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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Jun 20, 2011.
No, harsh doesn't think it'll work.
ahaley is the poster who, quite matter-of-factly, offered up that home runs would be required, not me. My comments are based on that statement.
I'm wondering how they would implement purchasing a PPV without some way of talking to the servers. It seems like MFH-2 doesn't provide an upstream communications path without some sort of external network that the H25 isn't set up to connect to.
And that's one reason why this almost certainly isn't straight MFH-2. SWM allows the receivers to communicate PPV purchases even without DECA, although I wouldn't be surprised if the DECA capabilties of the H25 were used in this setup.
That would make a great deal of sense.
With a lower manufacture cost and smaller profile, the H25's would be an ideal setup in a hotel - it could even be installed almost transparent to an end user behind the TV, etc.
I just hope this all takes off...as I get almost sick having to watch cable or Dish on hotel HDTVs as I travel - yuck.
Pro:Idiom is required for head-end systems, which don't require a receiver at the TV. The content providers will not allow unencrypted digital signals (except OTA, which they can't control) being distributed on commercial properties.
This new DirecTV system will use receivers at each TV, and of course, the signals from the dish to the receiver are encrypted already, as are the signals from the receiver to the TV (via HDMI), so Pro:Idiom is not required.
Resurrecting an old thread...
Heard from an installer (I know a notoriously poor source) that this would be enhanced with capability to watch items on your personal DVR though the hotel system.
Anyway here anything like this?
I was in a Marriott in FL during one of the Giants playoff games in January. They had new 32" flat screens in the room but only analog reception so bad it cut off part of the picture even in 4:3 mode. There was a electronics store nearby and I picked up one of those $15 "digital" off-air antennas, hooked it up, put it in front of the windows and was watching the game in HD. I always request a high floor so it helped a lot.
I just finished the DRE certification course. The Servers that they are installing with the DRE managed systems have 2T hard drives and the switches are rated for gigabit service, so yes, they are getting ready for PPV or VOD. The SWM switches are connected to switches with DECA-like devices so that the receivers have two-way communicability. The system can also interface with several brands of hotel billing server systems for PPV billing.
There are a lot of upcoming features.