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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by PaulieORF, Apr 20, 2010.
65 hours to go live, and get some HDLOVE from DTV
Yea i would like to get G4HD before E3, i think they are broadcasting it in HD this year
Olivia Munn and Morgan Webb should be mandatory in HD. Although Adam Sessler should stay in SD with no audio...
I think you missed the joke. I said i was going to (post The) Scream if 1 more person asked what channels we're getting.
That must be the reason. These channels - especially AMC - pull much better viewer numbers than a lot of the special interest channels that have been carried in HD for a long time. With original programming like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC has moved itself into a very small group of elite channels like HBO, Showtime and SciFi that air "appointment TV."
I just did some checking around via Google, and it turns out that negotiations between DirecTv and Rainbow over a new carriage contract went right down to the very last minute at the end of 2009, no doubt because Rainbow was trying to extract a price more in line with its changing status (Sundance also just announced its first original scripted series for this fall.) D probably wouldn't have committed a channel to AMC HD while they were in the middle of negotiation (after all, your posture in negotiation has to be that you're theoretically willing to drop the channel all together.) That delay in reaching an agreement could have meant that the channel line-up for this newest HD expansion was already locked-in, putting AMC, Sundance and IFC at the back of the line.
They announced this week on Attack of the Show that all 25 hours of coverage this year will be broadcast in HD. Of course its very unlikely we will have G4 HD by the middle of June. At least we will get to see both of Microsoft's press conferences on MTV and Spike in HD.
MTV Networks Announces Groundbreaking Programming Partnership With Microsoft for E3 Expo 2010
Went to a friend's house this weekend that I once set up on DirecTV and she's switched to U-Verse because it's costing her about $25/month less than her similar DirecTV set-up. I hadn't really heard much about the service till then, but I have to say that I was impressed. I really liked the guide style and the speed blew DirecTV away (by about a million miles). I don't know much about the DVR (like how much it holds or costs), but the playback I saw was good and know they had 30 or so HD shows recorded, as well as some movies.
But, most relevantly, from what I could tell (and I didn't do an exact channel by channel comparison; just my general impression from surfing a bit in their guest room), she already had all the HD, and then some, that DirecTV is promising "soon." (My husband was shocked they seemed to have even more regional sports networks, at least in HD, as he'd always been under the impression that was only available on DirecTV.) The number of premium channels alone blew me away and made me extremely jealous, especially as we wait (and wait, and wait) for our piddly little drip of drip of additional HD channels. Channels most providers already offer. (And I'm so sick of DirecTV apologists sports channels vs premium arguments, as U-Verse seemed to have both.)
Unfortunately, in the boonies where I live, the only options are DirecTV and Dish, so I'm stuck with sat. But I gotta' say the glimpse of complete HD premiums made me once again seriously consider moving to Dish when my contract expires this year, despite the substantial cost in new equipment. If DirecTV doesn't catch up, or at least come very close, by then, they've lost this customer.
I know of someone who made the same switch recently.
Based on the highlighted issues in your comments above...they told me over the weekend that they now regret the move. The DVR has very lower storage, and the HD channel selection was also a disappointment in their eyes. Like any other service, the value is in the eyes of the beholder, but I know in the case of my example...they will likely move back after their 90 day free trial period.
How can they be disappointed with about 40 "MORE" HD channels than D*? I understand the other drawbacks (PQ, limited streams, recording capacity), but HD selection isn't one of them.
Directv has less HD but the picture quality is excellent and the DVR is now my favorite in the market after MRV was released. In my view, MRV alone is a reason to consider Directv, it works flawlessly now.
I saw U-Verse few times, I actually have it for the internet only, and I didn't like some artifacts on the picture, specially on heavy motion scenes. There is just one HD channel that I would love to have and hasn't been announced yet (see my avatar), otherwise I rate Directv service very high.
I really like MRV, but when they start charging for it, I'm dropping it. So as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't exist. From what I've seen, U-verse HD isn't bad. Since I'd rather have those 40 channels D* is missing as well as watchable SD (U-verse SD blows D* out of the water), I'm jumping to U-verse as soon as it gets to my street, unless D* catches up on content before then.
If I was this disillusioned by my TV provider, I wouldn't waste any time either switching to DISH or better yet move to a market that has U-verse.
I myself am very happy with DirecTV but I understand others feel differently.
Life's too short to have your TV provider cause this level of angst.
Vote with your wallet. ETF's if applicable be damned!
In comparison to another provider featuring exponentially more HD channels, it was a disappointment to them.
I'm glad you're a happy customer but moving (seriously?!) to find a better TV provider is a ridiculous suggestion (just because I said U-Verse, from my 30 minutes of use, doesn't suck?). No way on Earth that TV, of all things, is important enough to me, or any other human being I've ever met, that I'd give up my home for it.
Maybe YOU would pay an ETF and happily give up the thousands you'd spent on DirecTV equipment for a maybe slightly better, or at least different, option (again, all that is available to me is Dish; we can't even get OTA where we are), but I'm a lot more frugal than that.
If could get U-Verse or FIOS or possibly even a good cable system (with cable modem bundle costs) I WOULD switch, no question, when my current "contract" is done. My conundrum is that I don't have those options. I can have DirecTV. I can have Dish. Or I can have nothing. Bundling with phone/Internet (which is also only offered via one, no-name provider) isn't a real option, though they do offer (small) Dish discounts.
Uverse quality I think depends on location. One of the mods, Tom, was at an uncle's house that had UVerse and he can only get one HD program at a time. For some that may be enough, some get 2 or even 3, which certainly is better. For me, DirecTV is the best for me. For some, another carrier is best. They all work, people should go with what's best for them.
If you value additional premiums, then switch to a different provider. I can, for the most part, get what is available on those other HBO/Cinemax channels that DirecTV doesn't have...on the the ones that they do have. There is very little that is exclusive to those other channels. What other premiums do you want?
Your contract is up soon...switch if you want. If you want the best picture quality you have to go with either DirecTV or Fios. Dish, U-Verse, and other cable co. are second tier providers. We are getting 30 additional HD channels and more are coming after that. DirecTV will be even farther ahead of Dish as far as the channel count is concerned.
..let's also not assume that DirecTV is to blame for the HBO/Cinemax issues. Folks like to imagine that these programming disputes are one sided.
Regardless of anything else...I'd rather pay for the best than the most and that's why I am a DirecTV customer.
Also, U-Verse does not have more RSN's than DirecTV: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=11303524&postcount=2
Is it for sure we are getting new HD this Wednesday or is it just speculation at this point?
It has been confirmed.
A few things. More Premiums are coming to DIRECTV in June in wave 1. You will likely see more in wave 2 as well.
As for the RSNs, there are actually a great number of UVERSE RSNs that are not in HD. Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports Detroit, FSN Arizona, FSN Florida, FSN Midwest, FSN North, Prime Ticket, FSN West, MSG, etc, etc