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Why is the fight on ppv $10 more for HD ?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jhillestad, May 3, 2007.

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  1. TBoneit

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    You do realize that Digital does not equal HD?

    As I understand it they can transmit digital 480i or 480p and meet the mandate in 2009. My local PBS (NJN) is transmitting 4 digital channels OTA per http://www.njn.net/digital/schedule.html they're digital not HD. When I tune them OTA they don't look any better than the SD broadcast.
     
  2. TBoneit

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    Not buying is the only way to impact them. Nobody said don't complain.

    I myself send off a e-mail explaining why I'm not buying the product, in this case the HD version and then mention that due to gouging like this I'm also not buying the SD version. Mention that you have bought these types of PPV in the past and now will not be buying until they amend their practices. Only do that if it is true of course.
     
  3. Twosted

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    I agree. But if the competition continues to offer HD PPVs at a lower price I might consider switching. I buy a lot of PPV events, and there is no point in buying the SD feed if I have HD service. I can only hope that the $10 charge is a temporary thing until they get thier new HD lineup up and running.

    BTW, Gas in the Bay Area (Cali) reached $4 a gallon yesterday.:(
     
  4. DCSholtis

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    D* has been doing this with PPV fights for at least a year. Im surprised ppl are acting as if this is new.
     
  5. JLucPicard

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    As someone else mentioned, the requirement to broadcast digital does not require broadcasts in HD. D* has been broadcasting everything digitally - both their SD and HD broadcasts are digital. And this only applies, if my memory serves me, to OTA broadcasting. Cable can (and likely will) still use analog signals for some time to come.

    I think you'll get your wish - chances are good that once the HD gets ramped up that there may be charges beyond the $10 to get it all in HD. It's speculation based on a few things I've read here, and I don't have all the "sources", so all of you that just love to post the one-word "Sources?" posts, save yourself the time. If I'm wrong about that, I'm loving it because it won't cost me as much. I'm just not naive enough to think we'll get it all for just $10.

    +1
    UFC HD PPVs have been an extra $10 for a while, too.

    Buy a standard mattress, you pay one price. Buy the same mattress with a pillow-top? I'm guessing you're going to be paying more. That's just the way business is.
     
  6. loudo

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    I hate to think of the kinds of increases we could see, for HD programing, with they get all the new HD programing up later this year.
     
  7. gnwes

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    So you seriously believe what you are saying... that you should just lay down and take whatever is thrown at you :hurah: what a good little sheep you are.

    P.S. taxes arent a screw over, they serve a purpose, unlike the double jeopordy people are being subjected to by paying extra for this HD feed.
     
  8. Twosted

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    Only difference is, Dish and cable companies also charges $10 extra for the UFC HD PPV. Which leads me to beleive that the UFC is charging more for the HD feed. But in this case D* is the only provider charging the $10 extra fee. I never cared about it before. I always thought the promoters were just charging more for the HD feed.:shrug:
     
  9. serenstarlight

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    I oh so love the response. I wonder how long it took you to come up with that. But yes I do believe life is not supposed to be fair nor do I believe any company should conform to what I think is fair. It's business practice. Unfortunately actions speak louder than words so if you want something changed do something about it instead of whining about it.

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    Taxes serve a purpose? Oh gee sorry my mistake. I'm sure they use our tax dollars for great beneficial things like.. oh I dunno.. an 8 billion flimsy wall to keep out immigrants like they have proposed? Or maybe a never ending war. But hey that's a whole other issue that shouldn't be discussed here.

     
  10. serenstarlight

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    And you know what? You're taking action against them charging extra. If you don't think that speaks loudly you're wrong. If enough people dropped directv and gave that reason for quitting I'm sure dtv would look at that as an idea.
    Unfortunately, even working at dtv I have no idea what their plans will be for HD, if they will raise the hd access pkg or if they'll ever lower ppv.. at least maybe down to $5 more. I think people would be able to swallow $5 extra as opposed to $10. Untill HD becomes more mainstream I don't see prices coming down very much.

    P.S
    My condolences with the gas.. I actually found a gas station here that was $2.99 and I was like "yes!! A cent lower!!" I never new a penny would make me happy ;)

     
  11. Baxter Mccloud

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    I hope/think this is what D*'s deal is with HD:
    If you have "HD Access" it will give you access to all HD availible with channels you in your monthly program pack. For example if you have the new pack Choice with HD Access, when USA HD becomes availble you'll get it for no extra charge since its included in the pack. I do forsee extra charges for exclusive HD only channels that D* will be carrying. We''ll all know by September.
    As far as why HD is extra for PPV and Sports Subscriptions, D* is paying lots of money for the sports and so are their subs, but it does take alot for them to break even. At least most of us will end up paying less for D* HD service than E* or other companies; even if PPV and sports may be more.
     
  12. carmangary

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    I canceled my HD service because I think it is a ripoff. If you aren't happy with the pricing, then you should do the same. DirecTV won't change because they feel like being good guys. They will only change when it costs them money to continue on the same path. Simple as that.
     
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