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#1 OFFLINE   blm_23

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 04:15 PM

It would appear from the following that they will not be providing any more guidance on the future MPEG4 HD DVR than what we already know (mid 06). This was posted today to the CES site. See the Directv Plus HD DVR section. :(

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Jan 03, 2006 15:58

DIRECTV Continues to Deliver the Best Television Experience Available; DIRECTV Showcases Original Programming, High-Definition Broadcasts and Advanced Products and Services at CES

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 3, 2006 Showcasing the strength and breadth of its leadership position in digital TV products and services, DIRECTV, Inc., will unveil a robust display of original programming, high-definition (HD) services and advanced products at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Throughout 2006, DIRECTV will roll out new products, including DIRECTV 2Go, a new service for portable media players, a new HD DVR and a professional home theatre system, as well as expand many of its advanced products and services, including HD local broadcasts and new on-demand features. DIRECTV customers will also have access to original programming - including a new channel dedicated to original entertainment- developed exclusively for DIRECTV customers.

"The introduction of new advanced products and services opens the door for an entirely new wave of programming on the DIRECTV platform that will lead our category in new directions," said Chase Carey, DIRECTV president and CEO. "As the television viewing experience evolves, DIRECTV continues to innovate, delivering new and expanded services that will provide the best television viewing experience - when, where and how our customers want it."

Featured DIRECTV Products, Programming and Services at CES 2006

DIRECTV On-Demand

NBC Networks On Demand via DIRECTV Plus® DVR

Beginning in first quarter of 2006, DIRECTV will provide consumers with access to the top programs of NBC and its cable entertainment networks, USA, SCI FI and Bravo, within hours after they air, commercial free, for just 99 cents. The programs will be available on demand through the new DIRECTV Plus interactive DVR. DIRECTV will provide in-booth demonstrations of the DIRECTV Plus DVR, including its ability to deliver on-demand programming.

The DIRECTV Plus DVR is the most advanced DVR available on the market, with features such as 100 hours of recording capacity, interactive functionality, one-touch recording and Viewmarks, which enable viewers to mark favorite places in recorded programs and jump directly to them. The DIRECTV Plus DVR takes the viewing experience to new levels by offering the widest array of network primetime programming available on demand.

DIRECTV Original Entertainment

Music Programming

The cornerstone of DIRECTV's original programming venture is CD USA, which will premiere Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, and deliver the largest selection of back-to-back-to-back performances available on television. Broadcast in standard and high-definition, the weekly hour-long show will feature live performances from a mix of music genres, including pop, indie, rock and urban. CD USA will entertain DIRECTV's more than 15 million customers with the latest news on new releases, exclusive interviews, gossip, behind-the-scenes reports, and a private peek inside the world of music idols.

In addition to the interviews and performances of CD USA, DIRECTV customers can also access exclusive entertainment programming through Network LIVE, a joint venture with Network LIVE, America Online, XM Satellite Radio, AEG and DIRECTV. Broadcast in standard and high-definition, Network LIVE brings DIRECTV customers live, premier performances from both multi-platinum and emerging artists that can't be seen anywhere else on television.

Massive Gaming League

Using new technology that allows for the placement of cameras within an actual videogame, DIRECTV will produce a videogame tournament and cover it as a sporting event, complete with producer, director and technical crew. Stories of the competitors will be told via interviews and features, complemented with coverage of their exploits in actual competition. DIRECTV plans to launch the Massive Gaming League in 2006.

MEGA MARCH MADNESS® Mix Channel

College hoops fans will be thrilled by DIRECTV's newest mix channel, MEGA MARCH MADNESS. DIRECTV Mix channels offer enhanced features that enable customers to view up to six live channels, all on one screen. Customers with interactive-enabled DIRECTV receivers can use their remote to listen to and direct-tune each channel. Customers can tune in to see games from the first three rounds of the NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball tournament exclusively on DIRECTV. Capabilities include a directory listing teams that are currently playing or are scheduled to play, and non-stop sports action on up to six screens at one time. All DIRECTV customers who subscribe to the MEGA MARCH MADNESS package, a TOTAL CHOICE® programming package, and have a DIRECTV interactive set-top box, will be able to enjoy the MEGA MARCH MADNESS Mix Channel.

DIRECT Date

This original three-hour block of programming allows singles to meet each other via compelling and interactive video presentation. Consisting of two separate 90-minute blocks, one for men and one for women, DIRECT Date will be the "American Idol for singles." Each segment will consist of two-minute features where men and women will have the opportunity to present themselves to prospective romantic interests. Content will include updates on past DIRECT Date match-ups as well. DIRECTV plans to launch DIRECT Date in 2006.

DIRECTV HD Local Channels

Including the 12 HD local markets launched last year, DIRECTV will offer HD local channels in 36 markets, representing more than 57 percent of U.S. television households in the first half of the year, with more local HD launches planned for later in 2006. DIRECTV will initially carry the primary broadcast stations - ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox - that offer an HD feed in the market. Customers who subscribe to a programming package that includes local channels will receive both the standard and HD signals at no extra monthly charge.

To receive local HD channels, DIRECTV now offers the new H20 HD receiver and a satellite dish that has the ability to receive programming from five different orbital locations. The H20 HD set-top is the first DIRECTV receiver to process MPEG-4, the next-generation transmission standard supporting a wide range of audio and video modes and transmission speeds. MPEG-4, coupled with the launch of new satellites, is set to lay the foundation for the best high-definition television experience available anywhere.

DIRECTV Products and Services

DIRECTV 2GO

The DIRECTV 2Go service will allow DIRECTV customers to transfer programming content from their DIRECTV Plus DVR to a wide variety of portable media players. Supporting DIRECTV specific audio and video formats, the service will enable customers to connect a DIRECTV compatible portable media player directly to DIRECTV receivers. DIRECTV 2Go devices will also display DIRECTV content in a separate menu area with a DIRECTV-branded user interface. These new media players further demonstrate DIRECTV's commitment to providing consumers with the content they want, how they want it, and where they want it. DIRECTV plans to launch the DIRECTV 2Go service in 2006.

DIRECTV Pro

DIRECTV Pro is for the true technophile and home theater enthusiast. It combines the latest HD and DVR technologies, and differs from all other DTV products as it is designed to mount in a 19-inch rack, which is common in the home theater, custom installation market. Additionally, the Pro Home Theater has new features such as a front panel, HD LCD display, front panel transport controls, and additional control ports on the front and back. DIRECTV plans to launch the DIRECTV Pro at the end of 2006.

DIRECTV PLUS® HD DVR

The DIRECTV® Plus HD DVR (HR20) combines the best entertainment with unprecedented control and convenience to create the ultimate TV viewing experience. It brings together the new DIRECTV Plus DVR and DIRECTV HD Receiver. Viewers are able to record one HD program while watching another and record two different shows at the same time, while watching a pre-recorded program. The DIRECTV Plus HD DVR gives the user the ability to pause and rewind live HD TV up to 90 minutes, use instant replay and watch in slow motion. The DIRECTV Plus HD DVR is able to record more than 30 hours of DIRECTV HD programming delivered in MPEG-2, or up to 50 hours of DIRECTV HD programming delivered in MPEG-4, or up to 200 hours of standard-definition programming. In addition, the DIRECTV Plus HD DVR is MPEG-4 compatible, and is the first DIRECTV HD receiver with interactive capabilities. DIRECTV plans to launch the DIRECTV Plus HD DVR at retail mid-2006.

DIRECTV LCD Televisions

On display in the DIRECTV booth is a new series of LCD TV screens that will be integrated with a DIRECTV receiver, allowing consumers to explore all that DIRECTV has to offer without the clutter of separate components. DIRECTV will feature 10-, 22- and 32-inch LCD TV's with wide-angle viewing, 10 watts of stereo audio (built-in speakers), three-day advanced program guide and bilingual user interface (English/Spanish). Availability for these new DIRECTV LCD TVs is still being determined.

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service provider with more than 15 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE: DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment services. DIRECTV is approximately 34 percent owned by News Corporation.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 04:48 PM

This is the first I've heard of "DIRECTV Pro." And, it doesn't sound like it's the Home Media Center. Maybe it is. But, you would think they would have mentioned the networking capabilites. Otherwise, the HMC was not mentioned in the press release. We'll probably get more info by the end of the week.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 05:12 PM

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 06:14 PM

"Including the 12 HD local markets launched last year, DIRECTV will offer HD local channels in 36 markets, representing more than 57 percent of U.S. television households in the first half of the year,"

Any chance I could hope they are doing them in order of size and that ABQ stations would be included?!?!?!?!? :lol:

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 06:52 PM

OK, 2 comments.

1) DIRECT Date? Oh my. Can they be serious? Maybe if I could just watch idiots and their 2 minute blurb for free that might entertain me for 15 minutes, but beyond that....looser.

2) TVs? Common DTV. Concentrate on your core business. There are enough LCD manufacturers and resellers out there. I'd never get anything with built in components, not even a tuner. The LCD screen will last much longer than the 2-3 DTV units one will run through over time.

Oh yes, sportsfan, I agree. If they're saying mid-2006 they're probably hoping in time for Christmas. Maybe even releasing the HR20 like they did the R15, just in time for the holiday season.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 09:29 PM

2) TVs? Common DTV. Concentrate on your core business. There are enough LCD manufacturers and resellers out there. I'd never get anything with built in components, not even a tuner. The LCD screen will last much longer than the 2-3 DTV units one will run through over time.


I disagree, Wolffpack. This sounds like a *wonderful* product to penetrate the hotel, education and nationwide corporate markets......

Correctly, they aren't selling LCD TVs - they're selling D* access, fully packaged and with their own support.

That's why a 3-day program guide works.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 10:58 PM

Tough markets to crack with a brand new product given all of the existing solutions available.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 11:33 PM

Tough markets to crack with a brand new product given all of the existing solutions available.


"...given all of the existing solutions available."?

hahahaha

Sure, Wolffpack.

Why don't you name who else can provide local point of contact (presence) in virtually *every* market, nationally contracted and coordinated, on-site installation, on-site service with spares, custom channel access, with their own turn-key physical product, that could also (optionally) include internet access?

I must have overlooked somebody.......

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 12:34 AM

DIRECTV PLUS® HD DVR

The DIRECTV® Plus HD DVR (HR20) combines the best entertainment with unprecedented control and convenience to create the ultimate TV viewing experience. It brings together the new DIRECTV Plus DVR and DIRECTV HD Receiver. Viewers are able to record one HD program while watching another and record two different shows at the same time, while watching a pre-recorded program. The DIRECTV Plus HD DVR gives the user the ability to pause and rewind live HD TV up to 90 minutes, use instant replay and watch in slow motion. The DIRECTV Plus HD DVR is able to record more than 30 hours of DIRECTV HD programming delivered in MPEG-2, or up to 50 hours of DIRECTV HD programming delivered in MPEG-4, or up to 200 hours of standard-definition programming. In addition, the DIRECTV Plus HD DVR is MPEG-4 compatible, and is the first DIRECTV HD receiver with interactive capabilities. DIRECTV plans to launch the DIRECTV Plus HD DVR at retail mid-2006.


1 Step Forward : 90 minute buffer, extra storage
2 Steps Back: Only can record 1 HD program at a time, unlike the HD Tivo..

I knew they wouldn't get their version of the HD DVR right..

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 12:59 AM

"...given all of the existing solutions available."?

hahahaha

Sure, Wolffpack.

Why don't you name who else can provide local point of contact (presence) in virtually *every* market, nationally contracted and coordinated, on-site installation, on-site service with spares, custom channel access, with their own turn-key physical product, that could also (optionally) include internet access?

I must have overlooked somebody.......

I've never seen a LCD in any hotel. In fact the only TVs's I've seen are crap. Even in the best hotels. In most of them the channels they offer go from 2 to 13 and three of them you can't see. I'm not talking about Mom & Pop shops, they're the best at least offering local cable. I'm talking national chains.

Yes, DTV has a national network of installers...a nation presence. Yet over and over I hear they don't pay those installers crap. I hear installers don't show up, or show up with an attitude. In my case, the installer left with a hug pile of RG6 trash in my driveway from striping all the cable. Just left it. That isn't going to help roll out to a new market. You think Hilton or Marriott is going to put up with the quality of "national presence" DTV currently has? You think any Board of Education will put up with this type of "national presence"? How about a large corporation? If DTV really is looking at those markets, they had also better be looking to partner with different companies to provide that national presence. Otherwise Poof! No deal.

As far as anyone else that can provide those serivces, how about Dell or HP to name a few.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:13 AM

1 Step Forward : 90 minute buffer, extra storage
2 Steps Back: Only can record 1 HD program at a time, unlike the HD Tivo..

I knew they wouldn't get their version of the HD DVR right..


In this press release does it say that the new machine will not record two HD programs simultaneously?

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:16 AM

I've never seen a LCD in any hotel. In fact the only TVs's I've seen are crap. Even in the best hotels. In most of them the channels they offer go from 2 to 13 and three of them you can't see. I'm not talking about Mom & Pop shops, they're the best at least offering local cable. I'm talking national chains.

Yes, DTV has a national network of installers...a nation presence. Yet over and over I hear they don't pay those installers crap. I hear installers don't show up, or show up with an attitude. In my case, the installer left with a hug pile of RG6 trash in my driveway from striping all the cable. Just left it. That isn't going to help roll out to a new market. You think Hilton or Marriott is going to put up with the quality of "national presence" DTV currently has? You think any Board of Education will put up with this type of "national presence"? How about a large corporation? If DTV really is looking at those markets, they had also better be looking to partner with different companies to provide that national presence. Otherwise Poof! No deal.

As far as anyone else that can provide those serivces, how about Dell or HP to name a few.


"I've never seen a LCD in any hotel. In fact the only TVs's I've seen are crap. Even in the best hotels. "

Well, if YOU'VE never seen an LCD in a hotel, and since all you've ever seen is crap, then I guess that's all it will ever be, in every hotel in the world, right Wolffpack? Just like your experience with D* - that's all it can ever possibly be, right?

Never mind, Wolffpack - you still don't get it. Along with your anger at D*, you still think what's being sold is an LCD TV, not satellite content, which neither HP nor DELL can directly provide. And when was the last time you saw an HP or DELL installation truck in your neighborhood? (BTW, I worked for HP for many years, and know something about the company and their operations.)

Let me give you a hint - all the Marriott or Hilton folk care about is what they sell: a bed. Their concern is then what it costs them to sell (per night) incremental beds. And in the past couple/few years, some "amenities" have become staples/entitlements with their customer base, like internet access. *NOT* having it reduces the number of beds they sell. They reduce everything down to the cost per room per night, over typically 4 - 5 years. Chain wide, including financing and maintenance costs.

You also don't understand the differences between consumer services and contracted corporate services.

Forget it.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:22 AM

In this press release does it say that the new machine will not record two HD programs simultaneously?

That release does say you can record two programs while watching a recorded program. That does correspond to existing units so I don't think that would be a problem.

My concern was that there was no mention of OTA tuners. The HR10 has 2 DTV and 2 OTA tuners of which all can be recorded. Maybe with the MPEG4 local HDs, DTV has removed the OTA tuners from the unit. That's a very BAD thing.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:53 AM

"I've never seen a LCD in any hotel. In fact the only TVs's I've seen are crap. Even in the best hotels. "

Well, if YOU'VE never seen an LCD in a hotel, and since all you've ever seen is crap, then I guess that's all it will ever be, in every hotel in the world, right Wolffpack? Just like your experience with D* - that's all it can ever possibly be, right?

No. But again, if DTV is expecting to change the history of media service in the hotel industry, like from POS TVs to LCDs, they better have alot of $$$ ready to do that. I'd love nothing more than to get into a hotel late, fall into bed and turn on my 32 inch LCD with DTV available. But that's all new to DTV and I think quite an ambitious goal. Now, if you're just giving your opinion of what DTV plans to do, maybe you should preface a statement such as that as you opinion.

Never mind, Wolffpack - you still don't get it. Along with your anger at D*, you still think what's being sold is an LCD TV, not satellite content, which neither HP nor DELL can directly provide. And when was the last time you saw an HP or DELL installation truck in your neighborhood? (BTW, I worked for HP for many years, and know something about the company and their operations.)

First, I have no idea why you think I'm angry with DTV or harbor any ill will. I've been with DTV since '97 and at this point have no plans on leaving DTV. I love my DTV.

Second, Ironwood isn't providing any satellite content. They have their minions (no offence to you Ironwood guys) come out and install dishes and receivers. They don't install content, they deliver and install hardware.

Third, you mentioned hotels, education and corporate America. Those are the folks HP and Dell service. No their trucks don't run through my neighborhood. In fact if they did I wouldn't know because they don't have big ads on the side of their vehicles like DTV does. But their unlabeled trucks/cars and such visit Corporate America many times a day.

Let me give you a hint - all the Marriott or Hilton folk care about is what they sell: a bed. Their concern is then what it costs them to sell (per night) incremental beds. And in the past couple/few years, some "amenities" have become staples/entitlements with their customer base, like internet access. *NOT* having it reduces the number of beds they sell. They reduce everything down to the cost per room per night, over typically 4 - 5 years. Chain wide, including financing and maintenance costs.

I will defer to your knowledge in this area. Whatever it was you said.

You also don't understand the differences between consumer services and contracted corporate services.

I guess I don't. But in addition I guess I don't understand why you mention that. Perhaps you could elaberate on those differences so my tiny mind can grasp the concepts. I don't see how customer service and contracted corporate services make the fact DTV is getting into LCD TVs a sound decision. But then again, I'm a tad slow. So please be work with me on this.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 09:35 AM

That release does say you can record two programs while watching a recorded program. That does correspond to existing units so I don't think that would be a problem.

My concern was that there was no mention of OTA tuners. The HR10 has 2 DTV and 2 OTA tuners of which all can be recorded. Maybe with the MPEG4 local HDs, DTV has removed the OTA tuners from the unit. That's a very BAD thing.


I can't see that being the case... but you are correct the press release doesn't say one way or the other.

I can't see them pulling the OTA tuners, as they are not carrying all the OTA networks via SAT MPEG-4 (for me in Chicago I would lose at least two full HD networks, WGN-9 the WB and one of the HD outlets for Chicago Baseball in HD, and WPWR UPN which "did" have some HD content, but I haven't watched it since Enterprised was canceled so I am not sure what was there now).

But I am sure during the week, exact specs for the HR20 will be released.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 11:01 PM

In this press release does it say that the new machine will not record two HD programs simultaneously?


Look in my post at the bolded part, specifically:

Viewers are able to record one HD program while watching another and record two different shows at the same time, while watching a pre-recorded program.


As Im interpretting that statement (and I could be wrong, but if I am then its because its worded badly) you can record 2 programs at once, just not HD programs.

Which is what stinks. Its an HD-DVR! If I really wanted to record SD programs, Id get a one of the regular DVR models. All this hype and it can't even do what the current HD Tivo can do. I was fine with the idea that I would eventually lose the Tivo software and my HD Tivo would become an expensive doorstop, BUT Im not too sure I like the idea of being given what amounts to a downgrade in the hardware department.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 11:53 PM

They way I read it... Is a poorly written press release...

If you take the release litterally... It reads also:

You can't record one SD show and watch another
Because if you want to RECORD one and WATCH one... It has to be HD...

And "technically" speaking... If you can record one HD, and watch another LIVE HD... you are "recording" the 2nd one in the buffer...

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 10:47 AM

I also think that sentence was just poorly worded, and recording two HD shows at once will be supported. If you look at the product this paragraph is describing, it's the Directv Plus HD DVR. So anything they speak of in this paragraph relates to HD. In fact, they do not mention SD at all in the paragraph.

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 03:57 PM

what they said:

Viewers are able to record one HD program while watching another and record two different shows at the same time, while watching a pre-recorded program.


What they meant:

Viewers are able to record one HD program while watching another program live and record two different HD or SD, or mix, shows at the same time, while watching a pre-recorded program.

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 04:47 PM

A friend of mine at CES this week reports that the new DirecTV HD DVR does indeed support ATSC, as well as MPEG-2 and -4.




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