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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 26, 2011.
I said it because I know Hutch has Netflix on his Apple TV & loves the PQ.
It sure is. I didn't even think of checking Netflix. Thanks for the reminder.
No problem. And to add to my point above... It's not an excuse or defense for not having the channel. It's a simple suggestion to another source for watching it in HD.
I know there are only 6 people in the country that would agree with this, but I would love to see EWTN in HD. It's been out for quite some time. Maybe with an HD broadcast on DTV we would grow the interested parties to 9.
This is why I keep observing I wish I knew when the current AMC contract ends. I've looked several times at the reporting from the last renewal on 1/1/2010, and I can't find any that says.
Now, I know that 3 years is a common term in the business, but it isn't set in stone either. It could have been 2 years, ending Dec 31, 2011.
And because of the kind of factors you're pointing at, yes, it could make a big difference in how likely it is that we'd get AMCHD around January 1, 2012.
The negotiating leverage changes around a contract renewal. At that point it is not just AMC who can say "no thanks" re AMCHD. At that point it can also be D* saying "Sorry to hear that, because we're not interested in carrying AMC SD any more then either. Both or neither. If that's unacceptable to you, then give us a call if you change your minds."
I corrected it for you.
What makes you think they will negotiate a deal with ALL of those?
I can totally relate to the above comments as I used the "refer a friend program" to reduce my monthly DirecTV bills. Over the last 12 months I lost 2 referrals totally over no AMC HD and no TCM HD which is why I keep asking for them. The other issues above were not part of their decisions. I realize this is pretty specific on channel issues and that my friends are HD programing snobs. I also know that DirecTV's business is not shrinking but rather expanding. DirecTV won't notice that that my friends went with other providers but it cost me $200 towards my DirecTV bill.
I feel DirecTV has been good to me and I have no issues with their current business plan other than not adding more National HD programing. I am not a Sports fanatic so being the leader in that category or PFV does not matter to me.
Do you really people at DirecTV read these pleads?
If they did they would say we cant put sentences together.
Contracts can be amended. Rhetorical question: You don't think that every carried HD of a programmer was waited on for the last contractual period to elapse before a carriage agreement for both SD and HD were reached?
Nah. But the more difficult ones (by both sides) probably wait.
That sounds like a "lie".
Of course they can --if both sides agree, or the actual contract language includes unilateral options explicitly in the text. Otherwise, not so much.
But that observation is a clean miss as to what I'm pointing at. D* has a much bigger hammer in their hand coming to an agreement for AMC HD if they can threaten to pull AMC SD off the air if an agreement for AMC HD isn't reached simultaneously.
Others might have a different reaction, but personally I'd be chanting "Go D*! Go D*! Go D*! Tell 'em what they can do with their crappy SD if we can't have the HD!"
Why would they drop White and Chiang? Because you aren't happy? First of all, I doubt they make every decision themselves. Second, their job is to keep Directv profitable and with increased customers. Seems to me, they are being successful.
For all you know, if they leave, you might get someone who doesn't want any basic channels or less than what they have now.
I'm not sure how that would help.
I don't buy into speculation or theory that there's a "tango" between DirecTV and AMC Networks (formerly Rainbow Media). DirecTV could have, and would have, delivered that HD feed of AMC months, maybe a year or two, ago had it intended to do so.
How so if they and AMC (formerly Rainbow) have not been able to agreement on various terms? The only possibility is a tango issue. We know they have an interest.