11:03am PST - It's starting with a terrible looking video that looks stretched on the projector.
They turn the lights on and John Gieselman Sr VP of Adverts and Public relations takes the stage and introduces Chase Carry a Pres and CEO of DIRECTV.
2006 Highlights reaching 59% of the country with HD locals and 94% of the country with SD locals.
He goes on and on about their accomplishments in 2006.
2006 setup 2007 where HD is the most imporant. they are launching 2 new Sat middle of this year, which would enable them to add 150 Nation channels and 1500 Local Channels. Local channels htorugh the US. new Exclusive sports programming and On Demand as well as interactivity.
HD will set them apart from the other providers and have agreements in principle with more than 70 national networks.
CNN, USA, Sci Fi, Weather Channel, Food Network, TBS, Cartoon Network, Speed, FX and all Premium Services.
11:14am PST - Steven Roberts VP, GM of DIRECT Games & Strategic Initiatives takes the stage.
They start a video about Game chapionship series, the sound is way too loud and very distorted.
The video looks like a reality TV show about pro-gamers and will be in HD in February on DIRECTV.
11:20am PST - This is a new league and will be like other professional sports complete with a draft.
Eric Shanks VP of DIRECTV entertainment takes the stage.
He lets the audiance know he is on baby watch and every claps.
He talks about how essentail the new H20 is to their stradagey, what a scary thought.
The connectivity of the unit is imporatnt for the features that DIRECTV wants to bring to market including DIRECTV On Demand.
They believe current offers are too complicated wtih too many menus and they are going to show us the service.
On demand channels will be 1000 higher than the curent channel. Interface looks great, but the video is choppy. The networks design the VOD pages. Ch 1000 will be the DIRECTV on demaind home page with a global search. When you add a show to the queue it will find the show either on your STB or download via the Sat.
Guide will have G-message or Guide message in the guide, watch out Google!
It will go into beda in March and be available to the public middle of the year.
11:28am PST, Start to talk about SAT-GO.
You turn it south and when it starts to beep you have a signal, anywhere you go. If you are inside you can use it as a DIRECT receiver in your house. It also includes a few inputs, including a iPod.
A-list customers will get the unit in April the rest later this year.
11:33am PST, NASCAR Hot Pass only on DIRECTV recently launched, they believe this will be comparable to NFL Sunday Ticket. Each week they will produce 5 dedicated driver channels. They show a promo, like the rest they are stretched and over-compressed.
Taken From: http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/l...ss-conference/