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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, May 7, 2010.
...give or take a channel or two.
And I believe a big chunk, unfortunately, will be devoted to Pay VOD channels where Direct can make some handsome revenue!
Gotta pay for D14 somehow.
Yep, and BSS, whatever that may bring.
They use many of those for part time sporting events. Rather than waste a channel when the sports are not on or take down a fulltime channel (like they had to do with TNT on NFL Sundays a couple of years back and feel the wrath of customers and the media), they use the dead time of those channels for PPV.
So if I have this right, D12 is empty & the HD channels recently added are on D10?
There's 16 national D12 transponders.
1 transponder is used now (5 channels already launched).
22 more channels (14+8 Cinema) by month end, plus a few more 3D. That takes 5 more transponders.
That leaves 10 transponders.
And we have no idea yet how the new movie service will be implemented.
No, the 5 new HD channels are on D12 and the old ones are back to D10. New channels will be on D12.
As a long time lurker this is very troubling. Reading Sixto's threads with my morning coffee has become a standard routine for me. What will I do now? Did someone mention D14? Where is that thread?
I'm sure I speak for many other lurkers. Thanks for all of the hard work and dedication from the many knowledgable contributers. It has been an interesting ride!
The map is here: http://www.dbstalk.com/showpost.php?p=2366653
Please tell me the spot beams they corrected are related to the HD locals in Bakersfield (and Monterey) that suddenly dropped from the list in early '09. I would love to not have to switch to cable.
D14 was just announced as a new purchase agreement. D14 won't be ready to launch for at least a year, I'd say probably 18 months. For now, you will just have to be happy with 50 HD channels that D12 is going to be bringing us.
OK Sixto has 18 month vacation right after D10 is parked
Great News Indeed. Bring on the HD!!!
Well the festvo this week is a healthy D10, now next Wednesday we could get new hd.
That's also a very appropriate place to "park" spare capacity while still making revenue from it until you need it. It's a lot easier to repurpose those channels towards new HD channels that will begin broadcasting at a later date than it would be to drop some other channel that some small but dedicated and vocal contingent will react like you just ripped a huge hunk of not-quite-mortal flesh from their body if you drop it.
We are not yet in a world where every cable channel you'd like to have a HD feed of is actually broadcasting in HD yet. Not to mention any new channels coming online or in the pipeline. They have to save some capacity for those.
About a year ago there was a rumor that that was exactly the problem. Terrain prevented an OTA signal getting to the uplink facility, and no one was willing to pay for a fiber optic landline. However, months ago, Dish, which shares the satellite uplink with DirecTV, began carrying the local NBC station in HD. So, that was a good guess, but ...
More like 2013.
No locals this morning for the Idaho Falls/Pocatello area. I hope the other areas got theirs though, as it looks like I'll have to wait for the (possible) festivus next week.