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Netflix Instantly via DirecTV internet connection - does Dish have any such feature?


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#1 OFFLINE   janeslogin

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 09:06 AM

It is rumored over at netflixcommunity.ning.com that one may be able to Watch Netflix Instantly via DirecTV internet connection. Have you heard such a rumor? Does Dish have any such feature currently or in the planning?

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#2 OFFLINE   LarryFlowers

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 09:19 AM

It is rumored over at netflixcommunity.ning.com that one may be able to Watch Netflix Instantly via DirecTV internet connection. Have you heard such a rumor? Does Dish have any such feature currently or in the planning?


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This one should be a no-brainer, but I was hoping someone could verify before I proceed...

I'm currently a Netflix subscriber and I'm thinking about getting DirecTV at home. DirecTV does offer a service called TV Internet Connection which supposedly allows the user to browse web pages using their TV. I'm very aware that Netflix offers an Instantly To Your TV service, but I don't currently have the equipment to do that (although I do occasionally use the Watch Instantly feature to see movies on my pc). My question is: if I get DirecTV with the Internet service, will I get access to Netflix "Instantly To Your TV" service or just the "Watch Instantly" service via the internet connection, or is there any difference?I guess my confusion stems from the DirecTV DVR not being listed among Netflix-compatible devices, as well as the two companies currently being rivals.

DirecTV TV Internet Connection has nothing to do with browsing web pages. It is simply giving your DVR access to certain internet based functions of DirecTV itself.

I see no future for Netflix with DirecTV. Netflix competes directly with DirecTV and it would be foolish of DirecTV to facilitate access to netflix streaming service through their hardware.
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 09:59 AM

Although with the new AppleTV offering Netflix you have to wonder. I mean Netflix is a direct competitor to the ATV also...

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 10:09 AM

IMHO, I don't see DirecTV partnering with NetFlix, it would drain $'s from the PPV and premium movie business.

However, when using the MediaShare function on network attached HD receivers, when using PlayOn, http://www.playon.tv/index.php , installed on a PC you can access NetFlix, Hulu, and a bunch of other network content sites. With additional plugin's that folks write there's a bunch of other sites accessable. This is not a supported configuration and sometimes new versions of software on the DirecTV STB or PlayOn break it for awhile it eventually works again. Note, you don't have DVR functions using this, you can only pause.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 10:40 AM

I have streaming Netflix using my bluray player and I can tell you the list of movies available to stream today is so limited that it isn't worth the bother.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 10:52 AM

I have streaming Netflix using my bluray player and I can tell you the list of movies available to stream today is so limited that it isn't worth the bother.


That's your opinion. I have 107 titles in just my Instant Queue.
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:04 AM

I use Netflix Streaming just about every day. (32 times a month according to http://feedfliks.com ). It is awesome. The selection is very good right now, and is getting better every month.

I have a Netflix client built right into the TV in my bedroom (Sony KDS-32EX308). I've been watching all of the old News Radio episodes, recently.

I also have recently streamed Aliens, Magnum PI, Heist, Planet 51, K-PAX, Lethal Weapon, Memento, Sherlock Holmes (PBS), The Fugitive, Die Hard, The Taking of Pelham 123, The X-Files, Zombieland, Terminator 2, Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein (seriously), The Whole Nine Yards, 30 Rock, The A-Team, Knight Rider, etc...

I don't see why DirecTV would include this service, though. It competes with them.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:06 AM

It is rumored over at netflixcommunity.ning.com that one may be able to Watch Netflix Instantly via DirecTV internet connection. Have you heard such a rumor? Does Dish have any such feature currently or in the planning?


You need to buy a SHARP WiFi HD set to be able to do that. QVC has them. That's my next TV in five to six years.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:49 AM

Netflix streaming now offers about 45% of 2010 box office releases. I doubt HBO offers that. It's a clear threat to PayTV, as a non-sports fan PayTV gets a MUCH better value. If they were smart, the MSOs and DBS co's would remove ESPN and all sports programming from their popular tiers, and isolate them in a sports package.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:51 PM

I have streaming Netflix using my bluray player and I can tell you the list of movies available to stream today is so limited that it isn't worth the bother.

You've got to be kidding. :)

Lots of current and recent selections available.

I can view them either via Xbox360, PS3, Wii, or a PC. The images are DVD or better quality with my good www connection. (Fios.)

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 01:28 PM

You can purchase software called playon online and when you load this up in your computer it allows you to play your netflix instant and youtube as long as your hd dvr is connected to the internet using the same network as your computer. When i bought the software it was $40. nETFLIX WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR MENU ON HDDVR

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 01:30 PM

You can purchase software called playon online and when you load this up in your computer it allows you to play your netflix instant and youtube as long as your hd dvr is connected to the internet using the same network as your computer. When i bought the software it was $40.


And now a box that does that same thing, but in HD, is $69. :)
http://www.roku.com/roku-products#2

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 01:39 PM

Although with the new AppleTV offering Netflix you have to wonder. I mean Netflix is a direct competitor to the ATV also...


The iTunes store and Netflix use different models. iTunes is more about picking up that show you missed last night for a cheap price, and you pay per epsiode.

Netflix is subscription based, so one low fee for all of your streaming (and blu-ray or dvd discs by mail) needs.

Even directv's cinema on demand isn't a direct competitor to Netflix, it's a slightly different model, rental vs. subscription.

But will we see Netflix natively on a DirecTV box? probably not. All though I'd love it!
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 02:56 PM

You need to buy a SHARP WiFi HD set to be able to do that. QVC has them. That's my next TV in five to six years.

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What is this in response to? You don't need a Sharp TV to watch Netflix Live.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 03:10 PM

You don't need a Sharp TV, but you need a Roku, Xbox, or a TV that is equipped with the Netflix software.

Within three years, I'd bet that 80% of TVs sold will connect to the Web, and Netflix will be one of many built-in options.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 03:29 PM

How are people mainly connecting to Netflix?

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 03:32 PM

I just got Samsung HDTV and also a Samsung Blu-Ray player. Both of them can connect to the Internet and stream from Netflix (along with a bunch of other stuff). Can't see even subbing to any of the premiums any longer.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 03:34 PM

I just got Samsung HDTV and also a Samsung Blu-Ray player. Both of them can connect to the Internet and stream from Netflix (along with a bunch of other stuff). Can't see even subbing to any of the premiums any longer.

Im on the verge of getting rid of premiums also

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#19 OFFLINE   Gloria_Chavez

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 03:38 PM

Netflix has 15M subscribers, projected to grow to 19M by the end of the year. About 60% of Netflix subscribers use the streaming component of their package.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 03:48 PM

How are people mainly connecting to Netflix?


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