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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by curt8403, Aug 20, 2008.

would you support a decision to manufactor only the HD DVR

  1. YES, it would keep costs down

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  2. NO, I like having a unit that cannot record

  3. No I would prefer having 7 or more types of rcvrs to choose from

  4. I have no clue

  1. ziggy29

    ziggy29 Icon

    Nov 18, 2004
    San Antonio DMA
    If this "one box" option would actually save money and keep costs/fees down -- even after factoring in sending more "advanced" and costly equipment to people who are on SD with no DVR -- then yes. If it increased costs that meant higher bills, then no. Presumably the DVR function could be turned on and off with software that says which features your card is eligible to use.
  2. SteveHas

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007
    I like the cost savings of having a tuner only option for some locations in my house
    that would not be suitable for a recording
  3. ziggy29

    ziggy29 Icon

    Nov 18, 2004
    San Antonio DMA
    I think the assumption was that only having one type of box would mean overall cost savings -- and thus those who didn't need DVRs wouldn't have to pay more for their box as a result.
  4. dpfaunts

    dpfaunts Godfather

    Oct 17, 2006
    I know there would be added costs, but you might be able to generate more revenue with the following idea.

    Only DVRs, no extra fee, just a cost of DTV service. Moderate sized hard drives in every receiver, and an esata or AM21 solution for more storage. Be the only provider the DVR for all.
  5. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    If they only made one or two different receivers you would have a far better chance guessing what you are going to receive from them when you order or replace a unit:)
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    There are a lot of places that DVRs just wouldn't be worth it. Businesses for example. I like the idea but the underlying philosophy is that you would be able to save money that way. It's just not likely. Right now there are three manufacturers making DVRs, so it's not like the assembly line is running slow. They're already making as many DVRs as they choose to right now.

    What I do think is right is consolidation. The SD DVR line is slowly being folded in so the hardware is very similar to the HD DVR line. This cuts development costs a lot, and with the hardware being more mature, the cost savings is there (where it wasn't two years ago.)

    Also davring, realize that they do currently manufacture just one SD receiver, one HD receiver, one SD DVR, and one HD DVR. Different companies are involved in making them, and because refurbished units hit the market as well, there are several different models being put on trucks.

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