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Should DirecTV offer a Marathon of its On Demand?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by APB101, May 24, 2013.

  1. APB101

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    Comcast did it not long ago. Now this weekend it's being offered by Verizon FiOS.



    Verizon Kicks Off Free ‘On Demand Marathon’
    Memorial Day Weekend Binge-Fest is FiOS TV’s ‘Biggest Free Event Ever,” Verizon Exec Says


    By Jeff Baumgartner (05.24.2013)
    @ http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/verizon-kicks-free-%E2%80%98-demand-marathon%E2%80%99/143477

     
  2. west99999

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    DTV on demand is always free.
     
  3. Brandon Wedgeworth

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    Only for channels that you already receive. The Verizon "Marathon" posted seems to show that subscription channels that a customer doesn't subscribe to are included.
     
  4. west99999

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    Good point
     
  5. cypherx

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    When a premium channel or package is on a free preview, the on demand component of those channels are also available.
     
  6. Brandon Wedgeworth

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    Agreed, but the article states that only the on-demand content is free during Verizon's marathon...so this is a somewhat different situation.

    I'd be surprised to see D* do this, since for them, on-demand is more of a secondary feature. They might prove me wrong one of these days though, once they get a few of the kinks worked out and watching instantly works a little better for more of the population. It's just different though, since with cable or Verizon Fios or AT&T U-verse the on demand is being delivered via the same "stream" that delivers all other content. D* has to rely on your internet connection...which they have no control over.
     
  7. kaminar

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    Unless FCC changed their rules, it's my understanding that Verizon (and all service providers) cannot arbitrarily give away contracted/subscription programming, even if it's online..they must negotiate this "free marathon" with all the paid programming providers (either by paying for it in advance, persuading them to waive all fees, or some combination). Or, perhaps VZN was already allowed by contract with those providers to make such an offer and given unlimited access to the online content. Just saying..

    -=K=-
     
  8. dcowboy7

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    No.
     
  9. Laxguy

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    I like brevity, but what is your "No" linked to?
     
  10. dcowboy7

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    Just dont like on demand.
     
  11. dennisj00

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    I don't understand why not. Even though sometimes it says the connection isn't fast enough, I can start a recording, go to the refrig, and come back and watch it without a problem. There's lots of on-demand that I don't have to record or didn't record.
     

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