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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 11, 2010 #841 of 4034
    trainman

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    If you're wishing for these to be added to DirecTV as full-time channels -- sorry, there's no chance, because they have too much programming that they don't have the rights to distribute in the U.S.
     
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    sigma1914

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    BBCA is verrrrry far down the popularity list, thus, probably not on Directv's radar. It has quality shows, I assume, but it's viewership is fairly minuscule overall. Yes, Dr. Who had decent ratings, but overall viewership is low.
     
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    The rating of BBCA may be low, but with it finally showing Top Gear uncut, maybe it might pick up a bit.
     
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    tonyd79

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    I'd be perfectly happy with repurposing Doctor Who onto the 101. And yet, I am not unhappy anway. I have my own copies of Doctor Who that are near HD quality. And I get them two to three weeks ahead of BBCA.
     
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    Impala1ss

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    How do you understand the way D* is handling things? I need to be informed because I do NOT understand. Does D* communicate with you differently with the rest of the subscribers? They certainly do NOT communicate with me, or anyone else that I can discern.

    Perhaps if D* did communicate better there would be no need for 22 pages of "anticipation." 22 pages of everyone wishing for additional HD with no, nada, zip, zero, nothing officially from D*.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2010 #846 of 4034
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    No, they do not communicate with me any differently than they do with any other customer. I understand how they handle their business by informing myself. That includes reading various publications, listening to various conference calls and presentations given by DirecTV, and a healthy does of common sense and business sense. The information is out there for anyone who is interested.

    They'll add channels as soon as deals are reached that they feel are beneficial to their business. That's nothing new. They appear to be doing very, very well at the moment. I see no reason why they would change their strategy now. Some argue that they should be more aggressive and agree to terms which may not be the best. While I, as a customer, would like to see new HD channels added...I can understand why DirecTV is being methodical in their process. No need to rush if what you are doing seems to be working so well.

    Providers don't typical discuss the potential addition of channel until deals are signed and sealed. The exception being when they say they have no plans or that there is nothing to announce. That is nothing new either. I'm not sure what information you are wanting them to communicate...can you elaborate?
     
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    We already know but this is Directv on Twitter reply on the Sony Movies start date:

    "That channel is coming soon but the date has not been finalized. "
     
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    What channels will they add? What channels are they attempting to make deals with? When you say they are doing "very, very well" at the moment and shouldn't change their strategy, what strategy would that be? Facts show that they haven't added basic channels in HD as quickly as their competitors. Is this what you think shouldn't change? If so, is there any reason to anticipate new HD channels at all?

    As for their aggressiveness, how aggressive is DirecTV currently pursuing more HD channels compared to other providers? Why should people who complain believe DirecTV is pursuing, even lackadaisically, those channels at all? Why do you assume DirecTV is methodically pursuing HD channels posters here want? What exactly do you mean by what "seems to be working so well?" The lack of basic HD channels that essentially every other provider has made deals to carry? Again, if you believe that is working so well, why do you feel the need to defend DirecTV for not adding those HD channels and assume they are working to add them?

    Also, why is your count for the number of HD channels DirecTV currently carries so much higher that DirecTV's official number, a number that many people already feel is inflated for a variety (and often different) reasons? If you differ so much (in the "pro" camp) about what DirecTV officially says about their HD channel count, why should people have confidence in your rosy prognosis of what is happening behind the scenes?
     
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    I have no idea what channels they are currently negotiating to add. The strategy I am referring to is whatever their strategy is now...since they are obviously performing well. I simply don't believe they are going to hit the panic button and change gears. They aren't hurting, while other providers may be. So, why would they change how they operate when how they operate now seems to be a success for them?

    I have no idea how aggressive they are being. I just don't see the need, from a business perspective, for them to alter how aggressive they have been when what they are doing has been successful for them. Basically, I'm trying to be objective and not just view it as a customer who wants more, more, more. I believe that they are working diligently on adding missing HD channels because this is what we have been told, this is what they have always done, and this is what they will have to do eventually for continued success. They just may not do it on the same time-line as someone dedicated enough to discuss the topic on a forum like this one. If you believe they are misleading investors, report them for doing so.

    My count includes alternate HD RSN's and The 101. I do not believe theirs does. That is probably the discrepancy between my count and their count. I don't really care if anyone has confidence in my "rosy prognosis" actually. I don't post here looking for anyone's approval. I doubt any of us do.

    We'll have more HD soon and even more will follow that. I am happy with what we have and I am hoping for even more. Certainly better than losing channels...
     
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    Yep!
     
  11. Oct 11, 2010 #851 of 4034
    Hoosier205

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    ...yet I am probably closer to the mark than you.
     
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    TrueTV would be 100 percent because of the ncaa tournment games going on their this coming 2011. I would expect if not now by March they have it in HD.
     
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    msnbc HD was predicted before the Winter Olympics...that didn't happen.
     
  14. Oct 11, 2010 #854 of 4034
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    truTV is a must have by March 2011, in my book.
     
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    Yup and we had all the HD Channels for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    oops
     
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    Their words, not mine. I agree it is not a Netflix experience (subscribe to Netflix, have a new Roku XDS) but why would they not describe it as Netflix-like when Netflix has both consumer name recognition and stock valuation success?
     
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    And of the last five times I went to a movie at 9 PM or after, someone had the bad sense to bring a baby less than 2 that cried throughout. These weren't family friendly movies. So I had the opportunity to lose about 25 bucks between two adult tickets and snacks.

    I never have problems with inconsiderate patrons at my house: they don't get invited. The TV is good and the sound system excellent. If I had some of the same terribly unhealthy popcorn and a soda fountain, I would be even with the theater in many regards. Would I pay $30 for a brand new release in theaters? Perhaps for a few a year, yes. The rest I will watch when they are released by Netflix. Waiting doesn't bother me for most movies because I have a pretty busy life.
     
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    gregjones

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    In that case, you should be very tired of paying a company whose policies are in conflict with yours. I'm getting what I want from them or I would not continue to pay them. If you are unwilling to make that decision, it is your loss.

    If you read what they offer and subscribe against the available information based on what you "hope" they do, it is your own fault. Caveat emptor.
     
  19. Oct 11, 2010 #859 of 4034
    gregjones

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    Some of us were VOOM customers (the satellite service, not the channels). Their carriage of channels was great at the time. Unfortunately their business model was so convoluted that they imploded, leaving customers with unusable equipment.

    The business model matters in their ability to continue to offer their product. GM's business model might not make you want to buy or not buy a GM car. Knowing that the manufacturer of their replacement parts filed for bankruptcy should influence any informed purchase decision though.

    Good companies make good decisions for reasons. Poorly managed companies end up in public controversy that can damage their business and their customers (think Dish and their numerous public carriage fights).
     
  20. Oct 11, 2010 #860 of 4034
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    congrats its now 7 months after the date that you said its a "must have"
     
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