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Is OWN HD coming to Directv?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jamieh1, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. jamieh1

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    May 1, 2003
    Watching Directv celebrity Beach Bowl and they have a video display around the field. The had OWNHD displayed on the board.

    Also The HUB HD.

    Is this channel coming to Directv?
  2. dpeters11

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    May 30, 2007
  3. Beerstalker

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    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Back in Nov 2009 when OWN was launched/replaced Discovery Health Channel, providers were offered to sign a new agreement for the channel and end their old contracts. The new agreement I believe included the channel in HD. However, they wanted a pretty significant increase in the carriage costs, so DirecTV along with a bunch of other providers elected to just continue under their old contracts at the lower price since the channel was brand new and nobody knew what kind of ratings to expect.

    I believe that someone posted on here when the existing contract for Discovery Health ended, but I can't remember and haven't looked for it again. I imagine whenever that contract is up they will sign a new agreement that will include rights to the HD version as long as OWN is willing to offer a reasonable price according to their current ratings (which aren't all that great last I saw). If not it wouldn't suprise me if the channel is dropped altogether.
  4. KyL416

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    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    They dangled a contract with a "pay this higher cost now, or potentially pay even higher when your contract for Discovery Health is up for renewal" threat. However, the only thing attached to it at the time was Oprah's name, only 3 shows were announced, none of them hosted by Oprah, and the launch was already delayed multiple times. Since the launch multiple shows have been cancelled, including the heavily hyped Rosie O'Donnel show which was taped at Oprah's old studio in Chicago, and many executives at the channel were replaced.
  5. Araxen

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    Dec 18, 2005
    I expect this channel to be dropped when it comes to contract renewal time. They'll want too much $$$ for the way too little ratings they pull in.
  6. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Hoping Dish does the same.

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