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DirecTV to launch Netflix-styled broadband movie service

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Athlon646464, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. kd4ao

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    Ever tried Crackle? Its free, you do watch a few short commercials, but free is free.
     
  2. tonyd79

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    I have watched a few things on Crackle. My two devices that use it don't like it. The Roku often gags when it switches to the commercial and/or back. Not often, but often enough. My Sony BluRay takes forever and fills the screen with a big bright color that lights up my bedroom at night. Both annoying at best.

    The problem is that the commercials are not embedded in the stream. It seems to go off to reference another stream for the commercial then goes back so the devices have to reconnect all over again.
     
  3. soetart

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    And my survery asked about $6 per month... hmmm
     
  4. Satelliteracer

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    Several months ago there was a study done by one of the over the top analysis. They asked customers from various MSO's who had Netflix if they would leave Netflix if their MSO provided a similar service. You would be surprised how many people said yes and Hell Yes. There are a number of people out there that prefer one stop shopping and totally self contained delivery option, rather than piece by piece. A Roku box here, a PS3 there, a STB from my MSO, then a Netflix subscription, etc, etc, etc.
     
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    I am (and maybe was) just about to subscribe to Netflix. I am just waiting for a device to stream it with (BD player). However, if an offering becomes available from DIRECTV with similar content and pricing, there is zero chance that I will stay with Netflix. The convenience of having that service with DIRECTV is more than enough for me to choose them over Netflix.
     
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    Got a link to it? Would like to see the full study.
     
  7. raott

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    What is being described here is not a similar service.
     
  8. tonyd79

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    In what way? Sure seemed it in the survey.
     
  9. RobertE

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    DirecTv should just buy Netflix. :D
     
  10. raott

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    See:

     
  11. tonyd79

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    Which is mostly what Netflix is. Not totally but largely.

    There was more than that. I got asked questions about newer movies including those within three months of release.

    Did you do the survey?
     
  12. hilmar2k

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    Can't imagine that the newest movies will be available, as that would cut into their precious PPV numbers. I wonder how long after that they would be available? If you subscribed to their Netflix-like service, would you ever pay for a PPV knowing that it would shortly be available to you for free?

    That said, if it's nothing but TV series and old movies, you can count me out.
     
  13. Athlon646464

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    Netflix already is, and I'm a perfect example of that. I have not ordered a PPV since I signed up for Netflix and bought two WD boxes.

    So, if the way content is being delivered is changing and the paradigm is shifting, and decision makers at D* believe that to be so, why wouldn't they they decide shift the way they deliver content?

    They must get ready for the day when a majority of households are ready to move to the type of model Netflix has. They are already losing PPV numbers because of the 'new' competition.

    Netflix already has more subs than Comcast! D* would be dumb not to notice that and react....
     
  14. joed32

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    Bought a new TV in February and it has Netflix, etc built in and an "Internet" button on the remote.
     
  15. sigma1914

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    That's not shocking since Netflix costs as little as $7.99 per month, available on tons of devices and is available everywhere in the country. Comcast is a lot more money and is regional with availability in 39 states.
     
  16. Athlon646464

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    Of course, but D* cannot ignore the numbers......

    Netflix added 3.3 million subscribers in the first quarter alone - double that of a year ago.

    I'm not a Netflix fanboy by any means, but the numbers indicate that IPTV is poised to go mainstream (if it hasn't already).

    I wonder if D* got another $8 per month from just 1/4 of it's subs if that wouldn't make them very happy.
     
  17. sigma1914

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    Mainstream as in cord cutting? Check our discussion here: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=192306

    BTW...I love Netflix.
     
  18. raott

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    Nope, based it on the poster I quoted that stated movies would be 5 years or more old.

    If your scenario holds true true, I'd be much more interested, but would really have to see the library. Netflix not only has recent movies available for streaming (not alot though) but they also have a ton of documentaries available which is what I am most interested in.

    However, as some of the other posters indicate, I'd be schocked if D* offered much in the way of recent movies given it would eat into their PPV.
     
  19. tonyd79

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    Netflix does NOT stream the same movies that are the most recent releases that DirecTV has on PPV. Netflix has them in DVD and Blu Ray form only. The most recent movies that Netflix has are in competition with the premium movie channels, not PPV.

    As Amazon Prime is pretty much the same stuff as Netflix streaming, I would bet that anyone who has a streaming deal would be pretty much the same.

    From the full survey, it was clear that DirecTV is looking to be in the same space that Netflix is with their streaming.

    P.S. Documentaries are mostly what I use Netflix streaming for myself.
     
  20. Athlon646464

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    Not exactly what I meant by mainstream (for now). I meant accepted by huge numbers of households. It's easy to hook up and it works quite well. I didn't mean moving to IPTV exclusively (yet).

    Who knows where it's all going, however. Forced to make a guess now, I would say in about 5 years there will be a large number of households that will no longer be 'tethered' to satellite or cable. Many will use their tablets for convenience and see it as their 'personal' TV. Kind of like many hooked themselves up with ear-buds when iPods first hit the market. The current state of the economy may actually accelerate that movement.

    Watching TV with others will happen in front of folks home theater setups, and many will still demand good quality in terms of sound and picture. That good sound and picture in 5 years could come from any number of sources. Kind of like the difference between having 3 or 4 channels when we were kids to having the choices we have today. D* could be one of those choices depending on the decisions they make today.

    One thing I'm a little worried about is quality of the picture and sound. My daughter, for example, when it comes to music, is used to maybe 128 bit music on her iPhone. She rarely listens to music on my home theater like I do. I have Klipsch Forte's for my mains, and Klipsch's everywhere else except for my BA sub. They are all connected to my Yamaha receiver. Needless to say, lossless music sounds pretty good in my home theater. My fear is that a new generation of young folks could care less about that kind of listening. Their standards have been compromised by iTunes.

    I hope that does not happen to video, but I fear it might, at least for the masses.........

    I watch stuff on Netflix now 4 or 5 days each week, BTW. Their HD & 5.1 Dolby is pretty good, especially for TV re-runs. (Been watching the old and re-mastered Mission Impossible series in HD & 5.1 lately.) :D

    See? I'm already putting up with IPTV quality rather than buying or renting the Bluray.... :eek2:
     

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