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Which premium channels do you guys recommend?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by hahler2, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    When you can visually see the surface nearly destroyed....the oversimplification of "complainer" is totally wrong. They are terrible in condition. Most folks wouldn't pay $1 for them as used in that bad a shape (unless you want a shiny coaster for your drinks).

    Yes...it is one thing to have some marks in a DVD/Blu Ray...it happens...and like you...I have seen it too.

    But in these cases....Netflix should simply be ashamed of distributing DVD copies in such horrible condition. Don't even get me started on how they are commonly out of the popular titles and you have to wait weeks and weeks...

    ...which is why many folks prefer the PPV or premium channel.....segwaying back to the OP.

    Pick your preference of newer releases (HBO or Showtime) or classic and movies release on average a year ago or more (Starz) as the best premium options.
  2. naijai

    naijai Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    Starz & Showtime
  3. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    because "inside the nfl" shows nfl films highlites which i like for basically every game....NFLN doesnt.
  4. Syzygy

    Syzygy Hall Of Fame

    Dec 5, 2005
    Used to pay for HBO (Sopranos! The Wire!). Now relying on Blu-ray discs from Blockbuster. (Love the in-store swaps.) The reason? Bad (sometimes horrible) PQ from the premium channels.

    One day Redbox may have Blu-ray discs in the Midwest.

    At the bottom of the list for me is Netflix, in spite of CU's recent plug for them.
  5. DBSooner

    DBSooner Legend

    Sep 23, 2008
    Where's the love for Cinemax?

    Oh wait, it's a waste of money. Nevermind!
  6. luckydob

    luckydob Godfather

    Oct 1, 2006
    um...yea, I hear all the time in the news how people are stopping their Netflix accounts because they have 25% failure rates on DVD's....NOT!
  7. saleen351

    saleen351 Godfather

    Mar 28, 2006
    Netflix with XBL streaming Netflix movies... double the action...

    The guy posting about the defective rate is lying.. We've sent maybe 2 back in 3 years..

    DTV should get in bed with Netflix, it would be a smash hit!
  8. bjamin82

    bjamin82 Godfather

    Sep 4, 2007
    I go back and forth between HBO/Showtime... Depending on what shows are in season... Can't miss Weeds or Entourage.
  9. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I would think the failure rate on rental DVDs would depend a lot upon the types of movies you watch.

    Odds are that movies that kids like and older DVDs would have more of a tendency to have problems than the latest flicks or those intended more for adults.
  10. Brandon428

    Brandon428 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2007
    I agree Netflix is very reliable,plus if you rent Blu-ray you have virtually no chance of a scratched disc.

    Directv would destroy their PPV if they joined forces with Netflix though.
  11. Argee

    Argee Legend

    Oct 16, 2006
    I have used Netflix for a few years now and have only had two dvd's that would not play and when I notified them they sent a replacement within 24 hours so some people must really have bad luck IMO.

    I just turned HBO back on as Bill Maher returns this week.
  12. davidatl14

    davidatl14 Icon

    Mar 24, 2006


    While lying might be a little over the top:D I subscribe to the chronic complainer theory that is prevalent in our society today.

    Netflix has been first rate in my dealings. Understand that not everybody will be satisfied to that degree, but 25%?

    Please, they would be out of business with that lack of quality.
  13. mikewsu

    mikewsu AllStar

    Oct 26, 2007
    Last time I was a member of Netflix was when they were hit with the class action lawsuit for throttling. We got throttled, so we quit and haven't been back.

    I roll with HBO as my premium. Although since some Showtime series air late in the summer, when HBO is pretty dead, I switch over for a few months.

    I'd go back to Netflix if their watch instantly partnership with HBO gets worked out before HBO shows up on, on-demand on DirecTV.
  14. ticket

    ticket AllStar

    Mar 5, 2007
    I prefer STARZ
  15. bagreene

    bagreene AllStar

    Oct 6, 2008
    Another factor in the Netflix unplayable DVD issue could be the DVD player itself. I don't have Netfilx, so I can't comment specifically on their quality, but I sometimes get movies from the local library in terrible condition and I also have young children that are quite hard on discs as well. My middle of the price range Sony in my main viewing area had all kinds of trouble playing even moderately dirty, or scratched discs. My bottom of the barrel, cheapest thing I could find, Apex brand player that I threw in the bedroom would play almost any disc I could throw at it.

    I wonder if some of the people having the most trouble have DVD players that aren't as robust at handling less than pristine discs.
  16. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    A little late to this thread...

    I just cancelled out HBO, Showtime and Starz after a couple of months. I really like the boxing on HBO and Showtime, but they don't have enough of it to make the cost worthwhile. And as for movies, well I watched a sum total a 6 movies over those 2 months on those channels. Not enough to justify the $35/month they would cost after the two-fer deal HBO/Showtime was running.

    So now it is back to Netflix. $18 (with Blu-Ray) for 3 at-a-time unlimited service and I'll get to watch the movies I want to watch in Blu-Ray. Better picture, MUCH better audio and a whole lot cheaper.

    Frankly, I think calling them 'Premium Channels' is a stretch of the definition.
  17. Azdeadwood

    Azdeadwood Legend

    Aug 18, 2007
    I completely agree, I did exactly the same thing. I had all of the premium change and I rarely watched more than 3 or 4 a month. With Netflix I get the Blu-Ray plus the downloads of older movies and I save a lot a money each month!

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