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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by DBSSTEPHEN, Jan 1, 2014.
EL REY is now on channel 341
EL REY NETWORK beings the big screen to tv with kick-ass entertainment including movies, original series, action and more.
So kick-ass its the best looking standard def picture you'll ever see!
Always good to see new channels added, but unless it's in HD I won't be watching. The only SD channel I watch is METV because of the classics.
Looking at it's schedule, It doesn't look like much!
What package is it on?
It's in SD.
The channel is only 2 weeks old, so give comcast some time. But this is just part of their agreenent after the Congressional hearings so I'm not expecting much.
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Not the "Entertainment Package", so this SD channel won't be missed by me....
Not in Xtra, I get call to order.
As part of Comcast's takeover of NBC Universal they had to agree to help launch several minority owned networks. So far they are Aspire from Magic Johnson, Revolt from Diddy and El Rey from Robert Rodriguez.
So are the other networks coming on board as well? I'd like to see Revolt HD added.
I think El Rey Network is the joint venture between Comcast/NBCUniversal and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
This being not carried in HD has me not impressed. If Comcast/NBCUniversal's Revolt, partnered with Sean "Puffy" Combs, also gets added soon in SD (but not HD), it will continue to give me a bad feeling something is lousy between Comcast/NBCUniversal and DirecTV. (I've noted in the "HD Anticipation" threads that no Comcast/NBCUniversal programming brand's HD has been added by DirecTV since E! Entertainment Television HD from April 2012.)
UPDATE: "El Rey (Spanish for The King) is an English language American television channel targeting Latino audiences launched by Robert Rodriguez in 2013 in a deal with Comcast. It is also available on DirecTV and Time Warner Cable."
DirecTV renewed the deal with the Comcast half last year, there was just no major coverage about it outside of a small article on one of the industry news sites (either Broadcasting and Cable, Multichannel or Variety) since for once it did not involve a potential dispute. After it was made HD content from Esquire, E!, NBC Sports and Golf Channel became available On Demand and out of home on the DirecTV app. The NBC Universal half (i.e. USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, msnbc, etc) are still under the old pre-merger contract. Also, just because Comcast has ownership in something doesn't mean you have to go through them. TV One, FearNet, The Weather Channel and Universal Sports (which recently got HD content available On Demand) are just partially owned and have their own affiliate relations.
As for El Rey, the Wikipedia article is wrong. Comcast does NOT own or distribute it, they just were required to agree to carry several minority owned networks at launch as part of the merger with NBC Universal. El Rey is actually a partnership with Rodriguez and Univision:
http://univisionnetworks.com/ (You need a login to view the content, but you can see the section for it on the bottom left of the page)
EDIT: As for the other two, ASPiRE is a partnership with Magic Johnson and UP, not sure if Diddy partnered with anyone for Revolt.
As for it not being in HD, that's nice for you, but again, DirecTV still has a LOT of SD only subscribers and not everyone refuses to watch something just because it's not HD. I for one welcome it and rather have them reserve the bandwidth for major networks coming down the pipeline before D14 is ready. (WeatherNation was an exeption because that was used as leverage against The Weather Channel) The channel reminds me a lot of what the old Fuel TV used to be like before it became nothing but UFC programming. Unfortunately the listings they're providing to Tribune are mostly wrong, hopefully that will be sorted out soon.
Having format issues with this new channel though;
Programming keeps switching from the correct 4:3 format to what looks like a 16:9 image squeezed into 4:3, or anamorphic.
Just like right now the show Texas Justice looks like a pillar-boxed 16:9 image squeezed inside a 4:3 frame.
It asks me to order. Did they put it in the top package or something? I'm in the one right below Sprout, Esquire, Boomerang, etc.
You are not missing anything....