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Should DirecTV offer a Marathon of its On Demand?


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#1 OFFLINE   APB101

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:39 PM

Comcast did it not long ago. Now this weekend it's being offered by Verizon FiOS.

 

 

 

Verizon Kicks Off Free ‘On Demand Marathon’

Memorial Day Weekend Binge-Fest is FiOS TV’s ‘Biggest Free Event Ever,” Verizon Exec Says

 

 

By Jeff Baumgartner (05.24.2013)

@ http://www.multichan...arathon’/143477

 

 

Looking to boost overall VOD usage and perhaps nudge customers to buy more paid, transactional on-demand fare later on, Verizon FiOS TV today kicks off an On Demand Marathon that provides free access to more than 1,700 movies and north of 50 full season of TV series from networks such as NBC, HGTV, Food Network, HBO, Starz and EPIX. 

 

Developed for the long, holiday weekend, the free VOD-fest runs through Tuesday, May 28.

 



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#2 OFFLINE   west99999

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:24 PM

DTV on demand is always free.



#3 OFFLINE   Brandon Wedgeworth

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:27 PM

DTV on demand is always free.


Only for channels that you already receive. The Verizon "Marathon" posted seems to show that subscription channels that a customer doesn't subscribe to are included.

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#4 OFFLINE   west99999

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:29 PM

Only for channels that you already receive.

Good point



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:32 PM

When a premium channel or package is on a free preview, the on demand component of those channels are also available.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:38 PM

When a premium channel or package is on a free preview, the on demand component of those channels are also available.


Agreed, but the article states that only the on-demand content is free during Verizon's marathon...so this is a somewhat different situation.

I'd be surprised to see D* do this, since for them, on-demand is more of a secondary feature. They might prove me wrong one of these days though, once they get a few of the kinks worked out and watching instantly works a little better for more of the population. It's just different though, since with cable or Verizon Fios or AT&T U-verse the on demand is being delivered via the same "stream" that delivers all other content. D* has to rely on your internet connection...which they have no control over.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:32 AM

Unless FCC changed their rules, it's my understanding that Verizon (and all service providers) cannot arbitrarily give away contracted/subscription programming, even if it's online..they must  negotiate this "free marathon" with all the paid programming providers (either by paying for it in advance, persuading them to waive all fees, or some combination). Or, perhaps VZN was already allowed by contract with those providers to make such an offer and given unlimited access to the online content. Just saying..

 

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

No.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 01:09 PM

I like brevity, but what is your "No" linked to? 


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 04:25 PM

Just dont like on demand.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 04:37 PM

I don't understand why not.  Even though sometimes it says the connection isn't fast enough, I can start a recording, go to the refrig, and come back and watch it without a problem.  There's lots of on-demand that I don't have to record or didn't record.


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