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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. QuickDrop

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    Dish Network didn't claim 200 HD until April of this year, which was soon followed by DirecTV's comparison.

    Pretty much every ad I've seen aimed Dish Network's "missing" channels is aimed at SD "basic" package comparisons, which is why AMC is usually included even though DirecTV doesn't carry it in HD and Dish Network does.

    The "Up to 200" ads ran at various times. The problem was that D12 was scheduled to launch last fall so that was when the ads began to run even though the the launch was delayed.
     
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    Directv has long promoted itself as the sports leader. They've used things like the exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket for more than a decade to attract sports fans. So I don't think there's been a sudden shift to focus on sports programming.

    When I look at the additions with D12 what I see is a focus on channels that carry a premium above the standard packages. They added a bunch of new HD channels to the movie packages (HBO, Showtime, etc.) They've added a bunch of PPV. They've added new 3D channels. They've added channels to the HD Plus Pack. All of these encourage customers to spend more on programming and thus increase revenues from the existing customer base.

    As much as I'd like to see them add BBCA-HD, Hist Intl-HD, etc, etc, I doubt any of these additions would have any real affect on their revenues.
     
  3. oldfantom

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    I understand. My point was that they would not try. D* seems to want to be the Lexus to E*'s Toyota. You can't go wrong with either IMHO. D* certainly is "spending" their bandwidth on more premium offerings and sports.
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    Per my previous statement (quoted above):

    THIS IS A COMPLAINT!! :mad:

    ~Alan
     
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    Maybe not immediately, but it will in the near future.

    Word is getting out that D* is for Sports people and Dish is for Movie People. If D* continues down the current path, i.e. does not keep up with Dish in regards to National non-sports/non-ppv channels, you will see the majority of NEW customers going to Dish. Why? Because the vast majority of people would rather have those channels in HD than additional sports channels. The sports fanatics of the world only make up about 10% of the population.

    In addition, you will eventually see people who have been with D* for many years, but are not sports fanatics, switch to Dish, which is what I will probably do shortly.

    In short, the addition of BBCA, AMC, etc. in HD, keeps the current customer base content, and makes D* competitive to new buyers, such as those who currently have cable and are not satisfied. IMO, the Sports Packages, and any PPV or VOD type capabilities, should be additional benefits to a buyer that swing them in favor of D* over Dish, not the main "entree" or focus of D*.
     
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    I believe you're right....I know a handful of friends and my parents have already switched in the last 30 days for those reasons. I still prefer Directv but I will keep my options open.
     
  7. JoeTheDragon

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    But even for non sports fanatics I think a lot of them at least want there local teams in HD. maybe D* will make a move then E* adds RSN's 24/7 HD.
     
  8. QuickDrop

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    Are you ready to join me on the "dark side" yet? :)
     
  9. BigRedFan

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    Furthermore, those DTV advertising "weasel phrases" were shown in full-screen big red block graphics where the word "capacity" was smaller in size but "200 HD CHANNELS" was shown in gigantic fonts !....They kept flashing "200 HD CHANNELS" over and over again in every commercial spot beginning August 2009...Their newspaper flyer inserts followed the same misleading graphics patterns... And that HD message kept being repeated ad nauseaum through April of this year...

    As a result, most of us here could not wait for D12 to launch... we put up with every excruciating detail of D12's glacially moving TLE's and continuous alarms about its health.... All- for what ?.... Lots more PPV's, 3D's, and specialty tiers HD channels which weren't even carried in SD to begin with (while ignoring the large number of basic missing HD networks)...

    Meanwhile, we're now hearing here (by some) to ignore or forget all those DTV weasel ad messages and focus on "capacity" and not on the "200 HD CHANNELS" .... Because, as we all know, we really enjoy watching "capacity"...

    Thanks, Carl, for not letting us forget how DirecTV was able to get away with such blatantly misleading HD advertising messages for so many months...
     
  10. Hutchinshouse

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    +1000000000

    Bait and switch
     
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    After watching The Walking Dead in glorious SD, please DTV give us AMC in HD. :new_cussi
     
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    I wish we would have had AMC HD today when THE WALKING DEAD started. That was a great show. Looking around the net all I can find is that Directv is still locked in negotiations right now for AMC/IFC, HBO Comedy, and the other Cinemax channels. I sent Directv an email about AMC and I received the standard "we are in negotiations currently and should have AMC HD added shortly". The only info I can find on any channels actually being added in the next 30 days is SHORTS HD. Cinemax as a bundle is great, but with only MoreMax it is kind of a waste.
     
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    Hutchinshouse

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    This video it a good example. They say capacity once, but the TV has "200+ HD channels" in big bold letters. Clearly DIRECTV's goal was to mislead....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbSz4zweV_M&feature=related
     
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    I agree. One episode in and AMC has already hooked me on another show. Would really love to get this channel in HD.
     
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    Carl Spock

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    It's a sad commentary on DirecTV's current level of communication with their customer base when an active member of this board, a community that contains DirecTV's most informed and interested subscribers, finds a form reply to be the most encouraging information he's received from them lately.

    What has gone wrong with this company? I just don't know them anymore. :nono2:
     
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    I anticipate G4 returning to DirecTV in a timely fashion with a new deal that includes the HD feed.
     
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    I would have to think that D* is holding out for CSN Philly and CSN NW. I suspect the same thing happened with Versus, but they ultimately had no alternative due to the terrestrial loophole. Now that there are additional (legal) options around that, I can see D* giving it another shot.

    After all, with the cost per sub on G4, Comcast is pretty much acknowledging that the network isn't their best or most desired product. So why should D* carry their smaller networks if they won't sell them their big ones?
     
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