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The new HD Channels which will be released this year as per press release!!

Blade316
01-12-2007, 02:00 AM
Directv did the formal press release on what channels will be offered in hd this year, which will be released in the 3rd quarter.

DIRECTV also announced today that it currently has signed agreements, or agreements in principle, with more than 70 major networks including:

-- A&E -- National Geographic
-- Bravo -- NFL Network
-- Cartoon Network -- SciFi Channel
-- CNN -- Speed
-- Food Network -- TBS
-- FX -- The History Channel
-- HGTV -- The Weather Channel
-- MTV -- USA Network

These are just a few that were named in the press release.

Now today we had the training on what will the packages look like with the new hd content this year. Well you all will see the change starting March 1st with the annual raise the rates month. The price change is what is normal each year so draw on conclusions. The new information on the packages will be avail next month and sure their will be some leaks with what it is. I already have had customers call in about flyers for new customer offers that start in February which show these new rates.



I will not go over the pricing or what will happen since this message board is being watch and a friend of mine just got nailed for posting some sensitive material on another board somewhere releasing info that was not to be released to public eyes quite yet. So please do not private message me. I would like to keep my job.

slreno
01-12-2007, 07:13 AM
they raise the rates to high my ass will go to dish and get free to air for football the end of the year!! directv can kiss my as****

Wolf1
01-12-2007, 07:22 AM
Thanks for info Blade.

cjberk
01-12-2007, 07:43 AM
they raise the rates to high my ass will go to dish and get free to air for football the end of the year!! directv can kiss my as****

If they raise the rates I'll drop HBO...once the Sopranos ends this year, what's the point? I can get everything else I want from Netflix for $10 a month.

wneilson82
01-12-2007, 09:21 AM
they raise the rates to high my ass will go to dish and get free to air for football the end of the year!! directv can kiss my as****

If everything goes to plan for D*, the price hike will be steep for HD users.

cjberk
01-12-2007, 09:34 AM
If everything goes to plan for D*, the price hike will be steep for HD users.

Wait a minute, when I signed my new contract for HD, they said the price was locked for a year. (My personal contract) so I guess this effects new users and people who have had HD for over a year.

deadhead68
01-12-2007, 10:01 AM
Wait a minute, when I signed my new contract for HD, they said the price was locked for a year. (My personal contract) so I guess this effects new users and people who have had HD for over a year.

Yes, your price was locked for the HD D* was currently offering. If they offer more, I would expect them to charge more. You don't HAVE to sign up for the new HD content.

DeadHead68

keesh
01-12-2007, 10:07 AM
Will those channels be in Mpeg4 only?

philcol
01-12-2007, 10:35 AM
And I just bought a new 50" HDTV . I was going to call and upgrade to HD.Well, so much for that. I think I will look elsewhere for service and cancel my DTV. You can't understand a word they say on the phone and they can never give you the same answer two times in a row. :mad:

picaddict
01-12-2007, 10:57 AM
Will those channels be in Mpeg4 only?

I'm wondering the same thing, but I assume it will be. Still using my HR10-250 and would prefer not to upgrade yet. Can anyone confirm?

borromini
01-12-2007, 12:12 PM
If everything goes to plan for D*, the price hike will be steep for HD users. This is based on what?

Blade316
01-12-2007, 12:16 PM
The new channels will be Mpeg 4.

The price increase will not affect current customers of the HD package, if you are paying $9.99 now you will not pay the $10.99 fee when the changes take affect. Unless you order new equip or change your subscription. The $10.99/9.99 will give you access to any hd channel that is avail in your subscription. Dtv will not be increasing the rates when the new channels are available. What they will be doing is the channels are already in your package and will stay that way, to view the channels you will need to pay the HD access fee to access those channels, this does include hd locals through the dish, hbo hd, showtime hd, you will no longer be able to view these channels unless you subscribe to this package, exhisting customers are grandfathered in to have those without an hd subscription but if ordering equip or change subscription that will change. The viewable hd channels will differ per customer depending on what package they subscribe too. If you have Total Choice Premier you will get any viewable hd channel when available automatically. (Mpeg 4 capable of course) If you have just Total Choice you will not receive an hd channel thats only offered in Total Choice Plus

For example

IF you subscribe to Total Choice and have the HD pack now, when the new channels come out and the Golf Channel is now available you do not get that channel Unless you subscribe to Total Choice Plus and the Hd pack.

If you subscribe to Total Choice and Hbo with NO Hd pack, you would be able to watch Hbo Hd presently, when the new changes take affect you would be grandfathered in to continue that option, However if you change packages lets say to Total Choice PLus and HBo you will not be able to have HBO HD unless you subscribe to the Hd Package.

Of course the names are changing and contents will be changeing but not much of change is going to be happening Directv is going to be offering more packages with different content and pricing. Some with the HD Access already included, some with just dvr services included and some with neither included. IF you do not subscribe to TC/Premeier I would highly recomend going to that package soon, that package is the only package that will not be affected by any price changes, it will remain $99.99 after March. Where every other package will increase.

awalt
01-12-2007, 02:31 PM
Here is what tvpredictions.com guessed:

DIRECTV said this week that it would offer 100 national HDTV channels by year's end, but it did not discuss pricing structure. However, in my 2007 predictions for HDTV, I forecast that TV providers this year would begin offering high-def channels in pricing tiers. For example, 40 HD channels could be $20; 60 could be $30; and so on. With a 100-channel lineup, DIRECTV would be a logical candidate to implement a pricing tier.

They also said that the stations would actually come on line later in the year, DirecTV surprised the stations with its announcement this week, they may or may not be ready to broadcast in HD by Mar. 1. So I am not sure what's true about all this...

wneilson82
01-12-2007, 11:16 PM
This is based on what?

Based on common knowledge. If you think D* is going to slightly increase your bills, you are in for quite a surprise come the bill when the new sats are up.

Blade316
01-13-2007, 01:37 PM
Here is what tvpredictions.com guessed:


They also said that the stations would actually come on line later in the year, DirecTV surprised the stations with its announcement this week, they may or may not be ready to broadcast in HD by Mar. 1. So I am not sure what's true about all this...

As I previously mentioned in this thread, the supervisor meeting I had with our new pricing and hd lineup is that it would be expanded for the first 40 in the 3rd quarter defineatly, with singles through out the year.

Rhycar
01-13-2007, 01:56 PM
Here is the most recent news on the new HD channels...

DirecTV plots a 100-channel hd universe – a few nets short
Kent Gibbons

DirecTV let the HDTV cat out of its bag last Monday, for some programmers.

The satellite provider announced plans to carry 100 national high-definition services — even though some of the HD networks on its list didn't yet exist.

At a press conference at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, DirecTV president Chase Carey said he had “signed agreements, or agreements in principle” with more than 70 networks, including HD versions of NBC Universal's Sci Fi Channel and USA Network; Fox Cable Networks' FX, Speed Channel and National Geographic Channel and Turner Broadcasting System outlets Cartoon Network, CNN and TBS.

Only problem: CNN, TBS, FX, Speed, SciFi and USA don't have high-definition versions of their channels — at least yet.

That sent publicists scrambling. But a day later at the Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena, CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton said an HD version of CNN will launch in September. And Turner said later that HD feeds of Cartoon and TBS will also launch that month.

A high-definition TNT is already distributed by DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter.

NBC Universal — which distributes a compilation service called Universal HD, with programming from several of its networks — would only say it's still evaluating whether to launch a suite of HD channels.

NBCU released no specific names or timetable. USA and Sci Fi, though, could be logical members of an NBCU HD “suite.”

Fox's FSN regional sports networks and Nat Geo (which Fox co-owns and distributes) have HD versions in the market. But there are no HD versions of FX or Speed and no plans for launches have been announced.

Fox, through a spokesman, said that “Speed and FX now have ensured national distribution for their native HD production, meaning we can ramp up aggressively on either side.”

The Nat Geo HD launch on DirecTV will push that service above 50 million homes, as the channel is already carried on Dish Network and has an agreement to be carried on Comcast cable systems.


You can read this story at http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6407416.html

Buff
01-14-2007, 10:46 AM
Based on your information of the new channels later this year, with no price increase for the package I have, I'll stick with D* for a few months. I'm not to excited about MTV, cartoons, weather and Food in HD. However SI-FI, History, and National Geo in HD sound good. Again, appreciate the info!

Togus
01-14-2007, 10:51 AM
Based on your information of the new channels later this year, with no price increase for the package I have, I'll stick with D* for a few months. I'm not to excited about MTV, cartoons, weather and Food in HD. However SI-FI, History, and National Geo in HD sound good. Again, appreciate the info!
What! Not excited about "Iron Chef" in HD;)

Mr Winn
01-14-2007, 10:55 AM
man they better do something soon cuz they have the worst lineup by far. Dish keeps offering me free crap to go back to them. they have 29 channels in HD, but i like the DTV reliability better.

i hope these new channels come soon!

bboncorr
01-14-2007, 03:42 PM
Based on your information of the new channels later this year, with no price increase for the package I have, I'll stick with D* for a few months. I'm not to excited about MTV, cartoons, weather and Food in HD. However SI-FI, History, and National Geo in HD sound good. Again, appreciate the info!

comcast already carries mtvhd but its more like what discovery does. they dont copy the sd channel at all. they have completely new shows that you wont find on the sd channel and its seems to be aimed toward live performances and award shows. dont worry you wont see "real world" or "trl" on mtvhd.

Buff
01-15-2007, 06:31 PM
comcast already carries mtvhd but its more like what discovery does. they dont copy the sd channel at all. they have completely new shows that you wont find on the sd channel and its seems to be aimed toward live performances and award shows. dont worry you wont see "real world" or "trl" on mtvhd.
It depends on where you are. Here in South central Florida our only cable provider is Comcast. Comcast does not provide HD at all and has no idea when (if ever) HD will become available. D* started providing our locals (Tampa) in HD about a year ago so I dropped Comcast. I still marvel at Tampa and Orlando where there are multiple cable companies with dozens of HD channels where price wars keep costs down.

gmihelich
01-16-2007, 11:33 AM
Any word on if the equipment needed to view the MPEG-4 feeds will be a free upgrade? I live in Los Angeles where our local feeds are still on the old system. Can I get the equipment ugrade and installation fee right now?

Diogenes
01-16-2007, 01:41 PM
BLADE316, is the slip in launching DIRECT 10 (2-3 mos) going to affect the schedule for the adding of HD channels? And if so by how many months?

Blade316
01-16-2007, 01:49 PM
BLADE316, is the slip in launching DIRECT 10 (2-3 mos) going to affect the schedule for the adding of HD channels? And if so by how many months?



Not that I have heard of presently, but the release of the channels isnt till the 3rd quarter so that could mean a week before the end of the the 3rd quarter.

lost
01-16-2007, 01:55 PM
Has anyone seen the new commerical for D* HD?

borromini
01-16-2007, 02:22 PM
You mean the one with Christopher Lloyd's Back to the Future character? Yup.

Poppr
01-16-2007, 02:28 PM
Blade-

Please provide a link to either Boeing, DTV, or launch facility in Baikonur that states/provides information that there is a slip.

I have yet to find that information on the 'net.

lost
01-16-2007, 03:51 PM
yeah that commercial makes me laugh.

Blade316
01-16-2007, 09:29 PM
Blade-

Please provide a link to either Boeing, DTV, or launch facility in Baikonur that states/provides information that there is a slip.

I have yet to find that information on the 'net.

I havent heard of the slip, but I do not keep track of that, and I do not get emailed of that info, just certain info on upcoming content and pricing. SOmetimes I don't get emailed till the day beforehand which sucks and sure helps me and my agents but it happens and I expect it on everything that happens

wneilson82
01-16-2007, 09:33 PM
Has anyone seen the new commerical for D* HD?

I am a D* fan and I love their new additions but their commercials bug me a bit.

I just hope and I do think they follow through on time with their promises of HDTV channels by the end of 2007

Diogenes
01-16-2007, 10:31 PM
Blade-

Please provide a link to either Boeing, DTV, or launch facility in Baikonur that states/provides information that there is a slip.

I have yet to find that information on the 'net.

http://www.lyngsat.com/launches/2007.html

moonman
01-17-2007, 01:17 PM
Blade-

Please provide a link to either Boeing, DTV, or launch facility in Baikonur that states/provides information that there is a slip.

I have yet to find that information on the 'net.
I put the question as to "when" in a e-mail to Paula Korn
Director, Communications for Sea-Launch(Direct 11)...here is her reply.........
-----------------------------------------------------
You are not the first to ask about the DTV launch... Perhaps all of you recently received some information from DIRECTV. As that launch is several missions away for us, and we are currently working on a launch for next week... we are not focused on DTV at this time... The launch will be later this year... 2nd half. I do not have any additional information at this time. I do not know if DIRECTV will carry our live launch coverage. Boeing will deliver the satellite to us several months from now. - Paula

Paula Korn
Director, Communications
Sea Launch Company, LLC
One World Trade Center - Suite 950
Long Beach CA 90831
USA
phone 562.499.4729
fax 562.499.4755
mobile 562.254.5684
-----------------------------
You should be aware that SeaLaunch also has a "land-launch"
facility in Russia http://www.sea-launch.com/land-launch/index.html

stonedog23
01-17-2007, 05:16 PM
man they better do something soon cuz they have the worst lineup by far. Dish keeps offering me free crap to go back to them. they have 29 channels in HD, but i like the DTV reliability better.

i hope these new channels come soon!


They do have 29. 30 channels of HD, but to me they are more quantity than quality. I don't want to watch Gallery HD and some of the HD content they have over there.

WestDC
01-17-2007, 05:33 PM
I could give a good Rats *SS, A lot can happen after you get the "bird" built one that comes to mind Burnt up on the lanuch pad is one.


BIG SET BACK-- Don't hold your breath you'll get'em whne you get'em or maybe after you replace your Old burnt -worn out LCD on a new replacement:thumbsup:

Poppr
01-17-2007, 05:38 PM
Dio

Thanks for the link.:bowdown:

I did not list all the sites I had tried but that is a new one to me and now saved as a favorite. I was wondering if the launch was going to be "as scheduled" when I saw that the Khazakstanis had other launches that were slipped.

Boeing usually is pretty good about patting their own backs (worked with them in the past) or about viewing the world through rose colored glasses. Acording to their site they have not yet shipped the bird to Baikonur yet.

They still have some time though. The last bird they delivered to be launced on a Proton from Baikonur left El Segundo on Nov. 14, 2006 and was launched less than 30 days later (Dec. 11th).

DTV should probably start to scale back on the "100 channels in HD" talk until the birds are in the air -- unless they are going to halt all SD broadcasts to keep the HD crowd happy. :p

I did notice a few sites where it showed timelines for past launches and handover by the contractor to DTV. Usually took more than a month before DTV or other users like XM got to use the bird for normal use.

EDIT -- It did make me scratch my head for a few minutes though why she would say they do "land launches" as well. Guess where those go up? Baikonur, not their own facility or under their direct control. They use Space International Services HQd in Moscow.

mluntz
01-18-2007, 12:06 PM
Any word on if the equipment needed to view the MPEG-4 feeds will be a free upgrade? I live in Los Angeles where our local feeds are still on the old system. Can I get the equipment ugrade and installation fee right now?

I've had Total Choice Premiere and HD pack for a long time now. I think I should be entitled to a free upgrade.

Blade316
01-19-2007, 11:30 AM
I have been driving a Chevy Cavalier for a long time and paid the insurance and I think I am entitled to a free Chevy Camaro but I dont that will happen.

WestDC
01-19-2007, 11:32 AM
I've had Total Choice Premiere and HD pack for a long time now. I think I should be entitled to a free upgrade.

It will be a Free upgrade ---- The only string will be a brand NEW TWO YEAR COMMIT on your part.

cjberk
01-19-2007, 12:09 PM
It will be a Free upgrade ---- The only string will be a brand NEW TWO YEAR COMMIT on your part.

As long as the have the NFL package, it doesn't matter. That's what's keeping me. (Well that and Comcast Sucks) If everyone had the NFL package I might investigate other options.

Poppr
01-31-2007, 11:09 AM
I think Paula, at Sea Launch, is probably having a busy day.

I wonder what her next email will look like based upon recent events.

ArtWIS
01-31-2007, 08:01 PM
If everything goes to plan for D*, the price hike will be steep for HD users.

Well that didn't turn out as they only are raising the HD package by a buck! Same as it was 2 years ago LOL.

cjberk
02-01-2007, 12:04 PM
Well that didn't turn out as they only are raising the HD package by a buck! Same as it was 2 years ago LOL.

And what more do we get for that $1?

ArtWIS
02-01-2007, 02:41 PM
And what more do we get for that $1?

Probably all the new D* HD that comes later this year! I doubt they will raise the price again till February 2008. E* has gone to a HD "access fee" of $20 and D* is going to a $10.99 "access fee" now and they'll both most likely raise that spring of 08. I sub to D* and really don't care what they or E* charge for HD or anything else, it's just dirty green paper to me! LOL :D

djdjd04
02-02-2007, 03:32 PM
I think Paula, at Sea Launch, is probably having a busy day.

I wonder what her next email will look like based upon recent events.

I was wondering the same thing....

lost
02-02-2007, 10:00 PM
:hithere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMG2SBwIcrM :thumbsup: