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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. joed32

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    I use Netflix and even with their huge library I can't get most of the movies that TCM carries. Many of which are not available on DVD anywhere. Unlike BBC or ACM where there are other sources. Love Netflix by the way even though I have Premiere.
     
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    Doesn't that rather assume that everyone is under contract? Maybe those who aren't contracted just don't care enough about missing HD to change, or maybe they're not missing them at all
     
  3. mdavej

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    Did you see any of the royal wedding? I'm curious what you thought about the picture quality.
     
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    This is a very interesting observation considering everything from BBC is HD-lite.

    Almost seems as if most people wouldn't know HD-lite if it bit them in the a**.
     
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    People have been wantin AMC HD and BBC-America HD since their initial launches, which I believe was 2007 and 2008. They wait 3, 4 years and still don't have them.

    I don't believe for a minute that there are so many "triggered" 2 year contracts out there because someone got a new DVR or something.

    Furthermore, if you are pissed off enough about it, it might be worth the ETF to say "F you". It's usually no more then 2 or 3 months worth of service.

    I think the REAL reason is.... that it is a hassle. Got to get another installer in the house, all new boxes, all new remotes, gotta to get used to a new system...... and real secretly.... there might be some things they really like about DirecTV, so they wait it out.

    And as such: DirecTV gets to keep their money. If no one votes with their wallet, they don't have to open theirs until they actually see people leaving. So they leave their negotiations as tight as possible, knowing that IF they see a bunch of people leave, they can always increase their offer a bit.

    It's a numbers game, a political game, its a "how to please the shareholders" game. What it is NOT, is a "how to please my customers" game.

    And this, by the way, is how every major corporation works. It's called capitalism.
     
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    Don't buy this analogy. Yes, I'm still in a contract for almost 2 years. I don't think anyone is that pissed off to leave just for the sake of 2 or 3 missing channels! If they were, they could always go the ETF route.

    Me personally, I stick around because of Sunday Ticket, and I have too much invested in equipment to just up and leave! Overall, I'm very happy with the service, and have been since 1995!
     
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    But how many people actually care about the missing HD channels?

    Directv probably has at least 4 million HBO subscribers, adding HD HBO channels, just made 4 million customers happier.

    Adding BBC America HD may make 50,000-100,000 happier, the rest just don't care.

    At 1.4% the churn numbers are 266,000 subscribers, would customers actually leaving over BBCA HD even be noticed?
     
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    For someone who has left D* in the past, do they even ask you why? Do they keep statistics for this?
     
  9. mdavej

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    They asked when I left, and I told them my 30 reasons. They probably wouldn't have asked if they didn't track it.
     
  10. tonyd79

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    Or they asked to see if they could easily change your mind.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    Winters,...
    You have a pretty jaundiced view of our American system, because, in the medium to long term view, if you don't please the customers, they go away. If they go away, sales drop, hence income, hence share price and dividends shrink. At such time, the Board of Directors usually fires the management....that's one way capitalism actually works. If not, the company becomes a footnote to corporate history, often being taken over by a stronger outfit that can please the customers.
     
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    In the American System, the Dollar is God. Directv is doing very well and there is no reason to believe it will be any different near term. No management will be fired , customer base will continue to grow and MOST customers will be happy, regardless of any new HD channel.
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Winters,...
    The dollar is how we keep score in business and a few other things. The love of money is the root of all evil, not the dough itself..... I agree with the rest of your statement.
     
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    Already scheduling new movies on the new Max HD channels via the iPhone app.
     
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    Hd lite is better then D* SD Lite
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Is there any SD that's better than HD light? (Individual disasters in encoding or source material excepted).
     
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    I burn my dvds from the U.K. feed and it is razor sharp. They look alot better than my regular bluray disks maybe because "Who" uses alot more eye poping color. I have 5 bluray players and the colors and sharpness are identical.
    Just go to AVS forum to find out about the 720 vs 1080 side by side shootouts!
    The difference is hardly noticible once you have your monitor calibrated properly and you would have to have a large screen like mine to tell the difference...i did a side by side and saved money...1080p was not a major improvment! Saved $800 buying 720 projector instead. Testing some subwoofers right now! HSU VS. SVS!
     
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    How do you get the UK Feed?
     
  19. joed32

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    "Testing some subwoofers right now! HSU VS. SVS!"

    You really can't go wrong with either one. I use an SVS and love it but both are very good.
     
  20. Laxguy

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    You totally lost me when you state that DVD's are even close to BRDs in image quality, or that any DVD is "razor sharp".

    Yes, some DVDs are sharper than some BRDs but that's due to lousy encoding, bad telecining, or poor source material.
     
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