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DBSTalk First Look: Multi-Room Viewing Opt-in Beta

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jan 17, 2010.

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  1. Richierich

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    Directv has given us alot of Freebies some of which I use and some I don't but the Bottom Line is that you get a ton of Functionality out of this Service versus some of the others and I couldn't live without it. It was proposed over 5 years ago and I thought at the time "What a Cool Feature that would be." and now it is here.

    So I for one will gladly pay for it because it Frees you up to Watch Anything You Have Recorded Anywhere you have a DVR or Receiver along with being able to perform maintenance functions on all of your DVRs from just one place. It is definitely worth it to me but probably not for everyone.
     
  2. Rob Dawn

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    Just slightly off topic: how long has SWiM been around?
    My mutiswitch was installed in August of '05 so I figured it would not be SWiM.
    But, to my surprise, when I press - on my HR20, it says SWiM connected.
    My mutiswitch (Zinwell WB68) does not say SWiM on it anywhere but I did notice that it does not have an antenna input on it, and if I understand SWiM correctly, it can not handle merged OTA signals.

    If the upgrade price for another HR2x and all the DECA equipment is reasonable (along with the monthly MRV rate), I plan to do this upgrade as soon as MRV is out of Beta; so I wanted to make sure I truly had SWiM so I could be as informed as possible when calling DirecTV for the upgrade ('cause lord knows many of their resp are not very informed!).
     
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    You're seeing a software bug.
    Zinwell is the non SWM switch.
    First sight of SWM was in the fall of '07.
    If you have two coax going into your DVR, it isn't SWiM.
     
  4. dhines

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    i don't think that anyone is saying that software development is a trivial thing (i too am an IT professional), but i think peoples point is . . . everyone else is bundling this functionality with the DVR service cost.

    IMHO, i feel like i am being double charged . . . as MRV'ing should be a function of the DVR.

    i think D* is floating a balloon on this, and seeing what the competition does. either E* and at&t are going to follow suit and charge for this service (allowing D* to charge for it), or E* and at&t won't and D* will have to somehow bundle it into the DVR cost or one of the packages.
     
  5. Doug Brott

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    Yup, so in this case DIRECTV does go ala carte and it's a problem. For those people that don't want MRV .. guess what, they don't have to pay for it. For those that do want MRV .. a small fee and they're in.

    If this were added to the DVR fee, then every DVR customer would be paying for MRV and a different class of customer would be complaining.
     
  6. Gocanes

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    I was just going to post this same thing. At first I was upset that MRV would have a separate charge but then I realized that having it "included" in the DVR fee would mean the DVR fee would just go up anyway. By making it a separate charge they let each customer decide if the service is worth the cost. I'll wait and see what the charge is and decide. $2.99 and below I'll definitely get it, $3.00 - $5.99 I'll think about it and over $6.00 I'll most likely pass.
     
  7. RobertE

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    I'm hearing that the free beta is going to be roughly 3 months. No word on the monthly charge. :mad:
     
  8. Doug Brott

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    The timing is inline with my projections .. I'm not sure pricing has actually been decided yet which may be why we don't have a number. My hope is $2.99/month per account, but that's just a SWAG.
     
  9. joed32

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    I'm using it and it's great but I have all DVRs so I'm thinking about getting a non DVR to replace one of them so that I can tell each DVR what to record from a central location. You can't do that with all DVRs.
     
  10. TBlazer07

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    I wouldn't make that change until it is decided for sure the dvr->dvr MRV will or will not have that feature. Just because it doesn't exist in an early first release of MRV doesn't mean it won't in a future release. No one knows but I'd like to HOPE that if a receiver can do it a DVR will as well in the future. The other tuners and extra recording space make the DVR a better deal .... plus you'd get another 2 year commitment extension if you get another receiver.
     
  11. hdtvfan0001

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    Hope you are right on all counts.

    I suspect they'll fine tune things a bit before starting to charge.
     
  12. jacmyoung

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    My hope is if they charge for MRV, the unsupported version will have a lower fee than the supported version.

    I still believe if you do not plan to support it, don't charge for it. If people call for support, tell them they need to upgrade the switch/connection and pay a monthly fee to get the support.

    I also agree that if they do plan to charge for the service, make the service more robust, allow scheduling/playback from all DVRs/STBs and from remote sites whether Internet or smart phones.
     
  13. dave29

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    That just sounds like too many scenarios, I believe there will be just one set monthly fee, whether it is hooked up via DECA or your network. (IMO)
     
  14. OptimusPrime

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    100% agree.
     
  15. BubblePuppy

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    The problem is that DirecTV will not offer customer support for DYI home networking. If those people have to pay the fee then there will be expectations for support. The number of phone calls, and complaints will be enormous. The only way to avoid this will be to provide MRV only to those that use DirecTVs networking systems.
    It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
     
  16. dave29

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    Well then, the self networked guys will have to upgrade to DECA if they want it supported then, or leave it "self networked" and have no support. :shrug:

    I guess we'll know more in the coming months.
     
  17. veryoldschool

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    "Maybe" part of the Beta release is for marketing to figure out how/what they're going to do.
    I think the engineering end is there or very soon will be, and the marketing department is so far behind that I can't post my true feelings on this forum.
     
  18. joed32

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    Thanks for the info, I'll wait for a while to see what happens, I have 5 DVRs and do a lot of recording. Don't care about the commitment though, I'm a lifer.
     
  19. hdtvfan0001

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    I suspect you are correct.
     
  20. jacmyoung

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    If so the roll out of MRV will be seriously undermined and costly.

    If you already have a network, I won't really call it a DIY project, because most networks are installed by their broadband providers, the DirecTV MRV will be a plug and play deal, in fact if people are already using their broadband services for DirecTV VOD, most likely it will just be a play deal, no plug needed.

    The DirecTV VOD feature does not cost a fee, also there is no support from DirecTV if you have broadband issues when using VOD. To me MRV on existing broadband networks is no different.
     
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