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DirecTV Not Providing HBO GO for Roku

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by oakwcj, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    As I said before, it's one of the last few possible logical reasons I can think of, but I doubt it's the issue. Still, again, either way, the device handles the password and username and is a go between.
     
  2. Drew2k

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    OK, we agree there. :D

    But not here ... :)

    The DIRECTV username and password are only entered on HBOGo.com the first time the DIRECTV customer wants to get authorized to watch HBO Go content, and the customer gives himself a friendly account name for HBOGo.com usage. This happens independent of any device being used.

    When the customer then wants to activate a device, it starts with the device giving a code, the customer entering the code at HBOGo.com, and HBOGo sending a signal back to the device to say that device is authorized. The device then shows the friendly name. The DIRECTV username and password never leave the HBOGo site.
     
  3. AlanSaysYo

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    If not outright "money," there must be some thread DirecTV sees that we don't. Maybe it's because Roku essentially markets itself as a cable-cutting enabler. Maybe it's because I can buy four Roku boxes for the price of one Xbox 360. Maybe it's because DirecTV's research has found that 360 owners tend to be satellite or cable subscribers, and further that Gold Xbox Live members tend use satellite in addition to their Live services, not instead of them. Maybe I shouldn't have used so many maybes.
     
  4. dualsub2006

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    You don't understand how the activation works. You only enter your D* user name and password on the HBO Go website, you enter an activation code on the Roku.

    Roku never, ever has access to your login credentials for D* access. It's the exact same process that is being allowed for Xbox access.
     
  5. ChicagoBlue

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    We have a winner. Same reason other MSO's aren't supporting Roku. Those that are, that is their call. Doesn't seem to be the call that DTV and others are willing to make at this time. Roku's sole purpose is for customers to get rid of cable, satellite or their IPTV service. Why on earth would these services support a company who has a mission to do this? Why?
     
  6. oakwcj

    oakwcj Lower Echelon

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    You must be psychic, since you know what Roku's "sole" purpose is. I use mine for streaming media from my computer to my home theater system and for listening to music on MOG. I rarely use it to watch video and have no interest in cutting any cords, because Roku is not a substitute for the kind of TV programming that I watch. Roku appeals to a wide variety of tastes. The company's sole purpose is to sell Roku boxes.
     
  7. MikeW

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    A cable or satellite subscription is required to use HBO GO. This argument is quite weak. I have a "smart" TV that can stream Netflix, HBO, HULU Plus and Amazon. Why did DirecTV allow that to happen? The downside here is that the TV does such a poor job streaming HBO that I've given up on it for now.
     
  8. inkahauts

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    Hh hmmm. That's not how mine works. Did they change that? I still use my email address. Maybe thee is an option I have missed, I'll have to look.
     
  9. mrjussellr

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    Forgive me I read the first page and just wantted to put in my two cents ..

    Why do you need HBOGO on a roku , if you are using a roku in your home then you should have a receiver on that tv..

    hbogo out side your home on a tablet or smart phone sure but ona competing device in your home... thats silly and will probably never happen.


    D wants you to used D receivers when in your home to enhance the experiance and see the value in having that 6 dollar receiver fee.
     
  10. dualsub2006

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    Well, let's see here. Depending on which day you come to my house, I'll have either 6 or 7 TVs in my house depending on who is here. I have 3 D* boxes and 3 to 5 Roku boxes, again, depending on who is here. There are TV locations in my house that don't have coax run to them and never will. My dish is on one side of my house and there is no easy access to the other side. In those locations, I only use Roku boxes with those TV sets.

    I'm sure D* would love for me to have a receiver at every TV, and I would if they would solve their coax problem and offer me a wireless receiver. Until then, I have 2 TV locations with nothing but a Roku, a BluRay player and nothing more.

    You don't need a receiver hooked up to your Samsung smart tv to use HBO Go with it, and your Xbox can be used without a D* receiver. It might be silly to you, but some don't need, want or can even have a D* receiver on every TV.
     
  11. bartkess

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    hey mrjussellr you are aware that hbo go is not available on a directv receivers? the issue is that directv allows tablets smart phones smart tv's and now the xbox 360.but not the roku.
     
  12. ChicagoBlue

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    Dtv has no influence on what other apps are on your smart tv. If DTV thought it was a great idea, why don't they put Netflix, HULU Plus and Amazon on their set top boxes?

    I don't find it a weak argument at all. DTV allowing their subscribers to get access off Roku introduces their subscribers to other forms of content which may compell their subscribers to cut back DTV services partially or all together. DTV has invested way too much money into these customers in obtaining them, upgrading infrastructure and such to gift wrap them to a competitor.
     
  13. ChicagoBlue

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    Of course their sole purpose is to sell Roku boxes. In an interesting twist, they seem to advertise heavily on sites about cord cutting. Must be a coincidence. :lol:
     
  14. bartkess

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    If you cancel HBO from your DTV package then you do not have access to HBO GO......cutting back services is not an option..
     
  15. Hoosier205

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    While the HBO Go feature on a Roku does not promote cord cutting (due to the need to maintain a traditional HBO subscription with a participating provider)...plenty of other Roku features do. It is perfectly understandable why DirecTV would be less likely to support a cord cutting device when compared to the Xbox 360.
     
  16. bartkess

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    Here is a response from an e-mail i sent to DTV.

    There are always a number of reasons behind why we will or won’t have certain options available to customers; costs of development, customer impact and other factors will influence the priority and timing of what will be made available in the future. We appreciate your desire for DIRECTV to provide HBO GO to the ROKU device but at this time, support of the ROKU device is not being considered as DIRECTV has other development plans of a higher priority.

    Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding.
     
  17. MikeW

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    Pooly phrased, I suppose. My TV can stream Netflix, HULU+, MLB and has an OTA tuner. These are all of the features I would need to cut the cord. On that very same TV, DirecTV allows HBOGo. Neither you nor I know the real reason, but preventing cord cutting is probably not one of them.

    If there are other features of ROKU that would seem more compelling to become a cord cutter, please let me know.
     
  18. dualsub2006

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    HBO already took care of the development. D* says yes, HBO flips the switch. Could have been done in less time than it took them to send you that response.
     
  19. Hoosier205

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    DirecTV isn't going to say yes. No one is going to flip a switch. They have very obvious reasons for not allowing authorization via Roku.
     
  20. dualsub2006

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    And I have very obvious reasons for canceling HBO. Easy.
     
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