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The Official "More National HD in Q4 2009" thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 23, 2009.

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  1. Hoosier205

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  2. John R. Metzger

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    Maybe mentioned before but with Versus HD gone there should be one space available for an additional HD network......or perhaps Direct expects to have Versus back "soon."
     
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  4. paulman182

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    The new Starz HD channels sound promising.

    Maybe DirecTV has been leaving space open for them in the lineup?
     
  5. bluegras

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    i contacted directv and they do not know anything about the new starz HD Channels along with EWTN being launched in HD also
     
  6. Hoosier205

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    I'm not overly interested in additional Starz channels. My reason being that they rarely show films in their OAR. I have zero interest in watching a film that has been cropped and zoomed.
     
  7. Jeremy W

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    Obviously the CSRs don't know anything. This forum would know about it before the CSRs would.
     
  8. Paul Secic

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    I don't understand why Directv doesn't carry all the HBO channels in HD. Dish got HBO ZONE in MPEG4 no SD last year.
     
  9. RAD

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    Dripping...
    No space to carry thing at this time. A year or so ago you could ask why Dish doesn't carry all the NBCU channels like SciFi or FOX channels like FX, same reason, no space to carry them.

    I guess I could ask why doesn't Dish carry all their RSN's in HD 24x7 vs. their part/sometimes system they have now where games that are in HD aren't carried in HD?
     
  10. Hutchinshouse

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    Apparently the cost of travel really is on the rise.

    News Corp. has emerged as the leading contender to buy the Travel Channel, the cable network that Cox Communications put on the block, according to a report in today's Financial Times. That News Corp. is interested in the Travel Channel isn't surprising, but the price tag being tossed around for the network may raise some eyebrows.

    Originally, when the channel went on the block, industry scuttlebutt was that it might fetch north of $600 million. Now the speculation is that it will top $800 million and could even reach $900 million....

    Full story = http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/ent...-channel-but-it-may-be-an-expensive-trip.html
     
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    Hutch: I was encouraged about enhanced prospects for obtaining Travel Channel HD until reading this quote from the article you referenced: "News Corp. is probably betting that it can cut costs from the channel and boost what cable and satellite operators pay for it."

    Not sure the penurious Dr. Malone will accede to any demands for higher programming outlays from News Corp.
     
  12. mreposter

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    Coming in 2010 on the Travel Channel: World Traveler with Bill O'Reilly. In HD, where available. Premiere episode: Bill goes to Brooklyn.
     
  13. Jeremy W

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    There you go.
     
  14. Paul Secic

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    Oh no. There goes The Travel Channel.........
     
  15. DMRI2006

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    Right, maybe NBC could buy it instead -- then they could start showing movies on TLC where people have to fly or get in a car or bus. I mean, they're about to show movies on The Weather Channel whose only connection with weather is that it's snowing or raining out. It would fit right in with their programming strategy. :lol:
     
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    I think TLC actually did show a movie last week.
     
  17. Jazzmo

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    TWC showing movies? :lol:

    Who is running that channel now? I mean its enough to have to put up with "Wake up with Al". Even when he's not on you have to hear about it endlessly when you tune in.
     
  18. bonscott87

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    I had read a couple years ago they were thinking of launching "The Weather Channel 2". You know, to actually show weather. :lol:
     
  19. Piratefan98

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    Long ago, MTV used to play music videos. VH1 too.

    Long ago, TWC used to have 24/7 weather coverage. Now it's high-drama "storm chasers", and other alarmist drivel.

    The History Channel used to be focused on history. Now it's monster quest, ice road truckers, and the like.

    Discovery used to be science-based/educational programming. Now you can watch a bunch of guys fishing for snow crabs in high-risk conditions off Alaska.


    Topsy-turvy world we live in, for sure. :lol:
     
  20. davidatl14

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    Spot on take.

    Sadly the discerning TV viewer is shortchanged again.


    The History Channel makeover has been especially egregious.

    While ratings may/may not be better, the dumbing down continues unabated.
     
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