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directv to trial entitlement this summer accroding to tommorow's WSJ


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#1 OFFLINE   dvrblogger

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 09:51 PM

"The vision is you can watch your favorite network's programming on any screen," said Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, one of the plan's most ardent proponents, at a press conference Wednesday. He added that the plan is "not defensive."

Mr. Bewkes said in interview he is in talks with other providers, including DirecTV, Dish Network Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., and expects to announce more deals in "days or weeks."

A DirecTV spokesman said it will launch a trial this summer. Terry Denson, Verizon's vice president of content and programming, said the company is close to an agreement with Time Warner and other content providers about a similar test. Representatives of AT&T and Dish declined to comment.

There are still significant technical and business hurdles to launching such a system. Some cable-network executives say they believe that cable operators should pay extra for putting more programming online.

Both Time Warner and Comcast said Wednesday that the system they are pursuing will be interoperable with other companies' systems to authenticate subscribers.

There's also a question of whether some media companies will want to sequester their most popular content behind a subscription wall. "People are afraid to go first," said Mr. Bewkes. "We aren't."

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#2 OFFLINE   LarryFlowers

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 07:40 AM

What the OP is talking about here is that DirecTV and other subscription providers including the cable operators "are readying systems that will let only paying subscribers watch cable shows on the Web, part of an effort to counter the growing amount of free TV shows available online."


DirecTV, Dish and the cable companies are awakening to the fact that it is now possible for people to watch much of the content they currently charge subscription fees for at no charge over the internet. Shows of the type exemplified by the "Closer"... "Saving Grace"... 'Burn Notice".. etc., are readily available over the internet.

They aren't talking about premium channels like HBO or Showtime, they are talking about USA, TNT, AMC, BBC America, etc.

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:27 AM

HBO and Showtime will be part of the offering. SHowtime probably sooner as they already allow some of their content on the web and On Demand, HBO is in a cable trial on the web and eventually DIRECTV customers should get access.
Eventually a large part of cable content may be available for different windows of time.

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:28 AM

The premiums like Showtime and HBO are NOT part of DOD UNLESS you subscribe already. If you do not subscribe to Showtime you cannot play anything from Showtime on Demand... and yes, some of the HBO and Showtime content is available on line but it is mostly designed to tease you into subscribing for their "home grown" shows like "True Blood", "Dexter" and the "Tudors." You will not find movies from Showtime or HBO online.


HBO and Showtime will be part of the offering. SHowtime probably sooner as they already allow some of their content on the web and On Demand, HBO is in a cable trial on the web and eventually DIRECTV customers should get access.
Eventually a large part of cable content may be available for different windows of time.


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