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Netflix vs. DirecTV Cinema

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Filibogado, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Apr 7, 2010 #61 of 248
    Rich

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    Just checked the Sony site and you're right, it does list the E700s as having the Bravia Three engine (whatever that means).

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  2. Apr 7, 2010 #62 of 248
    dennisj00

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    I think it's actually an EX700 (not an E700 that I originally posted) but it does have the BR3 engine. . . It seems everyone is building more models as the prices continue to fall to the point that $50 or $100 seperates the models.

    Very confusing to the consumer . . . particularly the consumer that gets it home and continues to watch SD programming - with no HD source!!

    I wonder if Sony 'crippled' the Netflix app to get the TV out or keep BluRays looking better!
     
  3. Apr 7, 2010 #63 of 248
    Rich

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    Just checked that model and it does have the Bravia 3 engine (what is that?) The 60" is going for about $2700 and that's the one I want, but I really don't want to pay that much and look up a few months from now and find out it's going for half that amount. And with all these 3D sets coming out, that will probably happen quickly. A friend of mine bought a 40" Sony LCD a couple of years ago for $2500 and that price went down to around $500 fairly quickly.

    Every thing is confusing. Enough to drive a man to drink. Too much technology too quickly.

    I bought one of the Sony BD players that streams NetFlix and took it back very quickly. I like my Roku much better. Sony will get better, they always do, but it will probably take a bit of time.

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  4. Apr 8, 2010 #64 of 248
    Barmat

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    This is exactly what the movie companies want you to do. This 24hr viewing rule compels the consumer to purchase the DVD/BLU. I have not ordered a PPV since the rule took effect. I did order 2-4 a month.
     
  5. Apr 8, 2010 #65 of 248
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    You got that right. A friend at work wanted to replace her mother's DVD player and thought she would buy herself a Blu Ray and give her mother her pretty new upconverting DVD (they both got HDTVs in the last year). But when she got to the store, she couldn't figure out why players that had very similiar features varied so much in price so she played it safe and bought an inexpensive upconverting DVD instead. The crazy pricing and feature sets drove away a sale from a reasonably savvy consumer.
     
  6. Apr 8, 2010 #66 of 248
    Rich

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    That's the main reason I shop at Costco. Yeah, the selections are limited, but at least you can bring stuff back if you buy something that isn't what you really wanted.

    BD players are very confusing, but sticking with one brand really helps. I have had several different BD players, Sonys, Panasonics, Samsungs, etc. The best of the bunch seems to be the Sonys, much as it was with VCRs. While lots of folk swear by the Pannys, the manual is unreadable, even called Panny tech support and they tried to follow along in the manual and finally told me to take it back and try another one. I did, I tried a Sony and have had three or four different models before settling on one.

    The worst upscalers and BD players I have tried have been the Toshibas. I've never bought a Toshiba product I was satisfied with and have given up completely on them, just as I did with their VCRs.

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  7. Dec 12, 2010 #67 of 248
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    Sorry to resurrect this old thread but I got my anniversary present from DirecTV yesterday and it was for a free DirecTV Cinema movie which they said would be credited automatically to my account. Thank you DirecTV.

    Hopefully they will cover HD $5.99 in full.

    So I went and recorded "Inception" in 1080P and saw that I had a 1/13/11 expiration date which I didn't find too crazy. I then saw that I still didn't have any "Purchases" information which I found odd (as a DirecTV Cinema newbie) so I started playing it. Almost immediately it gave me "Buy Now" prompt so I clicked "Buy Now". I stopped it and then was shocked to see the expiration date of tomorrow: 12/13/10!! Whoa! This is crazy. When we get a disk from NetFlix they don't care when we return it. What is the logic that DirecTV is using here to impose these ridiculous viewing windows?

    This is why we would never make this purchase. We like being able to watch a certain amount of the movie and being able to resume it at our convenience. I understand they don't want you to be able to have it permanently but the viewing window is TOO extreme!
     
  8. Dec 12, 2010 #68 of 248
    Rich

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    Just the way it is and it's not D*'s fault. The fault lies with a third party that mandates that the movie must be watched within 24 hours of purchasing. I usually just ignore those "free" offers.

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  9. Dec 12, 2010 #69 of 248
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    Rich, which third party is this and why does it only effect DirecTV Cinema? Do FiOS, Cablevision, etc. subs have the same restrictions?
     
  10. Dec 12, 2010 #70 of 248
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    I believe it's the movie studios. Other providers have the same 24 hours.
     
  11. Dec 12, 2010 #71 of 248
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    Wow. I guess they want to you rent from NetFlix instead. I don't get the inflexibility. They would get more PPV purchases if they lightened up. It would be better for everyone.
     
  12. Dec 12, 2010 #72 of 248
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    The problem is, Netflix on-line streaming literally stinks. There are not even than many movies a month worth watching, and new releases (released to DVD) are not even available for month to years on Netflix on-line. Netflix on-line is the biggest waste of money of any paid movie/tv service.

    I used their free preview and quickly realized that I would never in a million years pay $9/month (I wouldn't even pay $0.50/month) to watch what they have to offer via on-line streaming
     
  13. Dec 12, 2010 #73 of 248
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    But there's more to it than streaming. The discs make it worth it.
     
  14. Dec 12, 2010 #74 of 248
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    I agree. Even for the new $11.99 ($1 increase): the 1-at-a time is the same price that Blockbuster had. The streaming is just a bonus. Blockbuster streaming was extra so I switched to NetFlix.
     
  15. Dec 12, 2010 #75 of 248
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    The least expensive package does not include disc. Plus the OP was comparing Netflix streaming to DirecTV streaming.
     
  16. Dec 12, 2010 #76 of 248
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    In my opinion, Netflix was worth it in previous years but no longer the case. You used to be able to add a movie to the queue and you would have the newest releases and as many as you can keep up with. Now with the 30 day wait and extra charge for blue ray and higher plan pricing it's not worth it. I would rather just get a HD movie on Directv Cinema here and there when I feel like watching. It is just more convenient and that is what you pay for. Use the on demand service rather than pay per view.
     
  17. Dec 12, 2010 #77 of 248
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    Yea, it's not just DirecTV. It's all the providers with the same 24 hour rule mandated by Hollywood.
     
  18. Dec 12, 2010 #78 of 248
    hdtvfan0001

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    Others share that view with ya.
     
  19. Dec 12, 2010 #79 of 248
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    There is nothing convenient about the 24 hour rule. I'll deal with the extra charge since, within two movies with D*'s Cinema I'll exceed the cost with Netflix.
     
  20. Dec 12, 2010 #80 of 248
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    Time warner allows 48 hours on some movies, but not all by any means. 24 hours is normal and expected. For me six bucks is tolerable for a new release. It's way cheaper than the theatre in every way. We average maybe one a month.

    I personally don't buy dvds. For me the price per view makes the most sense.
     

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