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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q4 2010 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2010.

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  1. Oct 1, 2010 #61 of 4034
    georule

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    True, but it would depend on the context. I don't see any particular evidence, for instance, that channel preferences/priorities would be particularly impacted by the differences between this community and the "everyday customer". Do you have any evidence in that area to offer?

    And as I've mentioned before, the other thing D* will have to look out for is what it was crowing about in 2008-2009 --all the people who came to D* because cable was lagging badly in HD. Those initial contracts are expiring every month now, and cable is no longer lagging in most areas of the country by anything close to what was the case two years ago (if at all). Very few of those people were inspired by Sunday Ticket to make their move, and their cableco will be whispering in their ears about Double Plays and Triple Plays and etc.
     
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    Coca Cola Kid

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    I bet its a mistake (though I hope it isn't). It says regular Nat Geo twice.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2010 #64 of 4034
    Alan Gordon

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    The other Encore channels were said to be coming this year. They may have been delayed, but they were at one time coming this year.

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  5. Oct 1, 2010 #65 of 4034
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    I wouldn't be surprised if no more additional national high-definition channels get added to DirecTV by year's end. (Okay, perhaps they'll be one or two.) If we were to get a maximum of five added by Dec. 31, 2010, my guess is that they would come in the following order (priority):

    1) AMC HD
    2) GSN HD
    3) Sony Movie Channel HD
    4) TruTV HD
    5) HLN HD
     
  6. Oct 1, 2010 #66 of 4034
    Alan Gordon

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    Most likely a mistake, but it's possible carriage could have been agreed upon in negotiations with FOX.

    I can't say I'd be excited about the possibility of NGW, but Fox Movie Channel would be fantastic (whenever it launches)...

    ~Alan
     
  7. Oct 1, 2010 #67 of 4034
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    No they would not. You must understand polling to understand what is behind them.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2010 #68 of 4034
    Moosestache

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    Are you being serious in these questions or do you have no concept of polling? If the poll is trying to figure out which politician will win an election, then the first question they ask is, do you plan on voting in the next election, if they answer yes, then they ask, who will you vote for. They can then determine how many votes each candidate is getting, within a small margin of error.

    Take it a step further, if some pollsters called 500 people randomly throughout the US and said, who is your favorite baseball team, they could then figure out what percentage of people liked each team. If however they went to Fenway Park and asked 500 people, at random, who is your favorite baseball team, then poll would be inaccurate.

    If a pollster went to a thread filled with people complaining that Directv didn't have the channel they wanted, and asked if Directv had the channels they wanted, how accurate would that poll be?

    Not really brain surgery.
     
  9. Oct 1, 2010 #69 of 4034
    Jon J

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    The purpose of polls is to determine the opinion of persons interested in the subject of the poll. Which part of "we are interested in DirecTV programming" is incorrect? I suspect if DirecTV were to do a telephone poll of HD subscribers their requests would closely follow ours...but maybe not in Maine.
     
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    Until Fuse HD actually does HD or stops stretching SD, you may want to rethink that one. I have it on fios and it is the worst HD I have.
     
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    Perhaps you could take a course in statistics and then respond so that you are understandable, until such time.

    If you were to take a random telephone poll of directv subscribers, and ask them, how important is having the GSN in hd ranked on a 1 10 scale, where do you think it would fall, with 1 being, I don't care, and 10 being, I'll leave if we don't get it next week. I'd bet no more than a 3 and probably a 2. If you asked the people who follow this thread with regularity, I would bet it was a 6.

    See, in Maine or anywhere else in the country, it does matter who you ask the question to.
     
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    Moosestache

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    And which poll do you think would matter to directv?
     
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    Moosestache

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    Then you could also add, that by adding GSN in Hd you will have to pay an additional $.25 a month, what do you think that would do to the results?
     
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    Based on the channels they added last quarter, Hispanics who like soccer is the only opinion that counts.
     
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    There is no evidence D* ever has done such a poll. I feel confident the fact that one was taking place would have been outed here by either someone who was called, or someone who had a friend and fellow D* subscriber who was called.

    Certainly they look at generally available metrics (ratings), and probably they are provided with some marketing materials making various claims by the content providers themselves. They also, no doubt, have some way to track what callers/complainers to D* CSRs are asking for. But that last is no more scientifically a representation of the general D* customer base than DBSTalk regulars.

    Possibly the DBSTalk community skews a little younger than the general population, because heavy internet users skew a little younger than the general population. Otoh, that's an advantage in "the demo" that advertisers covet.

    Also, possibly DBSTalk community skews a little geekier for the same reason, which could help a channel like BBCA (Dr. Who) somewhat more than a true scientific sample would show.
     
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    Sorry, posted to wrong thread. My bad. :(
     
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    P Smith

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    In respond to Steve question from prev thread's post
    posting current bandwidth of a few channels on 110W tp15 include mentioned 5-MAX.
     

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    Well that sucks, they have some good shows, its like MTV was in the 80's. Its one of the few channels I can tolerate watching in SD.
     
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    Thanks to P Smith for taking the time to put this together. :up:

    Looks like they're all well under 4 MBPS. If all those channels are HD, they are pretty heavily compressed!
     
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    MBPS or Mbps ? (bytes or bits ?) I can't read anything on that chart....
     
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