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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. thelucky1

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    For those wanting Directv to add AMC HD

    DISH has added AMC HD to its line-up, a move which makes it "the first and only satellite company" to carry the top-rated (year-to-date No. 20) primetime cable net in HD. Source SkyREPORT
     
  2. sigma1914

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    Top rated is 20th? :lol:
     
  3. MadManNBama

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    Who cares about commercials? That's what the DVR is for anyway. I never watch shows in real time, only sports. Sometimes I will let a show start for 15 mins, then start it up to skip the commercials.

    As for AMC as a whole, I, as others, only care about the shows. There are 3 very well written shows on that channel that make the entire channel in HD worth it. They are the best on TV period. Rubicon, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad are all cream of the crop. These are the reasons why I need this channel in HD.

    These are also the 3 reasons why I am considering downgrading my package if I don't get AMC HD soon. I won't leave DTV, because I like it and am a sports freak, but my bill is too high and now I have options to cut it. We all have these options.

    I am sure most of you guys are like me if not worse; we've all got a home theater set up that most likely cost a small fortune, we love TV, we love HD, we stay up to date on our tech, and we aren't stupid or green. Thing is, we are loyal, but even that has it's limits. Yes DTV has some loyal fans, but we are also the most informed customers they have, we are a vocal minority.

    If we start to embrace the other emerging tech options and shout about it on forums like DBSTalk, everyone else will take notice and start to follow us out or to lower packages.

    To help ensure long term viability, DTV needs to keep customers like us as happy as possible. When they don't, they'll pay a heavy price.

    Who do you think were the first to embrace Netflix, or Amazon shopping online? Us! Blockbuster and brick and morter are taking it in the bottom line for not appealing to the high maintenance customer which most all of us are.
     
  4. Hutchinshouse

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    If the list is 20 deep = No
    If the list is 200 deep = Yes

    ;)
     
  5. sigma1914

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    This makes little sense. How does AMC HD addition have any correlation to your package? You can downgrade anytime and when/if AMC HD is added you'll receive it...it's in every package.
     
  6. MadManNBama

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    sigma, I will be doing a downgrade on principle, like a protest. I know it doesn't matter, but it matters to me, as it may matter to others like a "last straw" issue.

    Don't be so literal, it's a metophor of sorts that illustrates my frustration. :)
     
  7. Jason Whiddon

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    Does Directv have a lower package than Choice? One that has ESPN, 2, News and U?
     
  8. sigma1914

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    Now, that makes sense...and I like it. Speak with your wallet. :)
     
  9. sigma1914

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    There's an non advertised one, I believe, that you must call about.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

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    There having been numerous cross-references in verious threads to getting AMC HD, who's getting AMC HD, who wants AMC HD, and the pros and cons of AMC HD.

    Since Dish just got it, and has (therefore) some people with it providing feedback (good and bad) from actual viewing....DUH...maybe others can see what might be on the horizon on the DirecTV side. Other than the provider, the service will be the same....so understanding what folks will get (pros / cons) just might be of interest....ya think?

    I, for one....was surprised to see so many negative comments, considering the lust some folks seem to have for that channel.

    Some folks may learn about both sides of the experiences - more than expected....or less.
     
  11. lparsons21

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    You really have to look at it as a complaint about AMC in general as adding it in HD only got better PQ. Nothing else about it changed. Maybe the complaints are just pent up feelings about AMC, nothing more or less.
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    Absolutely - could very well indeed.

    But since it is one of the most "requested" / anticipated new HD channels on DirecTV...seeing the launch feedback on Dish can only help lend some insight as to what to expect whenever DirecTv gets it. That includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. ;)
     
  13. Hutchinshouse

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    We already know what to expect; same content with a sharper more vivid picture. ;)

    We currently have the bad and the ugly. We're just waiting on the good. :D
     
  14. lparsons21

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    Let's face it, as long as D* and E* exist, we'll have plenty to complain about! I sometimes think they both do things just to tick me off!! :D

    All these channels are trying to do the same thing, increase their profits or minimize their losses. Higher carriage fees, more ads, you name it, that is the name of that tune!
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    There has been alot of chatter about an increase of commercial breaks during programming on AMC HD, when compared to viewing in the past. Just sayin'...
     
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    Doesn't matter, I watch everything recorded. :)
     
  17. lparsons21

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    Most of those old memories are from quite a long while ago, well longer than before they added HD to the mix. AMC is frankly one of the worst about ads, but certainly not the only ones.

    I was watching some boxing on Universal HD (I think) the other night. The one minute rest between rounds was stretched way out to 4 minutes on more than one occasion! Irritating!! :(
     
  18. QuickDrop

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    Probably because many people here readily admit they don't watch channels as much, if at all, when they are not in HD. The people who are noticing a difference are likely watching the channel more now than they did a week ago.
     
  19. dcowboy7

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    As been mentioned just dvr stuff.
     
  20. hdtvfan0001

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    A good point...that would certainly impact/dampen the effects of all the commercials. Here, we watch about 50/50 live and recorded.
     
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