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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Oct 18, 2010.
You must have quoted the wrong post! :lol:
I'm surprised their is any demand for it. MRV is something I've never seen a use for. Our household may be atypical of course, however no-one has ever said I wish I could continue watching in the bedroom. To me MRV is just one more thing chewing away at family togetherness. OTOH MRV may be what's driving their subscriber gain vs other providers.
And the ever increasing costs are why most providers are losing subscribers, IMHO. I was lucky, I didn't even have to ask for a raise, it was just given. I'm throwing it away on Cablevisions Ultimate internet service, They're scheduled to install in a few days. The excitement is building. I can't wait to go to 101Mb internet from the old slow 30Mb internet. Cheaper than the FIOS 50Mb too. I'm lucky to have a choice of Internet providers and 4 TV providers + OTA.
It wasn't cost that made me drop HBO, Cinemax, & Showtime it was the fact that if I recorded & watched more than one thing from any one of them a month it was a lot.
How many of those subs came from Cablevision during their FOX problems?
I think that the family can move just fine as a group from one HDTV in one room to another HDTV in another room to view the same recording, and still be together.
In the mean time...MRV has exceeded even DirecTV's own estimates for adoption...so it is quite a popular capability.
That presumes each person isn't going off to watch their own content. One TV in the Living room and two in bedrooms, one of which is on basic cable only and that one has no desire to have satellite, I ask monthly.
To some TV is not a biggie. I Think my brother has had the same 19" since the somewhere during twentieth century. However take away his computer and that is a different story.
Interesting...but likely not indicative of the general population, nor how MRV would be used/accepted.
There are plenty of folks at DBSTalk where MRV is a staple of daily viewing abilities and habits, based on the conveniences it brings. So I suppose it comes down to personal preferences, which is certainly not right or wrong.
I see it another way. You don't have Mom's programs only accessible on Mom's DVR. And little Joey's programs only on little Joey's DVR. They can watch their programs anywhere they are sitting with the family.
Plus, since the same stream cannot be watched in more than one place at a time, it means they watch together.
BTW, it is far more than just continuing to watch in another location from where you stopped. It is just being able to watch AT ALL from one location to another. It means you can have 3 DVRs in 3 different rooms servicing local TVs and yet use them as a set of 6 tuners and 3 disk drives for programming to be available anywhere. The least use I make of it is to pick up watching in another room. I use it to have DVRs double up as local machines that can be used anywhere in my house.
Actually for us it is the opposite. Before MRV, once homework was done, our daughter would go down to her playroom to watch Spongebob. Now she just goes to the Living Room which is just off the kitchen because she can watch her recorded shows there.
Or in my case, I am able to record 3 or 4 shows that air at the same time, or watch one while I tape 2 different shows, something that used to frustrate me, but now makes me smile.
This may have been posted somewhere else, but I didn't have any luck finding it. thewrap.com claims that directv's earnings report yesterday, said their 27% gain was due to their dropping the $10 HD fee. For who??? I'm still having to pay it. I knew about the free HD for 24 months for newbies, but nowhere have I heard about free HD for us longtime subscribers.
As DirecTV subscribers, we never had Dish Network's problems to worry about. From a free market perspective, it would be worrisome as DirecTV customers should DirecTV lose serious competition on the national level. Without a strong alternative for customers, they could always go for what was the absolute best choice for their bottom line without taking customers' desires into account.
If you elect to have Auto Bill Pay you will get a $10 per month Credit to Offset the HD Fee.
ON a Tuesday I might record Two shows and watch WLIW (PBS) live from cable, that's the only time we need more that two shows at once. It can normally be record two and watch a older show to be able to skip through commercials max.
I haven't been able to watch anything live in a long time due to commercials.
Before I bought the Tivo standalone 40 hour model I was wearing out SVHS VCR's for time shifting and being able to FF through commercials.
My problem is get up do the morning rituals, drink a cup of coffee, go to work.
Drive home, have supper, now eight o clock, relax over a book for a little while, watch some TV off of the DVR. Notice that I've recorded more than I have time to watch, delete the older shows if room is getting scarce, Keep what looks OK for when re-runs are on. Look at clock and retire to bed. repeat 6 days a week. Play on computer some on day off if free time. Want fastest internet possible due to lack of time on computer.
I first started looking at Satellite TV when the Cablevision started knocking them. At that point D* & E* were both in existence. I'm glad there is competition.
I currently can choose from DirecTV, Dishnetwork, FIOS, and Cablevision + OTA. Every one has pluses and minuses.
I don't know that it was "because of" .. I suspect the net gain was due to multiple factors:
Free HD for Life for new customers (more sign ups than without)
DIRECTV is just better (OK, I just threw this one in .. )
I haven't read the article from thewrap.com, but I'm sure the fact that there is HD for Life encouraged some people to sign up that may not have signed up if it weren't there. This would improve their gain.
That didn't hit until the 4th quarter, so it had little to no effect on the 3rd quarter numbers.
Don't know how much effect the Dish/Fox dispute had on the Q3 numbers. Now Q4, that may be a different story. Off the top of my head, I would say I switched 25-30 houses over who were switching specifically because of the dispute. There was also one commercial account that switched as well.
The company said that its decision to drop a $10-a-month premium for HD helped it retain a net gain in subscribers.
The “NFL Sunday Ticket” accounted for nearly a quarter of DirecTV’s new subscribers in the last three months, the company said.
Guess thats 1 reason they will pony up $1,000,000,000 per year for 4 years starting 2011.
One of many, including how much they make off of the bars that have it. Locking up the NFLST exclusive was probably the single best business decisions DirecTV ever made.
Certainly one of the best.
Then again...if the league is sitting on their hands of a new collective bargaining agreement in 2011...think of all the lost revenue...UGH.
Transcript of the call can be found at http://seekingalpha.com/article/234...lts-earnings-call-transcript?source=thestreet