New HD channel rollout and new pricing structure for HD

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  1. incog-neato

    incog-neato ObamaGuy

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    The HD ACCESS FEE WILL remain the same. The HD Xtra Pack will be added @ $4.99. Do you think I spend time making up the text I copy? What would I gain? I have better things to do.


    The channels in the DIRECTV HD XTRA PACK include:
    • HDNet
    • HDNet Movies
    • Universal HD
    • MHD
    • MGM HD
    • Smithsonian HD
    The great news is that all HD customers will automatically receive a free preview of DIRECTV HD XTRA PACK until 12/15. You’ll want to tell customers about this free preview; you’ll also want to let customers know that after 12/15, DIRECTV HD XTRA PACK will only cost $4.99 per month. Six channels of great HD programming for less than a dollar per month!Since many of our customers have received HDNet, HDNet Movies and Universal HD with their $9.99 HD Access fee, we may have customers who ask why they are having to pay XTRA to see them once the new expansion channels launch. This is a great opportunity to review with the customer how much more value they are getting with their HD Access fee with the newly launched channels, and how we have not raised that price. We have simply taken those HD channels that don’t align with an SD version and priced those separately for customers who want to receive that unique programming.
    HD Channels
    Please move to the next component of the 7 Essentials tool, HD Channels. As you may expect, with the new HD programming launching, the channel lineup will change, so let’s take a look at those changes together. Of course, as always you’ll be able to reference xxxxx for these changes as well.
    Let’s take a look at the channel lineup. This will give you a better picture of the channels customers will have available to them and what changes are being made.
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    Slide #4: 2007 HD Channel Lineup
    Let’s look at the differences for DIRECTV MAS and Preferred Choice.
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    Slide #5: 2007 HD Channel Lineup MAS

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  2. incog-neato

    incog-neato ObamaGuy

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    If you check the spelling you will then be 100% certain it's not "him." :)
     
  3. Cajunclicker

    Cajunclicker New Member

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    Are these "new" HD channels just more TNT-HD garbage that's just SD shows uprezzed and stretched?
     
  4. northrk

    northrk Member

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    I'm still on the TOTAL CHOICE PLUS plan, will I get the Choice Xtra and above channels you listed?
     
  5. Robert Spalding

    Robert Spalding TiVo Special Member

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    Ebo is just pissed that someone besides him let some "inside" info out!

    So I assume my hr10-250 won't get these new stations?
     
  6. Billy66

    Billy66 Again with shoelaces

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    Nope, nothing for the HR10-250. That's legacy equipment at this point.
     
  7. milominderbinder

    milominderbinder New Member

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    Why not call and add the HD Access Package now?

    Here is an alleged internal info card.

    - Craig
     
  8. Robert Spalding

    Robert Spalding TiVo Special Member

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    why can't they put some of these new HD channels on the old sat's?
     
  9. Billy66

    Billy66 Again with shoelaces

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    They have the SD channels there and don't have bandwidth for anything new. Just a business decision I guess Robert.
     
  10. Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

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    See, that's the beauty of your plan. You deliberately mangle the English language for thousands of posts to make it easy for you to later establish this alter ego, by writing normally. Very sly, but you're not fooling anybody.

    Unless he knows that we know. In which case I'm guessing you're John Malone.
     
  11. incog-neato

    incog-neato ObamaGuy

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    Good question, dunno. My GUESS is you will have to upgrade to a new package to get the new HD tiers .... but that's just a guess.

     
  12. incog-neato

    incog-neato ObamaGuy

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    ROTFLMAO!
     
  13. rkester

    rkester a rkester says what?

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    FWIW, I just got off the phone with DTV getting the 2nd part of a large install order placed. I asked and he told me (without me telling him anything datewise) that it should be tmorrow night around midnight! Woot!
     
  14. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

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    Assuming you are paying the $9.99 HD access fee (if you are getting channels 72 - 79 then you are) you will get all of the HD versions of the channels included in that package.
     
  15. milominderbinder

    milominderbinder New Member

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    The old satellites are full. In fact one is leased and the lease is expiring soon and the channels have to be moved to the new satellites.

    One other issue is quality. Even at almost twice the MPEG4 size, the MPG2 signal is much more compressed. MPEG4 is that much more efficient compression algorithm. So users who have compared a ball game on ESPN73 and on a local HD sat channel report a night and day difference. We never watch the Cubs on ESPN if they are simulcast on a local sat HD. The MPEG4 is comparable to OTA in half the storage space.

    A last issue is capacity. The old Ku MPG2 channels take up almost twice the satellite capacity as the new Ka MPEG4 channels.

    So would they sooner have 100 HD channels coming this year or 60?

    They picked 100.

    - Craig
     
  16. northrk

    northrk Member

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    Good Point! Yes, I have HD Access.
     
  17. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

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    I was DEFENDING THE CONTENT OF YOUR POST that the information in the first portion was easily confirmable based on the information already out there.

    Hence why I quoted the person, that was doubting the validity

    For this point:

    Then you must be working internal, and very much aware of the multiple memo's that have been sent over the last 3-4 weeks with regards to sharing internal information.

    If you are not... hence the request for a post to where the information is comming from....

    If you hae been acitve for 8 years... then you very much understand the "doubt" that surrounds a new/low post count user posting this type of information.

    So sorry to say it... but in forum world... doubt is often assumed at first, until doubt is eliminated.
     
  18. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

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    Right... If isn't a surprise... if they have given me the information to post... I would post it..... why would I make a post that is 50% old news.
     
  19. incog-neato

    incog-neato ObamaGuy

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    Ah, so you want to narc me or my source, eh? :rolleyes:

     
  20. Sir_winealot

    Sir_winealot Seenyer Member

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    Nah....just you.

    :D


    Ed doesn't like it when someone beats him to the punch. ;)
     

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