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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 10, 2010 #801 of 4034
    Sixto

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    No one here, maybe even just a few at DirecTV, have a clear view of the infrastructure spending plan and/or negotiation status with Cablevision, BBC, and TBS.

    I'd guess BBCA is easier, followed by AMC/TCM.
     
  2. Oct 10, 2010 #802 of 4034
    JoeTheDragon

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    I don't to see comcast do a g4 to some NBC stuff. But comcast does a real good job with sports and NBC can't do the olympics right .

    But if Comcast does own nbc they need to fix scifi channel and dump all the WWE crap move some stuff on it to G4 or other comcast owned stuff.

    also don't let NBC sports take over any control of CSN NO keep that with the teams.
     
  3. Oct 10, 2010 #803 of 4034
    Hoosier205

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    I lean more towards yes than no, but both will be difficult. I'm guessing that BBCA HD is not as high on the overall wish list as many of us would like. I also wonder if AMC negotiations includes more than just the channel...TV Anywhere for example. Basically, I am betting that BBCA HD is not a priority and that AMC HD is a complicated situation.
     
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    Paul Secic

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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother" were good!
     
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    Paul Secic

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    ShortsHD has subtitles!
     
  6. Oct 10, 2010 #806 of 4034
    DMG

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    I guess AMCHD is going to be irrelevant to me until next summer (or whenever) and the next season of Mad Men starts. There is only one more episode of MM this season after tonight. :(
     
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    Does DIY have stretch-o-vision on some of their HD content like HGTV and FoodNetwork have, or do they do the proper thing by preserving OAR?
     
  8. Oct 10, 2010 #808 of 4034
    Alan Gordon

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    Once I get AMC, BBCA, and TCM, I'll be right around there as well...

    I care only to the point that I'm somewhat jealous of other providers HD channel lineup, but for the most part, ditto!

    +1!

    Truer words were never spoken...

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  9. Oct 10, 2010 #809 of 4034
    sigma1914

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    Yes.
     
  10. Oct 10, 2010 #810 of 4034
    Paul Secic

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    They can't do that because they would loose millons of SD customers.
     
  11. Oct 10, 2010 #811 of 4034
    Davenlr

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    Not if they do it a channel or two at a time. People who like that channel will upgrade to mpeg4 stuff. Comcast is doing it (has been for a while) with their analog channels, moving one or two at a time to digital. Sure they might lose a few subs, but I think most would upgrade to mpeg4, especially if DirecTv did it without cost.
     
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    Yes to which part? Stretch or OAR?
     
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    Except they are not likely to do it without cost, until they are very, very few SD customers left.

    Since they are already experiencing shortages of HD equipment, this would be a very bad time to do something that would force more people to need to get HD equipment. Perhaps in a few months time that will change, but today that wold be a bad move.
     
  14. Oct 10, 2010 #814 of 4034
    Davenlr

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    Well, I said when the SD contracts expire. Hopefully, they will be able to ramp up production by then. Considering the economy, and people out of work, I would think the manufacturers would be chomping to hire people, and get more boxes out.
     
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    Doug Brott

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    It's definitely hard to keep those SD customer tight. :p :D
     
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    part of the shortages have to due with dish dropping FSN / fx
     
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    sigma1914

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    My bad...stretch.
     
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    You did say that. And that would space out the channels to (hopefully) keep too many of them going HD at any one time.

    However, I still don't see them doing this without charging for new equipment. I don't think the cost/benefit analysis works out any other way. If a customer feels pushed by their provider to buy new equipment, it becomes easier to think about switching providers. It would be a risky move for DIRECTV.
     
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    I personally wouldn't be willing to make that prediction. . . but I will predict that at least two of the three will be up by March 31, 2011.

    And I say that because I'm convinced there is a good chance that the next regularly scheduled rate increase is a milestone point on D* calendar for some of these adds people want, and rate increases usually go into effect in 1Q. Actually, I've been saying that since July --haven't seen anything since to change my mind.

    The wildcard there could be if D* was willing to undergo a significant package reshuffling before the next regular rate increase --that could bring some of this stuff earlier.

    No inside info in the above --just opinion based on what I know of the sensitivity by companies to cost containment vs revenue growth based on the feedback they get from financial anaylsts who follow their stock and ask questions in quarterly earnings reports calls. Financial analysts can be worse than some of the people in this thread at unreasonably extrapolating short-term trends to long-term results inappropriately.
     
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    Then why is D* adding more shows from the BBC to the 101? I would think that BBC would want their HD channel on full time instead of putting a few shows on the 101.
     
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