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Be HONEST NOW! How many pd for (or will pay for) MRV who SWORE they wouldn't?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by TBlazer07, May 16, 2010.

  1. lflorack

    lflorack Godfather

    Dec 16, 2006
    To me, the ability to share tuners and disks as well as viewing throughout the house is the most important enhancement DirecTv has provided us since I've been customer (2005) -- other than HD of course. I know others have other enhancements at the top of their list but this is mine. $3/month is a bargain. I always knew I'd pay. $3/month is well worth it to me and I view it as a fee to pay for the development effort.

    When the dust settles, I'll probably upgrade to DECA too. Right now, my wired network is working very well.
  2. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Cutting nose off to spite one's face.

    Either MRV is or isn't worth $3.00 per month, that's the bottom line after all of the bad taste from how this was handled clears one's pallet.

    No one was more upset when charging was announced than I was. I said I wouldn't pay a dime for it. That was either just "big talk", or a fit of pique, I haven't figured it out yet. It certainly was irrational. (for me)

    When I thought it through completely, it was more than apparent that companies don't stay in business spending only God knows how much on hardware development, physical hardware and software engineering and then recouping less than they need to cover those costs.

    I didn't like it, but I can't make a rational case for it costing something for everyone that uses MRV.

    But, ya know, this has all been hashed out (and in much more detail) some time ago when they first announced they were going to charge for it.

    What it boils down to now, once the emotion is taken out of it, simply, is MRV worth $3.00 a month to you. If it isn't, then don't spend the money. It is quite apparent that D* has made a calculated business decision in this matter (and a wise one in my belated estimation), that the revenue lost by alienated betazoids will be far overshadowed by the $3.00 a month they get from "regular" customers and those dbstalkers who feel it's worth it.
  3. OptimusPrime

    OptimusPrime Legend

    Apr 26, 2008
    Said I wouldn't do it, and I'm not doing it.

    Another poster made mention of the little message that popped up stating that "the beta has ended, if you wish to enable MRV..."

    Does anyone know what message popped up on people's receivers who are not CE testers...or for customers that did not take part in the beta? I am interested in what advertising is being done for this.

    I recall the DIRECTV site stating that there would be a "special upgrade path" for people who are beta testing with hard-wire networks. Any idea what this "special" upgrade path is? Is the "special upgrade path" unsupported MRV for $3.00 per month?

    EDIT: Forgot to mention, it took me about 10 minutes to "assign" which recordings I want to view on each of my 3 DVR's. So, for me - it wasn't that big a deal to work out without spending a dime. In my opinion, some people will think 3 bucks a month is a bargain depending on their set-up. For others, not so much.
  4. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    OK, I said I wouldn't pay, and I'm not - my wife is paying it! I told her I could live without it, but she can't so the $3/mo comes out of her budget! :)

    Seriously, even though I bitched about the fee, I figured if it was less than the extra receiver charge, I'd just drop one (an owned R15 in the office that never gets used) to pay for it. But now, our granddaughter is going to move in with us so we may be needing the extra receiver. What I intend to do when my commitment is up in August is ask D* to "upgrade" that R15 to an HR2x and also "upgrade" my H20 to an MRV-capable H2x. We do have good service in our area from Charter (not as good as D* quality, of course) and Uverse is now available, so maybe that combined with being a D* customer in good standing for over 12 years will mean something when August rolls around.
  5. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Since I found out its actually going to cost me $4 more (+tax), I am going to live w/o it. Can't add MRV to legacy account like "Choice Xtra + HD DVR' package. You have to switch to a current package which cost $1 more for the same programming. Kind of a principle thing, but if you say something is going to cost $3, then that's all it should cost to add it.
  6. cekowalski

    cekowalski Legend

    Aug 19, 2007
    I posted that I'd pay, but that I'd drop at least one premium channel. I dropped them all today.

    The reason? This stuff is just starting to add up ... I'm already way over my threshold for what I'd consider reasonable.
  7. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    So now you have spent the money on your network and won't be using it ..

    Yup .. It's free with DISH Network .. However, the product is watered down (only SD for remote location and only one other fixed location .. not whole house) and you have to pay more per month for a receiver capable of MRV (duo) than on that is not capable of MRV (solo).

    There is no MRV fee, but rather than that $3/month for the whole house, it's closer to $3/month per receiver (and it's watered down). DISH really isn't a bargain when it comes to MRV. Same goes for FiOS for much the same reason.

    Uverse is a bit better, but the remote clients are still $7/month which is higher than it is for DIRECTV. Depending on the number of receivers and the use pattern, DIRECTV could be a smidge higher .. but generally speaking, it's probably a wash between UVerse & DIRECTV regarding MRV.

    If you take the time to look at the real numbers, all providers charges for MRV. It's all in how it's presented to the customer. DIRECTV has simply chosen to make it a $3/month add-on. Don't take it and you can still simulate it with multiple DVRs recording the same shows in multiple places.
  8. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I agree this is a biggie .. It simplifies things greatly in our house.
  9. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    On this point, I agree wholeheartedly .. I think that we are starting to peak in what folks will pay for TV (although it will still go up each year).
  10. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I second the motion. :D
  11. Richard

    Richard Legend

    Apr 23, 2002
    South Texas
    I won't be, it should be included/covered in the ever increasing DVR fee. It was definitely a convenience, but no where near worth $3 extra per month.
  12. chrisexv6

    chrisexv6 Godfather

    Sep 14, 2002
    The beta expired before I signed up for MRV. We've been without it for 3 days, and cant take it anymore! It was just hugely convenient to have all the kids programs accessible from any TV in the house. They watch TV upstairs a little before bed, downstairs and in the living room during the day, etc. Nice to let them pick what they want to watch to keep them entertained for a little bit.

    I dont mind the 3.00/month fee....the fact that my home network (which I ran mostly for MRV) is unsupported irks me a little. Ill live, of course, but I just cant see a great reason to upgrade to DECA right now. The SWiM dish would be nice but again not a necessity.

    Id prefer DirecTV came and take away my slower than slow HR21 and give me something nice like an HR24!
  13. MISpat

    MISpat Legend

    Apr 21, 2009
    I didn't think I'd pay anything for it, especially after having a week to try the beta and seeing how bad the performance of the HD-DVR was when using it over the network. But lo and behold, 3 days after the beta was turned off, I have activated MRV. I have to admit though, part of the reason was that I knew they were going to have to replace my HD-DVR last night, and I'm hoping that having it enabled will prompt them to send an HR24 as a replacement.
  14. VLaslow

    VLaslow Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Fortunately, my wife has no interest in MRV. So, when I'm gone, my daughter (the other techie of the family) can rip all the ethernet out and simplify things. No $3 for me.
  15. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida

    Theres far too many lines on my monthly bill. If there was a current Premier pkg that was competitive and just included all the extras (DVR, MRV etc), I'd be happier. I think others would too.

    An alternative to the $3 fee would be to add pennies to every subscriber's bill. Or a dime or quarter to every DVR fee. Few would complain

    But I do commend Directv on the DECA plan. They are rolling the truck and hooking up all my receivers for a total of $75. For that I'm happy to drop the ethernet and pay the $3.
  16. armchair

    armchair Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2009
    I had voted I wouldn't pay and that fees are excessive as-is already.

    Like others, I added the supported MRV upgrade with DECA and ICK and ordered an HR24-500. Not a big improvement over the existing wired ETHERNET but the HR24 should be quieter in the bedroom.
  17. soloredd

    soloredd Legend

    Oct 21, 2007
    I'll pay for it when my son is older. He's only 14 months now, so no need for his own TV/DirecTV :) For now, my wife and I get by just fine with the HD DVR in the main room and hers in her retreat room.
  18. pappy97

    pappy97 Icon

    Nov 14, 2009
    I never said I wouldn't pay for it, but always said that you shouldn't have to pay if:

    1.) You use unsupported MRV


    2.) All your receivers are HD-DVR's.

    I only think you should pay if you go unsupported and one or more of your receivers are NON-DVRS and thus MRV essentially adds DVR functionality to those receivers even though they are not DVR's (And thus you don't pay more since non-DVR is $99, HD-DVR $199), i.e. you should only pay if you are using unsupported MRV to avoid having another DVR in the house and saving $100.

    One of our receivers is a non-DVR and thus we think it's okay to pay the fee.
  19. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    I'm not one and I'm on fixed income and counting every penny. I found MVR so useful, I reactivated a HR21 I had taken off line. So not only am I paying, the three bucks, I added a fin on top of it.
  20. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    As I mentioned in the "Enabling MRV using your home networking" thread I ended up getting MRV turned on as unsupported. I am still not happy about paying for it but my fiance' wanted it and told me she would make it worthwhile to me :)

    I did cancel the protection plan to help cover the cost of the increase in my bill. $3for MRV and $1 increase as I had the Xtra+HDDVR package and changed to the seperate line items.

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