Originally Posted by JimP
Anyone else getting the feeling that if a movie is worth watching we'll have to pay extra for it?
I have a felling E* will add some channels between now and Jan 1st. Just do not think they will be "Must Have Channels" which would prolong people staying on HD Absolute packages longer.
For Example I could see E* adding all the missing Showtimes in HD there is 6 channels alone, They could add the 3 missing HBO HD Channels, 2 missing Cinemax, 3 missing Starz. As those are pay channels that people are paying for extra.
I do not see them adding the Encore channels in HD and TMC in HD before Feb 1st as those channels are included in AT250 package for free which means HD Absolute customers would get them too for free.
I doubt they would all the new HD channels like Comedy Central, MTV, FX, BBC America, E!, G4, BET, CMT, ESPNU, Fuse, FBN, FN, IFC, QVC, Spike, Speed, VH1, WE, Wealth HD, MSNBC, ETC.
I think they might add a couple of those channels and only enough to keep AT and Turbo Customers happy but more than likely they will not add anything they think they can delay till after Jan 1st when the HD Absolute offers of "you will get all new channels added till end of the 2008" expires. So unless we see D* add tons of nationally available channels which forces E* to prematurely add channels to compete with D*. I would not expect to see E* aggressively add channels that would be included in current HD Absolute package.
My personal gut felling is that unless D* and Cable puts tons of pressure on E* to add more channels earlier we will see E* add tons of HD channels in Jan and Feb in an effort to try and get HD Absolutes customers to migrated to HD Turbo packages thus increasing E* revenue from those customers.
Again this is just my felling and personal view I have no inside information what so ever but from a business point of view this makes 100% sense.