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What good was D12

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by s57061b, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. anleva

    anleva Icon

    Nov 14, 2007
    I thought the Lanham Act applies to to false advertising as well as a statute that protects trademarks.


    43(a) I believe is the section that applies. "This provision prohibits any use of a false or misleading description or representation in commercial advertising or promotion that "misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of. . . goods, services, or commercial activities."

    Anyway as you say a false advertising claim must also prove that the deception was material and it likely influenced the purchase decision of a substantial segment of the audience.
  2. Birdieman30

    Birdieman30 AllStar

    Aug 25, 2008
    Well, all I know is that on my wedding night, my wife (W1) spoke of 150+ nights each year of high quality (HQ) sex. After awhile it became apparent it was HQ Lite and due to increased costs, lies, and broken promises, I decided to dance with a new partner, even though it cost me a big early termination fee. After all, W2 spoke of the capacity of 200+ nights each year of wild sex, plus new equipment and multiple room encounters. Sounded good, so I signed up, new contract and all. Well, after awhile reality set in, and I began to demand those 200+ nights I was promised. After a sit down with her attorney (considering another ETF), I was informed there was no promise after all. My mistaken perception was the real problem, and any breach of the marriage contract would result in a very hefty ETF. After all, what did I not understand about a simple statement, and did I need audio and visual aids? The fog finally cleared and I was relieved to understand it was actually my fault. I simply misunderstood the words of W2, and that like perception and realty, capacity to perform and actual performance are completely different things. Not wanting to get into the whole performance discussion, I dropped the matter and am at peace with the world. Although, I am still "anticipating" those 200+ nights, I think the only way to go is multiple providers.
  3. BigRedFan

    BigRedFan Legend

    Mar 28, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    Huchinshouse's posting of DirecTV's clearly deceptive D12 commercial is also the clearest factual indictment of how this company has failed its customers both in ethics and in practice since August 2009....

    Most of us here who have looked up to DirecTV through the years never expected them to behave like used car salesmen in making their pitch, any pitch ! We always assumed they would take the high road in how they branded and marketed themselves to the world....

    Now, as we approach the One Year Anniversary (at the end of December) of D12's launch, we get to see ---through all the failed promises of D12 now evident---how large the lack of ethics really was...

    Their intent all along was to use D12 for supplementary special revenues (zillion PPV's, 3D's, etc.) and they knew that all along when they authorized that commercial to go on the air in 2009...
  4. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006

    Mike White's plan has been executed according to plan.

    Granted, we got MSGHD (Good!) and Versus back (Good!), but it's now obvious that D12 is going to be a PPV factory of sorts. Yes, D*Cinema is using DOD, but D12 is still a pretty empty bird.

    If nothing else, I wish they'd improve some of the SD channel PQ
  5. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Only if you ignore the fact that so many non-PPV channels have been added to D12 and there is still plenty of space available.
  6. bman3333

    bman3333 Mentor

    Jun 9, 2010
    D12 added a gazillion PPV in HD for obvious reasons. Revenue generation! The problem is any DirecTV subscriber can drive to a nearby grocery store and rent a movie for $1.58 per night at a Redbox. Unless you really don't want to get off the couch, why would you pay upwards of $6 or $7 for a DirecTV PPV?
  7. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    !rolling Lack of ethics? Deception? Oh my...give me a break. This is just getting comical now. !rolling

    Welcome to the real world folks. There are 34 empty slots left on D12. 22 standard and premium HD channels were added, 14 Cinema, and 2 3D channels. That is the reality of the situation.
  8. sunking

    sunking Godfather

    Feb 17, 2004
    The ad was designed to attract new customers and lock them into a 2 year contract with the assumption that sometime before it's over the customer won't be ticked off anymore. And if they do leave at least they got 2 years of service out of them.
  9. kmcnamara

    kmcnamara Icon

    Jan 30, 2004
    This is my thought exactly. The only time in the last 5 years I've ordered a PPV was when I was sick in bed and there was something I REALLY wanted to watch (I actually can only think of that happening once). The prices charged by Dish and DTV for PPV are ridiculous. But I suppose lots of people are buying them or they'd lower the price.
  10. sdirv

    sdirv Icon

    Dec 14, 2008
    Or you could "provide" your own entertainment......
  11. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    To no one's surprise...this thread has gone in the toidy.... :eek2: :D
  12. tkrandall

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    Not a very laudable, nor even smart, way to run a business. Don't give me the "every one does it" b.s. as a reason. They don't.
  13. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    That’s the way we like it. :D
  14. Darcaine

    Darcaine Legend

    Aug 31, 2009
    I was a fulltime HBO subscriber from around early 2002 to late last month. They were the best channel on TV during The Sopranos/The Wire era. Nowadays, they have True Blood (which I love), and Boardwalk Empire (which I haven't seen, but am a Steve Buschemi fan), an occasional emmy worthy mini series, and a whole lot of crappy movies running throughout the month.

    The Walking Dead, Madmen, Rubicon (though it didn't do very well in the ratings) and Breaking Bad are better than anything HBO has done since The Wire ended (series wise anyway, The Pacific was amazing, and I don't want to take anything away from True Blood which is a total blast).
  15. vobguy

    vobguy Mentor

    Jun 9, 2009
    LOL. Dang it.. "UP TO" 200+ wasn't it?
  16. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Obviously.... ;):D
  17. djwww98

    djwww98 Godfather

    Jan 11, 2006
    Outstanding. Almost makes this thread worth it.
  18. tkrandall

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
  19. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Hey, it's good for them to Vent as it relieves Stress which can lead to Cancer so let them Bitch and Moan.
  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    Therapy can accomplish some of the same things without the medical side effects.... ;):D

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