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Justification for the MRV Fee?

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#1 OFFLINE   RichardMcCarty



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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:10 PM

Boom or bust: There's really no justification for DirecTV to charge a monthly subscription fee for MRV. The feature is really just a software update to enable network access between receivers, isn't it? There's no recurring cost to DirecTV to provide it, so what's their justification for charging $36 a year? "Because they can?"

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#2 OFFLINE   spartanstew


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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:12 PM


As with just about any other business, if it's determined that people will pay for something, they charge for it.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

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#3 OFFLINE   veryoldschool


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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:13 PM

While I don't think anybody "likes it", this ship has sailed months ago.
Their bottom line will see millions added to it monthly and they're in that type of business.

#4 OFFLINE   mdriskell



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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:17 PM

Yes it was developed and tested by little elves as they slept....there was no money or investment by their part we should get it for free.

If you don't want it don't buy it....but don't fault a company for trying to make a profit...isn't that what all companies are supposed to do.
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#5 OFFLINE   David MacLeod

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:36 PM

its helping underwrite the (supposedly) discounted deca/swm upgrades.
it is what it is and it will not go away :(
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#6 OFFLINE   Sixto


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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:40 PM

MRV is a compelling cool feature, threads and threads of people rushing to sign up, analysis probably showed that people would pay $3/month for such a capability. Simple as that.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:42 PM

I'll gladly pay the $3 and I'll say that is probably the Best Bang For My Buck that I have ever gotten!!!

Way To Go Directv, My MRV VIA DECA/SWM Upgrade is Working Perfectly and Very Fast on my HR24-500 and I have just Acquired another one to be here on Thursday.

Just gotta Love the HR24-500!!! FAST!!!
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#8 OFFLINE   xmetalx



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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:48 PM

It was compared with Verizon FIOS and Uverse's simliar features and prices (19.95/mo for hd/dvr/whole home) so D* priced it similiarly to stay competitive..(10 + 7 + 3)
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#9 OFFLINE   djrobx



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Posted 23 May 2010 - 01:00 PM

Judging by the installation price for MRV and what people are getting for it, I think a large part of the fee has to do with the relatively high install costs.

If I had 4 DVRs and a non SWM dish, a DECA install would require 5 DECAs and a new SWM LNB, and quite a bit of labor to get the new system working. The typical $150 quote for install is a pretty good deal. There is no such thing as a free lunch, so DirecTV must expect to make this money back on the MRV fee.

#10 OFFLINE   dwcolvin



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Posted 23 May 2010 - 01:27 PM

It was compared with Verizon FIOS and Uverse's simliar features and prices (19.95/mo for hd/dvr/whole home) so D* priced it similiarly to stay competitive..(10 + 7 + 3)

Sooner or later HD support is going to be like TouchTone... Ma Bell charged for it long after it actually cost more to support rotary dial phones. At some point the providers are going to realize it costs more to provide SD equipment than just HD equipment.

You literally can't give away an SD TV these days.

I think the $3/account MRV fee is a bargain. :D

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#11 OFFLINE   matt


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Posted 23 May 2010 - 01:40 PM

Slimline 5 with SWM-16
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Owned H25-700 and H24-700 off and packed for the move.

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