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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. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
  2. cebbigh

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    Feb 27, 2005
    Frostbite Falls
    D. They don't care.
  3. digitalfreak

    digitalfreak Legend

    Nov 29, 2006
  4. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    E* and c* are not having any issues tangoing with the HD channels we're missing, so why is D*?

    The issues you speak of only seem to happen at the end of the contract period, when channels want more money with the new contracts, as what happened with the Versus deal. We lost that channel for 8 months.
  5. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006

    Sad, but true.

    DIRECTV priorities:
    1. Add PPV movie channels just to pad their overall numbers.
    2. Add channels that cost customers more per month.
    3. Add useless channels (anything 3D) just to say they’re first.
    4. Think of ways to squeeze additional money out of customers.
    5. Ensure the customer is happy.

    Not saying I blame DIRECTV. If I owned the company, my bank account comes long before the customer’s bank account. The bottom line, we’re lucky that we’re even on DIRECTV’s priorities list.

    The only reason we don’t have BBCAHD or AMCHD, because DIRECTV doesn’t have an instant return on their investment. We’ll hear the BS how they’re negotiating in our best interest to keep “our” costs down. Then a few months later we’ll be hit by a rate increase. Happened before, it will happen again.

    New national HD (free of additional fees) is no longer a priority of DIRECTV. We should just all deal and move on with what we have.

    Better yet, maybe DIRECTV can add BBCAHD & AMCHD in the sports pack. This way they'll get their money, we'll get our channels.
  6. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    I assume that we are all adults here and have had at least some business dealings. That just makes the amount of whining and crying going on all the more puzzling.
  7. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007

    Key Extract:

    "Currently, DirecTV has slightly more than 130 linear channels and is planning to continue to ramp up its HD lineup in 2010. As part of that effort, the satellite-TV provider is planning to launch its new D12 bird, which should be operational in the first half of 2010, at year-end.

    “That will give us 50% more capacity,” Chang said. “We will be able to do up to 200 channels, when other guys are struggling to get to 100.”

    DirecTV hasn’t decided if it will use all of that capacity for new HD channels, though, Chang said."
  8. ejjames

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    Oct 2, 2006
    I think that Directv having some breathing room is not such a bad thing. Showing they will not take a contract , which may be lousy, puts them in a better bargaining position.

    I too would love to see all my hd wamts, and of course want to see a full bird. As for right now, give me me AMC & TCM, and we shall have peace throughout the galaxy.
  9. retromzc

    retromzc Legend

    Sep 6, 2007
    So far I've kept quiet about which HD channels are missing via Directv. I had high hopes of finally being able to cut the Comcast cable feed from my home once Directv launched D12 and give Directv more of my business and enjoy the much more superior quality which Directv delivers. While things have improved somewhat I still can't cut that darned cable for such channels as AMC, TCM, HLN, E!, IFC, all of the HBO's and a few other channels which Comcast carries here. My faith in Directv is starting to dwindle. Please, Directv, don't let me down!
  10. georule

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    Mar 31, 2010
    It is a bit of a puzzlement to me why we haven't had more HD. Channels that do not exist in SD on DirecTV at the current time --those I can understand why it would be a long and tedious process.

    Those that do exist in SD on DirecTV at the current time, and also have an HD offering --those are much more difficult to understand *as a group*. I can see where individual content providers (say Rainbow) might want to use that opportunity to get concessions elsewhere (like carrying others of their channels as well). On an individual basis, here and there, I can see that happening.

    But across the board? That strikes me as pretty unlikely. You can see from BBCA's advert above that there is the clear implication that there is either no additional cost or very little additional cost to providing the HD version of the channel if the SD version is already on your carrier. Which, frankly, is what I'd expect to be the case.

    Surely it can't be true that *every* HD channel we want that is already on SD on D* is trying to force D* to pick up other channels D* isn't carrying as a condition of licensing the HD?

    But then we come back to satelliteracer pointing at D*'s "TV Everywhere" proposal, and thus one has to wonder if it is really D* that is being the unreasonable party here with unrelated (or at least only tangentially related) demands causing the tangoing to be so painfully slow.

    If that's the case, then I wouldn't be particularly happy about it. "TV Everywhere" might be a good idea and the wave of the future, but causing me to lose months of availability of good HD stuff I want (and that, again, may not cost D* much of any additional cost to add) does not make me happy.
  11. QuickDrop

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    Jul 20, 2007
    Every provider, every content distributor is talking about "TV Everywhere." It's not unique to DirecTV and I don't see how it should effect their alleged negotiation/tangoing anymore than anyone else's.

  12. Santi360HD

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    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    I'm in same boat I have Time Warner Cable in my Living room and D* in the bedroom...I'd love to downscale to that of solely High Speed internet from cable my bill used to be 49.99..and then the D* bill..however I basically have TWC for my moms when she comes over to visit...she's had cable most of her life here in NYC and refuses to learn channel differentiations..and she does kick in for the bill.. am I watching Mad Men & BBCA HD in another room....and whatever fits my viewing schedule on IFC & Turner classics. HD...absolutely....

    The sports fix on D* will always keep me a customer no matter how much i b*tch about whats not on D*...the sports PPV packages in HD and I mean all in HD MLB/NHL/NBA ..NFL sunday ticket..kicks cable's arse anyday....Time Warner's lame Game 1 & Game 2 HD channels for the Extra Innings package is lame compared to D*'s mastery of it..

    so I sit on the fence with both...I'd love to just feed the CATV line into the HD and just get the locals in HD without a box...and for those not in NYC TIME WARNER Cable does scramble all their channels just leaving only the locals/public access and shopping networks NYC.gov sites and TBS unscrambled.... If & when D* catches up maybe I'll downsacle...for now i'll go into VOD and enjoy how on demand should be :) that is the free VOD and not the PPV...

    game on
  13. Santi360HD

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    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    this is the sorta holdup that has kept NFL Network off many cable systems...dont give D* any ideas !!!!
  14. crabtrp

    crabtrp Legend

    Sep 23, 2006
    I am generally a very contented DTV customer. We have a great agreement, I give then pots full of money and they give me loads of TV. I have my free RZC for the season, all of my soccer is in HD now, I like the receivers (though my HR21s are showing their age now and being a bit sluggish). I just don't understand them not providing us more HD. My real want is BBCA HD, some quality programming and news. I have avoided watching a lot of BBCA thinking that they will switch to HD soon and I can catch up. Dish has it. Why not us?
  15. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
  16. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    ognaT as a shout out to all those dyslexics out there.
  17. thelucky1

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    Feb 23, 2009
    Does anyone know if the Sept. HD LILs are still on schedule to be launched in Sept?
  18. ahearst

    ahearst Cool Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Regarding D* I'm not as upset as some here. The sports packages, NFL Sunday Ticket and NBA League Pass in particular, are the reason I signed up with D* in the first place. I'm also a E* subscriber, and knowing full well D*'s propensity to favor sports fans and HD sports programming above all else, I kept my E* subsciption due to the fact that they go the other way, leaning toward having more mainstream national HD programming. Currently l lease 3 D* HD receivers and 2 E* HD receivers, though I'm debating the addition of a third E* receiver to the master bedroom now that AMC-HD is available.

    Blame it on contracts, blame it on the inability to master the tango, whatever, but lately it seems one or the other sat provider is either unable or unwilling to please everyone. So I've adjusted to this reality and carved out my own solution by carrying both D* and E* subscriptions. I pay D* all on my own, while my wife and I each pay half of the E* monthly bill. And as to the possible addition of HD down the road, who knows what will happen? As D* subscribers it is possible we could see a 10-20 channel national HD Festivus again, circa 2007, or it could be that the HD channels we have to this point is all we will get. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I knew what I was getting when I signed up for D*, a provider who's mission statement is built around the ability to deliver and sell sports programming, PPV movies and events to the masses above all other programming.
  19. slimoli

    slimoli Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    :(It looks like nobody here believes we will see new national HDs any time soon.
  20. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    As long as we don't see a certain two. !Devil_lol
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