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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 26, 2011.
Glad you're back SR.
Any plans to bring back the side by side comparison to dish that was really bold when it went up before. Very good marketing
So... 1 set of objects can have 2 different values depending on what you call it, i.e. if you call it "count" it's 170. If you call it "listing" it's 180. This is why I hate math.
I hate math as well. I'm proud to say that I have my strengths, but math is not one of them. The mere effort beyond elementary grade causes me to go cross-eyed with sudden on-set headaches.
That being said, I understood Satelliteracer from the get-go.
The list claims 36 PPV channels ... there are only 31. Obviously the list is not 100% correct and one must look at the channels DirecTV is really transmitting - not the error put forth by marketing. (Intentional error or slothfulness ... you decide!)
The count is "over 170" (171) because that is the true count following the rules DirecTV set forth for what counts -- and someone at DirecTV got the number right despite errors in the list.
Hopefully the count gets higher. Everyone here seems to want a new HD channel ... they don't always agree on which one(s) but more in HD is not a bad thing.
Given DirecTV has embraced the opposite approach, I wonder how widespread a phenomenon this is (or will be) and the reasons underpinning such decisions. For example, do these providers judge our economic malaise, which the Fed evidently assesses will persist for at least two more years, now translates into reduced demand for premium channels?
or it may be a back door way to mess if cable card users to get to rent a box at a higher cost to get the premium VOD in HD. But seeing this a on comcast systems that don't even have the big ten HD over flow channels and with game 1-9 HD and team 1-9 HD on the way they need to make room. Comcast is not going to SDV right now and they still have analog basic (about 10-20) channels in most areas. The systems not dropping the premiums have no or like 2-3 analog channels or SDV.
Also comcast seems to be the only system where you do not get movie channel with showtime.
In the same area where comcast is dropping the premiums in HD WOW! is adding them.
Yeah keep dropping those PPV's.
The local two cable systems in this general area only have 2 HD PPV's. Why, because they have Video On Demand. PPV is a thing of the past. Have to wait until a certain time to order a movie? Come on. With on demand you watch it ANYTIME... and VOD is now available in HD.
2 HD PPV channels are more there for live events like UFC or Wrestling or maybe paid concerts, etc...
So I know your thinking not everyone with DirecTV has a DVR.
OK so how about upgrading your VOD system to be more like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon, etc.. You know where it streams instantly rather than downloads to a hard drive. The Nintendo Wii doesn't have a hard drive, but it still can watch Netflix! (Same deal with MANY Blue Ray Players and internet connected TV's)
Don't have internet connected? Ok well thats where the PUSH comes into play.
Instant streaming would be great of course but then you're dealing with a lower quality level. DIRECTV HD is quite a bit better than Netflix "HD."
It's just the opposite for SD. Netflix SD is better than DIRECTV SD.
I got my first look at Vudu HDX streaming a few weeks back. Simply Wow! The quality was through the roof. I cannot say it was better than DIRECTV. But I sure in the hell couldn’t see a difference.
Not necessarily, during the 90's I was working for Sky TV in the UK. What we actually saw during a downtown in the economy People cut back from going out and stayed in more and actually increased their subscription to our Movie Channel options
Of course that was before the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Redbox came on the market.
not to keep on beating on a dead horse, but Dish reported subscriber loss in the 2nd quarter - and I'll count towards 3rd quarter subscriber loss, btw and Mr. Salami only copy/pasted the report, didn't say a word about the fact that Dish added tier 1/tier 2 basic HD and lost subscribers...
One number that I'd love to see was a breakdown of how many subscribers in NY Metro Dish has lost so far since it decided that NYC Metro sports fans weren't important...
Isn't the PPV channels needed to handle the extra bandwidth when NFL is in full swing? I think I read somewhere in the forum that with the recent dropping of some PPV's for the new Movie channels D* were getting close to the minimum amount of PPV's they needed to cater for all channels
Of course there's no reason they couldn't suspend the Push channels to handle the extra bandwidth
I really hope that’s not the issue. We had the same issue with D11. D12 was supposedly the fix.
I guess all of this 170-180 stuff still doesn't get us AMC HD, does it?
I suppose if DirecTV dropped its HD quality to that of the streaming services, they'd be able to fit a lot more channels onto the sats.
If that's what the customer really wants...Not me.
I like my HD to look like HD. I’d rather DIRECTV drop a few move PPV channels and add the remaining "cream of the crop" basic HD channels. Maybe dropping the Sonic music channels can buy us a few more HD channels too.
Where you have no idea when your movie will download.
There has to be more bells and whistles on PUSH than we have heard so far to make it attractive. What we have heard so far of people getting movies pushed to them without internet was that you "order" the movie and it shows up sometime.
The real question is if DirecTV wants to go away from PPV to an On Demand system as the primary or only mechanism. Thus far, they are still catering to the non-DVR, non-internet customers.