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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Jan 6, 2009.
Next year (2010) has been my prediction all along.
Other than responding to statements made, let's keep the TiVo discussion in the original press release thread in the HD DVR forum.
That's it. Presentation and Q&A over. During Q&A with TiVo CEO nobody asked. The only statement was the statement above.
And he used the word "hopefully". And no mistake, 2010.
Me thinks this new DirecTivO thing does not look good.
Am I blind because I don't see this (TIVO DVR) thread in the HD DVR thread? I know it is there because you said so but please provide me the link because I am not seeing it. Thanks
http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=138443 all discussion there ...
There is certainly no doubt there. They know where their core market of fanatics is and it's sports and they have been that way for over a decade. They'll get more leg out of adding MLB Network in HD over Travel Channel HD. Same reason why they have all those full time RSN's vs. Dish only part time. Not everyone agrees with that strategy of course but it works for them. It's been the age old debate since the late 90s: DirecTV=Sports, Dish=Movies
Take your pick.
Yep, I'd agree. I'd say that their cut in capital spending has at least delayed the DirecTivo let alone technical issues. If Tivo isn't showing it at CES this week then you can put down some good money it won't be until mid 2010 before release....assuming DirecTV still ponies up the money. I think they will BUT if churn among the original HR20/21 owners remains down it certainly lowers their incentive/need to fast track the Tivo product.
I just wish the press release for D11 would have reflected that core business philosophy, and further, I hope the press release upon the launch of D12 isn't filled with a bunch of National HD fluff and hype.
Obviously, they can pursue whatever business model suits them .... but a little honesty on the PR side of the house would be most welcome.
No mention of the death of the HDPC-20 by any chance?
While, to date, D11 hadn't been much of a national HD experience improvement, it has been a large improvement for many DMAs.
And remember all the MPEG2 HD is now brighter, crisper, better on D11's MPEG4. Woohoo!
Did DIRECTV expect to do more with D11? Yupper. Will they still happen? Yupper. When? That answer I'd have to redact (and would be purely very bad guesstimates based on too little information anyway.)
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I'm pretty sure that was canceled. Should be a thread on it from a month ago or so.
I know they killed it off. I really wish they wouldn't have. It would be so nice to be able to record in HD on my PC, instead of having to settle for SD.
You can watch HD on your PC and record HD OTA on your PC.
The question I keep running into is why would one want to spend more money to record on your PC rather than a DVR? Especially if the recording could then be watched on the PC as needed?
What am I missing?
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Whole home media server. Some people don't want multiple DVRs all over their home and would prefer to have much smaller, efficient Media Extenders. Less monthly fees, better content organization, less power used (1 computer running and extenders vs. multiple DVRs). WMC also has a very nice user interface that allows users to have a consistent method of getting to all of their content.
Even if DirecTV ever delivers a "whole home" solution it will doubtfully have the flexibility of a content-independent solution. For instance, do you think the DirecTV solution will allow a cable feed to be included in the content available for distribution?
All that being said...DirecTV has decided to cancel the project...so that's it. If someone wants that type of flexibility with standard broadcast TV it looks like cable with cable cards is the only way to go.
Even cable with cable cards is nothing like making it work straight out of a PC. A PC is notorious for buggy tech issues, and the concern for copy protection too. It will drain a lot of tech support resources, gaining what in exchange? How many people are going to buy a PC to watch DirecTV?
For anyone who I know that uses a PC solution for TV viewing, almost all of them do so to avoid paying for TV as their only goal. Once someone gets over the objection of paying for TV and subscribes to a pay TV service, especially signing a contract, getting a free HD DVR becomes a natural choice.
Here, I have Suddenlink cable and they no longer support cable cards. It is their converter or nothing.
Is that permitted under FCC rules? I thought the Telecommunications Act of 1996 required support of cablecards.
I do apologize, but Suddenlink does support cable cards. If you are interested in using a cable card for your account, please contact Suddenlink support at suddenlink.com and visit live chat, or you can contact our call center direct at 1-888-822-5151 24hr a day, 7 days a week.
Welcome to the forums SDL_Tech! :welcome_s
And thanks for the cable card info.
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