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IF DIRECTV were concerned about the Roku threat how do they feel about this?


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#26 OFFLINE   Beerstalker

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:37 PM

Actually Microsoft was looking to be a provider, much like Apple has been. But as far as I know both have backed off on it for now. They wanted to have channels/apps that you could subscribe to directly from them. So if you wanted HBO you would subscribe to HBO though them and get an HBO app on your X-Box/iPhone that gave you access to their content. Kind of like HBO Go now, but without having to have a subscription to it thought Comcast/DirecTV, etc.

They wanted to do it for all channels, so you could have a Fox app that might give you access to Fox shows, a USA app for USA shows, etc. They wanted to break it up so you only had to subscribe to the channels you watched. So if you only watch sports you could just subsribe to ESPN, Fox Sports, and stuff like that without having to subscribe to get ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, USA, TBS, etc. But when they started talking to the actual channel providers they found out that it was going to cost them way more money than they expected, and the channel providers wanted to bundle everything together still like they try to do with the Major providers now. If you want ESPN you have to get ABC, Disney, etc. So they have dropped the idea for now, but I wouldn't be suprised if they try again in the future.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:26 AM

Actually Microsoft was looking to be a provider, much like Apple has been. But as far as I know both have backed off on it for now. They wanted to have channels/apps that you could subscribe to directly from them. So if you wanted HBO you would subscribe to HBO though them and get an HBO app on your X-Box/iPhone that gave you access to their content. Kind of like HBO Go now, but without having to have a subscription to it thought Comcast/DirecTV, etc.

They wanted to do it for all channels, so you could have a Fox app that might give you access to Fox shows, a USA app for USA shows, etc. They wanted to break it up so you only had to subscribe to the channels you watched. So if you only watch sports you could just subsribe to ESPN, Fox Sports, and stuff like that without having to subscribe to get ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, USA, TBS, etc. But when they started talking to the actual channel providers they found out that it was going to cost them way more money than they expected, and the channel providers wanted to bundle everything together still like they try to do with the Major providers now. If you want ESPN you have to get ABC, Disney, etc. So they have dropped the idea for now, but I wouldn't be suprised if they try again in the future.


Hopefully, this all lead to a la carte programming from the major providers.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:53 PM

Hopefully, this all lead to a la carte programming from the major providers.


Do you realize how much that would cost you?

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:03 PM

Actually Microsoft was looking to be a provider, much like Apple has been. But as far as I know both have backed off on it for now.


MS did want to become a provider. Google it, they stated openly that they were in discussions with the major pay TV networks to bring them to Xbox Live. It isn't a belief that they were about to do it, they were trying to work it out.

Yes, Microsoft said that they were giving up because it was too expensive. Given how much they've already lost on the Xbox I would be shocked if they would be willing to let a little thing like money stop their goal to own the living room.

My own belief is that after MS can show millions of users watching these pay TV offerings provided by D* and others, they believe that they will be in a better position to negotiate rates. I'll be stunned if MS doesn't try again with pay TV. And soon.

Meanwhile, D* still blocks HBO Go access on the Roku.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:21 AM

Well, after spending a few months working around the fact that D* blocks HBO Go on the Roku, I see now that my local cable company Insight/Time Warner now offers HBO Go streaming that D* blocks.

I've made a call this morning to see what my cost would be to move all of my movie channels to Insight and how the two combined will affect my total TV expense.

I actually wouldn't mind having a few of the new Tivo DVRs. The one I encountered recently was really nice, and much faster than I expected.




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