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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Alf S, Oct 10, 2002.
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IMO I was looking forward to this going through.
I still hope it has a chance, but it's not looking good.
The amount of expansion that can be done with the combination of the 2 companies is staggering.
After all the duplication of the networks is gone, there is a huge amount of bandwidth in the skies for so much, HDTV, local channels, expanded internet services. Maybe even better compression rates for current channels!!
Hopefully Hughes/Echostar can get there act together and pull a rabbit out of it's hat.
Thank goodness this failed. Go Tivo!
So how much longer will this take until DirecTV gets DiscoveryHD?
I'm very disappointed this didn't go through. Now it looks like cable will be the only way to get a good variety of HD channels in the future. Neither Dish nor DTV have the bandwidth to add very many HD channels, unless they merged and got rid of the redundancies.
I'm curious -- why are some of you excited about the merger being shot down? Myself, the thought of having to go back to cable depresses the heck out of me.
I too am glad that this did not happen. My main reason being that I do not want to see one company monopolize the industry. No competition will, IMO lead to higher rates and turn the satellite industry into what the cable industry was a few years ago when Warner had a near monopoly, a mess.
The lack of HD channels is not a big deal for me as the prices for Decoders has not fallen one bit ($799 for the latest DSS/HD decoder from Sony???), but that's another thing alotogether!!
This decision helps the cable industry a lot. I don't see it helping anybody else.
I'll be sticking with cable since there was no merger. DirecTV and DISH just don't have enough bandwidth on their own.
Um, what's so bad about cable anyway? I mean, analog reception's gotten progressively worse over the years, but digital isn't too bad (except for the compression, which satillite also suffers from). And then with cable being able to offer the local HD broadcasts (with out the dropouts of over the air) why do we need to get rid of cable?
Thanks for the reply, Ryan! I wasn't trying to be smart or anything... I just really didn't undertstand the difference.
I agree with those who wanted the merger to happen. Right now I do not qualify for locals and it would have been nice to be able to get them through Dish. Also, the abc and cbs stations are so bad that even on cable they look beyond crap. You would think it is snowing on every show. Charter is the only cable offered out here. Digital cable costs $65 compared to what you get for $31 with Dish. As for HD, that is the main reason I wanted the merger to go through. When I went into the Charter office to ask about digital cable I asked about HD, 5.1 sound, ect... The people in the office said because all was digital it would be in HD and have 5.1 sound. I asked to look at one of the boxes just to confirm my suspicion that they did not have a clue to what I was talking about. I was right. Hopefully they will find a way to merge the 2 companies. Does anyone know if Dish has had any talk with ABC to show their HD programing?