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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4-13 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Sep 23, 2013.

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  1. bnwrx

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    This!!!! Please Please Please!!! :joy: :joy:
     
  2. oriolesmagic

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    Once we get into February and March with a new satellite, it could be a wonderful time for all of us.

    With Encore Classic HD and Encore Suspense HD launching and being announced for Bright House Networks, those would be high on my list to add.
     
  3. inkahauts

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    I wouldn't expect it to light up till June at the earliest.
     
  4. lacubs

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    June? may i just ask why that is?
     
  5. dpeters11

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    June? may i just ask why that is?


    Has to get to testing orbital slot, a month or so testing, move to final position. That takes time.

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  6. inkahauts

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    Shoot it could take a couple months just to even get to the right orbit.
     
  7. dpeters11

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    Shoot it could take a couple months just to even get to the right orbit.


    Right. I don't think d12 was turned over to Directv for about four and a half months.

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  8. lacubs

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    i understand now!
     
  9. JimAtTheRez

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    As long as it's there in time for The SEC Network!
     
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    As long as it's there in time for The SEC Network!


    D14 really won't impact sec channel either way. I still am not sure it'll get picked up anyway. All depends on $ for that channel.
     
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    Yeah, but with D12 they were "doing stuff" with D10 too. Don't know that it is knowable yet if they have any of that sort of thing planned with D14.

    But then better to be emotionally prepared for June and get May rather than the other way around!
     
  12. inkahauts

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    Get prepared for August and be happy if it's up by Xmas next year. ;)

    It's very easy to get pushed a month or two for launch too and since it's not in a rush I can see them taking the long way to get there to save fuel.
     
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    APB101

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    Now that December has arrived … nothing yet, and nothing expected (I believe), with the fourth and final quarter of 2013.

    As for the launch of D14 in 2014 … I prefer not to buy into inkahauts's theory of delay, delay, delay.

    I agree with oriolesmagic's statement about the Encore screens being on their way. OuterMax is the only screen from Cinemax not currently carried at all by DirecTV. I would anticipate that as well. And, though it isn't yet available in high definition, Showtime Family Zone may be worth a little speculation.

    The basic-cable programmers' high def are what I most largely anticipate once D14 is running.

    I hope my suspicion about a possible cold war between DirecTV and Comcast/NBCUniversal is not true. But no HD from the Comcast/NBCUniversal brands have been added after E! Entertainment Television HD from April 2012. A ridiculously long period given the additions in between that time and 20 months later here in December 2013. We should have had Style Network (now Esquire Network) in HD. We should have Oxygen HD. We should have TV One HD. And we should have PBS Kids Sprout HD (along with a programmer, from another company, I mention in the next paragraph).

    I think Home Shopping Network HD will be on the way after much thanks to the addition of QVC HD from, if I'm correct, this past August. I believe The Hub HD will be getting added either if there is still room prior to D14 or, if not, it will come in fairly soon after the launch. (Among the firsts if that will be the case.)

    There is still a long way to go for DirecTV! Alan Gordon has done a great job with his listings presented early in these quarterly "HD Anticipation" threads.
     
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    Epix would be an awesome addition if ever added to the DirecTV HD lineup. I didn't know much about it, but after experiencing Epix/Epix2 for the past few weeks, very nice channel(s). Have found more interesting movies on Epix then any of the other premiums, at least for this small sample time period.
     
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    Paul Secic

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    Epix is pretty darned good!
     
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    I agree. I've been wanting DirecTV to add Epix to it's lineup for quite awhile.
     
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    Yep. Only premium I pay for on fios. Best recent movies and outstanding PQ. Epix started slowly with little inventory and, at the time, directv was right to not carry it. It has built a huge inventory and directv should reconsider. Not sure directv appreciates that Epix movies are available on just about every streaming service but they didn't balk when Starz! was the same way.
     
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    I doubt it, there were reports that DirecTV renewed their deal with the Comcast half of the company earlier this year (CSN Bay Area, CSN California, CSN Chicago, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN New England, E!, Esquire, Golf Channel, NBCSN and Sprout), the report said it was just for the existing networks while non-carried channels like CSN Houston, Philly, Northwest and the soon to be dead G4 were not part of it. Since that report on demand content for some of them are now available on the DirecTV app and HD content for some of them is now available. They're probably waiting for D14 before the linear HD channels are added. The other half of the company, the NBC Universal networks (Bravo, Chiller, Cloo, CNBC, CNBC World, msnbc, mun2, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo, Universal HD and USA) are likely still under the old pre-merger contract. The other networks like Fearnet, NHL Network, TV One, Universal Sports and The Weather Channel are partially owned and handled seperately on the affiliate side of things.
     
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    JoeTheDragon

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    comcast is only part owners of CSN Bay Area, CSN California, CSN Chicago, CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN New England and the teams do have pull and that is what is killing CSN Huston as one of the team owns wanted a high fee for it's full covage area. Now what happens if MLB changes the teams zones?

    CSN Bay Area is 25% fox
     
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    Even though it's partial ownership in those cases, it's Comcast itself who handles the affiliate relations and those networks were mentioned as part of the renewal, unlike the other networks I singled out which have their own system for dealing with cable and satellite affiliates. TV One is handled by Radio One, FearNet is a partnership with multiple studios and has its own affiliate relations, TWC is a partnership that also has its own affiliate relations, Universal Sports is handled by InterMedia while NBC Universal has a minority ownership stake and licensing partnership for the Universal name and the peacock logo, NHL Network is mainly handled by the NHL while Comcast handles tech services and ad sales.

    As for CSN Bay Area, Fox's ownership is back from the days when it was Cablevision owned FSN Bay Area and Fox got a percentage in their channels which led to Cablevision's SportsChannels joining the FSN network. In those days providers had to go through Cablevision's Rainbow affiliate division that also housed FSN Chicago, FSN New England, FSN Florida, FSN Ohio, FSN Cincinnati, FSN New York, MSG, and the current AMC networks which at the time comprised of AMC, Fuse, We and IFC. FSN Chicago folded a few months after CSN Chicago launched, Cablevision's stake in FSN New England and Bay Area was sold to Comcast and they now handle the affiliation side of things, while Florida and Ohio/Cincinnati went to Fox. Since then the rest of the company was reorganized and MSG, MSG+ and Fuse are part of MSG Media which, while it's independent of Cablevision, the Dolans are still in charge of both companies. AMC, WE, IFC and now Sundance are under the AMC Networks division of Cablevision.

    CSN Houston is just a mess, Comcast still handles the affiliate relations side of things, although there's not much for them to do right now because of the Astros vetoing potential deals with other providers.
     
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