DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3 2011 Thread)

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  1. Hoosier205

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    Yes there is. Satelliteracer has said as much. Not to mention common sense.
     
  2. cyfman

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    Thank you
     
  3. Dcm210

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    now the Cinemax package is worth getting,only for HD customers though.
     
  4. JoeTheDragon

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    D* has all the big ten alt HD's does Fios?
    D* has at least 2 PPV HD events channels Fios only has 1
    D* has more HD on MLB EI, NBA LP, and NHL CI. Most games with dual HD feeds.
    D* has NFL ST not on Fios
    D* has MSG HD, MSG 2 HD, + MSG ALT HD's.
     
  5. maartena

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    This may be true. But I think we have already established that if your primary viewing focus is Basic HD, and not Premium HD and Sports HD, which seems to be DirecTV's focus..... that DirecTV was simply the wrong choice of provider for you.

    There may be other qualities and features that keep you with DirecTV, but I have the feeling it has more to do with explaining the wife and kids why they need a new channel lineup and new equipment for a few more HD channels they might not even watch..... then that those other features are more important then the lack of basic HD..... or you would have switched quite some time ago to Dish Network. :D

    Although it is understandable: Whole Home DVR was one of the main reasons I picked DirecTV over Dish. But I am also a fan of the extra sports I get, such as EUFA soccer and Wimbledon.
     
  6. maartena

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    Actually.... SatelliteRacer has suggested that deals with TruTV in HD, and AMC in HD are "ongoing" and/or "in the works", so they are definitly working on deals. Whether those deals will actually materialize in more HD, remains to be seen.

    As SR has said: We may, or may not see more HD, and it might be, or might not be in 3d Quarter, and it may, or may not be in 4th Quarter as well. :D:D
     
  7. Hutchinshouse

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    Yes, there’s no denying DIRECTV has the most sport option$. Every bullet item you listed comes with an extra price tag for the customer. My beef is with basics in HD.
     
  8. Hutchinshouse

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    I picked DIRECTV back in 2003 because I wanted a provider that was on the cutting edge of HD implementation and migration. That has since changed. There are several other providers with more basic HD than DIRECTV. My options are DISH Network, DIRECTV or AT&T U-Verse.

    My reasons for staying with DIRECTV all these years:
    • Out of all my options, technically DIRECTV offers the highest quality HD. This is paramount for me.
    • Early termination fees.
    • Holding out for the HDGUI. I’ve waited this long, it’s now a quest for me.
    • The hassle of installing and learning a whole new system.
    Beefs with DIRECTV:
    • Basic HD abandonment.
    • iPad app lacks video streaming, while other providers already have this feature.
    • Still waiting for HDGUI
    • Did I mention basic HD abandonment?

    I still feel I made the right choice. I’m just disappointed.
     
  9. dcowboy7

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    Thats not true.

    In NY those MSGs are the local sports stations so they come with the package.
     
  10. tulanejosh

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    gotta be honest - i blame mike white on this one.. Guy came in from outside this industry and ran the company from a pure P&L perspective. Those types of guys hyper manage costs, and as soon as he took over he start managing from a cost perspective, likely because they were keen on selling D* to ATT or Verizon and needed to make the books attractive. You can't really control the costs of satellites, but you can control programming costs, so he instructed his team to get tough on that front, and if that means less HD launches, so be it. And let's be honest - we gripe, but people aren't leaving D* in droves, so his strategy is somewhat vindicated.
     
  11. Hutchinshouse

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    Yes, Wall Street thinks he’s a genius. I agree!

    As for my HDTV…… It disagrees.

    Mike White--->:kickbutt:<---My HDTV

    :D
     
  12. maartena

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    Bingo. In the end it is about business decissions and pleasing the share holders. Why should DirecTV invest more money in areas that they aren't going to see a lot of revenue, AND they aren't losing a LOT (they probably lose some) customers if they don't invest that money?

    They are putting the numbers together with their financial teams, and they will simply wait until they have a deal that makes financial sense to DirecTV, and until that finally happens..... no new HD.

    Think about it. They announced all these HBO and Cinemax channels back in 2007, but they didn't add them until 2011. It took them 4 years before they got the deal THEY wanted, and they are willing to wait as long as it takes to make the right deals with TruTV, AMC, BBC America and others.

    The bigger question is..... will the customers wait alongside with them? Until now, that can be answered with: YES, they will wait. And thus: DirecTV is in no hurry to spend more then they have to.
     
  13. tulanejosh

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    As does mine!
     
  14. tulanejosh

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    I think they will continue to wait... I took a look at what Dish offers that we don't get. I'd love to have those channel - but I'd love to have ANY channel that i don't have currently. Honestly though - with the exception of AMC, i don't watch much of them all that much, and likely wouldn't if they were in HD. I don't mean to say that my viewing habits should dictate what d* adds, or that there isn't true demand for any/all those channels, and again I would love to have them, but i do think that we tend to magnify D* shortcomings based on short term dissatisfaction. They lack some channels... but they still offer quite a bit, more than my local cablecos, or Uverse... And i still like em better than dish.
     
  15. oldfantom

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    Full disclosure: I have the premiums.

    Has anyone noticed that everyone says that it is fine that poster x wants channel y. Then invariably they immediately turn around and explain why it is not ok for channel y to be launched. You will notice some posts like

    I am happy you like shorts, but it is a waste of bandwidth. - Implication your viewing habits are a date of time.

    Premium channels are great for the people who pay for them, but D* should focus on free channels. - Implication, you should stop flaunting your obvious wealth and think of the everyman.

    The channel you want is fine, but it does not have the emmy nominations of the channel I want. - Implication AMC is the only non waste of time. Why aren't you watching it instead of posting.

    The channel you want is fine with all its emmy nominations, but they alter their movies and real movie watchers would never watch that. - Implication AMC is not as good as all you elitist snobs make it out to be.

    I think I have done it a couple times myself. But I am just wondering if anyone else has noticed how many times a day we all say "your opinion is worthless and here is the reason why." Most posters even manage to be polite when they say it.

    With all that said, if you don't like the addition of the premiums today.... :)
     
  16. Laxguy

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    With all due respect, and nothing personal, of course, those are a truckload of implications, and I don't like your implication that I may make implications of others' implications and TV tastes in a negative light, no matter how cleverly I may do so.


    :D


    Er, just to be clear, this is entirely t.i.c., so I call Emily Latella.....
     
  17. tonyd79

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    Nope. Big Ten alternates are basic.
     
  18. I WANT MORE

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    Look where he came from. He has been content with being second best for years.
     
  19. maartena

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    @oldfantom: It all comes back to the old "If I don't watch it, it doesn't count as new HD".
     
  20. Hoosier205

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    Blame him? For DirecTV adding new features, new services, and new channels?
     
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