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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I want DIRECTV to use the bandwidth they have. :rolleyes:
     
  12. tcusta00

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    I couldn't agree more.
     
  16. HDRoberts

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    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

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    Broken...
    And which successfully launched D10 before that...
     
  18. dcowboy7

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    DISH LOST another 94,000 subs this past qtr.

    DirecTV GAINED 460,000.

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

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    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

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    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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