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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. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    About HD channels for the Olympics / NHL playoffs? Chiller HD? USN HD? E! HD? G4 HD? and Style HD?

    Will the part time channels from 2008 come back?
    NBC Olympic Basketball Channel and NBC Olympic Soccer Channel?
  2. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I was talking about the Pentagon channel.
  3. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    - What channel number it should go on. (Is it pushed somewhere in the back because it is free, or put somewhere on a more prominent number?)

    - The channel might be free, but the monthly cost for the uplink, whether through fiber or satellite, is not free, and perhaps there is a negotiation needed to decide that.

    - The timeframe. Perhaps DirecTV wants to launch it in Sept. 2012, and Pentagon would rather see it sooner.

    - Who knows! :D
  4. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Olympics are three weeks, and pretty much all channels that broadcasted the olympics in 2008 and 2010 are in HD. (And those did not include any of the channels above).

    With regards to Basketball and Soccer, they would just take down two Cinema channels, bring up those 2 for those 3 weeks, and then bring the Cinema back up.

    There is no need for more capacity for the 3 weeks of Olympics in 2012.
  5. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    I wouldn't count on the Olympics bringing us any new permanent HD channels. It was used for years as an argument for why Directv would upgrade MSNBC to HD, but it wasn't until several months after the 2010 Winter Olympics that Directv upgraded the channel.
  6. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Maybe Santa will bring a few more HD channels. :sure:
  7. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    I think Universal Sports will be in HD during the Olympics and will remain in HD full time after that, since the Vuelta a Espagnia starts soon after the Olympics finish. The real question is whether it will be in HD in time for the Giro d'Italia in May.
  8. bnwrx

    bnwrx Icon

    Dec 29, 2007
    For me the real question is will it be in HD for the World Cup Ski season? Maybe after the New Year, when Directv may be the only provider. Come on Santa, are you listening...;)
  9. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    But Comcast owns NBC NOW and they can move it to other channels / make chiller go HD as was planed years ago just force other systems to pickup channels. Comcast may just put a BIG NHL PLAYOFF GAME on G4 just to force Directv to add it.
  10. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    No, they won't do that. They're no going to screw the NHL out of potential $viewers$ because of their issues with DirecTV.
  11. debell

    debell Godfather

    Nov 6, 2011
    Apparently, you don't understand how some companies operate. They don't care about viewers, they care about lining their pockets (like DirecTV).
  12. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Would Comcast care about Chiller?! :confused: Comcast jointly owns FEARnet with Lionsgate and Sony.

    Would they want ownership/part ownership of two horror themed channels?! If not, which one would they have the least interest in?! Chiller or FEARnet?! :confused:

  13. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    They're not lining any pockets with the subject being discussed. They're (Comcast) is taking money away from the NHL if they put games on G4. Less viewers = less ad revenue.

    Stick to the topic & not your vendetta.
  14. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    Unless it is in the agreement with NBC/Versus(Comcast) that they are allowed to do that, then no they can't. Leagues sign agreements with television services and those are not subject to being put on whatever the parent tv company feels like airing it on. Comcast cant just arbitrarily move NHL games to G4 just like they can't decide to put next Sunday nights NFL game on USA, Syfy, or Cloo. Furthermore, even if they could they'd be stupid. As was already pointed out, less people see it and thus less ad dollars for you and your league partner.
  15. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Well, my HD count went up by one. :)

    DirecTV now has KDOC, a Los Angeles local area TV station, in HD.... which means that ALL Ducks games (KDOC has the broadcast rights to about 20% of them) are in GLO-RI-US HD!

    (Of course this doesn't help anyone else with "more Basic HD")
  16. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    They won't. And one game, even a playoff game, isn't going to make the difference.

    Furthermore, the Olympic Organization that has negotiated the contract with NBC are very specific about which channels are authorized to be used for Olympic broadcasting, and that was pretty much set in stone until 2016 or so. They are also not allowed to put any broadcasts behind a pay per view system of any kind.

    For NBC, Advertising is its main form of income during the Olympics. They were profitable in 2008, but with the winter Olympics in 2010 they were not profitable, partly because the economy tanked badly of course. But you can bet they aren't going to put anything that people want to watch on a channel that 20 million TV customers do not have access to, because they'd be shooting themselves in the foot.

    The 2012 Olympics are also not going to be live in prime time, as by the time it is 6 PM on the East coast, it is 11 PM in London, and all athletes have gone to sleep. And they will probably pull their 3-hour-more-delay for the west coast..... hey it isn't live anyways, we can easily push it off another 3 hours for the west coast.

    Anyways, don't count on any Olympics on Chiller or G4, and if either of those show up in HD on DirecTV, it is because they finally got a good contract negotiated, not because NBC is threatening to put the Olympics on them.
  17. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Still. NBC's main form of income is advertising. They would be stupid to put a game on a channel that 20 million Americans can't receive. They won't be able to sell advertising at the same price, because advertising is sold based on potential viewership.

    Cut the viewership by 20 million, you will cut into your own income stream. And advertising around sports games is BIG business.
  18. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    However, in order to make the money they have to care about the viewers. After all that's the source of their money...I'm just sayin' :grin:

  19. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010

    It's been proven time and again: Companies that lose touch with providing value to their customers go out of business. Anyone can gouge for short periods, but it merely hastens the long term demise.
  20. Ira Lacher

    Ira Lacher Icon

    Apr 24, 2002
    Unless they find customers in other markets to gouge. Isn't DirecTV available in Latin America, which is one of the fastest-developing markets?
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