Even if you get the SD receivers, since local channels are pretty much a basic programming staple, won't your parents find the three SD receivers unable to receive any local channels on those SDTV sets annoying?
They wouldn't get SD equipment. They don't install SD equipment at all in MPEG4 markets. The ordering system would automatically change it to an HD receiver, but you would get it at the SD price. So I used to be able to order a genie and 3 clients, and 3 sd receivers for free. If I would have went through with the order the tech actually would have showed up and installed the genie, 3 clients, and 3 HD receivers (because the SD receivers would have been replaced with HD ones automatically).
Now I can't do this anymore, since I can't order SD receivers on a new account with HD service. DirecTV closed my loophole :icon_cry:
The satellite companies have always charged a fee for each additional viewing location, it isnt due to the box, its a mirrored programming fee, so leasing or owning your receivers has never ever been part of it. I believe it has something to do with the way they have their contracts negotiated with the content providers, meaning the carriage agreements with stations. I much prefer this method to having to pay a full subscription price for each location in my house like they could charge.
But like I said, why should I have to pay to "mirror" the content to 6 RVU clients, when I can really only mirror it to 3 at any time. I say give me the first 3 RVU clients for free, and charge $6/month to mirror to those three. Then let me pay $100 each for the other three, but don't charge me the $6/month on them. I would be ok with that, but no, DirecTV still wants to charge the $6/month for those other three, even though I can't use all 6 at once. I understand charging it for HD receivers, since they could still watch live TV even when the HR34 is streaming out to 3 other units. But with the clients, if you are already using 3 of them, the other three are essentially doorstops.
It's even more irratating with other RVU clients. If I had a house with 6 RVU TVs in it, why should I have to pay DirecTV $6/month for all six of them? DirecTV isn't even "leasing" me the hardware then, it is all my own. And they are only "mirroring" the content to three of them, so in my opinion there is definitely no justification for charging for all 6 RVU TVs.
Edited by Beerstalker, 15 March 2013 - 10:00 AM.
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
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