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DIRECTV .. What's next?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    Heck I can't even change my name to HD DUFUS SUPREME like I should on DBSTalk (now that Doug met me, he knows it would fit better )...:D
  2. batrad

    batrad Legend

    Aug 18, 2003
    How about not charging more to get the same channels in HD? I aready hide the duplicate SD's on both hy HR's...
  3. GrumpyBear

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    You sure they charge you more?
  4. kiwiquest

    kiwiquest AllStar

    Jan 9, 2006
    1) Looking forward to the new Directivo HD model

    2) How about HD program packages like Dish has where you can limit the number of stations, and get exactly what you like, and pay more more competitive price. Their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Turbo packages are a good deal. Plus, you get the SD feed, too.
  5. Chewie

    Chewie New Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Two simple things would be nice:

    1. Whole Home DVR - I guess you guys call it MRV.

    2. PIP. This is a no brainer. Every TV and Cable service has offered it for 20 years now. If we can record two video streams at once, we should be able to PIP.

    If we really want to be crazy, then I'd add things like:

    3. Netflix Watch Instantly integration

    4. Hulu and YouTube integration

    5. No more extra fees for HD channels and yet another feed for HD NFL Sunday Ticket.
  6. edtex

    edtex Cool Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    1. I would like to see the mobile application enhanced to be able to see what is recorded on your DVR, see the to do list, etc. AT&T Uverse has this feature.
    2. CNN International (even in SD!)
    3. BBC News
  7. Dan1

    Dan1 Cool Member

    Jul 25, 2007
    Any one of the 3 below would work...

    1. MRV, hopefully won't need a DVR in every room, just a receiver
    2. Integrate DirecTVtoPC to work in Media Center, including on extenders.
    3. Tuner for Media Center
  8. scottchez

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003
    If I were CEO I would. . . (my next top 10)

    Make Regional Radar pages 24x7 one channel for each region.
    They can be lower res so they dont take up much bandwidth.
    These should be animated moving radar pages with Storm tracks. DirecTV could advertise on the bottom to help pay for it.
    Kind of like a Weather Channel weather scan regional page.

    I want instant Function Channels. I cant stand waiting for the active menu to load.


    Channel 2000 Caller ID channel (displays your caller ID list)
    Channel 2001 Local Weather Channel active screen (what we have today)
    Channel 2002 Horoscope channel, what we have today, just instant so you dont have to go through the menu
    Channel 2003 CNN Text news on demand Instant.
    Channel 2004 MSNBC show there web page of breaking news.
    Channel 2005 Show your bill
    Channel 2006 Widgets

    Add Chiller in HD would be nice since Voom went boom, next closest thing to Monsters in HD.

    Better yet, I would buy Voom for really cheap now, and add the best of channels (say 3 of them to the $5 HD extra pack). They would show the best of Voom content all day long so we could record it.

    Give everyone MRV (HRx to HRx) at a one time subscriptions activation price of $29.95 (got to pay for the contractor developers do make it happen right away).
    Dish charges a similar fee for external HD space, I think of MVR as also more space as you can record more HD on other DVRs in the house.

    Make Quick Launch Bigger, say 30 channels to counter the Dish new 922 menu.

    Add a HD Guide similar to Dishnetworks HD wide screen guide.

    ADD NEW HD Tivos, sell them for $399 with life time membership as long as they have DirecTV.

    8. More HD
    Add all Local HD PBS and PBS on Demand

    - Add a 24x7 1080p channel (either HBO or Discovery Theater, who ever will create it first).

    -Add Sci Fi on Demand
    -Combine HBO and Cinemax into one package (they are same thing anyway) and add ALL there HD feeds now.
    -BBC News

    Local NEWS NOW CHANNELS for all.

    Since they uplink ALL local Channels, why not randomly pick local news channels and play them over the time zones?
    Start at 4PM show some east coast channels

    by 5 show some more
    b y 6 show some central time zone new
    by 7 mountain
    by 8 pacific
    by 9 start over on east coast

    Change local news feeds all the time based on those who allow it.

    Finish the Widget project. Add lots of widgets including Local Radar.
  9. digitalfreak

    digitalfreak Legend

    Nov 29, 2006
    That's why you are not a CEO. Your suggestions make too much sense. :lol:
  10. dmurphy

    dmurphy Active Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Just a few small-ish things (yeah, sure they are ;)

    1) Make full use of the HD resolution on the HR2x series. We've got gobs of pixels - let's make that Guide shine and show lots o' data! Just don't FiOS it up ... they beat that thing with the confusing stick - it's got pretty graphics, but the left-side-tab thing is stupidly confusing (unless you're used to an Xbox).

    2) Enable the R22 to be converted into an HR2x box via a licensed feature.

    3) Netflix streaming support would rock.

    Other than that, keep on keepin' on! Keep the DirecTV ship afloat through the economic downturn, and we'll all be thankful for it.
  11. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Man we need some spark to get through the dull winter.

    A nice rumor of an HR24 with a new Broadcom processor would be nice. Maybe double the speed, double the throughput. A few nice Broadcom processors were mentioned in the other thread ...

    Or instead maybe a new TiVo unit that lets through TTG, DLB, an HD GUI with HD Search ... all in 2009 instead of sometime in the next decade ...

    Or a new remote with tactile feedback ... a "pro" version of what we've had ...

    How about some slick MRV through a SWM ...

    Really have nothing to complain about ... HR2x's are flawless here ... but it's all too quiet and boring these days! :) :)
  12. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    I would like to see DirecTV clean up the Center Ice package and make a few changes to it.

    1. Have the Center Ice Extra Channel 769 active when ever a game is being played.
    2. Get the Canadian games (TSN, CBC, Rodgers, etc) in HD.
    3. Stop cutting off games that are not over yet (overtime).
    4. Add more extra channels with stats and view 4 games on one screen.
    5. Show what teams telecast on on which channel, in the guide. Now if the game is in HD and SD and the home team and away team are both being telecasted, We see the same game on 4 channels (2 HD and 2 SD) but don't know what feed belongs to what team.
    6. There have been some issues with blackouts that need to be corrected. Subscribers have been blacked out of games that they should not have. DirecTV acknowledges that they are errors but they keep happening.

    DirecTV does a fairly good job with CI and it is really enjoyed by me, but I think these improvements would make it even better. Their increase of more HD games this season was a big improvement to Center Ice.
  13. Piratefan98

    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008
    My Top-3 things:

    1. A return (as others have said) to "Undisputed Leader" status in HD offerings by rolling out ESPN-U, Travel, the HBO's, and many others that have been discussed here for months.

    2. My local PBS (WITF) in HD.

    3. An improved local Weather Channel offering, including a radar loop (rather than static image), and more in-depth text forecast (as is done on the cable version of our local on the 8's).

    If I get those three things, I swear I'll stop complaining. :lol:

  14. Italia

    Italia Godfather

    Dec 8, 2008
    Easy answer for me:

    1. Italian Programming- The lack of Italian programming by D* is shocking.
    2. FoxSoccer Channel in HD if it becomes available (I recognize that it takes more than just Directv to do this).
    3. And if I'm shooting for the sky.....why not BBC World.


    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern plains
    I was thinking of going with I HAVE ENOUGH.:D
  16. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Hmmmmm...is that ever possible for any of us? :D

    In the spirit of the OP and thread....I believe this will be an interesting year for DirecTV in terms of "what's next".

    We know that the D12 sat will add more HD channels, and by year end, we should be well over 150 HD channels and perhaps over 90% HD LIL penetration in the U.S.

    The new Tivobox HD DVR is on the radar, but no firm time if it will indeed make it in 2009 for certain.

    If history is any teacher, then look for yet more new HD DVR and receiver units, and perhaps a move to get more folks off of any legacy units.

    Beyond that...perhaps expect maybe 1 "surprise" new technology...but I have know idea what that might be....
  17. lehozle

    lehozle AllStar

    Sep 4, 2007
    The ability to save a recorded program to Disk (And eventually to burn to a DVD).
  18. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Exactly my point :)
  19. CorpITGuy

    CorpITGuy Godfather

    Apr 11, 2007
    The content providers will never allow it.
  20. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    1) MRV
    2) Portability of e-Sata drives between DVR's on a single account. There's no good reason that you lose access to all existing recordings on an e-Sata drive if the DVR, that it's connected to, needs to be replaced.
    3) Entire HBO suite.
    4) AMC HD (now that I've become addicted to Mad Men)

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