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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-11 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 28, 2011.

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  1. Nov 5, 2011 #441 of 877

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Whats the NBA, I forgot already? :rolleyes:
  2. Nov 5, 2011 #442 of 877

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    Given that availability of CSN Philly substantially could increase its subscriptions throughout the metropolitan Philadelphia area, I suspect DirecTV would find a way to overcome any bandwidth constraints.

    I am enjoying H2, including "The Universe" series, in HD on Comcast which, obviously, constitutes a dramatic improvement over the SD picture provided by DirecTV. I trust DirecTV someday will make it available, but the operative term is “someday.”
  3. Nov 5, 2011 #443 of 877
    Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    That's too bad. I'm not being snyed or anything. Couldn't they rent space from other SAT. company?
  4. Nov 5, 2011 #444 of 877

    Garry Legend

    Jul 4, 2006
    Ever heard of the expression: "Tongue in cheek"?

    Actually, I think the addition of AMCHD had little or no affect on the increase in subscribers.

    I happen to not watch AMCHD, but like to see any HD added, basic or premium.
  5. Nov 5, 2011 #445 of 877

    djzack67 Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    I have only watched AMC HD once since it was added
  6. Nov 6, 2011 #446 of 877

    Barmat Godfather

    Aug 26, 2006
    I have never watched Shorts HD since it was added. Your point?
  7. Nov 6, 2011 #447 of 877

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    It's not about whom among us watches what, it's about providing as many channels as possible at this point. The brass at D* (especially given their financial reports) isn't losing any sleep over whatever channels they are missing. I have no doubt that we'll get more channels but I don't think there is any urgency on the part of D* to get any more deals done. AMCHD was the last big one. Even us HD snobs have let this thread die off in to obscurity on several occasions.
  8. Nov 6, 2011 #448 of 877

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I agree. And the way things sound now that D10 is on a back up system, and some saying there is limited bandwidth, I don't think we'll see too many more HD's added. I'm going to guess that we might see 5 to 10 added over the next 2 1/2 years, but some of those will probably be new RSN's, along with a few select basics, TruTV (announced) and BBC (hopefully) being two of them. We probably won't see 10 to 20 new HD's until the new satellites are up. By then I'm hoping that every channel will be available in HD.
  9. Nov 6, 2011 #449 of 877

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Every channel being available in HD is one thing. Your service provider doing the tango and getting a deal to privide those channels is another story.
  10. Nov 6, 2011 #450 of 877

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    True, but I hope by then networks will have the common sense to tell channel providers that if you want our network you must take both feeds.
  11. Nov 6, 2011 #451 of 877

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    Bandwidth is an issue if you're worried, as D* apparently is, about D10. They've had to tell the government that they've got a backup plan to limit disruption to customers if the backup propulsion system fails as well. They told the government that backup plan consists (at least in part) of taking down some PPV. The more they load up on permanent channels, the less effective their backup plan would be to limit disruption if D10's backup propulsion system fails too.

    Personally, I'm a bit reminded of the moment in Apollo 13 where Tom Hanks says "We just lost the moon."
  12. Nov 6, 2011 #452 of 877

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    some ppv hd is need for events, RSN overflow, alt channels.
  13. Nov 7, 2011 #453 of 877

    djzack67 Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    I guess we can dream
  14. Nov 8, 2011 #454 of 877

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Basic HD isn't helping Dish much.

    The provider who has the MOST Basic HD of all providers, Dish Network, has lost 110.000 subscribers, while the provider that has the MOST Sports & Premiums has added 325.000

    I guess....BASIC HD isn't the way to go these days.
  15. Nov 8, 2011 #455 of 877

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    I doubt if their latest round of commercials are helping recruitment much. With the exception of the guys with the hats they're the dumbest, most annoying commercials currently playing.
  16. Nov 9, 2011 #456 of 877

    Bonneville44 AllStar

    Aug 25, 2011
    Really hoping for TCM someday SOON. I think DIY or COOKING would also be nice, but not as important to me. Is it true FMC has an HD feed wandering out there in the wilderness? Probably won't see that one for a while I guess.
  17. Nov 9, 2011 #457 of 877

    dishrich Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2002
    Yep, Insight & Brighthouse cable are carrying it now...
  18. Nov 9, 2011 #458 of 877

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    I'm uncertain if FMC HD is included in new deal between D* and Fox. I would guess that it is probable and I'd like it, but I wouldn't hold my breath either.
  19. Nov 9, 2011 #459 of 877

    mws192 Godfather

    Jun 17, 2010
    Something tells me DirecTV has a list of channels on the ready for when they launch the next bird...in two years. The rest of the AMC Networks (We, Fuse, IFC) plus the Fox ones in the least. I would like to think they have a deal for them as a result of the latest round of renewals, but that a decision was made that it's not worth using the limited bandwidth on a certain number of networks just yet since they may be saving the space for bigger additions.

    I would also wager that they don't like sending a new bird up to space without having something to put on it.

    Pure speculation.
  20. Nov 9, 2011 #460 of 877
    Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    Dish didnt offer free NFLST to new customers for the whole season either. But enough D* vs E* debate. When is D* going to add Trutv HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, HLN HD? I want to watch Police POV, Deadly 60 and Dr Drew in HD!

    Occupy Imperial Highway! we are the <. 00099%! We want more basis HD and less PPV!
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