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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 24, 2010.
Yep, let's just ignore all the new HD channels we have recieved this year.
I think his point was that most of the new HD channels added this year favor premium subscribers and not subscribers with non-premium packages.
Yeah, relax. Just buy a PPV and quit complaining. The one new HD channel coming in August will be so awesome, you'll forget all about the tons of other HD channels D* doesn't have.
What Canadian sports does TSN show that isn't available through an existing provider? I don't know why people don't get about foreign channels not being economical. A lot of content in most cases can't be shown because another company already has the U.S. rights. CBC is an exception for border areas.
Or you could always switch...
Believe me, I wish that were an option. But I always appreciate the classic "if you don't like it, then leave" response. Wish I had thought of that.
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Oh, please. I'm glad to see the few (less than five?) BASIC additions since the last sat went up, but I agree with Barmat ... we shouldn't have even pretended that there would be a big festivus of new HD channels. With the outlook indicating just a trickle over time, there are many of us a little frustrated.
It won't happen. Basically it all boils down to copyright issues. Program producers sell the rights to whatever program, sports or entertainment, to a carrier and they make more money by selling to interested parties in two countries instead of one. The NHL, NBA etc, get paid twice from each countries broadcasters for the right to show the program. It would cost the Canadian broadcaster more to show anything in the U.S. and the market dictates whether there is enough demand to sell advertising. Off air spillover along the border is ok, but a separate feed for either satellite company would be expensive. All Canadian Networks carry programming from the US that they pay for, just to show in Canada. And vice versa. A good example is Holmes on Homes on HGTV. Produced in Canada for HGTV Canada, the U.S. HGTV channel pays again to show it. The two HGTV's are different companies. That particular show is also sold to the British and Aussie markets. As I said, copyright gets complicated.
There was a CBC Newsworld International channel on Directv years ago, but that division was eliminated in budget cuts and no longer exists. Current took over that channel spot. Probably the only channels with mostly original Canadian programming is CBC News Network and CTV Newsnet, but even they use some video from the US News sources and that could be a copyright headache if they were on DTV.
There would be a better chance of getting some of the Aussie channels as they have far more original programming, but even they still do carry some American stuff.
Well, one more week, lets see what August brings.
The only real way to "direct" a message to someone is to use a PM. Any question asked in an open forum can be answered by anybody. If you only want an answer from one person either use the pm or ignore other answers. After all, they are not hurting you.
It is time for all of them to realize, D*, E* Comcrap, TWC and the various content providers to realize that people want everything in HD and that except for the most popular channels that they are not worth more than a few cents per potential viewer because most viewers aren't watching to begin with. After all, if there are 100 channels, on average only 1% of tv's are watching a particular channel. And as much as I like DIY because I do a lot of work in my house and learn a lot, much was not shot in HD. Thus I would like it in HD, but I recognize that a lot of what they will show will be stretchovision...... The same is true for a whole lot of other channels.
Anyone watching more than a trivial amount of PPV would save big dollars on getting a Roku or internet enabled BD player.D* and their competitors may be making big dollars off of PPV now, but that will not last (a friend who was in the stock brokerage business thought that Blockbuster would be around with stores forever.......). D* might as well think that through and get deals in place.
There are enough places to download illegally now and within a few years they will not be able to stop it. So unless they start giving people what they want, real quick there won't be a D* to kick around. And in case you think this is my view, I had an installer out last week for a re aim, he made the same comment........
Or DIRECTV could always add more national HD. :lol:
Added the following bullet to the status/news thread:
Expecting 3 more Cinema HD (135-137) soon, based on the 135-137 TEST channels added 7/26/2010. This will be a net add of 1 Cinema HD since 136/137 were already in the count, and were offline for the baseball season to provide MLB EI Mix HD. On D12, there should no longer be a conflict. The 1 new Cinema HD (135) was in the count of 30 from the previous announcement.
I just hope Satracer was not talking about Cinema HD only when he mentioned the "small festivus" in August.
Doubtful, they may actually be in July, based on previous experience from TEST to "live", but we'll see. Was wondering when 135 would finally be added (was in the 30), and it makes sense to no longer share 136/137, with the bandwidth being available.
Sixto just said in the post above yours that these channels were already included in the 30 that were announced earlier. No new "Cinema" channels coming.