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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Satelliteracer, Apr 14, 2011.
WRONG, except for payroll.
As a Directv customer all I really want added is TCM HD. Is it coming or should I just give up hope and look elsewhere?
If you have the option "elsewhere" of a no contract service provider that carries it, you could just do what I did. Suspend your DirecTv service, and get it from the other provider until DirecTv adds it, and then un-suspend your service and you will be right back where you are (minus any monthly discounts you might be getting). You can suspend twice a year for 6 months at a time. Good way for people under contract to avoid having to return dvrs, pay ETFs and then start over again later.
Headed in that general direction already. No existing contract with D but did purchase EI this year so don't want to suspend entirely. Already considering dropping to family package. Streaming (Roku and Panasonic Viera) gets me most of the programs I can't get in HD with D. TCM is unique in that regard. The longer they wait to add basic HD channels like TCM AMC and BBCA the more customers they will see move to other sources.
"They say they need that extra fee in part because iPad viewership isn't helping them boost their ad rates, because Nielsen and others aren't counting those viewers."
OK, I"ll start counting iPad users (as if it would do any good). :lol:
I don't know what the original poster thought to prove.
My thoughts are these:
A.) The first thing I expect from my television provider is television on my television screen.
B.) I believe watching a television program on a computer/mobile device/tablet within your own home network is the same as watching it on a television in your home, but if there is any doubt I expect a television service to act like a television service and deliver me content on my television first and foremost.
C. The article has actually nothing to do with negotiations. Time Warner already negotiated to carry the channels on their television service that they then offered on in house iPad use. They essentially agreed with what I said in "B" and are willing to let the legal system sort it out.
For DirecTV subscribers, the problem is if/when Time Warner wins. Then content providers will likely demand more when signing new contracts. Those television providers who already signed up content subscribers to new deals don't have to worry for a couple years. The content providers who highlight this issue to explain why they haven't already signed new deals for, say, HD, will probably be expected to pay more and then use that as another excuse for not offering a channel in what is increasingly standard quality 1080i/780p.
We've already seen this logic with TruTV. It was a top 20 in basic cable ratings, but most people here didn't care. Then it offered first round coverage of the NCAA tournament and people initially excused DirecTV from not carrying it because the price went up.
In that case, DirecTV had slightly better sense than their fanboys. Starting this thread seems yet another another attempt to give fanboys an excuse to act like their television service provider is God when the very link provided shows that isn't the case.
All the link shows is that Time Warner is willing to stand up for their customers so they can watch programming on any device inside their homes. The starting of this thread shows DirecTV will use any excuse to defend themselves from negotiating deals that other television providers already have.
To sum up, the first concern of television providers should be to get content to their subscribers' televisions. Time Warner seemed to have done that. They than took the bullet by offering that same programming that they already "tangoed" for on other devices owned by their subscribers. They didn't used "television everywhere" or the iPad as excuse for not negotiating a new deal. They "tangoed" for their customers and then used logic to provide their customers with the best possible service. If they lose, their customers will still get the channels on television. It's those customers of services that are proud to blame others for not making deals that lose out.
The article has everything to do with negotiations. The ability to deliver that content via other avenues is now part of these negotiations between content and service providers.