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Is Comcast on crack?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SParker, Dec 8, 2007.

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  1. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I assure you I don't think that .. It's just if you listen to the "fine print" of that Comcast Commercial, the specifically state that the comparison was done in the Philadelphia area. Last I checked, I couldn't get Philadelphia cable TV in my neighborhood ..
  2. newsposter

    newsposter Hall Of Fame

    Nov 12, 2003
    I dont have one but wouldnt slingbox take care of that issue for you? And a nice IR remote with huge batteries to change the channel from afar :lol:
  3. jpl

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    Sorry - didn't mean to jump down your throat like that. I just hear that alot, and I assumed that's what you were saying (that Comcast used Philly as the market in their ad because Philly represents the cream of the Comcast crop - that Philly gets everything first because Comcast is headquartered here).
  4. JFHughes08088

    JFHughes08088 Godfather

    Mar 24, 2007
    I agree D* has more HD channels than anyone else today. My issue is that there is little actual HD programming on those channels. I'm getting a lot of SD content on HD channels.
  5. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    Take it up with the content provider - DirecTV has no say over what the providers send them.
  6. uncrules

    uncrules Godfather

    Dec 20, 2005
    I just saw the Comcast commercial for the first time and I got to say the D* should sue Comcast. The scale graphic was incredibly deceptive. Every channel they listed in the Comcast side is available on D*.
  7. tuff bob

    tuff bob Icon

    Mar 4, 2007
    I also wondered if it allowed them to count CSN Philly HD as an offering, but DirecTV doesn't have CSN Philly... so thats an extra channel in philly...
  8. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    What's with that new Comcrap commercial that says "its almost holiday eve"? What the heck is that? Did they purposely not say "Christmas Eve"? What PC crap. Yep.. that's another reason, they are "Comcraptic".

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    I find their deceptive commercial much more offensive than anything else they state.:lol:
  10. frederic1943

    frederic1943 Icon

    Dec 1, 2006
    If you got a color TV in 1960 you had the same problem. Only a few programs were in color. It wasn't until 1966 that all the prime-time broadcasts were in color. Even then most of the non-prime-time content was black & white.
  11. Kevin Dupuy

    Kevin Dupuy Godfather

    Nov 28, 2006
    Shouldn't the answer to that be relatively obvious by now?
  12. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    More and more programming will be HD. There is not enough HD programming for all the cable/sat channels. But as they roll out new HD programming, I will be ready. :)
  13. Dazed & Confused

    Dazed & Confused Godfather

    Jun 13, 2007
    Every time I see a thread like this one I can only think of one comment to make, and it applies to every company involved in this marketing war.

    Statistics, sufficiently tortured, will admit to anything.
  14. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    I heard somewhere that 57.9% of statistics are made up. :D
  15. Dazed & Confused

    Dazed & Confused Godfather

    Jun 13, 2007
    I heard somewhere that statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics.
  16. aa9vi

    aa9vi Godfather

    Sep 3, 2007
    What's Comcastic? Their $58/mo broadband rates and snowy analog channels? Can anyone say ANTI-TRUST BREAKUP! I hope...
  17. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Can someone point me to the Comcast forum so that I can set them straight .. :lol:
  18. jjohns

    jjohns Godfather

    Sep 15, 2007
    D*, the king of misleading advertising, calling the kettle black - there's some irony for you. I've always found that when someone is truly satisfied with something, there is little need to continuously berate any alternatives. But for some reason all of these so-called content D* subscribers have this burning need to rip on the competition whether it be cable, other satellite providers, or actually anyone not D*. A great poll for this forum would be a truthful count of D* employees, directly or indirectly vs. those not affilliated with D* in any way. If the truth be told, that would be an interesting figure.
  19. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    And this is different from subs of other providers how?? ;)

    Are you saying we are all Directv employees? Not sure I understand you...:scratch:

  20. BattleScott

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    I think what is needed is a mathematical formula that calculates a carries 'HD Quotient'. That would a be a composite value representing the ratio of HD programming to HD channel space. In this way we would be able derive a baseline for each carrier and determine the best value:

    This is just recommendation:

    HDch = Total number of 'HD Channels'
    HDpc = Percentage of HD Content on all channels
    (expressed as frational decimal)
    HDq = Carrier HD Quotient

    HDq = (HDch * (HDch * HDpc)/(100 - (HDpc * 100))) * HDch

    ex1: Carrier a has an HDch of 100, and an HDpc of .25
    HDq = (100 *(100 * .25)/(100 - (.25 * 100))) * 100 = 3330

    ex2: Carrier b has an HDch of 40 and an HDpc of .83
    HDq = (40 *(40 * .83)/(100 - (.83* 100))) * 40 = 3125

    So in this case it looks as though there is very little difference between carrier a who offers a large amount of space but a lower amount of content and carrier b who offers a lower amount of total space but a higher percentage of content within that space. By applying existing content pricing al-gore-rythms we should be able to then devise a price per HD unit to use when evaluating provider value.

    p.s: Comcast is on Crytal Meth, Time Warner is on Crack...
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