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#1 OFFLINE   brant

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:18 PM

I was checking out the xstreamHD site today; looks like they've got pricing information up now.

There is a monthly subscription fee of $9.95, which according to their website covers the cost of the EPG, but it also requires you to have an internet connection to the receiver; so they're going to charge you for something that WMC gives you for free, and require use of your internet connection. It says the subscription fee also gives you "in-network calling" (VOIP) to other xstreamHD members. That's a HUGE selling point, right? ;)

Each "rental" will cost you about $5.00; if you sign up now, you get 5 free rentals which it says is "up to" a $25 value.

It has three OTA tuners also.

So it looks like watching just one "rental" per weekend would cost you approximately $30/mo, plus at least $400 in equipment.

I'm not seeing the benefit of this service over netflix.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:52 PM

I am honestly amazed they got the funding to take it this far.. With HD offerings from Dish and DirecTV, it amazes me that they got someone to invest.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:59 PM

Must have been one heck of a Power Point presntation.:D

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:44 PM

I was checking out the xstreamHD site today; looks like they've got pricing information up now.

There is a monthly subscription fee of $9.95, which according to their website covers the cost of the EPG, but it also requires you to have an internet connection to the receiver; so they're going to charge you for something that WMC gives you for free, and require use of your internet connection. It says the subscription fee also gives you "in-network calling" (VOIP) to other xstreamHD members. That's a HUGE selling point, right? ;)

Each "rental" will cost you about $5.00; if you sign up now, you get 5 free rentals which it says is "up to" a $25 value.

It has three OTA tuners also.

So it looks like watching just one "rental" per weekend would cost you approximately $30/mo, plus at least $400 in equipment.

I'm not seeing the benefit of this service over netflix.


A lot of the TV I watch is OTA, and although I could do this for free with WMC, I would need to buy a PC for that (with 3 HD tuners). So eventually at $10 a month, a PC would pay for itself, but that would take a while. I'm somewhat considering this as a replacement to my D* service. I know I wouldn't get all the extra channels, but I'd save $70 a month.

Note that even with this service, I'd still keep Netflix and as for the HD offerings of Directv and Dish, well, I'd consider that a wash as they seem to have the same prices. I really think this is marketed towards someone like me that want's to unload the high monthly fee of D* but still have DVR service for OTA (and this is cheaper than TIVO).

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 06:08 PM

A lot of the TV I watch is OTA, and although I could do this for free with WMC, I would need to buy a PC for that (with 3 HD tuners). So eventually at $10 a month, a PC would pay for itself, but that would take a while. I'm somewhat considering this as a replacement to my D* service. I know I wouldn't get all the extra channels, but I'd save $70 a month.

Note that even with this service, I'd still keep Netflix and as for the HD offerings of Directv and Dish, well, I'd consider that a wash as they seem to have the same prices. I really think this is marketed towards someone like me that want's to unload the high monthly fee of D* but still have DVR service for OTA (and this is cheaper than TIVO).


or you can get something like the DTVPal DVR and pay NO monthly subscription fees, and pay less money for the unit itself.

there are cheaper alternatives for what you want to do.

And WMC offers far more options for content if you have a high speed internet connection, which you need w/ the xstreamHD anyway.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 06:59 PM

This idea seemed to have so much potential. The pricing just makes it not worth it at all IMO.
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:21 PM

I would think if the RVU Alliance can pull off what they're proposing it would put a dent in XStreamHD's business plans.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 12:27 AM

Basically all this is, at this point, is a PPV movie service (and an expensive one at that) and not much else. Big time pass on this one. Don't see the point.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 03:49 PM

I'm squarely in the No thanks camp on this one.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 05:31 PM

This idea seemed to have so much potential. The pricing just makes it not worth it at all IMO.


I was hoping for and all you can watch monthly fee type service(say like $30 or $40) would be better than waiting on netflix or a $1 or $2 like rebox. I'd pay the $2 just not to have to drive. I might have even paid the $9.95 a month plus a $1 per movie because our redbox's are always empty.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 12:15 PM

I don't see this lasting even a year. I could see paying maybe $10 - $20 a month and getting all you can watch of older movies and new ones being $2 - $3 dollars each. $5 is way too much to pay after buying the equipment and paying a monthly fee.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:44 AM

I am honestly amazed they got the funding to take it this far.. With HD offerings from Dish and DirecTV, it amazes me that they got someone to invest.


This is a new one to me but I am going to watch it roll for awhile. There are many Np Line of Sight (NLOS) folks out there who can never have Directv or DISH. Then there is the apartment & condo market for the same reason.

Maybe it will float.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 04:11 PM

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:32 AM

When something takes this long to go from concept to further details... I smell vaporware.
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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:19 PM

checked website; said as of may 5, the launch date has been postponed.

something to do with compliance testing. and in the meantime, they decided to make some improvements to the remote control that it seems you'll never get anyway. ;)

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:23 PM

When something takes this long to go from concept to further details... I smell vaporware.

Unfortunately most times you are right on target. When I saw this at CES I liked it, but was unimpressed with their answers to the more technical questions. If this comes to be, it needs to be made less expensive.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:41 AM

So they still haven't launched?!!?
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