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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3 2011 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 26, 2011.

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  1. Aug 9, 2011 #2521 of 5479

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Glad you're back SR.
  2. Aug 9, 2011 #2522 of 5479

    ShawnL25 Icon

    Mar 2, 2007
    Any plans to bring back the side by side comparison to dish that was really bold when it went up before. Very good marketing
  3. Aug 9, 2011 #2523 of 5479
    Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    For who?! :D :p

  4. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    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. :confused:
  5. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    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. :confused:

  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    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. :)
  7. je4755

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    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?
  8. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    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.
  9. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    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.
  10. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    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."
  11. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    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.
  12. DaveC27

    DaveC27 Godfather

    Apr 14, 2010
    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.
  13. TravelFan1

    TravelFan1 Legend

    Apr 1, 2009
    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...
  14. DaveC27

    DaveC27 Godfather

    Apr 14, 2010
    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
  15. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    I really hope that’s not the issue. We had the same issue with D11. D12 was supposedly the fix.
  16. bsnelson

    bsnelson I can has HR2x?

    Jul 6, 2007
    I guess all of this 170-180 stuff still doesn't get us AMC HD, does it? :)

  17. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    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.
  18. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006

  19. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    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.
  20. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    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.
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