD
    273 TVGN HD
    274 OVAT HD
    275 QVC HD
    279 OWN HD
    283 NGWILD HD
    285 ID HD
    289 NASA HD
    294 TheHub HD
    295 SPROUT HD
    313 JTV HD
    328 TVONE HD
    330 CENTRC HD
    338 gmc HD
    339 FUSE HD
    345 RFD HD
    353 BLOOM HD
    370 EWTN HD
    371 TCC HD
    372 TBN HD
    377 TCT HD

    404 GALA HD
    559 IFC HD
    605 SPRTSM HD
    606 OUTCH HD
     
  5. zeus

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    The bottom line is that basic HD is not a priority for DirecTV. It's just like how the airlines spend 90% of their time and resources developing fluffier cushions for the 6 rows of seats in first class while the rest of us sit with our knees in our chests, munching on tiny bags of honey roasted nuts and drinking watered down cola.

    BBCAHD and AMCHD would be solid adds no matter how you slice it, but DirecTV has decided that they'd rather use the available space to add more PPV movie channels and a few more premiums.

    As a subscriber to HBO for 20 years, I can tell you I care less about the addition of HBO Comedy and HBO I don't speak Spanish so I don't care. I have HBO for the original programming (True Blood, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, etc.) and bluray player for movies.

    Anyway, I find the circular fanboy vs. people who want basic HD discussion very entertaining and will continue to read this "anticipation" thread with anticipation of another good chuckle...
     
  6. HarleyD

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    Not much of an achilles heel if two channels fixes it.

    And by a peculiar coincidence, those two channels wouldn't happen to be the very same two channels you have been pimping since about 15 minutes after Travel Channel HD lit up, would they? :)
     
  7. maartena

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    Doctor Who episodes draw over a million viewers. The season openener draw 1.3 million viewers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/25/doctor-who-ratings-break-_n_853567.html

    Is that a lot, or not? I don't know..... AMC HD probably draws more viewers. Tru HD probably also draws more. But it is not an "unpopular" station if it can draw over a million viewers for a single program.
     
  8. zeus

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    Especially when put in context with something like Fox Business News which at last glance was averaging 36,000 viewers in primetime...

    So, no - it has nothing to do with popularity and everything to do with priorities.
     
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    One show does decent and that's it. BBC doesn't even crack the top 20 in overall ratings.
     
  10. sigma1914

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    Popularity has nothing to do with it? :rolleyes: If USA or TNT were dropped, then there'd be massive negative affect.
     
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    http://www.tvpredictions.com/10lies051811.htm

    TV Technology: The 10 Biggest Lies

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  12. HarleyD

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    Fixed.

    We may not know how exactly money comes into play but the bottom line IS the bottom line.

    A corporation would be irresponsible to its' shareholders to place their priorities anywhere else.

    We won't be made privvy to the unvarnished details but sleep well knowing that the decisions D* makes are about money. Be glad of that. If that were not the case we'd be looking at having to use other providers after D* folded. If you are here reading and posting I can only assume that you want to continue to be a D* subscriber, warts and all. Making the decisions that will keep them profitable and in business is ultimately in my best interests if I want to stay with them.
     
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    I love how these haters love quoting their savior swanni like it makes them look better. I love how swanni doesn't mention soon by dish though right like that's not a lie by them.
     
  15. zeus

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    And said priority, while not damaging in the short term could in the end have a net loss effect should the subscriber base feel they are not the priority...
     
  16. maartena

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    None of the "basic HD" stations that DirecTV is still missing does that. As someone suggested earlier, we're really scraping the bottom of the ratings barrel here.

    Maybe AMC has one or two programs with decent ratings, maybe TruTV does too with Operation Repo.... but really.... we are screaming here for HD channels which ALL don't have a steady ratings pull, but have 1 or 2 programs that pull in ratings, and then a bunch of reruns.

    Personally, having been raised in Europe and watching BBC a lot over there.... I have a little bit more personal interest in BBC America, perhaps because I can identify with it more. I bet no one here really cares about Graham Norton, but me and the wife love his talk show.

    And as you can see by my icon, I am fan of another top-rated show on BBC America: Top Gear! And I would love to see that show in HD. I am also a fan of Law & Order: UK.

    Yeah, it may be a niche market..... but I think pretty much all of the left-over basic stations that DirecTV does not carry in HD yet.... pretty much are. But I am sure some AMC or Tru fans would disagree with that.
     
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    I will support whatever any fellow 'out of towner' Redskins fan wants! :D

    Me? TMCHD
    AMC HD, but only really for that Walking Dead show

    Lastly, all those wifey channels (Cook, E!, Style, Oxygen, etc) so I can have the 'HD Channels Only' filter going.

    Actually, Cook is me as well.
     
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    Speaking of Wifey channels, the wife here has been watching OWN a lot. For her sake, I am hoping DirecTV will add this channel in HD as well.
     
  19. HarleyD

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    Profitability is not a short term goal.

    I'm sure "churn" is one of the factors used in computing the bottom line and how to maximize it. "How much does it cost us to add programming vs. potential subscriber loss if the programming is not added?" is undoubtedly weighed heavily along with other considerations.

    As I said, we won't be privvy to it all (nor should we be) and quite honestly I expect that if we were given all the nitty gritty details there are elements of them that I would not even be equipped to understand.

    I will be happy with any HD additions when they come. In the interim I'm not gnashing my teeth and wailing at what has not yet been added.
     
  20. sigma1914

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    TruTV was the 18th in 2010. http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/yea...op-history-breaks-into-top-10-with-big-gains/ ...Of the top 29 listed, we're lacking Tru, AMC, & E!.


    Here's the top 33 of 2009 http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2624414#post2624414 ...We're lacking Tru, AMC, & E!.
     
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