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Windows 7 Media Center with DirecTV vs. DirecTV DVR with MRV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by hoyty76, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

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    Hate to say it, but I agree with you. The HDPC-20 is not a product for the average consumer. It's more of a product for a tinkerer.

    So unless DIRECTV teams up with companies like M3Pod to offer a bundled solution I do not see this going to the mass techno-illiterate market.

    But I still want it. ;)
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    That pretty much sums up my sentiments. :)
     
  3. gregjones

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    Because who doesn't have an M3Pod bundle in their home? Really, this was never a mass-market product and won't be. It won't be priced as a mass-market product because of the limited demand and higher support cost. So if you want one, enjoy it. But be prepared to pay for it, as there is very little opportunity for huge adoption to subsidize the cost.
     
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Yes, we all do... but there are many things in life we want and do not get.
     
  5. BattleZone

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    DirecTV has made a number of "limited market" items. The SatGo is an example, and that thing is much more expensive and at least as limited. And, besides, they've ALREADY made the thing. It isn't like we're speculating about them deciding to design an HTPC solution; they've done it. We're really just waiting for Microsoft at this point.
     
  6. Draconis

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    Sad but true, lets hope this in not one of those cases.

    I wanted to build a HD DVR that would put the "Godzilla PVR" to shame.

    If not, oh well, time to move on to the next project.
     
  7. gregjones

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    My argument was that it won't be cheap, not that they won't make it. I also find the arguments (by some, not all or a majority) that it is the solution to displace the need for MRV laughable.
     
  8. hoyty76

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    I agree that Media Center would never displace MRV, however I was just looking at the pro/con of each solution. I think there will uses for each. I also hope we are given the option to have the choice.
     
  9. Ken S

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    You realize that if DirecTV was dying to get this box they wouldn't be waiting for Microsoft they would just do their own software or have a third-party do it for them.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

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    I suspect that's true.
     
  11. BattleZone

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    Not true at all. As I wrote in a previous post, the whole point is that this is a WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER device. They can't just release it if MC isn't ready.

    A standard receiver solves the need to get someone DirecTV; the whole entire point of this device is to get DirecTV programing into Media Center, along with all of the other Media Center features, which includes MRV with extenders, virtually unlimited storage, a unified pool of tuners and schedules, and so on.

    Microsoft owns and controls Media Center; they are legally and financially responsible for content protection (via DRM) and other issues with Media Center integration. 3rd parties aren't likely to have access to that low-level of Media Center.

    Anyway, it's clearly being worked on. Engadget just today posted pics of the eHome lab, with the HDPC-20 being worked on:

    http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/11/19/the-media-center-directv-hdpc-20-caught-in-action

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Ken S

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    IIP,

    You're right...when you get your's please post a "First Look" document here.
     
  13. Doug Brott

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    A few prototypes in Microsoft's lab .. that's all it is ..
     
  14. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    I'd buy one though, being a geek and all. :)
     
  15. Doug Brott

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    Well, Duh! .. good luck finding one, though.
     
  16. LarryFlowers

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    OK guys... Just how tight do you figure Microsoft's security is.....?:D
     
  17. heaphus

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    Yeah, like HD locals in Lexington, KY! :nono2:
     
  18. hoyty76

    hoyty76 AllStar

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    Well it appears Doug was right again, couldn't you have been wrong on this one?:nono2:
     
  19. Ken S

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    I think this also puts to rest the silliness that it was Microsoft's fault that the box wasn't ready. DirecTV stated THEY missed the August TV Pack. I'm pretty sure Doug had the info about the project being dead from a DirecTV contact about the same time my friends at MSFT told me to forget about ever getting a beta unit.
     

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