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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. Sep 5, 2010 #3521 of 4782

    slimoli Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    Do you have both services ? I do. I know very well what HDLITE is: I had Directv in 2005. Have you ever seen a HDV movie on a large screen ? It looks fantastic and is also 1440×1080 .

    No , I am NOT a troll. I like Directv and it's my choice on my primary home. Both satellite providers are offering a very good service now and I hope they keep the competition to improve it even further. It's silly to keep this discussion , not even Directv would use this as an argument any longer.
  2. Sep 5, 2010 #3522 of 4782

    bcampbell AllStar

    May 31, 2005
    Wow, we really are reaping the benefits of D12. The addition of HD Nationals has been amazing :(. Oh well, guess we just need to be patient and wait for D14 & D15, I'm guessing we'll all be excited about the new offerings especially those wanting more PPV and extra programming.
  3. Sep 5, 2010 #3523 of 4782

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    I dont go by what directv uses.

    Any company stupid enough to put the clock on the screen where they did with this last update & still has havent fixed the "channels i get" issue after like what 87 years is reason enough.
  4. Sep 5, 2010 #3524 of 4782

    levibluewa Icon

    Aug 13, 2005
    WA, OR, CA
    At the moment I have both and the HD picture on DISH is every bit as good as the HD picture on Directv...period. If you must have sports then Directv is it. Otherwise, DISH has about 30+ HD channels that Directv has been promising, but no deliver. I'm on the edge of pulling the plug on Directv (tried of their hollow promises) and switching all my subs back to DISH.
  5. Sep 5, 2010 #3525 of 4782

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    So based upon that, FiOS has a better picture than DIRECTV.
  6. Sep 6, 2010 #3526 of 4782

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    First posting here. Great site, and my compliments to all who deserve the credit. From those who work behind the scenes to those who show up regularly to keep the joint jumping. (Not the best way of putting it.) :grin:

    I think the HD national channels being suggested are great. I read them as a combo priority and wish list. But, in reality, I think DirecTV should be offering everything that is possible (gradually, but more expediently; roll them out over a three-month period of bringing in at least 60 channels; I'm not being specific here because I'm not aware of the entire list of national high-definition channels but please bare with me).

    When one looks at Dish Network, DirecTV should be saying to itself, "There is no reason why Dish should have these channels in a high-definition feed made available to its subscribers while we [DirecTV] does not do the same for our [its] customers. If we [DirecTV] keep it up for too much longer — and customers take notice — we [DirecTV] are going to be losing subscribers."

    I know the differences that distinguish Dish Network (foreign-language) and DirecTV (NFL Sunday Ticket) channels — but business comes first. When basics like Headline News [HLN], AMC, TruTV, and E! are being offered by others — yes, once again, with Dish Network — while DirecTV fails to do likewise … well, it's pitiful.

    I have to say this, with no disrespect intended: Hoosier205 made many postings in which he/she attempted to explain what he/she believes to be a business model of DirecTV's. But it doesn't matter. Consumers don't care; they are not required to concern themselves with the art of the deal with any business — let alone how DirecTV generally operates in bringing in programming. Customers do not live for any of that!

    If DirecTV continues to fail to bring its HD national channels lineup more in line with Dish Network (and some cable outlets), DirecTV will end up losing customers — especially ones not tied to subscribing to the NFL package. Ones who no longer have the patience.

    For competitive-business reasons: DirecTV will bring its high-definition offerings up to date. It has to. I think what many of us have expressed is frustration, and we want to know: "When?!" And it's been totally justified.
  7. Sep 6, 2010 #3527 of 4782

    Rojma Mentor

    Jan 6, 2004
    Well said. I randomly come here to try an check if there is any updated news and all i ever run into is a bunch of people arguing and ridiculing each other. DirecTV isn't as good as Dish because of whatever. DirecTV is better than Dish because of whatever. There are negotiations goings on. Blah blah blah.

    I really don't care! All I care is that DirecTV bragged and bragged about HD channel capacity for months before they had it, and then once they got it, almost nothing! Most of what has been added are pay per view or premium channels. Basic channels that they should have are nowhere to be seen - CCN Headline, AMC, E!, BBCA. And these are not even channels I care about - my personal preferences are History International and NatGeo Wild. Talking about NatGeo Wild, you premiere the channel in SD????? In my opinion they have only added one channel that was significant to the majority of subscribers - Travel Channel HD.

    Just absolutely horrible.

    I have been a DirecTV customer for over 10 years. I have never really considered moving from DirecTV because I have always considered them to have excellent service and technology, but after this debacle, I will really consider my choices when my contract is up. I feel DirecTV has not kept their promise this time around, has duped us all, and has really been guilty of false advertisement.

    In the 10 years of being a subscriber my fees have over doubled and almost tripled. I don't think inflation has gone up 250% in 10 years, so don't give me the excuse about carriage fees. DirecTV has more than upped their fees to cover carriage fees.

    I don't care about negations over the channels or any of the other back end stuff. All that I care is that DirecTV keep its promise and that the channels show up.
  8. Sep 6, 2010 #3528 of 4782

    tyrok3k Legend

    Dec 3, 2008
  9. Sep 6, 2010 #3529 of 4782

    BigRedFan Legend

    Mar 28, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    And the new HD just keeps on coming (but not on DIRECT) !!!

    According to the new SONY Movie Channel website (sonymoviechannel.com), DISH will be adding this new network from Day One (October 1st) on Channel 386 (which is in the HD Platinum neighborhood)....

    When you click on the DirecTV option it says to call them and tell them you want the channel.... Oh yes, after we tell them the other + 50 HD channels they should already have picked up for D12....

    D12 ? Yeah, the half-empty bird waiting to be filled with more PPV, 3D and real "cool" stuff in 2011 (as per Sat Racer)... I guess converting all the top missing networks to HD is not "cool" enough for the incompetent DTV executives in El Segundo....

    Sad, truly sad... (for DTV subscribers)...
  10. Sep 6, 2010 #3530 of 4782

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    Yeah, for what I pay--a king's ransom every month--I expect my fave channels in HD. Especially since it's no longer a bandwidth/slot issue. For what we ALL pay these guys for our HD service, a ton, they should have negotiated these deals long ago.

    Customers ought to be outraged. This is a major ripoff. D* saves a bundle by providing SD-only service on key channels, then turns around and charges us like we're getting a full spread of HD.

    D* is like those folks still living for free in non-foreclosed-on houses who haven't paid the mortgage in 3 years. The banks just never get around to evicting them, and they're saving thousands. Until we evict D*, they're going to be sponging off us as long as they can. D* is freeloading off us by not providing a reasonable spread of HD channels for our huge monthly bill.

    I say, let's call the Sheriff and get em the hell outa there!
  11. Sep 6, 2010 #3531 of 4782

    BigRedFan Legend

    Mar 28, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    Could not have said it better...

    Besides calling the Sheriff to evict them out of their comfy suites in El Segundo, how about calling the Business Schools which gave out the MBA's to these characters and have their degrees recalled ? .... Hard to imagine any Business School out there teaching the incompetence these guys are practicing....

    After this D12 fiasco, will anyone out there will be following the D14 threads when they open up ? ...If so, why would you ?... :confused:
  12. Sep 6, 2010 #3532 of 4782

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Thank you for this info!

    It is, of course, one more example how out of touch DirecTV has become.

    When will DirecTV bring its national high-definition channels lineup up to date?

    Take a look at the entire DirecTV channel lineup. Ask yourself, "Is that channel available in HD?" If the answer is yes, then DirecTV needs to bring it in.

    And DirecTV needs to pull it together and make deals not only where it has fallen behind (basics like AMC HD, TruTV HD, E! HD, etc.) — but make deals with newcomers Epix and, now, Sony.

    I am aware that DirecTV wants to pave the way for 3D television.

    Right now the time is HD — high-definition programming.
  13. Sep 6, 2010 #3533 of 4782

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    Really wish DirecTV was turning on the Sony channel on day one too... :( Why can Dish?
  14. Sep 6, 2010 #3534 of 4782

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    I would have to say that is a pretty simple answer. DISH has a contract to carry it and DirecTV doesn't. Programing providers have their goals, and each one has a different one. DirecTV wants to be the leader of sports programing and DISH wants to be the leader of nationals.
  15. Sep 6, 2010 #3535 of 4782

    CockerKingdom AllStar

    Jan 18, 2010
    Yea, DTV may catch-up by the year 2015! Their all a bunch of over-paid idiots sucking our money up!
  16. Sep 6, 2010 #3536 of 4782

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Ironically, all you complainers are still paying every month rather than speaking with your wallets. It's all lip-service until you do something about it.
  17. Sep 6, 2010 #3537 of 4782

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    They may catch up about the same time DISH catches up with sports coverage. :grin:
  18. Sep 6, 2010 #3538 of 4782

    Cyberclaw77 Cool Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    While there are many good things about DirecTv, the lack of key HD nationals is increasingly frustrating. I'm not a sports fan, and when I signed up Directv really was the HD leader. Now, they don't seem to even care. They appear to have put all their eggs in one basket - sports. Their HD enthusiast subscribers have seemingly been abandoned.

    For quite some time it was easy to make excuses for Direct. Once D12 lights up, we all said, Direct will catch up. Instead, the new satellite is loaded with PPV, 3D and upper tier channels. The time for excuses has passed.

    This will come back to bite them. Word will spread that Direct doesn't care care HD any longer, and HD enthusiasts will go elsewhere. Unless Direct pulls it together, this will have an impact on the bottom line.
  19. Sep 6, 2010 #3539 of 4782

    spaul Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Yes once again I,would like more of the channels in HD such as TCM ,Fox Movies,DYI and fillout HBO &Cinemax .This being said I, still revert back to why I,m with DirecTv because,Comcast was so bad in equipment and service.Fast forward 4 yrs now the picture and now with Whole House connection added to the mix I,can live with this service for the foreciable future.My brother inlaw has Dish in Vermont and wouldn,t trade my set up as far as equipment comparing DVR,s .That being said this is just my feelings everybody has a right to their own opions.
  20. Sep 6, 2010 #3540 of 4782

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I can't comment on the quality of DISH's HD, but I always say, go with the provider that has the channels you desire. For me its still DIRECTV, for you it sounds like DISH.

    What you said below about it the HD quality varying is very true. Things that can cause a variance are the channel your watching, the programming, as well as the TV you are watching it on. And HD is somewhat dependent on your frame of reference. Kind of like listening to a song on a boombox and it sounds good, then you turn on your home theater with the same song. Then turn your home theater off and suddenly the boombox doesn't sound so great.

    Also, on your comment that if Charlie adds the full time HD RSN's, DIRECTV will.... I doubt that, although it might help get some to switch. To do what you mentioned, they would need to add NFL ST (the next time its available to bid on), MLB, sports mix channels and the other special events like the Masters, the US open to have a shot at making a real run at DIRECTV.

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