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DIRECTV mailers looking like Netflix envelopes

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    How would a streaming movie coming in over your internet connection from DirecTv be affected by rain while a streaming movie coming over your internet connecton from netflix not be? :confused:
  2. johnner1999

    johnner1999 Legend

    Aug 30, 2003
    i thought the PPV movies were from the sats? unless its via the cinema?
  3. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    But he said streaming, meaning delivered via the internet.
  4. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Assuming you meant a satellite-delivered PPV movie, not a streaming movie -- the CSRs will be reasonable in offering credits in such instances, as long as you're not frequently calling with the same problem. (After a while, they'll probably insist on sending a tech out to work on your rain fade problem, rather than issuing yet another credit.)
  5. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    I rented a pay-per-view movie from D* the night before I left for a road trip to Chicago. The movie was interrupted by rain fade for 20 minutes so I called D* while we were on the road to the Windy City. They offered to let me watch the movie again within 24 hours at no extra charge. When I told her I would be in Chicago for a week she told me I was out of luck. I have never, and will never, rent another pay-per-view movie from D* again.

    The prices are sky high, the signal quality can be unreliable and I don't like paying 5 bucks to watch 2/3 of a movie.
  6. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    A bit extreme, no? First, you should have called at the time of the rain fade. Gotten a full refund, most likely. Then watch if you want when you returned home. Second, signal quality is usually excellent. Your choice on the price/value relationship of course.
  7. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    It was 2AM. I didn't call then because we weren't going to start over. I called 6 hours or so after the fact. That should have been good enough. I didn't known then and I don't know now if they even answer the phones at 2AM. If there had been rain in the forecast that I saw on the noon news I wouldn't have even rented the movie, but they didn't mention rain.

    Signal quality for me is not usually excellent. I have a perfect view of the southern sky, every person that they send to my house has said I have perfect signal but if it more than drizzles my signal fades. I love D* and it seems that every time my contract is up we have clear blue sky for a month or two so that I happily upgrade equipment and sign up again, but I would not call my signal quality excellent. Very good, not excellent.

    And I do think that Netflix discs and streaming are a much better value. The 28 day delay doesn't bother me personally because if I wanted to see something that badly I would have run down to AMC and seen it on the big screen. We go through a dozen or more discs a month and stream a lot more than that. $6 for a movie isn't a very good deal to me.
  8. n4uaj

    n4uaj Cool Member

    Jul 25, 2007
    Opps I did mean a ppv over sat. Still too expensive when compared to Netflix or Redbox (they are at every corner now so now issue on returning)
  9. liquidctv

    liquidctv Legend

    Oct 13, 2010
    I'd love to see the back-end of the PPV system, where 1% of customers pay $6 per movie, but lowering the price to $5 only gets them 1.001% of customers, so the price stays where it is.

    Amazing that they have a whole system dedicated to a niche market. Phone lines too - gotta hook up those phone lines.

    It must add to their bottom line, but I'm surprised it does.

    Bumps up all other channels into the 200-300's for everyone else.
  10. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Every TV provider has PPV for a reason.
  11. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    If I received it, then I must have threw it away. Never used Netflix, so I had no idea the similarity.
    Junk mail is junk mail.
  12. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    If 1% buys a movie a month, that is more than 1% of revenue. Assuming the average bill is somewhere around $100, then it is more like 6% of revenue from customers. So, for every 1%, that is 6% of revenue. Imagine if more like 5% of customers buy a movie a month. Then you are talking 30% of revenue. The number grows quickly.

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