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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2010.
No big loss there. Check out Twit TV (online) if you were a fan of Leo Laporte and the old TechTV.
Yay, one more spot for some PPV or 3D channel. Whooppeeeee! Well, as long at Directv's profitablity isn't affected adversely of course.
If you we're hoping for PPVHD channels, you're in luck. If you wanted real channels, they've yet to hit the 30 mark. Not even close.
It's an SD channel so it doesn't open up another slot for HD, but it opens up one for another SD channel.
bring back Leo and return the channel to what it once was.
how am i supposed to get my olivia munne fix ugh!
Streaming 2012 on Netflix? Impossible...it's not available in HD streaming. Starz Play movies are SD.
It was "up to 30," and we received 22 in 2010 before the end of August.
I just ordered my first PPV last night on Cinema Ch 152. The wife bugged me for it. So we got the new remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. I thought it was pretty good.
Anyway the 1080p HD picture quality was outstanding. I was really looking at it for detail and motion artifacts. The channel really handled motion well. There were no distracting blocking artifacts during lots of movement or scene changes. The image quality was far better than any other HD channel for sure. Unfortunately at $5.99 plus tax, it's not something we will frequently do. $5.99 for one movie is a little steep, considering you could put that kind of money into an upgraded premium programming package and get numerous channels for an entire month... not just one movie for 24 hours.
We did try to originally download the movie, but it wouldn't show up in the playlist. History says "Program was unable to download. (3005/404/)" so we had to go the linear PPV route.
If you think 5.99 is expensive, wait for the 30.00 for the theater releases.
Why not just go to the theater then? Huge screen, Awesome sound system, night OUT of the house?
I wont bite on that. I'm sure it would come in handy for some who may live way out in the sticks where the local movie theater is like an hour away, or perhaps for disabled people, or some people with no car or ride to get out there.
The PPV price really does have to be measured up against the fact that you're getting it 6 mos. ahead of Netflix, in 1080p which D* does awesomely, and if you were to take a date to see it as mentioned above, in addition to getting bedbugs, 111 known communicable diseases, gum on the bottom of your shoes, punks talking though the best parts, mobiles going off, bad distorted sound which is always too loud or too soft (the Dolby guy was last by in 1997), major audio leakage from the googleplex mini-boxes surrounding you, and the 17 year old pimple factory running the projector failing to get it in focus, it'd cost you easily $40+ once you include the gas, parking, tix and eats. And a family of 4? Don't ask.
Short of providing a convenient place for JVers to get to third base with Patty Hughes and keeping doctors and nurses employed, what exactly is the point of theaters anyways???
I have a hunch this will never happen. The studios are VERY concerned about possible pirate copies on the same day the movie is released on theaters. In some countries pirate copies are made even before the movie is released .
Ok, back to topic
The big screen and the fact that many families like to go out . There are very few things a family of 4 can do spending less than the tickets.
It ought to be, since they are using 1/2 a satellite for that stuff.
Geez what theaters are you going to? I too will pass on the $30 PPV. Most movies out today are not worth that much.
I have a typical 42" 1080p set. I sit a typical 9' from it. It takes up just the right amount of my field of vision to be immersive. Same as a typical 25' wide movie screen from the middle of the theater. My average home theater 5.1 sound system sounds much better than any theater I've ever been in since I tweak it precisely for my tastes and my ears. I didn't spend a lot on my home theater since I bought wisely and on sale. But it blows the doors off a movie theater experience.
I splurged to see Avatar in Imax. The image was so dim and washed-out I felt like I was wearing dark sunglasses in the theater. Oh wait, I WAS.
In 1992, Peter Guber brought me in to meet with him because their Loews chain was dying. He said, "We need the new bowling! Our theaters mostly sit idle all day long making no money. We need a group interactive entertainment utilizing the theater space in the off-hours and I want you to design it." I explained that it was impossible, we'd already tried everything for theater interactive and short of the silly pre-film Q&A games, nothing was practical for that many people in realtime. Interactive films were all crap.
You might say aha! Theaters thrived since then!
Yeah, well their only competition was SDTV. A Dickensian "Brazil"-like steam punk product not worthy of the Atomic Age.
In the age of HD home theaters, public theaters are rapidly becoming dinosaurs for horny teens and Match.com losers.
Which brings us back to the topic at hand. Of course D* is screwing us by not providing AMC-HD and BBCA-HD and PBS-HD DNS. It's a complete ripoff. But it's short-lived. This xmas a ton of streaming boxes are coming out. All direct competition for D*. They are not yet, but will be running scared soon enough, and be scrambling to get back in the game once folks at home realize that streaming is the a al carte that cable and sat always refused to offer them. And if anything terrifies cable and sat providers, it's the specter of a la carte. Pay for just what you eat and no more.
So patience, D* will dance to our tune once they have real competition, which is arriving as we speak. I have friends who've already turned off their sat dish and gone 100% net/streaming combined with a $10 Netflix account. Already saved a ton of cash. Are ya listening, D*? If you ain't, your stockholders sure are.
Yes, oh savior of the satellite! We shall do your bidding.