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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. Alan Gordon

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    Those two channels that I care about that DirecTV carries and Dish Network doesn't?! ABC Family and DisneyXD.

    That being said, everyone I know with kids who watches the Disney Channel watches it in SD. I think you're overestimating the appeal of Disney in HD in making decisions. Now, if Dish didn't carry it at all, I think you're point would be valid, but I don't think adults (who the providers would be targeting) would be too worried about the lack of "Hannah Montana Forever" in HD... :rolleyes:

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  2. James Long

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    Some would do the same with AMC, BBCA, TCM, etc. - and have in this very thread.
     
  3. QuickDrop

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    I agree with you except that giving the competitor any opening to point out you don't have the Disney Channel in some form is a bad idea. Obviously, D* can do this now anyway, but it hurts E* if it wanted to point out all the HD channels D* doesn't carry in HD (but do in SD).
     
  4. alnielsen

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    When you say Dish doesn't have Disney/ABC in HD, does that include ESPN? I thought Disney had them all bundled together.
     
  5. Alan Gordon

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    True! I'm just saying that if Dish Network pointed out that they had AMC in HD and DirecTV didn't, and then DirecTV followed it up by stating they have Disney Channel HD and Dish Network didn't, it wouldn't exactly be a fair fight.

    Hopefully the days of DirecTV NOT having AMC HD will be at an end "soon"... :)

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  6. dcowboy7

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    You mean real as in your imaginary world.
     
  7. Tubaman-Z

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    I cared a lot more about Toon Disney and ABC Family a few years back. Before Toon Disney went XD and when ABC Family was still The Family Channel ("Bordertown" anyone?). Similarly for Nickelodeon and MTV. Reality, schmeality. TV is about escapism. (And no, I don't represent the target demographic of any of those channels now.)
     
  8. James Long

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    A theoretical DISH ad saying "DirecTV doesn't have it" pushing the 15 (and, if they did it, why not all 30?) channels DISH is carrying exclusively as a satellite provider would be met with a "yeah but" ad noting there are channels DISH doesn't carry. It falls back to DirecTV's current push of "the channels you want". DISH would have to do a really good ad ... perhaps with a scale tipped in their direction ... noting the channels they don't have. I don't see them doing that kind of ad.

    But I do see a "we have it" ad not targeting DirecTV by name ... that seems to fit DISH's style of advertising. That might work ... and if DirecTV retaliated it would be a similar positive ad. "We have it" showing a mouse. Not too different from what they are doing today.

    I don't believe it would hurt DISH to point out the channels they have "the only satellite provider that brings you this Emmy award winning program in HD". It has the benefit of being true. :)

    Anyways ... we're drifting ... the best answer would be to see some of these channels added to DirecTV in the next few weeks - which would render any potential "you don't have" ads moot. Hopefully when the 4Q anticipation thread starts in a month we can talk about less channels that are "still to come".
     
  9. James Long

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    They are under separate contracts between the provider and the carrier - at least on the DISH side they are. DISH still has the ESPN HD channels (except ESPNews and ESPN U).
     
  10. Alan Gordon

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    To each their own...

    I grew up on comic books, so I enjoy watching some of the comic book inspired cartoons in HD like "The Spectacular Spider-Man" (now cancelled) and the upcoming "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes". That's why I like DisneyXD.

    Though some of my favorite ABC Family programming has been cancelled now ("The Middleman", "Wildfire", "10 Things I Hate About You", "Ruby And The Rockits", etc...), I still enjoy some of their original programming including the recent series "Melissa & Joey" that just debuted a couple of weeks ago, and am looking forward to them airing "Friday Night Lights" in syndication, as I'm behind on the series, and this will allow me to catch up (in HD).

    I'm certainly not in their demographic either (well, DisneyXD anyway), but I still enjoy some of their programming.

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    Yes, Dish Network claiming to have 200 HD channels is much less imaginary than them pointing out that a person needs to subscribe to 3 $150+ sport packages for many of DirecTV HD channels to be 24/7. Or rhetorically asking potential subscribers "What would you call a national channel, E! or FSN Cincinnati?"
     
  12. Hoosier205

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    Let's move past this personal crusade to not count channels and get back to anticipating.
     
  13. QuickDrop

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    Yeah, my recent comments have all been made within the specific/narrow parameters of how I think E* should advertise to put pressure on D* to give me the channels I want in HD. Though as a marketing strategy, I don't think it that bad (assuming E* still carried Disney HD.)

    There's nothing personal from me. I've never started a thread to make sure that RSNs were counted as national channels even though DirecTV already does that on their website and in their ads. I could care less what DirecTV counts as 24/7 HD. I care about the channels DirecTV doesn't carry in HD.
     
  14. Hoosier205

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    :rolleyes: If you say so.
     
  15. QuickDrop

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    Would you like me to scan a bill showing my subscription to the Sports Pack?
     
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    I only care about the channels I watch...
     
  17. Alan Gordon

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    I only care about the channels I watch... or WOULD watch if I had them... ;)

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    Completely agree. The more HD offered; the more HD there is likely to be that I would be interested in. Really, four years ago who would have thought AMC would be the home of quality television?
     
  19. Alan Gordon

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    EXACTLY!!

    The cost of my contentment is known....

    10 years ago, who would have thought that some cable TV shows would manage to give some shows on the broadcast networks a run for their money...

    ~Alan
     
  20. James Long

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    I only care about the HD channels I can watch that Alan can't watch and wants. :D

    Who would have guessed that TVLand would be airing first run sitcom programming? So many channels have broken outside of their boxes to become generic programming channels beyond their original descriptions. Look at all the food shows on The Travel Channel.






    (Running for cover ... :lol:)
     
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