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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. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    This ^^^^^^^^^

    Playing the contrarian can definitely be fun sometimes. Heaven knows I like to do it myself some times. You cross the line when "your opinion" becomes "the reason".

    Hoosier crossed that imaginary line a long time ago.
  2. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Offer an alternative reason.
  3. oakwcj

    oakwcj Lower Echelon

    Sep 28, 2006
    Because "Roku" rhymes with "haiku" and Mr. or Ms. DirecTV [corporations are persons, after all] "thinks" haikus are stupid. That reasoning is just as plausible as yours.
  4. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    If you're going to disagree with my reasoning, offer some logical reason(s) why you believe I am wrong.
  5. bigglebowski

    bigglebowski Legend

    Jul 27, 2010
    You guys have it all wrong Pete Roku used to work at Directv. He had the idea to be able to download content to your receiver over the internet. Directv execs laughed him out of the room during his presentation and now he is on a mission to marginalize Directv. Its actually Pete Roku who is not allowing Directv to offer HBO on his platform.
  6. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    Other possible reasons have been offered. I'm not going to repost them because you can just read the thread. They're all right there.

    You're just the only one that is adamant that your reasons are facts.
  7. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    If you believe they have some merit...that they are in some way logical...defend them. If you believe so strongly that I am wrong, prove me wrong. We have some time to discuss it until the HBO VOD offerings are updated and this issue becomes irrelevant.
  8. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    I. Already. Have.

    And I can't prove a negative. I have no proof that any of my beliefs for why the Roku is blocked are accurate. Oddly, you have no proof for your beliefs either.

    Speculation. That's the word. Speculation.
  9. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    You won't. You have not. You have chosen not to for whatever reason. I'll wait until someone offers a logical alternative.

    You did however say that you are entitled to HBO Go on any device because you pay for HBO. So far it looks like the only explanation you have offered is that perhaps Microsoft is paying DirecTV for each sub that authenticates via the XBOX.
  10. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    D*, Comcast and any other MSO that is freely allowing their customers to become accustomed to watching pay TV on their Xbox is setting themselves up for a screwing.

    Microsoft's stated intention was to have the Xbox totally take over the living room. Their plan as late as January of this year year was to offer pay TV on the Xbox.

    MS says they won't offer pay TV because it's too expensive. How stupid will Comcast and D* be if MS is using them to warm Xbox owners up to the idea of getting their pay TV from their Xbox?

    I mean, how great would it be for MS to have 10 million people used to watching TV on their Xbox when it comes time to dust off their own pay TV plan again?

    Comcast and D* would both take it in the shorts if they each lost a couple million subscribers to MSTV.

    Microsoft doesn't have a history of walking away from money, and they see piles of it in the Xbox. They won't give up. They never, ever do.

    And some say D* is concerned about the Roku leading to cord cutting.
  11. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    I don't know why.

    You don't know why.

    I've already admitted numerous times that I don't know why.

    You refuse to admit that you don't know why. You continue to offer your beliefs framed as facts.

    I'm done with you. Completely. Say what you want from here on out. I'm not going to waste any more time trying to see which of us can pee further up the wall.
  12. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Ok. This back-n-forth bickering is over. Discuss the topic and not each other.

    If you've made your point, there's no need to repeat it.

    It all stops now!


  13. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Does it matter why? DirecTV said they're not going to allow it and plan on offering an expanded OnDemand version. The End.
  14. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    Christ, you have a terrible answer for everything. I own a Nomad and it is the worst option possible. If I want to watch a movie, I would need to record it, give nomad 2 hours to transcode it, then wait another hour to have it transferred to my device. Then I would have to watch the movie on my cell phone or laptop. I can watch HBO-Go on either of those devices. Neither of those devices have an HDMI or component output. Oh wait, my iPhone does...but HBO won't allow me to output their content through there.
  15. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    I of course do not know why Direct TV does not allow HBO GO on the Roku. But with Dish allowing it I have kept HBO all year now instead of when there are series I want to watch. That was my plan to save some money, but there is so much there that it has become a regular thing to use for me. I bring the Roku to our vacation cabin where I have internet but no Satellite/CableTV, just an antenna for the networks, because we don't watch as much there. This is a huge benefit in our case. Dish isn't losing anything, in fact has gained.
  16. Chuck W

    Chuck W Icon

    Mar 26, 2002
    I gave a very legit reason a ways back, but you just passed it on by.

    It has to do with $$$$. Microsoft and Samsung have ponied up $$$$ and also have a working relationship with Directv(Samsung RVUs anyone?). Roku, on the otherhand, because they are a small outfit, didn't pony up anything and nothing to offer Directv in terms of a working relationship.

    As I said in my other posts, Directv is not stupid, they know ALL the streaming devices pose just as big of a threat as the next, but it becomes a give and take relationship, when you are dealing with certain companies.
  17. davidatl14

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    Mar 24, 2006

    Spot On!
  18. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I ordered and tried the Nomad as well and it was....terrible

    No comparison between the two, imo
  19. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Well I guess I will have to let the many others who posted since my last visit to the forum speak for me... they did a great job. :)

    Our guesses as to why DIRECTV isn't allowing HBO on Roku are just that - guesses. It now looks like we're all in agreement with this, everyone, that we don't definitively know why so anything we say is just speculation. It may be reasoned speculation, but using reason to speculate still leaves the final result as a guess as to why one streaming device is authorized for HBO Go and another streaming device is not.

    We could be months away from having the HBO VOD update delivered to us on our DIRECTV receivers, so it's a shame that the DIRECTV customers with Roku devices are not allowed to enjoy HBO Go on their Rokus in the interim...
  20. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    When someone posts the topic is "pointless," yet continually posts on the topic, I believe it's justifiable to question the person's motives. Otherwise, any of us could say any stupid thing and be safe knowing other posters can't question the stupidity of our remark.
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