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Should DirecTV drop the HD DNS West Channels?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RAD, Jan 28, 2009.

What's your feeling about the HD DNS West feeds?

  1. Keep the HD DNS West feeds as is

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Discontinue the HD DNS West feeds and use the bandwidth for new national HD channels

    43 vote(s)
    38.7%
  3. I currently have the HD DNS East feeds

    62 vote(s)
    55.9%
  4. I currently have the HD DNS West feeds

    14 vote(s)
    12.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Just about everyone wants to see more new national HD channels being offered by DirecTV. If the reason for not adding some is due to bandwidth constraints IMHO DirecTV should drop the four HD DNS West feeds and use that bandwidth for more national HD channels. With the expansion of HD LIL service more and more people that had been qualified for DNS service is seeing it shut down, I would guess that there's not that many left so why not just offer the east HD DNS feeds and for folks in the west that still have HD DNS give them the east feeds.

    What do you think, something that DirecTV should consider or is there still a big demand for the HD DNS West channels? I'm also making the poll multiple answer so you can say if you have either HD DNS feed now just to get an idea how many have the service.
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I felt it only fair to abstain as I am actually in the Los Angeles DMA.
     
  3. evan_s

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    I'm pretty sure that for HD DNS you can't offer them a channel that airs the showing before it would be shown locally so DirecTV couldn't give their west cost DNS customer the east cost dns. The could get rid of the east coast dns and just give everyone the west coast but I'm pretty sure their east coast customers wouldn't be very happy having to wait until after midnight for primetime tv to finish.
     
  4. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Is that a HD only thing or SD and HD? If HD only was that because of the deal that DirecTV worked out with the four network that allowed HD into O&O markets that didn't have HD LIL's? I ask since AAD over at the other DBS company appears to not have any problems offering both east and west coast versions of channels and my brother in law with D* has the SD versions of both.
     
  5. Jeremy W

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    I think DirecTV should drop every channel I don't watch.
     
  6. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Does that matter to you then, don't you get the locals via HD LIL and don't need the DNS version?
     
  7. say-what

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    Or, maybe they should drop the east and keep the west.....or drop both from the Conus and if you're not served, so be it.

    Doesn't matter to me though.
     
  8. Stuart Sweet

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    My locals are identical to the DNS versions.
     
  9. Jeremy W

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    Of course, no need to waste HD LIL bandwidth when they're already broadcasting them on CONUS transponders. Just map the channels down to their proper numbers, and call it a day.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Why does that not surprise me....:D

    Then again...I suspect you represent many other people's views with that. ;)
     
  11. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Looking at the transponder/network mappings at http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=148867&highlight=lil it looks like the are duplicated with the LIL's on network 624 and the DNS on network 10. So get rid of the HD DNS and use the HD LIL that's there already, no waste of HD CONUS capacity.
     
  12. evan_s

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    From what I've read that was a new requirement of the HD DNS service.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=150860
     
  13. Jeremy W

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  14. elaclair

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    They still need to keep a CONUS feed for the locations that just CRS (can't receive sh....) and for the mobile setups...ie RV's . but I think dropping the MPEG-2 versions would be a good idea.
     
  15. davring

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    I didn't vote as I'm sure it is very important to the people who need the feeds, I personally never had the need. Unless the PPV's are huge money makers for D*, which I doubt, they could easily dump a few of those channels to free up space. The PPV's are never really current, too expensive and the 24 hour limit really ***ks.
     
  16. SPACEMAKER

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    Best post in the history of this site.
     
  17. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    That's why I said only the west coast DNS, leave the east there and folks in the MST and PST timezones can use a DVR to timeshift.
     
  18. BattleZone

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    PPV channels make a LOT of money for DirecTV and the content providers, PLUS they provide a pool of channels that can be turned off as needed when a large number of HD channels are needed temporarily. Such as on NFL Sundays. Many of the Sunday Ticket channels are really PPV channels most of the time, and are taken over for the football games on Sunday.
     
  19. DodgerKing

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    As with me. If they drop any feed it should be the East Coast one (just my own west coast bias).
     
  20. tftc22

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    I love how in threads like this it seems that everyone who thinks west coast feeds are a waste of bandwidth lives in the Eastern or Central time zone or has a DVR. Seriously, do you think that west coast viewers without DVRs (who get DNS stations) should only have the option of watching prime time TV that starts before a lot of people even get home from work (8pm ET = 5pm PT)?
     

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