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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by bnwrx, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Feb 10, 2009 #1 of 178
    bnwrx

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    saw this on the net:
    CEO Carey said DirecTV should post solid subscriber growth in 2009. It will be helped by a marketing partnership with AT&T Inc. (ATT), in which the companies began selling one another's services on Feb. 1.

    Carey said DirecTV will roll out a "whole-home" digital video recording service starting in the second quarter that will enable customers to record programs on a DVR in one room and watch them in other areas of the house on TVs hooked up to linked non-DVR set-top boxes.

    Could this be the MRV some have been hoping for?

    Link to web page:http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090210/D968VCSG0.html
     
  2. Feb 10, 2009 #2 of 178
    mobandit

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    Already discussed in this thread: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=151054

    Short answer is yes, it appears that MRV is the first phase of the "whole home" experience.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2009 #3 of 178
    Rich

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    And (I hope) the first step towards allowing us to use any eSATA on any HR within an account. I've been waiting for this to begin.

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  4. Feb 11, 2009 #4 of 178
    Doug Brott

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    I wouldn't hold my breath on this one ..
     
  5. Feb 11, 2009 #5 of 178
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    IIRC it was the 2nd half of 2009 for a rollout and not 2nd quarter (hope my memory is wrong on that though).
     
  6. Feb 11, 2009 #6 of 178
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    Curious... Why does it say Non-DVR set top boxes, is it not going to be available from DVR to DVR? :confused:
     
  7. Feb 11, 2009 #7 of 178
    Steve

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    Sounds like he's saying HR to HR second half of '09, but I could be reading it wrong, because the transcript appears to be garbled in places. Here's the relevant excerpt from the Q&A:

    Spencer Wang - Credit Suisse

    Thanks for taking my question. The first question, Chase you mentioned the whole-home DVR was a priority or one of the priorities in 2009. I was wondering if you give us a rough cost there and should we expect that to put some upward pressure on upgrading our retention costs? Then the second question is, just on programming cost growth I think you said 5% to 6% per sub. It seems like you’re imaging that line item better than some of your competitors. I was wondering if you could just talk to us about, the long run outlook or programming cost growth. Thank you.

    Chase Carey

    Sure. For the first, I mean really the initially phase, there’s sort of phases to this. The initial phase really doesn’t change SAC at all, because really what it is, it’s more soft where that is going to enable boxes, certain to speak with each other and I guess the specific example would be if you had an HD DVR, if you have three sets, two HD boxes and an HD DVR it will be soft where that it enables those two HD boxes to access what you’ve stored on your HD DVR.

    So, really the iteration that we sort of roll, that really is the second half of ’09, is really a software capability to have that boxes share something, certainly but not all basic box; that boxes share that type of constant. I think our ’09 focus is we’re really going to do that and then refine that experience. Then if you go into ’10 which will really be the place where you probably move forward, sort of a generation of equipment that really is an equipment set up that is geared to do that, but which is essentially more of a home server with slaves or some sort of different type of device, so it’s really is a different set up in the home, but that was going to be the next phase.

    The phase in’09 is really one that is software driven, generates the boxes to speak to each other and share that experience and I think what we’ll do is put that out. Our initially focus will be to push in the volume to focus on the experience in really improving that experience to be really what it can and a great experience for those customers.
     
  8. Feb 11, 2009 #8 of 178
    rudeney

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    I have a hard time following the transcript, but I can't find anything that seems to indicate HR-to-HR MRV. He's talking HR-to-H MRV in 2009 and then for 2010, "a generation of equipment... which is essentially more of a home server with slaves or some sort of different type of device." I would be very disappointed to discover that HR-to-HR MRV is not in the works.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2009 #9 of 178
    Rich

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    Hi Steve, doesn't the last paragraph seem to address the "any HR using any eSATA within an account" model? Or am I reading my own wishes into that?

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  10. Feb 12, 2009 #10 of 178
    Rich

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    Did you read this:

    We’ll also continue to use technology and software to enrich the content experience with features like the DVR schedule or quick tune. Another key initiative in 2009 will be our whole home experience, which will start to rollout in the second half of the year.

    Sounds like the "whole home experience" might well be MRV.

    Rich
     
  11. Feb 12, 2009 #11 of 178
    Steve

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    Your guess is as good as mine, Rich. :) Either the transcriber was awful at his or her job, or Mr. Carey was engaged in some verbal tap-dancing, because he spewed out a lot of words and said very little, IMHO. :lol:

    And I can't believe he even mentioned something as minor as Quicktune to the analysts. Any analysts in the know will see through that as being an accomplishment pretty quickly, IMHO. /steve
     
  12. Feb 12, 2009 #12 of 178
    veryoldschool

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    Have you ever heard them not "be pleased"? :lol:
    "As I read it", it could only be sharing [viewing] recordings. I've wanted to be able to "move" recordings, but in "the chat", it seemed to not have been in "their concept" of MRV.
     
  13. Feb 12, 2009 #13 of 178
    richardeholder

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    He was likely speaking more directly to financial vs industry analysts. And yes, you always must do a tap dance here. Saying too much or too little not only may affect stock but whether or not you stay out of jail.
     
  14. Feb 12, 2009 #14 of 178
    Rich

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    Nutz! Another loss!:lol:

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  15. Feb 12, 2009 #15 of 178
    Rich

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    He was speaking to analysts, but after reading that whole thing, he really didn't say much.

    Rich
     
  16. Feb 12, 2009 #16 of 178
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    I know we all want to try very hard to convince ourselves HR to HR MRV is coming, but the more I read from him, the more I am betting no HR to HR MRV.
     
  17. Feb 12, 2009 #17 of 178
    harsh

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    It is certainly fair to say that there is no evidence to suggest that HR to HR MRV is coming.

    I don't think it is fair to assume that HR to HR is not coming based on what has been said (or worse, based on what hasn't been said).
     
  18. Feb 12, 2009 #18 of 178
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    Do what I did... On my basement HR20, run the 2nd output to a box that converts the info to RF and run the info thru the old cable TV coax. Cheap man's MRV.

    (OK, it's SD, but it works!)
     
  19. Feb 13, 2009 #19 of 178
    jacmyoung

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    I was actually going by what had been said most recently, that in the second half of 2009 HR to H MRV, and in 2010 a new HD DVR server/clients model.
     
  20. Feb 13, 2009 #20 of 178
    Richierich

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    If HR to H MRV is coming then what is the Problem with Extending that Feature to HR to HR MRV? I don't see what the problems are or the obstacles as if you can do HR to H MRV then HR to HR should be just as easy.

    What am I MISSING?
     

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