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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mr.X, May 26, 2010.
I think directv should add EPIX to their HD pack then it would be worth the $5.99 they charge.
Which is why left Netflix for Blockbuster. No 28-day delays. The issue is, you are touting the number of new releases you can receive on new releases Tuesdays. Let's look at the major releases coming in July:
Six major releases for the entire month and three of them are subject to a 28-day delay. The 28-day delay puts Netflix at a competitive disadvantage to Blockbuster Online, brick and mortar rental stores, and PPV. Let's not tout new releases from Netflix when many of them won't even be available until an additional 28 days after the actual release date.
The people who advocate for yet another channel which crops and zooms programming are probably the same people who promote stretch-o-vision. You really want to pay a premium to watch that crap? There is only one correct way to show a film...in its original aspect ratio.
Just because it is in HD, it doesn't meant it supposed to fill your screen. Epix is an epic waste of space and money. At least HBO offers original programming.
Just because it is in HD, it doesn't meant it supposed to fill your screen. Epix is an epic waste of space and money. At least HBO offers original programming.[/QUOTE]
Epix has original programming and is going to start up two new TV shows that I know of. One of them is from the head writer of weeds and the other is about fake steve jobs.
Blockbuster has ceased to exist in many if not most markets. But putting that aside, I have received the following movies in the last 4 weeks:
Alice in Wonderland
To be fair, I omitted any older or less popular movies I got during the same time period. While you can get the same ones from Blockbuster (if you are fortunate enough to have one still in business), which premium channel(s) would be required to have had the list above?
Yes, right now, Blockbuster has a competitive advantage in some markets. Blockbuster is also widely regarded as on the brink of non-existence. But the point is that, for many, Blockbuster, Redbox and Netflix have very distinct advantages over any single premium channel.
PS Before being asked by mods to bring this back to topic, I will steer myself in that direction. Epix looks to be a fairly good (barring completely valid OAR concerns) premium channel in comparison to other premium channels. I believe that premium channels in general are now suffering from lower adoption rates among viewers. Being the least unattractive premium doesn't make you unattractive. And DirecTV has long-standing relationships with the other premiums. And subscribers (much more often vocally) expect HBO and Showtime. Epix hasn't raised their profile enough yet to be desired by Joe Six Pack. Premiums as we know them just might be undergoing some changes in terms of audience demand and Epix might get lost in the shuffle.
Having a brick and mortar Blockbuster in your area doesn't matter. Blockbuster Online is available to everyone in the country, the same as Netlix. With Netflix, you will no longer receive movies distributed by Warner Bros. Studios, Universal Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox on their release date. You will be waiting at least an additional 28-days. I don't care when the premiums get them...because they won't respect OAR and will ruin the film anyway.
You have two options other than Netflix: Blockbuster Online and PPV
Both give you access to many new releases before a Netflix subscription will.
And the discussion here was focused on premiums versus other options (Blockbuster, Netflix, Redbox). All of these deliver movies faster than premiums to subscribers.
As with the 24-hour rule, it is likely that Blockbuster will be saddled with the same 28-day limitation upon contract renewal.
While I sympathize and agree with your desire for OAR...
Survey after survey, and station after station has discovered a certain fact:
99% of the market doesn't know what OAR stands for or mean and the normal run of the mill watcher wants every square inch of his 60" mostrosity filled up because he has no concept of OAR nor of the "rightness" of it. They don't care.
One of the cable channels, either TBS or TNT made a half hour show hosted by one of the famous movie reviewers explaining in detail the different ways material could be presented on a TV screen. It was the best idiot proof educational program I had ever seen...
Net result afterwards.. people did not want to see black bars at the top and bottom of their screen...period.
Unfortunately people like you and I are in the very very tiny minority... OAR is not going to happen except in rare circumstances.
I'd like OAR but I grew up watching spliced-up, scratchy movies from snowy TV stations that I couldn't even get half the time.
If I buy a movie, I demand OAR--if I watch it on a premium channel, I prefer OAR.
Maybe...maybe not. Blockbuster has now used this Netlix limitation to further their marketing plans. Not to mention that some of their contracts were renewed after those same studios had already agreed upon the 28-day delay with Netflix.
Screw the majority, I say. The right way or no way. Filmmaking is an art and the filmmaker is an artist. You watch it as intended or you don't watch it all, in my opinion. I once had a friend who hated letterbox bars...he was never heard from again.
I probably fit into the Joe-Six-pack group; however a HD broadcast with sidebars from WGN looks like night and day from their SD broadcast we use to watch. Right now my vote is for EPIX-HD’s stretched aspect movies over the OAR movies of Showtime and HBO. I prefer quality content instead of the dribble that Showtime is peddling.
Is Epix commercial free?
YES! EPIX is commercial free,just like hbo showtime,and cinemax!
Really? Can you provide a source for any of these surveys?
Oddly enough, MOST stations do not stretch their upconverted content. Turner is one of the worst offenders (gee, the company that gave us colorization). While almost no other companies do this. So, they must be ignoring all their "survey after survey."
And there are settings on TVs to handle that if that is what they want. Those who want OAR cannot have it if the station stretches and/or crops. Those who want full screens can have it if the station does NOT stretch or crop. Which way do you go?
Really? Again, why are so many stations pillar boxing? Why has the DVD industry slowly made its way AWAY from full screen movies? Asking a bunch of yahoos in some rigged survey says nothing yet people who spend money bought the letterboxed versions of movies and full screen slowly drifted away.
I watched the Indy 500 on Epix this weekend. The picture looked so good I was watching the second one and at the end they went from full screen back to OAR then Postage stamped for the credits. Then I went back to the start and it started as OAR then slowly went to full screen and I hadn't noticed at the time.
I enjoyed the movies anyway. Nice sharp picture. I can live with that, what I can't watch is the Stretch-O-Vision. So I'm not a purist. I don't care what the Director wanted it to look like. Garbage in OAR is still garbage. Good content is still good content in Full screen.
I do not consider any of them commercial free.
They still run commercials for coming attractions.
By your logic, there are no commercial free channels. Even PBS runs promos.