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No More 2 Year Contracts

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by tds4182, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. iceturkee

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer DBSTalk Club

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    dtv wanted to charge me $499 to buy my leased unit. instead, i bought an owned unit from someone at this website for subtantially less!
     
  2. cypherx

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    I'd love to see an all in one box that handles your DirecTV DVR, on demand, Roku 3 style apps, Apple TV style AirPlay, maybe play some games like Skyrim, Rock Band, Angry Birds, you don't know jack, family feud, etc... Play some BD disks, visit YouTube HD, listen to Pandora, Slacker, watch VEVO, Crackle, daily motion, search everything like google TV, share content with friends, surf Facebook, check into shows, etc.

    An all in one box that's Genie+Roku3+xbox360+AppleTV+BluRay/DVD. One HDMI, one power cord, and one coax (network through DECA).

    That would be something worth buying. Otherwise the lease model makes more sense since you have to pay a monthly fee per box anyway.

    I also don't think open source or an app marketplace and dev kit would compromise the security. Linux and Firefox is open source but just for that reason doesn't mean your banking credentials are stolen to log into your banks https site. The decryption is secured anyway at a lower level and any software required for it would just be compiled, encrypted binary anyway. Make an apple like "walled garden" development toolkit and App Store and your good to go. If it gets "jailbroken" that doesn't mean free programming. So you might make the guide think you get a certain service, but the data will still be scrambled resulting in error.
     
  3. Mike Bertelson

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    I don't know about insane. They are Linux computers with memory, hard drives, etc.

    What would an equivalent media center PC cost?

    Mike
     
  4. cypherx

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    They are highly underpowered. Maybe 512MB ram if that even. Average slow Broadcom MIPS based SoC's generally only have a DMIPS of 1000-2000.

    Wake me up when the BCM7445 is included in DTV set top. That would be worth purchasing. 21,000 DMIPS performance and the ability to decode UHDTV. That kind of performance would make today's UI glide and flow about and not feel so bottlenecked at times.

    http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s732069
     
  5. HinterXGames

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    DTV use to have recievers made by all different companies, Sony, Panasonic, etc. Now, they make only their own, which is understandable from the streamlining/buisness side, not to mention, as you stated, makes support much easier and more streamlined.
     
  6. Mike Greer

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    Please enlighten us with the real numbers.
     
  7. raott

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    Small hard drive, I'd bet a relatively low amount of memory. Hardly a media center PC.
     
  8. Mike Bertelson

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    I didn't say it was or wasn't a media center PC.

    I merely asked what an equivalent PC would cost.

    Mike
     
  9. goinsleeper

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    If we want to be more advanced, why not look at Samsung smart tv's that are RVU enabled. Why have a receiver that does everything when we could just push for a TV that does everything without an additional device?
     
  10. Beerstalker

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    Sounds like Cypherx needs to read up on AllVid.

    As far as SmarTV's go I am not a huge fan. Think of how fast DVRs, Media Streamers, Computers, etc. get outdated. These SmarTVs are going to be in the same boat in my opinion. In 2 or three years all these people that just bought SmarTVs are going to realize that they are outdated and their TV can no longer use the new apps they want to use, etc. So they either deal with it not having the features, or go buy a new TV.

    Personally I like the idea of having an external box like the DirecTV DVRs, or my Apple TV, that I can replace easily every few years for much less money and keep enjoying my current TV.

    But I guess I'm strange, I'm still using two big old rear projection CRT HDTVs in my theater room and living room, and I'm happy with them.
     
  11. goinsleeper

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    I agree with you here. I use my network to watch what I want that isn't a part of my D*. I used the receivers to watch and record. I don't use any of the applications as my network already supports what they can do and more. I would rather have a very clear picture from the tv and use other devices to regulate my other wants/needs.
     
  12. harsh

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    Guess again.
    The $100 fee for the non-return of a Genie mini seems like a pretty severe lashing.

    Then again, I would imagine that DIRECTV is losing interest in the devices that aren't part of the client-server model.
     
  13. goinsleeper

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    Ok, my bad for being $50 higher than my memory served me? You win.
     
  14. acostapimps

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    I just bought a HR24-200 owned for $250 on eBay, I was hopeful in getting the new genie but I couldn't stand the slow HR22 anymore, I was really close to throwing it out the window and bashing the heck outta it. I was trying to get the price lower but the seller wouldn't budge since its owned. come to think of it I might still wait for the HR44 and deactivate the owned box.
     
  15. harsh

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    A symptom of a much larger problem in these forums: a decided lack of familiarity with the applicable DIRECTV policies.
     
  16. Richierich

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    DIRECTV does Not Smoke Crack!!! :nono2:
     
  17. Richierich

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    Have you checked with Directv's Access Card Dept. to ensure that the HR24 is indeed registered as Owned??? :)
     
  18. acostapimps

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    Yes everything checked out fine when I called ACD, it's indeed owned with no balance due or tied to an account.
     
  19. dmgreene3263

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    There are always ways around the 24 month commitment, if you cancel your service because you are no longer able to get DTV (moving to an apartment, Canada etc) there are cannot enforce the contract. Alternatively, it is quite an incentive to get a free install, free receivers, and a discounted package to sign up, I think it is worth the 24 months
     
  20. goinsleeper

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    Indeed they can enforce it. If you are trying to get installed in a location and the technician can't get line of sight, the contract is void because D* could not offer the service there. Moving out of the country is not the fault of the provider and the contract stands. Only other ways for the contract to be void are military deployment or an account holder's death. There have been other accounts closed with no cancellation fees under specific situations but those are handled case by case.
     

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