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The official "More HD in 2009" thread - Q2 edition

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by rrrick8, Apr 2, 2009.

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  1. Apr 23, 2009 #301 of 1211
    Jeremy W

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    Verizon sells DirecTV service in areas where FiOS is not available. Makes perfect sense, it still allows them to make some money off TV subscriptions in places they haven't installed fiber.
     
  2. Apr 23, 2009 #302 of 1211
    bobnielsen

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    Does Verizon offer FIOS in any areas where they aren't the landline provider?
     
  3. Apr 23, 2009 #303 of 1211
    Jeremy W

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    Although there's nothing stopping them, they have chosen to only offer it in areas where they offer landline service.
     
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    dcowboy7

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    Yea if your in an area where FIOS is available Verizon doesnt let u get DirecTV in their package as u must get FIOS.
     
  6. Apr 23, 2009 #306 of 1211
    jpl

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    There are borderline areas (in TX and CA) where Verizon has announced they will move into U-Verse territory. One new housing development I saw in TX had both available. But by and large, if you're in an AT&T area, you'll likely never see FiOS. Although never is a long time - Verizon has said that they plan on testing things out in those borderline markets, and see how FiOS sells. They've also talked about moving to FTTN to make it cost-effective to more rural areas. Finally, they've also talked about expanding their initial footprint (that's what I mean when I say their roll-out schedule has actually accelerated - they plan on hitting an area BIGGER than they initially planned in the same initial roll-out time frame).

    Finally, in terms of bandwidth, FiOS is (as currently architected) far from unlimited. They can probably safely carry 160 - 170 HD channels per market before having to change their architecture. Which they plan on doing anyway - their plans include migrating to full-up IP service. When that's going to happen I'm not sure - their recent expansion of QAM bandwidth, I believe, delayed the move to full IP. Also, their newer boxes support MPEG-4. If they migrate to MPEG-4, they'll have room, probably, for 200+ HD channels per market with their current architecture.

    Finally, finally - to the person who said they haven't developed a fully effective pricing structure or robust HD lineup. Huh? I don't even know what that means.
     
  7. Apr 23, 2009 #307 of 1211
    dcowboy7

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    Im an exception, I can get both AT&T & FIOS here.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2009 #308 of 1211
    Sixto

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    Have had FiOS available here since early 2007. Have compared to DirecTV several times. Literally get at least one FiOS letter a week, and one FiOS phone solicitation per month.

    1) Until recently, FiOS was lacking several significant HD channels. I believe they're still missing one of the RSN's.

    2) The HD DVR is lacking. Getting better, but still lacks capacity expansion. And TiVo is not an option that I would consider because of the lack of true integration with FiOS. It mostly works but would never go with a DVR not fully supported by the provider (On-demand, ...). Also think on-line scheduling was lacking until recently.

    3) Lack of HD for most of MLB EI & no Sunday Ticket. Big issue.

    4) No DBSTalk. Love this place. :)
     
  9. Apr 23, 2009 #309 of 1211
    dementrov

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    Telemundo is airing HD programming for the first time at this very moment. I hope Directv will reward its Latino customers with this channel soon.
     
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    I hope so too. However, don't hold your breath.
     
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    i hope that too, would be nice to have at least one spanish channel in HD, any provider yet broadcasting telemundo in hd yet?
     
  12. Apr 23, 2009 #312 of 1211
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    Sorry, but they have aired true HD programming. I'm not saying it's their original programming, but they aired movies in HD. AOTS and other G4 shows won't go HD until later this year, but they are airing HD.
     
  13. Apr 23, 2009 #313 of 1211
    juventuz

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    Over at satelliteguys, Scott posted the following regarding HD:

    You can read the entire thread here.

    So DirecTV is telling their retailers that D12 will be up and running in 2010, and then we'll see new HD channels. I don't like how they deflected the questions about new HD in the short term.
     
  14. Apr 23, 2009 #314 of 1211
    Hutchinshouse

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    Great line. I bet it's true too. FiOS is like lava. It may move slow, it may not flow everywhere. However, it will annihilate anything in its path.

    DIRECTV is HD-lite compared to FiOS. I too have seen it firsthand.
     
  15. Apr 23, 2009 #315 of 1211
    Hutchinshouse

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    Why am I not surprised :bang
     
  16. Apr 24, 2009 #316 of 1211
    dementrov

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    I believe TWC and Cablevision have already added this channel to the NYC area. I'm not completely sure about any other locations. I was watching it via OTA here in Chicago.
     
  17. Apr 24, 2009 #317 of 1211
    rkr0923

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    Another year for 40-50 HD Channels........and by then there will 100's of HD out there, so D* remains behind. go figure
     
  18. Apr 24, 2009 #318 of 1211
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    (Playing Devil's Advocate) Technically if Directv offers 10 RSN's and 30 HDPPV they can claim 40 National HD channels.:grin:
     
  19. Apr 24, 2009 #319 of 1211
    Todd H

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    I'd love to have FIOS, but being in AT&T country I don't think that will ever happen. We'll probably get U-Verse in the future but after seeing it in person I'll never subscribe. The HD picture quality was very poor. While it may not be that noticeable on a small screen, I just know it would bug me to death on my 52" set.

    So I guess we won't see any new HD until next year. Bummer. :(
     
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    I know you're kidding but it wouldn't surprise me at all if that happened.
     
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