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DirecTV Freezes Hiring, Postpones Capital Projects

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by davemayo, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Dec 9, 2008 #21 of 108
    nc88keyz

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    is dtivo II a critical project for directv. After all isnt that a luxury ?

    I guess all of directv is a luxury choice.

    Damned economy.
     
  2. Dec 9, 2008 #22 of 108
    Draconis

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    Yet :nono2:

    Lets just hope the R&D budget does not get cut too badly.
     
  3. Dec 9, 2008 #23 of 108
    jacksonm30354

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    I don't see mention of a rate hike in these articles. Should maybe that be removed from the headlines?
     
  4. Dec 9, 2008 #24 of 108
    RunnerFL

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    How do you figure that?
     
  5. Dec 9, 2008 #25 of 108
    Xalky

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    They know if they raise thier rates in this economy it's akin to financial suicide. People will just move to some other service or worse, go OTA. Let's face it when given the choice between watching 150 channels or paying the rent from an unemployment check, guess whats gonna go. They're gonna be lucky to keep thier subscriber base even with last years.:(
     
  6. Dec 9, 2008 #26 of 108
    Thaedron

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    Here's hoping that's either...

    A) a critical capital project

    or

    B) a smaller scale development effort (aka bug fix) that will get fixed "soon" regardless of large-scale development plans.
     
  7. Dec 9, 2008 #27 of 108
    SeptemberBaby

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    I hope this doesn't mean we won't get a 4th season of Friday Night Lights!
    :hair:
     
  8. Dec 9, 2008 #28 of 108
    JoeTheDragon

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    Is the new tivo a critical capital project?
     
  9. Dec 9, 2008 #29 of 108
    Ken S

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    Yes, because it will remove much of the cost of their own inhouse development.
     
  10. Dec 9, 2008 #30 of 108
    bonscott87

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    Since it will just be a premium product in addition to the in house DVR that isn't true. But if they decided to just can all in house DVRs completely and outsource it to Tivo then I'd agree with your statement.

    By the way, there was another DirecTV presentation/conference call today and once again not one mention of the Tivo deal or anything about it. It's like it doesn't exist or isn't important. Frankly, if DirecTV feels their in house DVR is doing fine (by whatever scale they use) they may actually cancel the new Tivo unit if it's a big cost to them. But if the cost to them is minimal and mostly on Tivo then I'd say it will go forward, assuming Tivo isn't starting to suffer the same as every other company out there.

    It will be interesting over the next 6 months or so to see what shakes out.
     
  11. Dec 9, 2008 #31 of 108
    Ken S

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    BonScott,

    Here's my prediction. If Tivo releases a decent product then DirecTV will shutdown all internal development of DVRs. I understand you and others don't think that will happen...I think it will. DirecTV is not going to make a big deal of it now...they need the developers to keep the current line alive and supported. They serve as insurance against a Tivo failure and leverage against Tivo.

    What do you think is a bigger cost...an inhouse development team for the HR2x series or Tivo making the box? Why not ask the HDPC-20 developers where DirecTV made their cuts. Direc2PC was developed by a 3rd party (client side). I think that's their direction.

    If I was working in the HR2x developer group I'd be spending a little time making sure my resume was up to date and in circulation.
     
  12. Dec 9, 2008 #32 of 108
    Ken S

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    They made a big deal about Friday Night Lights in the investor presentation today...but like every other TV show whether it survives depends a lot on how it does in the ratings on NBC come January. If the numbers are dismal, Coach Taylor may be pumping gas at the Dillon Gas 'n Go.
     
  13. Dec 9, 2008 #33 of 108
    Doug Brott

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    Me thinks you're smoking something here .. I know you've predicted this before and will predict it again .. Just don't take that bet to Vegas.
     
  14. Dec 9, 2008 #34 of 108
    jacksonm30354

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    Again, where did y'all see it stated there will be a price increase? The headline says they plan a price increase, however, I seem to have missed where they said this.

    I don't think the dbstalk headline should say they plan a price increase if it wasn't mentioned by the directv press release. It's misleading.

    If it was mentioned and I overlooked it, I stand corrected.
     
  15. Dec 9, 2008 #35 of 108
    llarch

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    Here you go;

    "The nation's largest satellite TV provider also has beefed up some promotions and plans to raise rates for next year."
     
  16. Dec 9, 2008 #36 of 108
    Kheldar

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    DirecTV freezes hiring, postpones capital projects:
     
  17. Dec 10, 2008 #37 of 108
    Mark Holtz

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    2009 will be an interesting shake-out year.
     
  18. Dec 10, 2008 #38 of 108
    jacksonm30354

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    Sorry 'bout that folks. I guess I subliminally didn't want to see it, so I didn't :)
     
  19. Dec 10, 2008 #39 of 108
    harsh

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    I'm not convinced that they are delaying D13 because of the economy. If you recall Tibber's thread on the latest in the fleet, D13's license was withdrawn because they were concerned about interference.

    I'm guessing that they still need a placeholder satellite at 110W or they will lose the slot forever. Then again, I'm not sure they can keep either 110W or 119W without some PI channels there.
     
  20. Dec 10, 2008 #40 of 108
    frederic1943

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    I thought the new Tivo was being developed by Tivo not DirecTV.
     

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