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Article on Mike White, CEO of DIRECTV...authentication, 3D, TV Everywhere

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Satelliteracer, Jul 26, 2010.

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  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you on that one....the mobile device screens are often really smaller than a deck of cards, and not a viable forum for presenting any viable video, let alone HD content IMHO. The iPad may be the only exception of note.
     
  2. Draconis

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    I hate to say it, but I agree. I really do not see 3D going mainstream, the programming selections are to few and the equipment (TV) costs are too high.
     
  3. Satelliteracer

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    Think of it in terms of portability and not the primary viewing experience.

    As an example, a few weeks back I'm in the carpool coming to work while the USA vs Algeria game is on. I watched the entire second half on the iPhone with my sling connection. It was great and the carpool loved it.

    Or my kids, my daughter especially, is at my son's Little League game with us which might as well be labeled TORTURE 101 for her as she has zero interest in watching a Little League game. I hand over the iPhone, she watches SpongeBob that's already downloaded or she streams a few shows via Sling and she's a happy camper.

    Part of me hates it, I'd rather she's engaged in something else. Most of the time I tell her to go play, run around, be a kid. But there are times it's been a nice thing to have.

    I see TV Everywhere (or Anywhere) as an extension of what you have in the home, but not a replacement for it.

    Of course the examples above are just minute. Accessing programming via your PS3 or Xbox is gaining steam, when I'm on the road in a hotel room I'd like access to my DIRECTV from home, not the limited cable offering in the room, etc, etc.

    A lot of possibilities out there. It's going to be an interesting next decade
     
  4. Beerstalker

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    Another idea I had mentioned a while back is they may be able to do something like load the first 5-10 minutes of all 400 movies to the reserved space on your hard drive. You could then start watching the movie with that 5-10 minute buffer and the rest of the movie would be beamed down from the satellite while you are watching. This is assuming the 5-10 minute buffer would be enough to download the entire movie before you eat through the entire buffer. If 5-10 minutes wouldn't be enough then maybe they did this for the first 20-30 minutes of the top 200 movies, etc.
     
  5. Draconis

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    Well, I have to agree with most of these statements. I've found the help here to be outstanding, and the help you get at retail to be "less then ideal".
     
  6. GoPokes43

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    This was clearly an article meant for investors. See the lead-in of the article: "DirecTV, like its distribution peers, is seeking ways to extract more revenue from existing services, add new products and form new alliances to drive growth. White spoke with Multichannel News senior finance editor Mike Farrell in mid-July about these and other issues."
     
  7. GoPokes43

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    You would need transponder space for 400 simultaneous broadcasts, which is just like the current PPV setup.
     
  8. Draconis

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    Not really missing anything, I have the SlingPlayer app for my iPhone. I rarely use it. Well, maybe when I want to LISTEN (not watch) the local news when I am on the road.
     
  9. mgavs

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    Just wondered if anyone remembers what almost happened to another tech company... Apple when they put a guy from Pepsi in as CEO. Amazing the board would allow a person with no tech background to run Directv.
     
  10. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    It's business that matters as a CEO...not tech geekness.
     
  11. Garry

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    Do you think that eventually you'll be able to sign on to Directv.com and watch programming without having to connect to your receiver?

    I have a slingbox but I can not access it at work due to my work's firewall.
     
  12. Beerstalker

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    No you wouldn't they would just need to use Spaceway 1 to beam down whatever movie you are requesting when you request it. This would come from a spotbeam transponder only covering your area. Just like how the other Spaceway satellites are used by HughesNet for their internet service (which I have).

    You would need some kind of uplink to DirecTV to request the program, either landline phone or internet connection I doubt they would want to swap out all of the dishes to be 2-way like the HugheNet dishes are).

    Or you could probably call in or order online just like a normal linear PPV channel. Instead of authorizing you to watch that certain channel at a certain time it would instead tell SP1 to beam the movie to the DVRs on your account.
     
  13. wilbur_the_goose

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    Satelliteracer,
    Good explanation in Post #123 - thanks...

    But what would you think if you saw 15% of the fans at your beloved Ducks game watching something off their TV?

    To me, it's the same amazingly frustrating thing as going to a Sabres game and seeing people spending the entire game texting. Or - kids watching a TV show while at a movie theater.

    Obviously, you can't fight paradigm shifts, but I sure wish folks would re-learn to relax and just enjoy what's around them.
     
  14. GregLee

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    That's a neat idea.
     
  15. Satelliteracer

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    Yeah, I know. In fact, I'm guilty of it myself. I was at the Angels game Monday night and on the iPhone quite a bit (of course, the way my Halos are playing who can blame me). Baseball may not be the best example, either, because of the slow pace of the game.

    At any rate, I totally understand where you are coming from but don't think it will be changing any time soon. It will probably get worse, more interactive, more crazy. We're getting old. :lol:
     
  16. cartrivision

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    I stopped believing Earl way back when he told us that based on some bit of information that he was aware of, it was extremely unlikely that the HR2xs would ever have DLB. :lol:
     
  17. paulman182

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    The key phrases here are "based on some bit of information that he was aware of" (he's not omnicient) and "extremely unlikely."

    Even extremely unlikely things sometimes happen!
     
  18. BudShark

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    The interesting part of this equation is who/where the content goes...

    DirecTV needs you to have the content as they are dependent on a 3rd party broadband connection and/or available sat bandwidth.
    CableCos are walking both sides - exploring you having the content and at the same time, exploring cetralized distribution of ondemand.
    Disney wants the keys to be centralized, and the content delivered from many sources. For example, you have DirecTV and an iPhone and the ownership key for Toy Story 3... you can play Toy Story 3 anytime you want from DirecTV, or if you are on the road, streamed from iTunes, or wherever... The source doesn't matter, the authentication and keys do.

    To me, it seems the solution will be based off of 2 factors - cost/risk. Cost of bandwidth vs storage and the content providers risk comfort with decentralized content.

    If we can get 10TBs of storage in a house for a low $$, DirecTVs model might work... provided... the content providers give DirecTV the same leeway of distribution (TV Everywhere) as they do to the centralized providers... It'll definitely be interesting.
     
  19. MartyS

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    I use my slingplayer app all the time.... while I wait for my wife while she's shopping. Makes the dull time go much faster :lol:
     
  20. ATARI

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    Where did the 10TB number come from??
     
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