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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 26, 2011.
Looks like Brighthouse will still have more too.
Based on the channel counts I've seen there will be a few providers with more HD than DIRECTV.
I'm not worried about it as long as I can watch what I want. The content is most important to me.
There are three or four SD nationals that I would love to be added in HD though. I’m kind of disappointed that DIY and Hist. Int. haven’t been added but I’m patient...most of the time.
I would have thought Hist. and Hist. Int. would have been a package deal but I guess not.
I also wonder if providers have latitude to add or not add channels already agreed upon based on...well any one of a number of things. e.g. hardware, bandwidth availability, future expansion...who knows what goes into a carriage agreement.
Maybe not so much "unacceptable", but definitely disappointing. I didn't realize it's up to five providers now that have passed DirecTV in that category. Ouch.
Yeah, perhaps "disappointing" is the word. Like T79 stated, if it was truly unacceptable, I wouldn't be posting this right now.
Well (no offense intended) if you didn't realize it then it probably isn't really impacting you that much or you would have known.
Me, personally. I'm getting the vast majority of the programming I watch in HD. What little I watch that is not in HD is apparently not causing me that much distress or I would be more informed about my alternatives. Also I always put content ahead of PQ. A good program is a good program in my book....period. The old Monty Python's Flying Circus shows will always be in SD and I will always love watching them.
I always welcome more HD programming, even that which I won't likely watch. The bigger the tent the more customers. The more customers the better they will be able to continue to develop and introduce new technology and advances that DO matter to me.
I honestly hope those who are expressing their unhappiness either get the programming they want from D* eventually, or are able to switch to a provider that gives them what they want because nobody should be as unhappy and agitated about TV as some people here appear to be. Life's too short and TV programming is just not that critical of an issue when you really start to look at what your priorities are (or ought to be).
Yes, life is far too short. I really hope people don’t take this thread or their programming too serious. This thread is just a playground as far as I’m concerned.
You are a good man, Hutch.
Other than the occasional stupidity that irritates me (stupidy irritates me everywhere...don't ask me about the people clogging the driving lanes at a shopping center today so their passengers could go into a sandwich shop while the driver waited for them in the road), this is all fun for me, too.
That is why I find it so funny when someone things I have a bias or am an employee or something. I just try to be fair and enjoy it all. Especially the part about where I was born in the latter half of the 20th century rather than the latter half of the 17th. No HD at all back then.
My grand children don't care either. That's enough "proof" for me.
I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that what you describe is the likely scenario. Directv is quickly running out of capacity on D12 and with the likely pressure to add the upcoming RSN/sports channels in HD, I doubt that there will be room for any basics in HD. Outside of the promised TruHD for later this year, I don't expect to see anything unless they drop some HD-PPVs.
I'd put great hope on D12 but have been disappointed with the results. Yes, they've added a significant number of HD channels but virtually none of the ones on my most wanted list. Everyone has their own personal preferences and it's clear that the overwhelming majority of Directv's customers are happy with the service. But me, I'll probably be gone by September or October.
I suspect Maartena’s scenario is reasonable as well. Moreover, there won’t be a profusion of basic HD channels when the next satellite becomes operational unless oft-referenced negotiation hurdles can be overcome in the intervening years.
I expect a couple more but not an avalanche like we have seen in the past. I really only think that there are a small number left that anyone really cares about.
It would not surprise me if they are waiting to see what happens with some of the sports to better judge the capacity side. But the recent additions tells me they have enough space to handle things for now.
Well those "oft-referenced negotiation hurdles" are only a few peoples guess. We know not the real delay. Some say bandwidth, all or most are just speculations. Without a release from D* themselves we may never know the real delay. Even with a new satellite launch we are not guarenteed any new "basic" HD.
I'm trying to figure this out.
After nearly a year of critical posts that DirecTV only cares about adding premium HD, someone who works for DirecTV posts/brags that DirecTV has/will soon have more premium HD than other providers and the argument becomes whether DirecTV is the true Premium HD king.
Another poster is arguing against the HD quality of BBCA HD on Dish Network even though that channel is only available on subpar SD on DirecTV.
Perfect examples of changing the narrative to control the argument.
I brought up something similar a year ago when DirecTV only added Lifetime HD when pretty much everyone else added Lifetime Movie Network HD along with it. I was told there was a technical reason, suggesting the channel was coming soon. Obviously, it hasn't appeared.
Guaranteed? Yeah, I suppose we can imagine some unrealistic reasons that would prevent DIRECTV from launching more basic HD. Simpler to just accept what people are saying: More HD is coming. (Yes, even basics...)
...you must have been ignoring Satelliteracer's posts the last few years and the information coming out of quarterly conference calls.
You are partially correct. The quarterly conference calls have been almost entirely "pro" the idea that DirecTV doesn't care about the average television consumer. However, I must ask, where does the the term "tango," come from? It doesn't come from advertisements. It doesn't come from upset consumers who expect more. It comes from someone who posts on this forum and who responses to criticisms of DirecTV with the term.
Who first use the word "tango?" Who has been complaining about the lack of basic D HD channel additions? Who has defended DirecTV lack of basic HD additions on the "tango?"
Really, that's is all you need to know.
As satellite subscribers, we are in an unique position. Our complaints tend to apply nationally. Unlike cable subscribers, who receive their television from companies who can't provide locally what they sign to nationally, satellite subscribers are 1 to 1, nationally. When one of us doesn't receive a national channel in HD, it means all of us don't. It's our responsibility to put pressure on DirecTV (or Dish Network) to put pressure on DirecTV to provide "national" HD programming that other services provide.
I believe it was satellite racer.
Not sure I got your point.
Not mine, buddy. My responsibility is to pay my bills. Check my health. Go to work. Etc.
I meant as people who pay for television, which this forum is presumptively for. Obviously, if your immediate concern is to pay for your children's health, you wouldn't be arguing over television services because that is the most important.
My criticism of DirecTV's HD additions is based on the notion that a customer shouldn't need to pay "luxury" prices to get their television service in HD. Everyone should get more HD. That is most easily accomplished by simulcasting the HD content of channels a service provides already and which the provider includes in it's most inclusive pricing tiers.