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Disney Junior debuts on DirecTV Saturday July 14

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mavs-fan, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Jul 14, 2012 #41 of 116

    slickshoes Legend

    Sep 20, 2009
    Yeah there is no excuse adding a SD channel in 2012, we're already on the road to 4K and we are still getting SD channels, kids channel or not, this is unacceptable.
  2. Jul 14, 2012 #42 of 116

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Of course, all but the HD extra pack channels are available in non-glorious SD, so you'd have it either way.
  3. Jul 14, 2012 #43 of 116

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Disney Junior not in HD on DirecTV: incorrect decision and poor strategy from programming execs at DirecTV. It makes me wonder even more about the behind-the-scenes machinations with the company's dispute with Viacom.
  4. Jul 14, 2012 #44 of 116

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    If that is how your kids think about SD it is only because you have prompted them to feel that. You are taking orders from a 5 year old?
  5. Jul 14, 2012 #45 of 116

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    In equal seriousness and no snark, we've talked about this ad nauseum here for the last year plus. They DO NOT HAVE THE BANDWIDTH. It's not like DTV doesn't know HD is the future. Heck, they are the one that deployed it en masse before anyone else, but HD capacity is not a inifinite resource.

    If they didn't have NFL Sunday Ticket, they would have a minimum of 20 additional HD channels, but they do have NFL Sunday Ticket (Thank God) and that's the tradeoff.

    They are building out more capacity through compression techniques, but that costs a lot of money for very little return (people aren't leaving DTV because they don't have GSN in HD). Their next satellite will bring a ton of new HD capacity, but until then it will be probably more like 6 to 8 HD channels a year due to the cost.

    The other part that people here continue to neglect, most of their subscribers still have SD boxes. This is just reality. Don't ask how I know this, I know it just as I said last Sunday that a Viacom dispute was about to start (a clear 24 hours before it did). I've been in this business for many years and know a few people. ;)
  6. Jul 14, 2012 #46 of 116

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    In your opinion, but if you see the response DTV is getting on their Facebook page on Disney Jr, you are in the minority on this.

    From what I've heard from friends at DTV, churn from Viacom has been extremely low, much lower than they expected. This may go on awhile. Meanwhile, Viacom in their brilliance is allowing a lot of people to forget about their content (which isn't that good) the longer this goes on while people find something else to watch. Taking down their streaming content may have been one of the dumber things I have seen in this whole thing and I've seen some beauties in 20+ years in this business.
  7. Jul 14, 2012 #47 of 116

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Facebook participants also are expressing an opinion. Also the case with you. And whether I'm in the minority, as you claim, doesn't deter me from expressing here that DirecTV should have made an agreement with ABC/Disney to bring in the high-definition (not merely the SD) feed of Disney Junior.

    Not "brilliance," but greed.

    It's not believable to state that people will just "forget" about the programming content they enjoy on Viacom's channels. (Example: regular viewership of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.)

    It is Viacom f***ing with DirecTV in effort to break down the satcaster's will in refraining from agreeing to a contract it apparently does not want.
  8. Jul 14, 2012 #48 of 116

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    well maybe they where planing Disney Junior hd and the lost of Viacom push up the start date and HD was not ready.
  9. Jul 14, 2012 #49 of 116

    tulanejosh Godfather

    May 23, 2008
    on twitter, directv seems to be implying that Dis Jr is only free for now while they resolve with Viacom. But their press release says this is a permanent add to the basic tier. Any one know what the truth is?
  10. Jul 14, 2012 #50 of 116

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    open to all subs for now and will be placed in a pack when Viacom is over?
  11. Jul 14, 2012 #51 of 116

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    Not in HD what a waste.
  12. Jul 14, 2012 #52 of 116

    tulanejosh Godfather

    May 23, 2008
    that's how i read what they say on twitter too, but then there's the whole press release:

    It is one of the most sought after channels by DIRECTV customers and will be permanently added to their programming options as a basic channel.

    which i lifted directly from:


    I guess... what is the definition of a basic channel and what tier does that translate to?
  13. Jul 14, 2012 #53 of 116

    Skyboss Icon

    Jan 22, 2004

    When a 3 year old says the picture is "fuzzy", it's an observation at a critical point in their visual development. No prompting is required.

    People without kids have no idea what kids can or cannot observe. :nono2:
  14. Jul 15, 2012 #54 of 116

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
    Perhaps this could be a good lesson for kids that in life you don't always get everything you want. Yes the channel would be nice in HD, but SD is better than nothing and perhaps they should be thankful that they have it at all. Or are we raising up a bunch of spoiled brats who have to have everything all the time? If my kids were young enough to enjoy that channel I'd tell them either watch it in SD or don't watch it at all. It's their choice.
  15. Jul 15, 2012 #55 of 116

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    It's amazing we all survived before HD. However I'm not quick to dismiss science so I'd be interested to see what causes a 3 year olds visual development to be critical at that stage when watching TV.
  16. Jul 15, 2012 #56 of 116

    adkinsjm Icon

    Mar 25, 2003
    When a 3-year-old says it's fuzzy, I'm guessing the aspect ratio is stretched. Also, the parent needs to turn off the TV.
  17. Jul 15, 2012 #57 of 116

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Well, there was a point where I thought a 32" TV was large. SD doesn't look too bad on a small set. Especially when it's the only thing you know.
  18. Jul 15, 2012 #58 of 116

    snappjay Legend

    Jul 16, 2010
    I was very disappointed to see SD as well. We will go back to what we were doing before ... record all of the HD showings on the Disney Channel and replay.:nono2:
  19. Jul 15, 2012 #59 of 116

    PK6301 Legend

    May 16, 2012
    Erie, PA
    What ?? NO HD/DVR in your Kids Rooms!! I am suprised they have not reported you to childrens services for child abuse.

    They learn habits from You.
  20. Jul 15, 2012 #60 of 116

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    If I owned networks today in 2012 I would be offering HD only feeds to the providers. I would want all eyes on my networks with the best possible picture. No SD crap! :Nono2:

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