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Which HD Channel Will DIRECTV Add Next?
Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2013)
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Q. You wrote that
DIRECTV might have 200 HD channels in the near future. What
channels might it still add? And what do you think will be their
next HD addition? -- Roxy, Cleveland, Ohio.
Yes, on April 29, we
an analysis noting that DIRECTV now says it has more than 190 HD
channels and could pass the 200 channel mark this year, at least
by its count. The milestone would give the satcaster a
formidable marketing weapon in
the all-important holiday season subscription drive.
As for future channels, there are still quite a few HD networks
that DIRECTV has not added, such as the Reelz Channel, WE TV,
Sundance, Game Show Network, Oxygen, TV One, PBS' Sprout (my
daughter is hoping for that one), Fox Movie Channel and the Logo
Network (and there are plenty more).
At that moment, DIRECTV carries them all in standard-definition,
but not in HD.
There are also channels that DIRECTV hasn't added in either SD
or HD, such as the Pac 12 Network, Epix and CSN Houston.
But if I had to bet on one high-def channel that DIRECTV will
add next, I would say the Sundance Channel.
For starters, Dish recently added Sundance in HD and DIRECTV
hates to see its satellite rival have any marketing advantage.
Second, Sundance, which is owned by AMC Networks, is quickly
boosting its lineup of original programming, most recently
launching the drama, Rectify. In short time, Sundance's ratings
will start to improve.
The Game Show Network, in which DIRECTV has a hefty financial
stake, is another likely future addition. But I'm betting on
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