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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. jmunick1

    jmunick1 Legend

    Jan 1, 2007
    What is the hold up on AMC HD? For those of you who watch Mad Men and haven't seen it in HD you are missing out. Cable Providers, specifically Comcast which I can personally confirm, have had it at least in HD on On Demand since Season 1. Why can't DirecTV at least get it in HD on demand if they can't get it done via broadcast?
  2. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Not defending all the PPV channels, but at http://www.homemediamagazine.com/blockbuster/blockbuster-directv-plug-window-advantage-20081 they say:

    "Transactional VOD generated an estimated $865 million in the first-half of 2010, up 19.1% over the same period last year, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group."

    So for a full year $1,730,000,000 in PPV sales for all the cable and DBS companies. So contrary to all the posts from folks that say they never purchase a PPV so why all the channels, it looks like someone's out there buying them and and some executive out there can't pass out that possible revenue stream.
  3. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    The problem is we know where E*'s priorities lie. A lot of what you listed relates to sports and we know either exactly why E* isn't carrying them or that E* subscribers shouldn't expect them. (Though as it stands, E* subscribers have a better shot at seeing all 0f 2011's March Madness in HD.)

    Are we to assume that D* views non-value added national HD channels (i.e. channels that are not premiums or not connected to a Sports Package) in the same E* views sports programming?
  4. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    So these missing channels are willing to "tango" with E* and cable but not with D*? I would think these channels would want to be on every provider available to make more money.
  5. texasmoose

    texasmoose Icon

    May 24, 2007
    I think D* prides themselves on their agreements in place with the various sports packages/brands. So maybe their budget/$$ is a little tight, especially with the way the economy is going.

    Yes you would think that those companies, that own those channels, would want to be on every vendor possible. I always thought that's what the NFL should've been doing all along with NFL Sunday Ticket, instead of having an exclusive deal with just one provider.
  6. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    The NFL is deliberately limited so as to keep the value of their packages with CBS and Fox. Too many systems and subs with the Sunday Ticket package would lead to a perceived loss of viewership to the local affiliates, which would lead to a perceived lesser value of the NFL to the networks.

    Today, it would be difficult for any provider other than DirecTV to give the NFL what it wants...all games in HD. Fios and Comcast, for example, could not do it.
  7. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Some of those channels tango'd with E* several years ago and the dynamics are much different now then they were then.

    Just as I can list a lot of channels that "tango'd" with D* but haven't with E* or cable.

    Works both ways. :)
  8. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    I wouldn't say that at all. I'd say that D* values all kinds of programming in a broad manner and it not appealing to one segment, that's why they are the largest satellite television provider in the world. You don't get that way just appealing to sports fans or only appealing to non-sports fans.

    I'd also state that if you look over the last decade there have been VERY few times where a channel came off the air in a public spat with a programmer. That cannot be said of others. D* works hard at getting a smart deal that works for all parties and keeps the channels on the air. That cannot be said with other parties that seem to go through channels coming up and down off the service quite often. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen at D*, it certainly has and will again in the future, but it happens with less frequency (in my opinion).
  9. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Yup, PPV is big business and I believe that D* is the largest or second largest beneficiary of PPV sales according to the industry trades.

    Gets back to the argument of who likes what. Some people don't use PPV, but a ton do. Some don't like sports, but a ton do. Some people want more HD premiums, while others could not care less.

    A good service has to balance all of these things and try to bring a product that appeals to a broad spectrum of consumers. That approach won't please everyone but will have if the offering is wide enough to touch on multiple appeal points, will be a solid product for most consumers of that product.
  10. scoop8

    scoop8 Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dallas TX
    ...and that's why I've stayed with DirecTV since '99. They offer the balance that works for me with an added benefit as a sports fan. I have no plans on switching providers in the foreseeable future.
  11. richall01

    richall01 Godfather

    Sep 30, 2007
    South Georgia
    Okay, so when will all of the shoping channels go HD? :lol:
  12. oldfantom

    oldfantom Icon

    Mar 13, 2006
    Even considering the smiley face, this is a serious question. I used to tell people that you would know when HD had arrived when advertisers started putting commercials on in HD. Most of the dvr snobs will say they haven't noticed, but it happened in a big way a few superbowls back. I think the answer to op's question will be the point when the providers - cable and satellite - have capacity to spare. I, for one, am looking forward to the day when the providers say that they have the capacity to add these channels without creating a nerd riot.
  13. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I love how on some HD channels the shows are in SD but the commercials are in HD.
  14. jerrylove56

    jerrylove56 Godfather

    Jun 14, 2008
    North Alabama
    anticipation, not whining and brow beating.
  15. swans

    swans Legend

    Jan 23, 2007
  16. slimoli

    slimoli Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    We have been talking about channels we would like to see in HD, that's what the thread is for. The only whining I see is in posts like yours. What are YOU anticipating? I can't see any anticipation in your posts and can't figure what you are trying to do here. :mad:
  17. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    OK, let's steer it back to politeness, please.
  18. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    TCM please.
  19. Food Lion Man

    Food Lion Man Mentor

    Dec 13, 2007
    Outside of...
    For the ones which should be in August, do you have specifics?

  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    GoL is the only one publically announced.

    SatRacer indicated there woudl be more. No more specifics at this time.
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