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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3 2010 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 24, 2010.

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  1. Aug 8, 2010 #2221 of 4782

    djrobx Godfather

    Jan 26, 2009
    I just hope DirecTV keeps their offerings diverse and doesn't end up giving all the new capacity to overpriced PPV, the 3D fad, and sports.
  2. Aug 8, 2010 #2222 of 4782

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    I wouldn't hold your breath.
  3. Aug 8, 2010 #2223 of 4782

    slimoli Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    Since I'm already paying for the premiums, give me some more. All the MAX would be great. I guess premiums make tango easier.
  4. Aug 8, 2010 #2224 of 4782

    hdthebest Godfather

    Sep 10, 2007
    Was it an HD commercial? Or an HD Directv commercial??? hahahahaha
  5. Aug 8, 2010 #2225 of 4782

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    I would think that using what DirecTV has done in the past and what their management says are their plans is a much better basis for what DirecTV will do in the future than talking about dance moves. But that's just me.
  6. Aug 8, 2010 #2226 of 4782

    studdad Icon

    Aug 11, 2008
    Yes for Chiller, in fact, D* was actually advertising Chiller HD on their site for a while. Then NBC decided to hold off, or at least that is what I remember.
  7. Aug 8, 2010 #2227 of 4782

    DodgerKing Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2008
    No they are not. Who is playing whom? How is it scored? What game is involved?

    Now if the prey hunted back at the same time, then it would be a sport. :D
  8. Aug 9, 2010 #2228 of 4782
    Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    To dredge up a past conversation...

    "What's Hot!" had NFL Football on NBC included in both the Eastern and National categories tonight at the same time.

    ~Alan<~~~~~~~~~Who watched the last little bit myself and would have hated to have been the older dude that fell by the sidelines...
  9. Aug 9, 2010 #2229 of 4782

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Satelliteracer, in addition to FSC, are we getting anymore HD channels on Wednesday, or this month? Thanks
  10. Aug 9, 2010 #2230 of 4782
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Folks, I've deleted several off topic posts. Please let's keep this to a friendly conversation of HD channels.
  11. Aug 9, 2010 #2231 of 4782

    gregjones Hall Of Fame

    Sep 20, 2007
    This often gets confused and should be two separate questions:

    1. Will there be a time when all channels we receive via DIRECTV are produced by the provider in an HD format (though the particular content is not necessarily in an HD format... i.e., old TV shot on tape for 480i)?
    2. Will there be a time when DIRECTV offers every channel produced in HD by providers (i.e., there are no HD channels that exist but that DIRECTV does not carry)?

    I believe the first will come true fairly soon (next 5-10 years). I believe the second will never be true for any substantial period of time. This is what I was referring to when I made the "silly" comment. Even if it was conceivable that a distributor had all available HD channels, a new one will be created and not on the air.
  12. Aug 9, 2010 #2232 of 4782
    Button Pusher

    Button Pusher Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jan 19, 2007
    And the Sportsman Channel too! Both the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel are offered in Full HD and Sportsman Channel is offered in Full HD by Dish!

    Sorry Alan but you are wrong! Both Hunting and Fishing is a sport. Definatly not Poker which is a game.
  13. Aug 9, 2010 #2233 of 4782

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    Mmmm. . . maybe towards the end of that. Because of the bandwidth requirements, and the equipment requirements, there will likely continue to be some significant price premium in creation and distribution of HD, and I expect there will remain (tho lessen considerably) a significant cost delta that won't justify doing it for some channels.

    What may be the final determiner of when the last channels goes HD is the commercials people wanting their HD commercials in HD instead of SD.

    But gov access channels, local sports (HS and small colleges), "classic" kind of channels that specialize in old TV content. . . their inherent need for HD is small, and the cost delta will probably remain past 10 years. Possibly even the dieing off of the SD equipment due to attrition might be the final knife. If they have to upgrade the equipment anyway, that cuts down on the transition cost delta to just the distribution end.

    Even for "nationals only" there could remain a few specializing in pre-HD content.

    Some RSN's I could see having a second or third channel that is SD beyond that point.
  14. Aug 9, 2010 #2234 of 4782

    crabtrp Legend

    Sep 23, 2006
    I would like to know this too. I do not have the patience to read through 90 pages.
  15. Aug 9, 2010 #2235 of 4782
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
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    crabtrp Legend

    Sep 23, 2006
  17. Aug 9, 2010 #2237 of 4782

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    All quiet so far. No change since 8/4, when FSC TEST was added.
  18. Aug 9, 2010 #2238 of 4782
    Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    During the recent "purging of posts", one of my posts was deleted... half of which was on-topic. I will try my best to recreate the on-topic portion of my post. EDIT: My original reply (minus the off-topic portions) added in red at bottom.

    It's not a good idea to use D10 as a basis for the future. With D10, DirecTV had a large amount of channel space, and nothing to fill it with, so DirecTV encouraged many channels who had not previously announced plans to go HD to offer an HD simulcast.

    With D11, DirecTV focused on converting the MPEG2 channels to MPEG4, PPV, sports channels, and locals, and the few HD nationals they added was enough to stay competitive early on.

    Between D11 and D12, Dish Network and some cablecos (in larger areas) have managed to do a pretty good job of dwindling that lead... and when you take out RSNs, PPVs, and DNS, they have in some ways surpassed DirecTV. Because of this, more and more channels have launched HD simulcasts... as they can now find multiple providers who can offer their programming... and they have a decent shot of at least one provider who will take them up on it.

    As for your comments regarding the 3D channels, DirecTV would be wise to keep up with 3D launches and provide a compelling 3D lineup. That being said, 3D will continue to be a niche product, and is probably several years away from a considerable number of subscribers with this equipment. I would expect another 2-4 3D channels launching over the next couple of years... possibly including the upcoming Discovery 3D channel.

    As for your point regarding DirecTV stating that HD has reached a saturation point, there's truth to that. With D10, DirecTV had the ability to really "pimp" their HD channel count. They've probably managed to get all the use out of that they can, as other providers have managed to catch up enough to DirecTV, that any "wise" person shopping around for a provider would look at the channel lineup and not the numbers... particularly given DirecTV and Dish Network's channel lineup ads both casting doubt upon who really has the best HD lineup.

    DirecTV is most likely looking for alternative sources of revenue and ways to get new subscribers. The upcoming launch of DirecTV Cinema, the 3D channels, and original content like "Friday Night Lights" and "Damages", and of course, Whole-Home Service.

    However, DirecTV would be wise to continue to stay competitive with their HD channels. HD may have reached a saturation point, and there may be revenue in PPV, and offering a superior 3D channel lineup, but if they don't stay competitive with their HD channel lineup, they might find other providers leeching some of their subscribers.

    EDIT: My original reply (minus the off-topic portions) quoted below:

    ~Alan<~~~~~~~~~~~Who is often wrong, but knows one instance in which he is not...
  19. Aug 9, 2010 #2239 of 4782
    Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Just out of curiosity... what "nationals" do you think might not upgrade to HD?!

    I looked through the list a while back, and aside from some of the PI channels and shopping channels, I'm not sure I really saw many possibilities...

  20. Aug 9, 2010 #2240 of 4782

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    Some national “basic package” HD would be sweet!
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