TechCop said:I see no need to dump anything unless there is a reason for it. If it would help PQ or leave a slot for other programming, I'd consider it. Remember, just because you dont watch it, doesn't mean it's useless.
The problem as I see it is that the channels are not channels but rather "programs" or a few programs over and over again. These programs need to be combined on 1/2 of the channels with less repeating, less complaining, resulting in more available bandwidth for picture quality. You dont have to trash the programming to reduce the channels! then wait till you have more bandwidth and add channels slowly when you have the content. But keep a superior PQ as advertised. Right now its not better than anything else, maybe worse.Operator7 said:Most of the channels above are garbage, but for some reason people love them and defend the great programming on them.
wittangamo said:I am an unrepentant artsy-fartsy myself. The movies channels were the biggest draw.
Except for TNT. Until they convert all TNT shows to Non-Stretch-O-Vision, I prefer the 4:3 image.bbtkd said:The SD duplicates are useless.
cmslick3 said:What about the music channels?? Who listens to them? I on a very very rare occasion will turn one on but I find that their "genre" is not always what I would expect. I say do away with all or most of them. I know this may not be a huge gain in bitrate, but it would be a minimal loss for some gain.
forget getting rid of sd duplicates, it is NOT going to happen for YEARSSSSSSSSS.mike528 said:i agree, I don't see the need for the "Music Choice" channels, or whatever they call them (852-885). I get satellite radio, which offers more choice in commercial-free music anyway. But I assume the music channels don't use up much bandwidth so it might not really save anything.
The biggest gain would be if they could get rid of duplicate SD channels. Standard contracts probably require them to carry them, but those contracts were written with other cable and sat companies in mind. Voom needs to sit down with HBO, Showtime, etc. and renegotiate -- explain that Voom is not like cable systems, the Voom receiver allows people to view the HD channels even on an SD set, so the networks are not going to be losing any viewers if they drop the SD feed.
combine rush and worldsport. They repeated horribly. Drop the all time loser flug tag if you have too. thats just an embarrassment. You are dreaming about Voom dropping sd channels. no one else has. And I doubt voom will ever have 12 million subs like d*. I shudder to think what the cable number is. LMAObryan27 said:There was some consolidation when Epics was moved to Cinema 10 to make room for Equator HD. I think Epics should actually show Epics. I'm sorry, but a 45-90min movie isn't an Epic!!!! One that is 3-5 hours long and requires an intermission is
Model all the Cinema 10 channels after Monsters HD (more than 2 movies per day even though it still repeats movies throughout the month) I would change the Cinema 10 and Exclusives like this:
Cinema 1-Space (using Sci-Fi HD probably isn't an option)
Cinema 2-World Cinema
Cinema 4-Serials (Mini-Series)
Cinema 5-Family (wholesome movies)
Cinema 10-Variety (anything that doesn't fit in the other 9)
Rave (1 concert per night repeted for the west coast, red couch VJs and music videos rest of time)
Arts & Culture (formerly MOOV, Equator, Ultra, Auction, Gallery)
Tank HD (what can I say 3 hours isn't enough for me, and would be great as daytime background)
That's only 17. I couldn't think of anything else to get to 21 channels without repeating, but it would open up some space for channels that wouldn't have repetitive content.
I think once VOOM grows in subscriber base they will have the weight they need to demand removal of SD duplicates. Right now they can't make demands as the channels could care less about approximately 22,000 lost subs.
vurbano said:The problem as I see it is that the channels are not channels but rather "programs" or a few programs over and over again. These programs need to be combined on 1/2 of the channels with less repeating, less complaining, resulting in more available bandwidth for picture quality. You dont have to trash the programming to reduce the channels! then wait till you have more bandwidth and add channels slowly when you have the content. But keep a superior PQ as advertised. Right now its not better than anything else, maybe worse.