A column wondering if Directv will really be expanding our list of HD channels w/ their new satellite:
Whole column here: http://www.tvpredictions.com/directvhd011010.htm
Do you think that DIRECTV carries enough HD networks?
There's increasing evidence that the satcaster does -- and it doesn't plan to do anything about it.
How can I say that, considering that DIRECTV just launched a new satellite to expand its HD capacity? Well, let's look at the facts:
DIRECTV, which has proclaimed itself the HD leader, has actually added just a handful of high-def networks during the last 18 months. Consequently, the satcaster's HD lineup is missing a slew of popular new HD networks such as MSNBC, AMC, WGN America, E!, The Travel Channel, Turner Classic Movies, Epix, IFC and multiplex offerings from HBO, Starz, Cinemax and Showtime.
....I have also suggested that the satcaster will not add more than about 15 new HD networks this year.
But now I am wondering if DIRECTV will add even fewer than that, perhaps as few as five HD networks this year. With that approach, they can save money by paying the networks less in carriage fees. Instead, it can use the majority of the HD capacity on the new satellite for 3-D and PPV.
As a DIRECTV subscriber, I hope that's wrong. But, folks, it's not looking good.