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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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    The sad thing is... I'm not far from the line myself. :blush:

    I didn't check last week, but aside from "America's Got Talent", the show doesn't really have any competition from the networks in that time period, so it probably does make it.

    I wasn't "bumping" the thread... I was making sure my question didn't get lost in the thread. However... given the rules, I removed the word "bump" from my post.

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  2. Alan Gordon

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    I know, but my guess is that "NATIONAL" doesn't list the networks... regardless of whether or not it's the same thing.

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  3. tonyd79

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    I don't know, the What's Hot is odd to me. There are that many Western fans that two movies are hot right now in SD that are westerns?
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    I know a couple (with Dish Network) whose receiver is usually either on Encore Western or whatever channel the Lady Vols are playing on.

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  5. paulman182

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    I'd say networks (NBC, ABC, etc.) are not included in the Nationals because every market waches them on a different channel.

    And there are lots of good westerns on the Westerns channel and TCM that you can't even see on DVD, much less Blu-ray, so our best source is an SD channel.
     
  6. Maruuk

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    heheh I'd like to think something's gonna happen in a few weeks. I know it won't be me getting HD-LILs here!

    The longer they take, the more folks are migrating to online solutions. In the case of Mad Men, you can watch every episode on Monday in really gorgeous HD for $2.99 on Amazon's PPV deal. I just don't like watching TV shows on my PC, and don't have a pipeline to the TV rigged up yet. But a lot of folks are starting to go that way. That may be the biggest competition for sats and cable. You see more and more articles about "how to cut the cable and get all your TV needs met online."
     
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    I use Amazon VoD to watch Mad Men and also used for Breaking Bad. I do it because I refuse to watch the "SD-LITE" from Directv but there are 2 downsides:

    - It's expensive: 3 bucks a pop X 13 = $37.00. I'd rather pay 1 or 2 extra Dollar to Directv to have AMC in HD.

    -It's not "glorious HD". Amazon VOD HD streams at 3 to 5 Mbps. You need a much larger badwidth to get full HD. It's very good because they use a very efficient codec but no way close to a Bluray disk. I watched the past season of Mad Men in Bluray and that's what glorious HD mean.

    Let's pray we can see a Rainbow/Directv tango soon.
     
  8. BillyT2008

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    @Maruuk, This is my point exactly. In probably ten years time, almost all will have broadband internet access, an ethernet port behind their entertainment center and some sort of DVI-to HDMI cable (or whatever cable is needed at the time), to connect a computer to the television. It is amazingly easy to do and currently allows you to deliver computer media to the television in full 1920 x 1080p widescreen glory. When enough people can stream high-definition computer media to their television through services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, etc, the need for HBO, TBS, TNT, SyFy and other television stations goes away. Locals may still have some relevance due to the reporting of local news, sports and weather, but the rest can just be streamed or downloaded from whatever service you choose. This is a-la-carte per program (not to be confused with a-la-carte per channel which some people want now). I see this as the real hammer that will break the wall down on the current television delivery business model. I believe this will also ultimately make television more affordable again at least for a while.

    I believe that DirecTV will mutate to fit this model. Eventually, DirecTV will encourage a broadband connection, will provide you with just HD-LIL and allow you to download and/or purchase the rest of the genre-base content and certain events. Why would you need to have genre-cable channels to choose from when you can download anything that is broadcast on them and a lot of it for free or at least very cheaply.

    I might be wrong, but I'm looking forward to seeing this kind of media evolution play out.
     
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    One problem with the business model you're proposing -- who will subsidize the cost of production? Without a network to buy the rights and sell the ads, what do you think the PPV price would be? Without revenue from broadcast/cable networks, production becomes more expensive.
     
  10. BillyT2008

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    It will be more like a direct-to-DVD business model. The content will be made available to all providers for a price. Then through services that we can subscribe to, the content will be made available to us. We will then either subscribe to or purchase the content through the providers and services that we use. I'd imagine that more popular content will demand more money and less popular content will initially be offered cheaply in the hopes to become more popular down the road. Maybe it will cost more to download it or subscribe to it for specific devices like the iPod, iPad, cellphone, Sony PSP or what not. Deals with providers like Dish Network and DirecTV might be that the content owner pays the provider so much or a cut of some percentage of the subscriptions and downloads. There's a lot of ways to make the business model work and I'm pretty sure the end result will be better for all of us at first. What it will eventually evolve into beyond that, I do not know.

    Each provider could also ultimately control the content through forcing us to watch short advertisements while downloading or while viewing the content. Some of the advertising revenue could trickle back down to the content producer for really popular programming. Also advertisement can be embedded in the content such as a can of Coca Cola sitting on Doug Heffernan's end table instead of some false brand of Fizzy Cola.
     
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    I'm close to the same decision myself. I thought for sure that by June Directv would have added dozens of new HD channels, upgrading nearly all the nationals available in HD, but no luck. Now July has passed with no movement and August is looking pretty thin. Baring a surprise, I'll probably be making that call to Directv in September.
     
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    I have made several posts about this also, as I see it D* content owners and friends are in a race. Either they figure out a way to make everything available via D* etc., in HD or someone else will via internet or whatever.
     
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    I almost dropped D* when they lost VS. I was sure there was another way to get content and in a few years there will be.
     
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    The other fly in the internet-based TV ointment is quotas. Some providers are starting to limit data plans to 5 GB per month or the like. Additional GBs can get costly.

    Also, net nuetrality. What if your cableco broadband provider slows data transfers from non-preferred sources (e.g. video sites).

    The next 5 to 15 years will be fun as this plays out.
     
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    Oh ya, if I blew the Amazon Mad Men up on my 42" I guess it would be lacking. I was just watching the teaser 2 minutes on my 22" monitor and it looked fab.

    D* is gradually adding more VOD aspects, it's where everything's going.
     
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    DirecTV.com is down. They must be writing about Festivus!
     
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    Maruuk

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    Hulu is an interesting model. May be the wave of the future.
     
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    TWC just lost HDNET . Tango is getting more and more difficult.
     
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    Ok, if you like to watch TV on your computer, I can send it to my HDTV via TVersity, but the video is not very smooth.
     
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