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Dish Network press release Over 140 National HD Channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jamieh1, May 8, 2009.

  1. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Personally, I wouldn't count the Premium HD channels in the national count, just as the HD RSNs shouldn't be counted. Not all subscribers have premium subscriptions.

    The best way is to compare by subscription package.
  2. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    True, but when D* announced the Spaceways and D10/11 they indicated 1500 local HD channels. The rollout seems to have come to a standstill, or at least a glacial crawl while E* keeps adding markets. D* is no where near 1500 local HD channels, so what gives?
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I think it is absurd to compare service providers based on raw HD channel count. What I consider as important are the channels that I am personally interested in, the overall reliability of the service and equipment, and my experiences with customer service on the rare occasions I need to contact them. In all three of these regards I have been satisfied with DirecTV.

    I am not a Dish Network customer and do not have first hand experience with any of their products. Therefore I would consider it absurd to even try to comment on their service or equipment.
  4. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    Well if you open that can of worms then i could say channels like VH1HD & MTVHD shouldnt count either because 90% of their programming isnt HD.
  5. Max Mike

    Max Mike AllStar

    Oct 18, 2008
    I have had both and overall Dish equipment is more reliable and easier to use. Neither are perfect but Dish gets the nod. I am really badly starting to regret my switch over HD last summer.

    A lot of people are hanging their hopes on a satellite that is not in space yet... if something goes wrong with that launch DirecTV is going to be in serious trouble very quickly.
  6. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    So true, if D12 does a crash and burn, I'll be calling DISH the very same day. That is a fact!!!
  7. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    I'm hoping that a lot of that capacity is being reserved for the future for PBS, My Network TV, The CW and the handful of HD independents that are out there. It seems only limited markets get any of the above in HD via D*, so perhaps they are reserving that space so it will be available in the future.

    Personally I don't understand why D* doesn't automatically try to include CW/MyNTV affiliates in HD when both networks apparently show a good bit of programs in high def!
  8. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...

    D10 has spotbeam problems so D11 and D12 will pickup the slack.The rollout ended when John Malone showed up you know Charlie's twin?DirecTV has added locals and nationals very slowly.When Dish was #1 in HD before it seemed real hard for Dish to add channels the same has come true with DirecTV being #1 under John Malone.;)
  9. dhkinil

    dhkinil Icon

    Dec 17, 2006
    somehow it seems to me that they could eliminate a lot of ppv channel slots by giving everyone a dvr, if you want to watch a ppv movie you could just record it and watch at will, which is what I bet almost everyone with a dvr does anyway. There is absolutely no reason to take up two or three channels of extra bandwidth so someone can watch a movie. If you want to watch a ppv event and decide to watch at 7:40 you have to wait until 8 anyway for the next start.
  10. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Kinda like Dish's satellite crashed and burned last year? :grin:

    All Dish did was allocate more channels to the same TPs they currently had. Do the math: you want more HD or better HD? ;)
  11. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    I want DIRECTV to use the bandwidth they have. :rolleyes:
  12. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    And you know they have spare bandwidth... how? :scratchin And please don't quote Sixto's posts saying that they have TPs open at the moment saying that's evidence of availability since we still have not proven that those "spare" transponders aren't for seasonal events like The Masters.

    Anyhow, this thread is beginning to look suspiciously familiar. I'd say we should get back on topic but we have a giant thread(s) full of the same conversation.
  13. Littledude

    Littledude Legend

    Aug 28, 2006
    I have been glancing at the E* forums to see if there has been any complaints about a drop in quality since the new channels came online. I have not seen any. I just hope that when D12 is up and running we actually get a bunch of those HD channels that so many of us are hoping for. The advantages of D* are still greater for me than E*, but I am a spoiled boy. I want everything and I want it now. So, while I am happy for the E* customers, there is a little bit of envy on my part (at least during the football offseason).
  14. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I agree with the PPV statement made above. I know it is a business decision, but having 3 or 4 PPVs showing movies with staggered start times is a waste of bandwidth when just two would suffice, IMHO.
  15. MLBurks

    MLBurks Icon

    Dec 16, 2005
    I couldn't agree more.
  16. HDRoberts

    HDRoberts Godfather

    Dec 11, 2007
    DirecTV 12 is being launched by the very same launch provider and rocket, you people do realize, that lost the Dish AMC-14 satellite.
  17. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    And which successfully launched D10 before that...
  18. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    DISH LOST another 94,000 subs this past qtr.

    DirecTV GAINED 460,000.

    na na na na na. :hurah:
  19. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    So having fewer HD channels isn't hurting Directv at all.
    And reading the tea leaves, it looks like D* will be sticking
    by that game plan for the foreseeable future... ugh. :mad:
  20. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    All 3 of the big commercial sat launch providers (Baikonur, Sea Launch, and Guiana) have a failure rate of about 11%. As "routine" as satellite launches may seem today, the truth is that it is still a very risky adventure.

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