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About time to cancel DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SunDevil2012, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. saxon2000

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    Yes. That is what I want, and I am sure many others want.

    That's the way it's going. It makes a lot of sense for streaming video over the internet, and so, satellite and cable are going to get muscled out.

    As far as infrastructure, if the demand is there, the network will be built. FIOS, of course. No, not nationwide, not in the boonies, but in the cities where 90% of the demand is.

    This is nothing new or ground-breaking. My brother lives in Yokohama, Japan and has this now. Super fast FIOS internet, and affordable TV with many, many choices. He is not a wealthy man, it is affordable there.

    Why are we wasting our time with stuff like 3D TV when the information network is falling behind other countries?
     
  2. SledgeHammer

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    FIOS is just as much if not more then DTV. Unfortunately, FIOS is only available in areas that Verizon services. I live in what is considered a "new / high tech" area and I doubt FIOS will ever be available here because Pacific Bell / AT&T owns the area.
     
  3. dpeters11

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    Technically it also is in some Frontier areas, though ones they took over from Verizon. But anyone that is out of contract and actually keeps TV service needs a psych eval unless they really have no other options.
     
  4. fireponcoal

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    I've always find it incredibly obnoxious watching old time D* subscribers go on and on about how much they paid for their receiver back in the day.. Perspective, point taken, enough. Majority of people don't do this. Fios just brought a motorola 7232-2 to my house with year of free(feeless meaning) and I didn't have to pay solid signal two hundred per new DVR for the right to lease it. I'm mighty glad that I did not...
     
  5. billsharpe

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    You want obnoxious?

    I paid $700 for my first DirecTV receiver and that was after getting a 10% Hughes employee discount.
     
  6. goldwing

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    hehehehehe, that statement took me back to december 94 when i paid $795 plus tax for my first system and i had to install and aim the dish in a snow blizzard myself cause dtv didnt do installs back then :)
     
  7. HarleyD

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    Then let me tell you about my first PC with an Intel 286 processer and an 80MB hard drive that cost me over $2000.00.
     
  8. fireponcoal

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    Hah, I always feel as though some people are trying to show the rest of us how good we have it.. In one respect I totally agree but in another I personally wouldn't have been paying that much.
     
  9. Satelliteracer

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    Me, too. Mine was a 12 mhz blazing fast beauty with a 5.25" floppy drive and 40 Meg Hard Drive which I was told "you will never need more".

    Word Perfect and Lotus 123 loaded and off to college I went. The thing seemed to weigh 200 lbs. LOL.
     
  10. HarleyD

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    You didn't have to pay that much, but the alternative was doing without altogether.

    In that respect, not much has changed. Pay the price...or do without.

    And that is a perfectly viable option. Not trying to be derisive about it.
     
  11. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    You still wouldnt if programmers would go back to writing code in machine language instead of bloated higher level languages. I had apps galore on my 10MB hard drive. Heck, the computer only had what, 640K ram, and anything above that required swapping in and out of memory. Desqview running 4 copies of windows 3.0 and a multi-line bulletin board. Now that was fun.
     
  12. BKC

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    I paid $2800 for a C-Band set-up but the programming was free. :D
     
  13. noahproblem

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    Hah! I only paid $100 for my first computer back in 1983. OK, it was that Timex computer with the "whopping" 2KB (not MB, and, certainly not GB) of RAM and I had to supply my own tape recorder to save programs, but, still...
     
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    Lock up 3-4 large market schools and you're guaranteed to control your increases next contract negotiations.
     
  17. saxon2000

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    Do you think D* is paying the same amount to the programmers providing content in the Total Choice package in 2002 as they are in 2011?

    Do you think it costs the programmers more or less to produce in HD? 3D? CGI? Etc.

    Are sports rights cheaper today or back in 2002?

    Do you think the costs of developing new programming is more or less in 2011 than 2002? Are actors making more or less? Are producers, directors, writers, etc?

    In terms of the DVR fees, do you think there are any licensing fees that have to be paid to companies that came up with certain patents for DVRs like TiVo, ReplayTV, etc? When new features are added to DVRs, does that cost money to develop, deploy, etc?

    Someone else mentioned the box costs and redeploying them. Yes, it is true that D* and E* and other MSO's put boxes back into the customer world, but each of those boxes also has to be refurbished which isn't cheap.[/quote]

    Yes. Costs have indeed gone up, so I can see that D* wants to pass those costs along to me. Trouble is, my salary has not gone up, so what do I do? I cancel Ticket for the first time in more than ten years, then I cancel all of the premium movie channels, HBO, Starz et al. I then seek out better value for my dollar. Streaming channels over the internet.
     
  18. BKC

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    That's a horrible quote job :D
     

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