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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. Mike Bertelson

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

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    You can discuss any points made by any other member...we just have to stop with the personal comments/attacks. If someone doesn't feel they can do that then maybe they should stay out of the discussion.

    Mike
     
  2. BloodSpatter504

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    From what I can observe, the heart of this discussion centers around whether or not you feel that Roku presents a viable threat to any of DirecTVs offerings.

    A lot of you have contributed some very compelling, complex, intelligent and entertaining thoughts/ideas in this thread, which is why I felt compelled enough to get out of bed, hop on a desktop and create an account just to mention what I feel is the most important aspect as to what everyone is not seeing eye to eye on.

    Roku is more of a *potential* (which is a strong key word as someone else pointed out) threat down the line to DirecTV than companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and others because of the open source nature of the project. Roku will educate and openly walk anyone who wants to develop software for it's product down the proper channels. I can't post a link yet as this is my first post, but see the /developer link on Roku website if you're curious as to just how easy it is.

    It's not so easy with Microsoft, Sony, etc. There are many more hoops to jump through, and most of which require that you are a corporate programmer currently employed by a company who has already made a name for itself. This is why you don't see any guides on the XBOX 360 or PS3 homepage that are willing to hold your hand through the software development process to develop applications for their respective products.

    To put it simply, there are some really talented amateur programmers and out there who are either hungry to make a name for themselves, or hungry to solve a problem by creating an app that suits their needs. Roku is a much more conducive platform for those who wish to make that happen.

    Smart TVs are also not as much of a immediate threat as you might think. While Samsung and some other Smart TV companies encourage open development of their platform in the same manner as Roku, at the end of the day it all boils down to simple economics: the average man who forks out big dollars on a TV is not the same guy who is looking to cut costs by eliminating his cable bill. DirecTV (in my opinion) knows this and is also aware of the tremendous pound-for-pound value of the Roku. This, combined with the idea that nearly anyone can develop applications for the Roku is the reason why I feel that they view Roku more of a long term threat as any of the major companies that have been routinely mentioned in this thread.

    Another thing to take into account is that odds are, the XBOX 360 and PS3 are devices that have already hit the peak of their production cycle made by companies that we, generally speaking, already have a good idea of what they bring to the table. Sony made it's name as a maker of electronics. Microsoft made it's name producing what was viewed as an essential piece of PC software. While these big companies still continue to innovate, everyone has a pretty good idea of what to expect from their products in the future. The Roku is still a bit of a wild card in this equation, which I believe is the same thing DirecTV sees, hence why they haven't (at least politically speaking) welcomed it with open arms (yet). DirecTV is smart enough to realize that they are simply a vehicle (middle man) linking point A to point B and I strongly believe they fear the potential for a device that makes this much sense.

    Roku, the little underdog that it is, could potentially blow up into something much bigger. Let's not forget that how warmly small, but power devices have been received by consumers lately. Not many people predicted that concept of a tablet would pose any kind of a threat to desktop computers. Roku could potentially be equally as dangerous to cable providers.
     
  3. Mike Bertelson

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

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    I’ve closed this thread. I’m tired of the piling on, the rude condescending attitude by the longtime members and I know this is just going to continue if this thread is left open.

    We have long time members who don’t read/post as much anymore due to this rude, piling on behavior that is so pervasive these days. IMHO, it’s gotta stop.

    We have to get back to the days where we discussed the subject; constructive discussions with no personal attacks and just plain rude posts...the days when we were helpful.

    Back in my noob days I started a thread and the discussion progressed with none of the crap that keeps happening in threads like this (Link). That’s how it should be done.

    Mike
     
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