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DirecTV Not Providing HBO GO for Roku

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by oakwcj, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. Apr 1, 2012 #261 of 403
    Mike Bertelson

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    Discuss the topic and not each other. Make your point and stop the bickering.

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  2. Apr 2, 2012 #262 of 403
    MikeW

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    Good to know. Thanks.
     
  3. Apr 2, 2012 #263 of 403
    bartkess

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    Hey Hoosier205 once again if Directv allows access to HBO GO on the Roku and then you cut the cord with Directv then you Loose HBO GO on the Roku......
    Same goes for any device that they do allow.there is not enough content on the Roku to be a cord cutter......
     
  4. Apr 2, 2012 #264 of 403
    Chuck W

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    :lol: Come on. Directv isn't stupid. They know each device is just as big a threat to them as any other, yet they choose to treat one differently than the others.

    Makes no sense other than possibly the other devices ponied up(although Directv and Samsung are in bed with the RVUs), while Roku, being a small outfit didn't.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2012 #265 of 403
    photostudent

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    My three Rokus (under $200 total) are an excellent addition to my Directv service. They do great streaming and have a very easy to use interface. I would say 30% of what we watch is via the Rokus, i.e. Netflix, Amazon, and browsing the 700 or so other channels. It is all "on demand" so no DVR needed. If someone needed to cut expenses I could see getting by with Roku and OTA. Three Xboxes plus three Live accounts would be around $1000 just for the first year. I guess it just depends if you are a serious gamer or not. I see a lot of kids taking their Xboxes when traveling so I could see it being considered a portable device in practice.
     
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    djb61230

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    I was bothered by not having access to hbogo on the roku but with the latest version of flash on linux, it works well using the chrome browser. Last night we watched a couple of episodes of game of thrones as we hadn't finished season one yet. I was very happy with the video quality. Of course with the browser directv does allow access to hbogo.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2012 #267 of 403
    Mike Bertelson

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    That's absolutely true. You can't use HBO Go without subscribing to HBO with a service provider.

    This leads me to believe that it’s a matter of agreements between DIRECTV and the hardware companies versus any worries about competition.

    Just a guess but it makes sense to me.

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  8. Apr 2, 2012 #268 of 403
    tonyd79

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    It is not just HBO that comes into play. If you make HBO Go available on Roku, then a customer buys and inexpensive Roku to get at the HBO library not available on DirecTV. They see all the other stuff on Roku and cut down or cut off their DirecTV.

    Not saying it is right but that is what they could be reasoning.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2012 #269 of 403
    bartkess

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    tonyd79 if you cancel hbo from directv then you can not use hbo go......
     
  10. Apr 2, 2012 #270 of 403
    Hoosier205

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    My earlier comment applies here I suppose.

     
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    Hoosier205

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    HBO Go is the gateway drug to a lot more content. Far more than the other devices mentioned.

    http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store#15

    This is just about HBO Go. It's about DirecTV not wanting to steer DirecTV customers towards a device that opens up reasons to not give more of your business to DirecTV. The Roku has a lot more potential downside for DirecTV than any other device HBO Go is available on. They obviously felt those other devices passed their risk vs reward test. The Roku did not for obvious reasons.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2012 #272 of 403
    AlanSaysYo

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    In light of DirecTV's decision to allow HBO Go on the 360 and not on the Roku, the ads I've been seeing on the 360's dashboard lately have been hilarious. A DirecTV subscriber firing up the 360 to watch HBO Go this past weekend would have been greeted with gigantic ads for Xfinity TV service, and reminders that you can watch Xfinity on-demand programming on the 360 itself.

    I don't think I've ever seen a DirecTV ad on 360.
     
  13. Apr 2, 2012 #273 of 403
    sigma1914

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    Comcast, along with TW, won't allow HBO Go on Roku.
     
  14. Apr 2, 2012 #274 of 403
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    I am well aware of that. What I am saying is that for those who want to lower expenses, they can cut other packages out of DirecTV because they can get other sources with the Roku. Or they can see that they like the Roku well enough to cut HBO and all of DirecTV and live with OTA and other sources.

    I think it is marginal and a long shot, but I think DirecTV sees Roku as a competitor in that light.
     
  15. Apr 2, 2012 #275 of 403
    MikeW

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    Since you are so adament about this, why won't you answer this simple question?

    What is different about the content on ROKU vs XBOX?

    Netflix, HULU Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, HBO GO, Pandora, and MLB are all available on the XBOX. I realize the list of ROKU items is much greater than this, but I seriously doubt that many of the other channels can substantially differentiate ROKU from XBOX.
     
  16. Apr 2, 2012 #276 of 403
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    Today sure, but what about tomorrow? And with starz rumored to be considering releasing a go platform that can be purchased as a stand alone service absent any regular provider, none of this is cut and dry at all.
     
  17. Apr 2, 2012 #277 of 403
    AlanSaysYo

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    My point is that the device that DirecTV has deemed acceptable to use for HBO Go (the 360) is plastered with ads for one of their competitors. You won't see that on the device DirecTV doesn't want you using (Roku).
     
  18. Apr 2, 2012 #278 of 403
    Hoosier205

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    • The list of content is much larger with Roku
    • The XBOX 360 is primarily a gaming system, with access to some streaming services. The Roku is primarily a streaming device, with the ability to play media from a USB device (depending on the model). Any additional XBOX features play second fiddle to its gaming function. It's a gaming console that happens to offer streaming.

      XBOX 360 Roku
     
  19. Apr 2, 2012 #279 of 403
    bartkess

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    ok what about my laptop with hdmi out and blue ray player.so its a cord cutter too?
     
  20. Apr 2, 2012 #280 of 403
    Hoosier205

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    Let's compare the number of people who own a laptop with HDMI out and Blu-ray capabilities who choose to connect said computer to their HDTV...to the number of people who use a dedicated streaming device such as the Roku.

    Apples to oranges.
     
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