Why Is Directv Forgetting About The Premium Channel Subscribers?

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

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  1. Piratefan98

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    That certainly could be true. It would be nice though, if there'd have been a follow-on press release explaining that "stuff" has happened, resulting in a change in plans or direction or priorities. That would be the above-board, honest way to communicate to customers.

    Just a little update, with a splash of honesty thrown in would have been nice. I expect that's probably asking too much.

    Jeff
     
  2. Impala1ss

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    The main problem remains that D* may have the worst PR of any major company. Nothing is ever known until it, suddenly one day, happens. NO advance information is put out in spite of hundreds/thousands of questions. Imagine if IBM didn't tell us about new products in the pipeline. I'd include car manufacturers but I'm sure some fanboy would start talking about GM' s current problems, ignoring my point.

    D* simply needs to talk to its subscribers and not rely on moderators to tell us that "I'm sure D* knows what it is doing" as a respone to so many questions about future service. Other companies negotiate for new services but they still keep their customers informed. I am not sure that D* knows what it is doing. It certainly does not respond, in any fashion, to customer concerns.
     
  3. Impala1ss

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    What? Are we children who are being told to be quiet? If only comments praising D* are wanted/allowed please say so directly. Adults should be free to discuss their opinions on a forum without being told to "stop this right now."

    I understand it is your forum but please learn how to handle honest disagreements.
     
  4. moob

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    Wouldn't it be great if "stuff happens" could be applied to customers as well?

    I'd love to be able to get out of my contract because "stuff" happened.
     
  5. JJJBBB

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    Something is wrong... more national HD may help, I just don't know but the stock fell again today -0.51 to $21.43 perhaps they should try at least to get all the movie channels in HD, only two of my HBO channels are HD and three SHO but I'm afraid to drop the packs for fear everyone will and the stock will continue to dive.
     
  6. BlueSnake

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    I absolutely agree with your statement.

    But if you are in a market that is not even on the list to get HD LILs then this is the reason that some feel lied to and betrayed by Directv. People like us have gotten almost no benefit from D-11 and feel completely disappointed. :(
     
  7. Stuart Sweet

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    JJJBBB - Realistically, I'm not sure there's a direct correlation between the day-to-day programming package choices of our members and DIRECTV's stock.

    Bluesnake, I hear you. I really do.

    In the end, you know what, I hope that by this time next year, every market currently served with SD locals also has HD locals, and that every premium and advertiser-supported program source available in HD is available from DIRECTV. I'm sure we can all agree on that, even if we disagree on what should come first.
     
  8. moob

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    I'll whine and moan until the cows come home about the HBOs, but D* does currently carry all available Sho channels in HD (ignoring East/West), so on that front, they're ok.
     
  9. JJJBBB

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  10. Reaper

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    I'm having FiOS installed on December 13th (I live north of Seattle) and more HD with this service, especially in terms of premium movie channels, was one of my deciding factors to drop D* as my primary TV provider.
     
  11. JJJBBB

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    I'm sorry to hear that, hopefully DirecTV will see your post. As I said this is my worst fear as I daily see the stock tumble. I am not a fool I understand most stocks are being hit right now but I believe a big part is good people finding a better choice which at one time did not exist.
     
  12. je4755

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    I suspect few companies care to divulge the status of such negotiations as it could advantage competitors, an attitude doubtless reinforced in Liberty Media’s case by complaints about failure to implement earlier, publicly-declared channel additions. Indeed, this thread partly emanates from the June 2007 PR release that DirecTV would provide 26 HBO and Cinemax feeds by 2Q2008. A focus on strengthening (both expeditiously and dramatically) DirecTV’s national HD lineup, evidenced by this announcement, unfortunately reflects News Corp’s – not Liberty Media’s – decision calculus.
     
  13. je4755

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    As one in the same situation (no HD locals planned for D11), I fully share your sentiments. And a hearty "hear hear" to "Stuart Sweet's" response.
     
  14. QuickDrop

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    The problem is those PPVs aren't 24/7 channels. They are taken down for Sports programming, most noticiably Sunday Ticket Superfan. D* had a few choices about how to use that space when their sports packages were not in use. Let it go idle; put up true national channels that would go dark, like TNT HD once did, at least on Sundays if not other times too (and likely cause a real PR nightmare), or use that space for PPVs that few would notice have disappeared for a few hours here and there.

    I agree that the PPVs, which were a necessary evil on D*part, have served as a PR boost in some parts (certainly not here) because D* counts them as full time national channels. I also agree that there is still space available to add national channels. I disagree that there is "plenty of bandwidth" for national channels. I also disagree that the recent PPVs additions are the reason why we aren't receiving the various true national channels most of us want.
     
  15. LameLefty

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    You guys really need to read Sixto's analysis in other threads. In short, however, and notwithstanding Sunday Ticket and a couple of HD Mix channels, there's room for approximately 13 - 17 additional full-time HD national channels, at the current 5 channels/transponder ratio. These would replace existing HD PPV allocations.
     
  16. QuickDrop

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    For the record, all my posts are based on the fantastic analysis Sixto has provided. The one difference I have with his posts is that I am less optimistic that D* will mostly (or completely) give up PPV revenue on a Sunday afternoon, which replacing the truly full time HD PPV would mean. For Sixto own part, Sixto has said he doesn't believe D* will use D10/11 to full capacity because of emergencies that might arise and that he might be underestimating some of the space Sports subscriptions other than Sunday Ticket might take up.

    In no way do I believe there is no space available for more channels. I do highly suspect that there is not enough space to completely please both the HBO/Cinemax subscribers and those who would prefer nonpremium HD nationals. And that does not even take into account the number of "national" RSNs D* might wish to add before the start of next years baseball season, at least two of which were announced for a few months ago then mysteriously disappeared from the schedule. Could this also be because D* is attempting to figure out the best way to jiggle their bandwidth space?
     
  17. Jhon69

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    I don't think DirecTV will mind.Because unless your in a FIOS service area when you go to Verizon's website they will sign you up with DirecTV and after Jan.2009 so will AT&T,unless your in a UVerse service area.;)
     
  18. Shades228

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    Or it could have more to do with Liberty's collar deal.

    If there's a better choice for you then take it.
     
  19. inkahauts

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    You can always pay the EFT if you are that disappointed... and some providers will even pay it for you if you ask them to...

     
  20. studdad

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    Dropped my premium package as well as the $4.99 HD "bonus pack" or whatever the heck they call it. I am not spending another dime over the basic HD $9.99 fee until either they get things worked out, or I am gone in June.
     
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