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The Official "More National HD in Q4 2009" thread

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  1. Nov 3, 2009 #281 of 817
    Santi360HD

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    In an article dated 11/1 TV predictions calls out DirecTV LIES on HD count and upcoming..

    http://www.tvpredictions.com/dlying110109.htm

    highlights of the article include

    "So, how does DIRECTV hide this fact in its marketing campaigns? And, how does it still claim to be the nation's HD leader?

    Lie, of course."


    and

    " DIRECTV says it soon plans to launch a new satellite that will give it the capacity to offer 200 HD channels. Rather than lie about its current record -- and the records of its rivals -- it should focus on ensuring that the launch is successful and that more HD channels are added sooner than later. "
     
  2. Nov 3, 2009 #282 of 817
    Artwood

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    How many satellites would have to be launched to equal FIOS in LESSOR down rezzed quality?
     
  3. Nov 3, 2009 #283 of 817
    Hoosier205

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    Swanni is the last person who should ever call anyone or any company a liar.
     
  4. Nov 3, 2009 #284 of 817
    reweiss

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    Seriously, Swanni is a reknowned truth twister and DTV hater. He conveniently gives Dish a pass when they skew their numbers but always calls DTV out if their math doesn't match his.

    Although his articles are sometimes entertaining and mildly informative, I always take his articles with a grain of salt.
     
  5. Nov 3, 2009 #285 of 817
    Coca Cola Kid

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    there's already a separate thread about the Swanni article

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=167620
     
  6. Nov 3, 2009 #286 of 817
    lovswr

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    Amen to TLC. I remember years ago I used to watch Mysteries of the Bible. They took pains to (normally) give all sides i.e. Christian, Jewish, & Muslim of whatever issue they were covering. It was totally fascinating & I actually learned something. It was, literally, TV at its finest hour.
     
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    Coca Cola Kid

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    Science Channel has a game show now though, thats one ladder rung down from reality show...:lol:
     
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    Gospel Music Channel to launch in HD

    Looks like more HD is coming. :rolleyes:

     
  9. Nov 3, 2009 #289 of 817
    Coca Cola Kid

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    Didn't we already discuss the mistakes in that article on this thread?

    Don't trust second hand sources like "The HD Report" (Hint: they're NOT real reporters)
     
  10. Nov 3, 2009 #290 of 817
    TheRatPatrol

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    Sorry didn't see that thread.
     
  11. Nov 4, 2009 #291 of 817
    harsh

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    Let's wait and see if D12 doesn't make it into the January slot before Q1 2010 is dismissed entirely. After all, this is an officially designated rant thread.
     
  12. Nov 5, 2009 #292 of 817
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    Forgot about that show. It was one of our families favorites for a long time.
     
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    Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., owner of the Food Network and HGTV lifestyle television networks, said Thursday that it will enter into a joint venture with Cox Communications Inc. to acquire a controlling interest in the Travel Channel. The two companies signed a definitive deal Thursday that ultimately will result in Scripps Networks Interactive owning 65 percent of the Travel Channel with Cox retaining the remaining minority stake. The Travel Channel transaction is expected to be completed by or before January 2010. Launched in 1987, the Travel Channel today reaches about 95 million U.S. television households.

    Full story = http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20091105/BIZ01/311050009/
     
  14. Nov 5, 2009 #294 of 817
    hdtvfan0001

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    Maybe that will help pave the way for a carriage agreement, now that the ownership question is resolved.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2009 #295 of 817
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    :D
    I hope so. I really want to change my avatar. :lol:
     
  16. Nov 5, 2009 #296 of 817
    CorpITGuy

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    Me too. :D
     
  17. Nov 5, 2009 #297 of 817
    hdtvfan0001

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    I'm just sitting here anxiously awaiting the "Official More National HD in Q1 2010" thread to arrive in about 45-50 days....:D:lol:

    Then we will actually have something of substance to talk about. ;):)
     
  18. Nov 5, 2009 #298 of 817
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    Fixed your post.




    Just playing Devil's Advocate :) !devil12:
     
  19. Nov 5, 2009 #299 of 817
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    Scripps Snaps Up Travel In Deal Valued At $1.1 Billion
    Acquires 65% Interest In Service From Cox
    Mike Farrell -- Multichannel News, 11/5/2009 10:06:42 AM

    After a months-long auction process that included some of the biggest names in cable programming, Scripps Networks Interactive has emerged as the winner for the Travel Channel, agreeing to pay about $1.1 billion for a 65% interest in the network.

    Travel Channel parent Cox Communications first put the network on the block in June after receiving unsolicited inquiries, and hired Goldman Sachs as a financial adviser.
    Early in the process, bidders included media giants like Time Warner Inc., Scripps, Viacom, News Corp., and a consortium including private equity giant Providence Equity. That list was pared down to News and Scripps in later bidding stages, as the price of the network continued to rise - initially, analysts had valued Travel Channel at between $600 million and $700 million. According to several reports, News Corp. was said to be in the lead for the network, but dropped out of the bidding last week when it determined the price was too rich.

    According to the deal, Scripps will pay $181 million in cash and guarantee a third-party loan for $878 million that will be distributed to Cox. Cox will retain a 35% interest in the joint venture.

    "This solid partnership we're establishing today allows us to maintain an interest in Travel Channel while at the same time giving the network an opportunity to leverage the resources and expertise of a successful programmer like Scripps Networks Interactive," Cox CEO Patrick Esser said in a statement. "Scripps has an outstanding reputation as a company, an employer and a programmer. Over the past 15 years, Scripps Networks Interactive has built a portfolio of leading lifestyle programming brands and we think this complementary expertise will be a boon to Travel Channel's future growth."
    The network will join other Scripps channels like HGTV, Food Network, DIY and the Cooking Channel (formerly Fine Living), which will be on the menu next year.

    "Adding the Travel Channel and its related enterprises provides us with a unique opportunity to meaningfully expand our portfolio into a lifestyle category that is highly desirable to media consumers, advertisers and programming distributors," Scripps chairman and CEO Kenneth Lowe said in a statement. "Among cable companies, Cox has an outstanding reputation for its vision and investment for the long-term success of its businesses. We look forward to partnering with them in this venture."
    Scripps was expected to report third quarter earnings later today, but has postponed its conference call with analysts until Friday. The company said it will discuss the Travel Channel deal on the Friday call.
     
  20. Nov 5, 2009 #300 of 817
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    I don't see how who owns the channel has anything to do with whether we'll get it in HD sooner as opposed to later. It mostly has to do with when D12 is ready.
     
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