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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mkdtv21, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Oct 6, 2010 #1 of 20
    mkdtv21

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    Directv Active is pretty much a useless service. Why can't it be more robust like this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqSG3TGlco

    Directv certainly has the capability to make it like this. It would be a lot more popular if it has this kind of capability. Watch the whole video to see everything.
     
  2. Oct 6, 2010 #2 of 20
    BattleZone

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    I think that you're going to see a HUGE increase in focus on web and other interactive features from DirecTV (and/or its partners, as IMO partnership is likely), because that's clearly the way TV is moving.

    The current generation of receivers is NOT up to the challenge, as their CPU is far too weak for anything very robust. But the next generation is likely to be very different (even the HR24 got a sizable boost, but it's CPU is virtually identical to a FIRST-gen iPhone).

    All TV providers can look at the landscape today and see that web and interactivity is required for them to have a future, and undoubtedly, decisions are being made today with that in mind.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2010 #3 of 20
    veryoldschool

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    Once again I'd say this will all come down to bandwidth available to the home. While there may need to be some processor improvements, I see the download limitations as being much more limiting right now.
    The video looks SD, so most broadband connections can handle it fine, but as Uverse is finding out, what happens with HD and wanting more than one stream?
     
  4. Oct 6, 2010 #4 of 20
    JeffBowser

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    And what about old(er) farts like me that do not care one tiny little bit about mixing internet and TV? Eh? I want my internet on my handheld device and on my desktop, but I don't want that crap infesting my TV.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2010 #5 of 20
    hasan

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    Actually, I have internet streaming on my Sammy HDTV and find NetFlix performance to be excellent. It works better than my Blu-Ray with Netflix. The TV is already on, so not having to turn on the Blu-RAy (for NetFlix) is a plus.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2010 #6 of 20
    JeffBowser

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    I work primarily in the computer business (my wife owns the roofing company). When I come home, I do not want to debug my TV. I do not want to reboot my TV. I do not want to subscribe to security services or configure firewalls. I want to turn on the big magical picture box and sit and drool dumbly while it works without a glitch. I get enough PC and Internet issues in my day job, I don't want it infesting my idiot time on my idiot box :lol:
     
  7. Oct 6, 2010 #7 of 20
    veryoldschool

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    ^^^ and why they've called it the "Boob Tube" :lol:
     
  8. Oct 6, 2010 #8 of 20
    islesfan

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    There still is an active channel? I think I've only pressed the button by accident. The idea is nice, but anything it could tell me I could find out much faster by almost any other method. OK, it is a little faster than a newspaper, but that's about it.
     
  9. Oct 6, 2010 #9 of 20
    JeffBowser

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    Did you say something after "boob" :confused:

     
  10. RBTO

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    Same holds true for me (I'm an OAF [old analog fart]), and I haven't used the "Active" button but about 10 times (and 9 of those were by accident trying to get my playlist). I have great weather reports every time I'm on-line and I could care less what shows have the most viewers (as if D* knows), so I agree - the "active" button could just as well not be there as far as I'm concerned. I can see the need for streaming Netflix or other video since it is video related, but when I want to do computer type things, I don't want to do them on my home theater. Just my take.
     
  11. ndole

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    I must be the only person left in the world that kicks on the Active channel every morning to check the weather.
    I would like to see some robust-ing up of it though.
     
  12. wmb

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    Yeah, I understnad and agree completely most of the time, except when I wanted to watch my college's basketball team on Yahoo streaming a couple of years ago, and hooked the laptop up to the TV for the game. Now, consider I've done that maybe 10 times in 3 years. Oh, and it was in glorious 320*240. But, it was the best picture available.

    The problem is that the relationship between TV and the internet is in its infancy. Need a better paradigm.
     
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    I've had a Windows Media Center PC hooked up to my TV for years (formerly XPMC, now 7MC). Except for lacking DirecTV HD integration (and you can get that now with the Hauppauge HD-PVR), it does everything you could want, including excellent web browsing, and the only maintenance I do is reboot it once a month or so to allow updates to install. The last time I had a problem was when I installed the Blu-Ray drive around 2008; I had to update the software.

    Unless you have someone actively searching porn sites or running Limewire or something and clicking on all of the resulting trojans and malware, there's no reason why you can't have a virtually bullet-proof system connected to the TV. And Media Center is so simple that you can hand almost anyone the remote control and they can do exactly what they want instantly.

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  14. Mike Bertelson

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    I'm lucky to get 5.8Mbps (752kB/s) into the house (I wish Uverse would allow internet without TV service) so I don't see a whole lotta web based applications in my future. I can barely do VOD let alone anything else.

    Mike
     
  15. alm

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    I have uverse internet only. What I did was get the tv and internet on the initial install. After 30 days canceled the tv part.
     
  16. Mike Bertelson

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    Yeah, I decided against that because they had to come into the house and connect their equipment to my TVs. I don't want to go through that. :shrug:

    Mike
     
  17. JeffBowser

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    Yes, we need MUCH MUCH better security, and a better paradigm than the endless series of forced upgrades the industry requires to survive. Security is a joke, and most people not in the business have no idea how bad it really is.

     
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    Wait...isn't that the whole point of having a media center pc?
     
  19. xmetalx

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    Wow, thats some lousy Uverse speed. Love my cable internet.. 12mbit + speedboost :D
     
  20. Mike Bertelson

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    What lousy Uverse speed?

    Uverse goes to 24Mbps (3MB/s). :shrug:

    Mike
     

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