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How come cable has more HBO/Cinemax channels than we do?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Struff, Jan 24, 2009.

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  1. Struff

    Struff AllStar

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    Sorry if this has been discussed in the past, I couldn't find it in a search.
     
  2. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Because of contracts...
     
  3. braven

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    My guess would be that they're not a priority to DIRECTV.
     
  4. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

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    !rolling
    Because we have more of everything else

    !rolling
     
  5. ladannen

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    Since Directv doesn't carry HBO Comedy or HBO Zone, but does carry east and west feeds of HBO, HBO2 and HBO Family, doesn't this mean they have more HBO channels?
     
  6. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Wow, a question straight out of 2001. ;)
     
  7. Hutchinshouse

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    Yeah, 8 years later and we still don't have them. :nono2:
     
  8. Ken S

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    Because if they offered more channels it would cost them more money both in payments to HBO and in bandwidth on their satellites. They have determined that people will pay for what they offer and that offering more channels for the same price won't substantially increase their income.
     
  9. Grentz

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    I am plenty happy with more of the other channels, I do not even sub to any premiums anymore as I find they just repeat crap too much.
     
  10. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Yep. And with their growth compared to Dish and cable they obviously don't need them either. :D
     
  11. Struff

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    My mom's cable system in FL has all of the channels and all of the E & W feeds.

    But given a choice I would rather have the other channels over the West feed anyway.
     
  12. Grentz

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    The E & W are not a huge deal if you have a DVR, but for people with standard receivers it is quite nice.
     
  13. commodore_dude

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    I'd rather lose the West feeds and pick up the extra channels. I got a lot of use out of HBO Comedy when I had Comcast, and while I wouldn't go back to cable just for that (I only have HBO because of the 3 months free from moving anyway) it just doesn't make much sense to me.
     
  14. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Most national programming providers carry more different HBO channels than DIRECTV.
     
  15. wilbur_the_goose

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    Anything to keep costs down is a good thing to me.
     
  16. crasmus22

    crasmus22 Mentor

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    It all comes down to money for DTV
     
  17. QuickDrop

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    I think it's basically a question of how each television provider chooses to use limited resources. The limited resource in this case is bandwidth. DirecTV has made a commitment to sports programming and it is what differentiates them from every other provider. But that commitment comes at a cost of bandwidth. It make sense, to me anyway, that they would make up this cost by not having as many pay movie channels as their competitors who do not have their sports programming. Otherwise, they would have to cut more core programming.

    In an ideal world, D*, and everyone else, would have unlimited bandwidth and could offer every channel under the sun. Until then, they have to make choices as to which set of channels offer the best value to their customers and we as customers must decide which television provider is best suited for our needs.
     
  18. Jhon69

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    Channels? Yes.Programming? That I believe is the issue because I believe the last time I read an answer on this issue was that DirecTV determined that alot of the same programming was gradually being shown on the HBO channels DirecTV provides.Now I for one am glad that DirecTV shows both East and West channels of HBO Family because I believe HBO needs more family programming.:)
     
  19. Piratefan98

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    It's all a matter of priorities.

    HBO/Cinemax appears to be pretty far down the list of DirecTV priorities at this point.

    Jeff
     
  20. studdad

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    +1, now if there was a sports channel, you would have it "like yesterday." In addition, HD PPV also seems to be one of their top priorities.
     
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