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Maybe DirecTV may be about have their own Netflix moment

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by vandergraff, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Joe Diver

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    I did this last year with Dish.

    I'm NOT switching again.

    If Fox and whoever else wants me to watch their stuff, make sure DirecTV has it available for me.

    If not, I'll just watch something else. There's a TON of stuff to choose from.
     
  2. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

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    I am still not sure where exactly the Netflix comparison comes into play

    What DirecTV has at their feet and what Netflix did is nothing similar whatsoever
     
  3. YakeVlad

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    It's a grey area and corporations are plenty clever enough to get around it. Some examples; the airline industry with airfare increases. One does it and they all do. The media conglomerates also have all decided to pursue fee increases to offset their losses elsewhere. While they may not be colluding by legal definition or burden of proof, it's amazing that there appears to be such a uniform approach being practiced. I'm just positing why the service providers don't act as intelligently.

    I'm sure D*is a member of some association of service providers which could advertise and promote the "industry's" stand against these unwarranted fee requests from media conglomerates. Or perhaps just something as simple as they stop advertising in an attempt to steal another providers customers when they are battling with a media conglomerate. Or they get smart and start crafting their agreements to have closer expiration dates. Plenty of options out there that aren't being utilized.

    It seems to me that the service providers are foolishly preoccupied with backstabbing each other rather than focusing their attention on a common foe. The service providers don't need to engage in collusion to create a united front, they just need to have a strikingly similar approach to dealing with their opponents and stop all the infighting.
     
  4. Richierich

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    +1. I concur totally!!! :)
     
  5. 1995hoo

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    Fairfax...
    We just had FIOS phone and Internet installed last Tuesday. Chose not to get the TV service because (a) I've been satisfied with DirecTV for 10 years; (b) we got married in 2010 and my wife is finally used to the DirecTV interface (she had previously used an antenna) and so she doesn't want to learn a new interface now; (c) I've tried FIOS TV at my parents' house when we visit them and I dislike the interface and the channel numbering and I think the DVR boxes are overpriced. But on the other hand, FIOS is making a pretty strong push with their discounted pricing, and I'm starting to get tired of these programming disputes every couple of years. Last time it was Versus. This time it's the Speed Channel. DirecTV always says "we carry plenty of games," but they're wrong. When an NHL game is a "Versus exclusive," it's not available elsewhere (and I don't consider streaming to be a viable alternative). Formula One does not air in the USA on any channel other than Speed except for four races in mid-summer.

    I suppose I'm thankful that this year's F1 championship is already decided such that the two remaining races are unimportant. It gives me more time to make up my mind on what to do. I suppose another consideration is that no TV provider is really immune from this crap. Who's to say Verizon won't find themselves in the same sort of dispute two years down the road? It's leaving me inclined towards calling DirecTV and saying "make it worth my while to stay." I recall during the Versus dispute many people scored free NHL Center Ice for several months, so it may be worth seeing what, if anything, they may do this time.
     
  6. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

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    So lucky. I just had that setup (FiOS Internet & DirecTV TV) and IMO it is the dream setup.

    FiOS internet was incredible. Never had a single issue or slowdown...good price....and I cant stand Verizon.

    Now I have UVerse (I moved across the country) which isnt terrible but after having FiOS....wow, what a dropoff
     
  7. 1995hoo

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    Fairfax...
    Yeah, I held out for a long time but ultimately the two-year discount on the phone and Internet convinced us. The Internet service, moving up from Verizon DSL, is really something. We got the 25/25. To verify how much faster it is, I purchased two Rolling Stones albums (Beggars Banquet and Satanic Majesties) from HDTracks.com as 24-bit/88 kHz .FLAC downloads about a week before the FIOS install. Each download was around 800 to 900 MB, and they both took the better part of an hour. After the FIOS installation I purchased Let It Bleed from the same site in the same format. It's 840 MB and the download took less than 10 minutes. Wow!

    I just dislike their TV service compared to DirecTV based on my experiences so far. Some people I know like that Verizon segregates the HD channels to a different part of the list, but I prefer the way DirecTV gives them the same number as the low-def version and then lets you hide the low-def ones (thus, Channel 4 here in the DC area remains Channel 4 instead of making you remember it's on 504). I guess that's the type of thing you get used to fairly quickly if you switch, but I just consider it an annoyance.

    I must say rain fade has been much worse this year than in the past, though, and that's certainly something that occasionally factors into my frustration. I keep looking at the trees out back and thinking that in a few years I'll have to move the dish up onto the main roof of the house (right now it's atop a bay window, which is convenient for cleaning off snow). So for me it's sort of getting to the point of what event might finally be one annoyance too many. The NewsCorp dispute isn't quite to that point just yet, but if it becomes another Versus situation that drags on for months it might become the tipping point for me. I've been kind of irritated at how DirecTV seems to focus so much on attracting new customers that they seem to ignore long-time customers (for example, when they rolled out HD locals via the dish, they never sent me anything at all announcing the availability....I found out about it here....to me that's a bit of a middle-finger gesture from them....and they've never sent me any sort of communication about the multi-room DVR business). But who's to say Verizon would be any better?
     
  8. vandergraff

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    Let me repeat

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    I send DirecTV $100+ a month.

    Now I have a good internet connection and can get Netlix 1080P streaming ($7.99 a month). Hulu Plus ($9.99 a month), Amazon Prime (free as I am am Prime member) and for recent movies either Vudu HDX (~$4 a movie) or Netflix Blu-Ray ($9.99 a month).

    ROKU 2 streamers work well for Netflix and Amazon and are cheap for multiple streamers around the house and $80 Blu-Ray player can handle the Netflix Blu-Rays or VUDU HDX.
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    As posted in the HD Channel Anticipation thread

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    Funny thing is I stopped watching this thread - the HD Chanel I wanted was BBC America about two years ago.

    Since then we saw Torchwood Children of the Earth on Blu-Ray (from Netflix) and we got a three month free Strarz preview to see the latest Torchwood. Lately we have been catching on Dr Who, older Torchwoods, Top Gear, Being Human etc all in 1080P on Netflix streaming to a ROKU 2 (some but not all with 5.1 audio).

    It would be good to get BBCA HD - but at this point it is getting less interesting.

    I would also have liked AMC HD - but with Madman, Breaking Bad and Walking Dead on Netflix 1080P Streaming - there is plenty to catch up here as well.

    Again it would be good if DirecTV added it......

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    Now we may not be the best examples as we watch 1 - 2 hours each day maybe more at weekends (maybe less if ManU :) aren't playing...)

    What we care about is the quality of shows available.
     
  9. YakeVlad

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    FYI, you may want to check out this thread. It contains links and info on different thermostat controlled dish heaters. Keeps the dish warm enough to prevent ice and snow from accumulating. You may want to look into it, especially if you have to move your dish to a location where access is not ideal.
     

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