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Why Is Directv Forgetting About The Premium Channel Subscribers?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by JayPSU, Nov 24, 2008.

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  1. harsh

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    Do you have any numbers?
     
  2. Garry

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    Well, either there are differences or there aren't. First you say there are no differences and then cite differences.
     
  3. damondlt

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    Yea I would like to see those numbers as well. I'm going to put my money Premium Movie channels , Not RSN's.
     
  4. jpl

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    Umm... go back and read what I wrote. I said there were no differences in NATIONAL channel line-ups. It would be illegal to have the same local channels in every market. I was correcting one thing that I keep seeing on here - to whit that FiOS, like cable, has different national channel line-ups depending on where you live. That's not true. Every market has (pending expansions) all the same NATIONAL channels, and has them in the same channel number.

    The break-down I gave was in response to the question of 'where is the 100+ HD channels?' Verizon claims 100+ HD channels PER MARKET. In their calculation they include: local, RSN, national, and premium channels.
     
  5. Paul A

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    I voted with my pocket book and feel much better. D* lost my premium subscription, magazine subscription, and extra HD Pack. When they get serious and add more subsciption channels in HD I may be back, but this experience has certainly tainted me. Before this, I wouldn't have dreamed of leaving D*, now when the opportunity arises I will consider switching to another provider. Too bad, as I have liked D* over the 8 years as a sub.
     
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    I emailed them ,And they claim they have no plans for adding any additional Premiums. They are only going to make what they have HD for awhile.
     
  7. studdad

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    I did the same thing. Hopefully they will have a dramatic change by next summer when my contract is up, or I will be gone.
     
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    Somewhere on these threads was a comparison of what HD Premium channels were offered by Directv vs. Dish. Does anyone have a link to that?
     
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    Some in this thread assert we must make our dissatisfaction known or Liberty Media will not alter its current policies. Others suggest the DBSTalk community does not represent the broader DirecTV customer base which, we are told, likely is less agitated about the paucity of new national HD programming. In this context, is there a publicly-available profile of DirecTV subscribers? Similarly, have the moderators of this site ever conducted a survey of its membership? If so, it might prove useful to compare the two. Should there be clear distinctions between these populations, Liberty Media appropriately could ignore complaints presented by DBSTalk posters about the trajectory of its programming decisions. Conversely, should there be clear parallels, Liberty Media would do well to heed concerns repeatedly advanced in this and like threads.
     
  12. Dec 1, 2008 #272 of 368
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    This is a great topic,I have been with Direct for one year ,I was a 25 year cable cust.until last Nov.when I left Comcast due to raising prices and lack of HD content.I watched for awhile and chose Direct over Dish.due to there HD channel lineup,what a great time to change,Direct was adding HD left and right but that seems to have all changed I wonder why?I have read this thread and see some great reasons but I think the bottom line is money,Direct is adding new subs all the time and as long the new cust.keep coming they don't need to upgrade more people will sign up then quit.Most of us signed a two year deal so what do they care,they already have our money.I do like Direct and will stay,but until Direct starts loosing more subs then they gain,I suspect adding new HD will be slow.
     
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    can someone confirm this? btw, when they say 'no additional premiums' does that include things that were promised in the past and not delivered (HBO, etc), or not?

    if they are saying they now have no plans to add any HBO HD channels, i am going to be one angry customer. i don't see how this can be true, so i am holding off judgement at this point.
     
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    bonscott87

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    What is there to confirm? It's just a clueless CSR which you should never pay attention to. Why anyone emails DirecTV or calls and actually expects a real answer to questions like this I'll never know. :nono:
     
  15. Dec 1, 2008 #275 of 368
    tcusta00

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    Anyone that subscribes to anything based on a publicity statement about what the future holds is foolhardy. We should all subscribe to our TV service based on what they have now, not what they promise will happen in the future. If cable has more of what you want you should be using that service. If it's FIOS, go use that service. It's only TV. Go with what makes you happy, no need to develop an ulcer over it.
     
  16. Dec 1, 2008 #276 of 368
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    It reads to me like the CSR was saying that they are not going to add any premium movie channels that they do not already carry in SD, like 5 Star Max or @Max. Instead, they are focusing on making all the premium movie channels that they already carry in SD available in HD.
     
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    bonscott87

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    So from that chart I see the following:

    Dish has more 5 HBO HD, DirecTV has 5 more Showtime HD.
    Both have the same Starz HD.
    Dish has 2 more Cinemax HD.
    Dish has Encore HD (which I thought they shut down a couple years ago, guess it's back)

    So it's virtually a wash in terms of number of premium channels, Dish has 3 more total. Wow. 3 whole channels causes a 14 page thread of venom.

    As for "regular" HD channels, again it's virtually a wash in channel count. DirecTV has a few Dish doesn't and Dish has a few that DirecTV doesn't. Although I guess if the World Fishing Network in HD is your cup of tea that puts Dish over the top. ;)

    As I've said before, both are nearly identical in channel count, each has a few the other doesn't. Nothing different then it's been on the SD side for a decade. If one has those few that you can't live without then switch to that provider. Competition is there for a reason.
     
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    Stuart Sweet

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    Interestingly enough, a quick perusal through the Dish side of our site brings up people who complain that Dish doesn't have enough HD. If there were sites for Comcast or TWC, I bet people would be complaining there too. Let's be honest, we all want more HD, that's one we can all agree on.
     
  20. Dec 1, 2008 #280 of 368
    bonscott87

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    I was about to point that out. :D There is a very similar thread to this in the Dish forums both here and at Satguys about how Dish just doesn't care about HD. Funny.
     
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