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DirecTV to Enter VOD … Twice


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#21 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 11:39 AM

When this new receiver comes out you will not own it anyway. You will be leasing it from DirecTV. Since DirecTV will still own the receiver I guess they can download any program they want to on it.


The option will still be there to purchase any unit....

Basically it will follow the same model as Cell phones.

If you want to own it... it will cost a LOT more
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Posted 28 February 2006 - 12:18 PM

The option will still be there to purchase any unit....

Basically it will follow the same model as Cell phones.

If you want to own it... it will cost a LOT more


Speaking as someone with an 8 yr old triband ericsson, I had no idea it costs more to own cell phones these days. Glad I got mine years ago. So are all those offers for free phones with X package that I see in the paper for a lease plan? I guess the one good thing about leasing a phone is it wont end up in the dump and hopefully will get recycled. Also you can get a new cool one if it comes out next month.

#23 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 12:53 PM

For example...

If I went down to T-Mobile to get a new phone.

$99 for a 2 year committment (for the phone)
$199 with a 1 year committment
$299 with no commitment

(those numbers are rough, but you get the idea)
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Posted 28 February 2006 - 03:03 PM

Earl,

But in those instances you still own the phone. If you cancel early you pay a penalty. Pretty much like DTV does now, but you still originally owned the equipment and the penalty you would pay is for the rebate/credit you agreed to when buying.

We won't know for sure what tomorrow (literally) will bring as far as the lease policies of DTV. As it appears neither do the CSRs. Guess there's gonna be ALOT of training tonight.

The problem I have with DTV's policies right now are you get a 2 year commitment when you activate anything. If you choose not to use the rebate it makes no difference. Cell phones you get have the rebate/credit up front and you know about your commitment. Not sure how DTV will be working but I doubt it's the same.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 06:48 AM

Is FIOS monopolistic by township much like cable is today? Yes I know it's 'cable' but was wondering to myself: hey self, they are starting up this new thing called fios and it appears to have a great amount of capacity. Wouldn't it be wild if they installed it in "every" house at least in dense areas instead of picking and choosing townships. Just seemed like the economies of scale would dictate in any 'dense' area it's a win situation.


Epping, NH. Population 4,724 (very rural spacing)- One of the first towns in New England to get FiOS. Not sure 'why' but Verizon is not necessarily hitting the big towns first.

They are spending billions of dollars running fiber across the country, and are picking and choosing those towns that get it first. Keller, TX got FiOS TV first, and that is coming next to towns that already have internet. AT&T is working on a similar deployment called lightspeed, although their deployment is a Fiber to curb, sans Fiber to premise like Verizon.

Either way, I have a hard time understanding how DirecTV (or a cable co) will be able to compete with Fiber. The bandwidth offered by those strands of glass cannot be accomplished via copper in a same space.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 07:14 AM

Either way, I have a hard time understanding how DirecTV (or a cable co) will be able to compete with Fiber. The bandwidth offered by those strands of glass cannot be accomplished via copper in a same space.


In the long run... no one will be able to "compete" with FiOS... but FiOS is just a method of transmission... and bandwith pipe. It is the content that is going to be the battle.

Eventually, the same rules that appled to the copper lines, will probably be put on the FiOS lines....
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