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(Useless poll) MRV is a ...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Jan 28, 2010.

Multi-Room Viewing is a

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  1. Jan 28, 2010 #81 of 192
    codespy

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    Not to give them any ammo, but I am still grandfathered DVR at $0.00 per month.
     
  2. Jan 28, 2010 #82 of 192
    jacmyoung

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    So VOD is not a service? How about professional installation?
     
  3. Jan 28, 2010 #83 of 192
    Grentz

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    No, VOD could be as well, it is continually delivered as you pay for it. Professional Installation is also continually delivered as you pay for it.

    It is the act of delivery to you. Vs. something that is just there and that gets turned on or off (a feature).
     
  4. Jan 28, 2010 #84 of 192
    jacmyoung

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    I would say MRV is delivered to you, or continually provided to you, as long as you pay for it, you can use it when you want to use it. If you do not pay for it, it is turned off for you, i.e. no longer delivered to you.
     
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    Three cheers for the IEEE. I still have a student membership card around here somewhere. (Even though my career didn't end up in the EE space).
     
  6. Jan 29, 2010 #86 of 192
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    Now what I want to know is... Even if DirecTV did label it a feature, rather than a service, who's to say they won't still charge for it?
    :lol:
     
  7. Jan 29, 2010 #87 of 192
    Alan Gordon

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    I, and some others, feel that extra fees should not be applied to features.

    DirecTV charges a monthly fee for programming. DirecTV charges either a mirroring or a lease fee depending on the age of your equipment. I feel that as long as I'm paying a "lease" fee for my receivers, I should have full usage of the features of that box. Add on the fact that I'm paying a DVR fee on top of that as well, and I feel that way even more so.

    Now if DirecTV were to do away with DVR fees, and change the name to MRV fees, I wouldn't have an issue with it, but I feel there is a better chance of me being named to People's 50 Most Beautiful this year, and there isn't much hope for that...

    ~Alan
     
  8. Jan 29, 2010 #88 of 192
    Sixto

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    It's a feature.

    Actually multiple features.

    A client feature and a server feature. Maybe even a communication feature / option.

    The client lets you stream from a server.

    The server lets to stream to a client.

    In addition, DirecTV2PC is a client.

    At CES, they also talked about other future servers and clients.

    A service would be the total solution. You'd need the appropriate features installed on each entity for the overall service to operate properly.

    You might even need other features (DECA) to enable communication.

    And if you wanted to package an overall solution (service) as a value-add offering, you might even charge for it. :)
     
  9. Jan 29, 2010 #89 of 192
    Grentz

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    They are not providing you any content or anything. It is just a switch vs. something being delivered.
     
  10. Jan 29, 2010 #90 of 192
    Jeremy W

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    What is the method of delivery? You can't just use the word "deliver" when there is no actual delivery.
     
  11. Jan 29, 2010 #91 of 192
    DanER40

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    It is a feature just like DLB.
     
  12. Jan 29, 2010 #92 of 192
    hdtvfan0001

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    Gee Doug...it seems the poll is slightly leaning in one direction....:D
     
  13. Jan 29, 2010 #93 of 192
    Mike Bertelson

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    It’s all academic. It’s a feature but that doesn’t mean they can’t charge for it.

    All the ISPs available to me have different speeds for different prices. When I “upgraded”, they just removed whatever software switch is restricting the data to allow more data. Hardware’s the same so there’s no cost associated with allowing the higher speed. :shrug:

    AT&T will happily add features...for a price. :D

    Mike
     
  14. Jan 29, 2010 #94 of 192
    Jeremy W

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    There's always a cost with higher speeds, the bandwidth has to come from somewhere. Also, Internet access speed referred to as a "level of service" not a "level of feature." ;)
     
  15. Jan 29, 2010 #95 of 192
    Mike Bertelson

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    Ok...Call Waiting? Call Forwarding? Caller ID? :rolleyes:

    Mike
     
  16. Jan 29, 2010 #96 of 192
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    The install is a service. The use of it is a feature.
     
  17. Jan 29, 2010 #97 of 192
    Sixto

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    It's quite possible that there could be a positioning where in order to enable the fee-based MRV service that you'd need at least one receiver with the MRV client feature, at least one receiver with the MRV server feature, and all participating MRV receivers with the networking feature enabled, possibly by using the DECA feature which is just a dongle on the receiver in a SWM environment.
     
  18. Jan 29, 2010 #98 of 192
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    The method of delivery is pressing a key to turn the MRV functions on or off for you, just like pressing a key to turn the DirecTV service on or off for you, now should we call our DirecTV subscriptions a feature? Because it can be turned on or off.
     
  19. Jan 29, 2010 #99 of 192
    jacmyoung

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    Bingo!

    There is no fine line between a service and a feature or combination of many features.

    A service is better defined as something you pay for, yes sometimes you get free serivces, but you pay for it one way or the other.

    A feature is always included in a service, until such time your provider decides to make it a service item on its own.
     
  20. Jeremy W

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    No.
    The method of delivery for the DirecTV service is their constellation of satellites in the sky beaming programming down to you. It has nothing to do with pressing keys to turn anything on or off.
     

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