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Mini Festivus May 4th

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Satelliteracer, Apr 25, 2011.

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  1. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Led to believe by whom? DirecTV never said they would follow the poll. They were just gathering data through DBSTalk.
  2. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I was kind of hoping it was to gather data about which channels they should add. What other kind of data could they get from the poll?
  3. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I note that Shortshd.com is terribly out of date. They are promoting movies for June and July--but not of this year, dates don't line up. I'm guessing they are still back in 2008 according to the copyright date.

  4. espnjason

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    The active participants on this board will not think much of what is added by D*, regardless if it was followed, unless it is something that appears to be highly desired per that poll. Until then, there will still be a bunch of carrying on on this board.
  5. DaveC27

    DaveC27 Godfather

    Apr 14, 2010
    Well the poll on DBSTalk wasn't commissioned by DTV, it was a copy of the one that DTV sent to some of their subscribers.

    It's purpose was to gauge the demand for some of the HD channels from the wider public. As has been said many times, we who post here can't be classed as representative :)
  6. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Retroplex and Indieplex don't have commercials.
  7. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Wonderful. The people who run channel we're getting don't even care about it! :lol:

    I'm not usually one to complain about HD channel additions, but this is absolutely ridiculous.
  8. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    Yes, I do. If you want to search under my username, I've always said that, sometimes agreeing with posters I usually don't agree with in terms of DirecTV's programming choices. (It's the one thing Hoosier and I are in complete agreement on.) The channel you missed is HDNet Movies, who practically always show films in the correct aspect ratio, doesn't show commercials, and doesn't limit itself to a specific studio. (Despite his publicity nonsense, Mark Cuban does seem to respect filmmakers.) My HD position is pretty consistent. I'm not against HD additions; I'm against only one portion of DirecTV subscribers benefiting from them. My solution for that would be that more HD channels are added. Failing that, I do think HD channels that benefit the most number of subscribers and HD simulcasts of DirecTV current SD line-up should be added first.

    BTW, Turner Classic Movies is really the channel that shows stuff never released on DVD and often not on VHS. It will likely be attacked when and if it's added because of the lack of HD transfers, which don't exist for films not planned for the home market. It will though provide numerous essentially "lost" movies with a higher bit rate, which could possibly be viewed as the same as an advertised new release in 1080P but with a starved bit rate compared to Blu-Ray.
  9. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    +1. The news is mostly fluff. A wedding isn't news.
  10. rkr0923

    rkr0923 Guest

    Sep 14, 2006
    Like NFL Sunday Ticket, NASCAR Hotpass, MLS Direct Kick, and NBA League pass?

    And ESPNU-HD, MLB Network, Smithsonian Channel, Disney HD, Disney XD HD, Mega TV HD, Fuel HD, GOL TV HD, ABC Family HD, ESPNNews HD!

    Don't have most of those and the ones I do have I don't watch. Be glad to swap all the above for E!HD BBCAHD TRUHD..just to name a few
  11. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I noticed that also last year. I stopped watching it.
  12. KK in CT

    KK in CT Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Unfortunately we have to take them as they can successfully negotiate for them. This one couldn't have been too difficult in comparison to some of the channels most want added on this forum. Hopefully their success rate will turn back around with some of the "basic" HD we're hoping for. For those who wanted this one, congrats. Although I can't remember reading a post looking for this one in particular....
  13. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    There are quite a few (more then 60) channels that are available in Choice Extra, but not in Choice, and quite a few are in HD. Examples are Speed HD, Style HD, NHL Network, MLB Network, and National Geographics Channel.

    If DirecTV would add NatGeo Wild in HD, Military Channel in HD, History International in HD or DIY network in HD.... people who only subscibe to Choice, will not benefit from this, where people who subscribe to Choice Extra ($5 more) and Choice Ultimate ($10 more) will benefit from it.

    Are you saying you would be against such additions, because the millions if subscribers that only subscribe to Choice, will not get those channels?
  14. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    "If I don't watch it, it doesn't count as an added HD channel!!!!"

  15. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I'm not sure I get what you are saying? Are you saying you will complain if BBC-HD gets added?

    Fortunately the Dr. Who watcher in my house does not mind SD. And has been happily watching the last season marathon they ran leading up to the new seasons premiere.
  16. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Some people like to complain, I have a family member like that.
  17. Mike Bertelson

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

    Jan 24, 2007
    If DirecTV used these criteria than it wouldn’t matter which carriage agreement was reached when because they would have to sit on them until they meet your requirements for addition.

    IMHO, they should add channels based on what they have a carriage agreement for and when it makes engineering/marketing sense to light it up regardless of what the content is...but hey, that’s just me. :grin:

  18. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    He's just being snarky. Saying that people complain about HD channels they don't care about being added, like it affects the chances of their favorite (in his example BBC) getting added in HD.
  19. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I believe they are commercial free and not OAR... IE Widescreen. I saw a HD capture of one movie and it started out with black bars top & bottom and then slowly expanded into filling the screen. It was slickly done so that I didn't notice until the end credits where it went back to black bars.

    As if there aren't a lot of bad movies on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Stars, & Encore?
  20. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    It's sarcasm because I don't watch the station but I realize a few do. In reality, I'd welcome any HD whether I watch it or not. It's hilarious to see people so peeved over HD channels.
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