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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. Jul 10, 2012 #521 of 3975
    APB101

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    I don't mean permanently.

    Bring them back after the successful launch of D14.

    Purpose: create room until the next satellite.

    You split the four time zones, not counting Alaska and Hawaii time, and a good 70[+] percent combine for Eastern and Central (for east-coast feed) with U.S. residents.
     
  2. Jul 10, 2012 #522 of 3975
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    We have the bandwidth to add about 15 HD right now, possibly something like 30 if every transponder goes to 6 instead of 5. We really don't have to do that to get bandwidth.

    Additionally, multiple channels like that have contractual obligations. They are premium pay channels, and I am sure that HBO wants their west coast viewers to be able to see the prime time movie at 8PM, not at 5PM. DirecTV can't just throw em out because they feel like it.

    It does show though how desperate some of us are for Basic HD. Lets throw away the conveniences that 30% of the U.S. population has with west coast feeds just to give us some basic HD channels? I think not.
     
  3. Jul 10, 2012 #523 of 3975
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    It is a desperate situation. Especially with the launching of Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD and Time Warner Cable Deportes HD, both of which have to get carried. And then there is Pac-12 Network, which is for its respective region what Big Ten Network is for its area: necessary for carriage. And Pac-12 Network, to be available in HD when it debuts Aug. 15, has seven screens.

    So, we would get nearly ten new sports-related programming, in HD, and then there is the contract with which DirecTV has agreed to expand its carried programming from Encore.

    It adds up fast.

    A temporary solution would be what I suggest. I don't believe it would happen. But if it were to manifest, I don't see it as a problem. An inconvenience? Yes. But DirecTV has itself to blame for its poor planning.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2012 #524 of 3975
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    I would think that D* might very well have contractual obligations to carry those west coast feeds. HBO doesn't want to hurt their ratings, and not everyone has a DVR.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2012 #525 of 3975
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    One point that maybe missed in all this CONUS HD talks is that DIRECTV has fairly quietly added almost 100 HD LIL channels in various markets since December 2011.

    I'm certainly in favor of more National HD and personally believe capacity is available, but have been amazed at the steady 3 or 4 Local channels added each week. 10 this past week!!

    Doctor j
     
  6. Jul 10, 2012 #526 of 3975
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    EXTREMELY impressive indeed...

    I was just realizing in the last few days how many additions and filling out local markets DirecTV has done over the last couple of years.

    All I know is that with the additions in testing and so forth, I await the LiL additions almost as much as Sixto's updates in the hope that DirecTV will get around to improving my market in the next few months.

    ~Alan
     
  7. Jul 10, 2012 #527 of 3975
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    Not for DirecTV. They aren't losing hordes of customers because of the currently still missing HD channels. They have strong leverage in retaining customers with NFLST, and they offer otherwise a pretty decent lineup in HD channels. No one is running away screaming from DirecTV because they still haven't added BBC America HD or Nat Geo HD, or, or, or....

    It's only a desperate situation for customers that...

    1) want more basic HD NOW!
    2) are not willing to switch to a provider that has them.

    They have the bandwidth to add all of the current wanted sports channels, plus a few more basic HD, and then some more. They will be doing just fine till 2014, without too much losses in subscribers.

    They will start losing a bunch of subscribers if they don't sign TWC Sportsnet, Pac12, etc but if they do.... I don't foresee big troubles ahead for DirecTV.
     
  8. Jul 10, 2012 #528 of 3975
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    If I were DirecTV, if the Viacom channels go dark, I would replace one of their slots by putting on BBCA HD and make like I planned to go ahead without the Viacom channels bandying about a statement about "future Basic HD announcements in the near future"
     
  9. Jul 10, 2012 #529 of 3975
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    My only other real choice is Comcast and they have

    NO BIG TEN ALT HD
    NO HD GUIDE and no plans soon (Chicago area)
    Channel Map is a mess
    Very limited HBO HD, SHOW HD,MAX HD,STARZ HD.
    HIGH BOX COSTS now at $8-$9 for each box and DRVs are like $15-$16 each (with limited next to directv setup for muilt room)
    MLB EI HD, NBA LP HD, NHL CI HD all very limited.
     
  10. Jul 10, 2012 #530 of 3975
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    No Viacom = room for BBCA, H2, DIY and a few others in HD. Make it happen!
     
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    Room, yes.


    Contract....no.:shrug:
     
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    There is room now. Just no agreements.
     
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    I hope that if D* keeps the Viacom channels that they ask for and receive every available HD feed.
     
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    TVLand HD would be nice :)
     
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    I guess I'll weigh in and say that while more basic HD is nice, I definitely would not want it to come at the expense of any sports or premium feeds.
    They are the reason I have DTV in the first place, and commercial laden, upconverted crud can be had in abundance with any other provider.
     
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    Yeah viacom wants 30% more for the same sh*t right? They should at least get something out of it. Everything in HD, and more HD video on demand content, ipad streaming, etc...

    Can't ask for an unreasonable high increase without getting something back in return. I would say 3 to 6% for cost of living increases but 30% are they crazy?
     
  17. Jul 10, 2012 #537 of 3975
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    I agree. Call their bluff.
     
  18. Jul 11, 2012 #538 of 3975
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    I have had a theory for some time now --that I'm certainly in no position to prove-- that a good deal of the "secret sauce" of D*'s competitive success the last few years relative to the rest of the industry is their attention to improving access to locals. I think it likely that has increased their addressable market more than any down checks anyone wants to give has decreased it. At least at the macro, net-net level (individual customers opinions not withstanding).

    It's at least indirect, inferred evidence that they clearly have prioritized it and continue to improve in that area --you usually spend the resources where you think the greatest ROI is. . .

    Btw. . . do we know where that bw is coming from? Magic encoders on the spots? Repurposing CONUS "push" (that's a flyer)? What?
     
  19. Jul 11, 2012 #539 of 3975
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    I think that many of the markets have had extra space on their lil spots that they are just finally using.
     
  20. Jul 11, 2012 #540 of 3975
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    Hey thanks to the Viacom dispute I switched to "All channels" to see what happened to the numbers and I found DirecTV added a new local channel in HD. WFMZ channel 69 out of Allentown, PA. Its an independent station that I used to have to switch to the QAM cable input to watch in HD.

    Now if they did Ch 61 ION our locals would be pretty much HD.

    Had it not been for the Viacom dispute I would of remained on a favorite channel list called "FAVS" and never would of known.
     
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