Originally Posted by XboxEboy
With all this talk from Direct TV about new HD channels, I'm worried Dish will really fall behind.
The reason I went with Dish was that they had MORE HD channels than Direct TV!
Since I'm in that 18 month contract, I'm especially hating it!
For those who have had Dish for a while, have you noticed hat when an HD channel is added, they will add it to your HD package, free?
Do you think if Direct TV buys the VOOM channels, we will loose them on Dish? I love the VOOM channels.
Please alleviate my concerns!
Well, when it comes to D*'s "dance of 100 channels" I can only tell you this:
1) nobody is going to just wake up one morning in 2007 and see 100 new channels. Its going to happen sloooooowwwwllly. First the networks themselves need to actually provide the channel, not just talk about it. D* needs to have have actual agreements for those channels, not just 'agreements in principle', and the actualy heavy lifting needs to be done to uplink those channels and get them broadcast. IMHO, D* was rather bold making that comment so I will believe it when I see it. It doesn't just 'happen' overnight...
2) I don't see Voom channels disappearing from Dish under any circumstances...(unless Charlie has a hissy-fit over pricing again). Voom, like any other content provider wants their channels to be seen.
3) E* is launching another bird this year...don't know the specifics, but its doubtful they are going to just lie there and 'let' D* take over. They haven't yet.
In conclusion...you have plenty of time to worry about who is going to have 100 channels or not. D* loves cranking the hype machine and getting meaningless rah-rahs out of their subs and getting the attention of everyone else, good and bad. In the end, its still going to be realistically a long time before the reality of the D* promises actually hit.
From one E* sub to another, just enjoy your HD as it is. Regardless of all the pomp and circumstance its still more HD than anyone else is watching at this time. E* is going to be offering many new hardware enhancements for its ViP622 so try and resist buying them so you don't marry yourself to a proprietary hardware purchase at this time. By the time D* starts delivering on its hype for you to get a clearer picture (no pun intended) of whats 'really' going on with D*, 12-18 monthes of your agreement would have past...no HD viewing lost...and you'll be in a much better position to make the switch if its worth your while.
You can relax...