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A better OTA solution please

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by aa9vi, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. Jul 14, 2008 #81 of 149
    gregjones

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    This is vastly off-topic. Find a more appropriate thread for the rant...
     
  2. Jul 14, 2008 #82 of 149
    EricJRW

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    Of course it will depend when you look, but the subs on 58 & 68 carry some unique stuff (not local weather, that's what 4-2, 5-2 and 8-2 are for).

    http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do?zipcode=76137
     
  3. Jul 14, 2008 #83 of 149
    davring

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    I believe the 6% figure pertains to the number of DirecTV households that use OTA, not the general population.
     
  4. Jul 14, 2008 #84 of 149
    Stuart Sweet

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    That is correct. I've been told that 6% of DIRECTV subscribers also use OTA.
     
  5. Jul 14, 2008 #85 of 149
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    Perhaps if you go back and read the first two posts in the thread, you will be able to understand what the original topic was.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2008 #86 of 149
    gregjones

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    The first two posts discuss the relative importance of OTA. Your post was a criticism of the cost of the OTA converter program.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2008 #87 of 149
    STEVED21

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    Flaw in your argument: "I assume that the government knows what it is doing.":D
     
  8. Jul 14, 2008 #88 of 149
    DarinC

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    What relevance does that have to a thread of someone requesting that they add the feature to future products? You said you didn't know if it was possible to add channels to the list without having programming info. I replied that it most certainly is, because they've had other products that do it. They could do it with the CURRENT product if they wanted to, it's just an issue of programming. I'm not saying I think they will, but it is technically possible.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2008 #89 of 149
    Doug Brott

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    Folks .. :backtotop please
     
  10. Jul 14, 2008 #90 of 149
    bobnielsen

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    The number of dbstalk members who use OTA is probably much greater (geek factor if nothing else).
     
  11. Jul 14, 2008 #91 of 149
    gregjones

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    We were discussing the likelihood and financial incentive. It is in the current codebase for non-DVR DirecTV boxes. It is in the codebase for the now-defunct HR10-250.

    It is relevant in that it would seem unlikely that they would add the feature as it would be new development on the DVR platform. I pointed out that it may be impossible without retooling their entire DVR codebase in regards to program data management.
     
  12. Jul 14, 2008 #92 of 149
    Kansas Zephyr

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    Not necessarily. The non-DVRs show program guide data, too.
     
  13. Jul 14, 2008 #93 of 149
    gregjones

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    The importance of the data is significantly different between DVR and non-DVR models. Non-DVRs don't care about series links, for example. They are significantly different.
     
  14. Jul 14, 2008 #94 of 149
    DarinC

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    I'm still not following the importance of the guide data, as it relates to the ability to scan for and include OTA channels to show in the guide (without program data). I don't disagree that DirecTV probably doesn't have much incentive to provide this feature. But I don't buy in to the premise that there's a technical reason for it. It should be trivial, IF they wanted to do it.
     
  15. Jul 14, 2008 #95 of 149
    gregjones

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    And as a person that designs commercial software systems, I have made an attempt to explain why it is not trivial. I give up.
     
  16. Jul 14, 2008 #96 of 149
    Kansas Zephyr

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    Unless you wrote the code for D*, you are only making an educated guess.

    It may not be trivial...or, it may be relatively simple. I (or you) don't know. We can only request what we would like to see. Which seems to be the point of this thread.
     
  17. Jul 14, 2008 #97 of 149
    Drew2k

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    A question was asked about DIRECTV supplying data for subs ...

    In the NY DMA, they provide guide data for channel 21, 21-2, 21-3, and 21-4. Channel 21 is WLIW (PBS) - there currently is no 21-1.
     
  18. Jul 14, 2008 #98 of 149
    Stuart Sweet

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    Kansas Zephyr

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    Could be...or since those boxes do not support OTA, off-air users don't have/didn't want those IRDs and therefore do not browse those threads.
     
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    I believe they are saying 6% of current Directv users. At least I hope they are.

    Your guess as to OTA ONLY is about correct according to polls and studies. Somewhere between 25 to 30% of the population gets all programming from OTA.
     

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