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Get out your crystal balls

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by MikeR7, Dec 7, 2007.

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  1. Dec 7, 2007 #1 of 34

    MikeR7 Icon

    Jun 17, 2006
    What do you think programming will be like on DirecTV™ in 8-10 years?

    I do not need any answers that relate to balls. :lol:

    Seriously now, give it your best shot. Try to be serious. :nono:
  2. Dec 7, 2007 #2 of 34

    glennb Hall Of Fame

    Sep 21, 2006
    One one knows.

    I wouldn't even want to make a 2-3 year guess.

    Some guy at work is already pissed off about needing a bigger dish to get all the HD stuff. He says - They offer something new and then you have to get another dish and another box !! Just another way to screw the customers some more !!

    I just say - Yeah Dan. That's it. You've got it all figured out now.
  3. Dec 7, 2007 #3 of 34

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Cubs win World Series in HD?

    Now, that is going out on a limb!
  4. Dec 7, 2007 #4 of 34
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006

    I think that in 10 years at least 50% of DIRECTV programming will be delivered On Demand. In ten years it will be common to have 50Mb/sec to the premises. If you think that's out of range remember that the standard in 1997 was 28.8Kb/sec (.0288 MB/sec). So the bandwidth consumed by On Demand services won't be an issue. Not to mention you'll have a DIRECTV Home Media Center with 500TB of reserved space, which will be used to push content to you based on your previous viewing patterns, leveraging the existing investment in satellites.

    In ten years, however, people will still complain there are too many shopping channels.
  5. Dec 7, 2007 #5 of 34

    nhlfan79 Legend

    Aug 31, 2006
    In ten years, I honestly believe that DBS and cable content delivery systems will be virtually obsolete, with most content being delivered over the internet. The idea of putting a dish on your house to receive TV will be so Middle Ages.
  6. Dec 7, 2007 #6 of 34

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    They used to say that about OTA.
  7. Dec 7, 2007 #7 of 34

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
  8. Dec 7, 2007 #8 of 34

    c152driver Legend

    Jan 21, 2007
    Agreed. I don't think DirecTV will exist in 10 years. At least not in its present form.

    The DBS and Cable companies are like AOL circa 1994. (Granted, I think DirecTV is a much better company to do business with than AOL ever was)

    I think this applies to the networks (both broadcast and cable) as well.

    It will be an interesting time. Many of these companies will cling to their old business models until the bitter end. Others may adapt and reinvent themselves.
  9. Dec 7, 2007 #9 of 34

    mightythor88 Legend

    Sep 22, 2007
    definitely, if Directv can let me watch the NFL ST on my computer now and look pretty darn good in 2007, by 2017 I believe everything will be via high speed and dishes will be obsolete.

    commercial tv seems to be dying, shows like Quarterlife can build an online audience.

    TV's are already coming with built in Wifi etc.

    If you think back to how you watched TV in 1997 and how much has happened and improved - it is exciting to think how things will be better by 2017.
  10. Sirshagg

    Sirshagg Hall Of Fame

    Dec 29, 2006
    DirecTv will have a plan for OTA on the HR21.
  11. bosco10021

    bosco10021 Icon

    Apr 16, 2006
    Ralph Kramden finally gets a TV as 3-D television debuts.
  12. RandybinSC

    RandybinSC AllStar

    Aug 5, 2007
    Not sure I would want to subscribe to the porn channels then.
  13. ActiveHDdave

    ActiveHDdave Godfather

    Sep 15, 2007
    You will be doing more than just watching future porn channels.:blush:
    More than now anyway!!!:sure:
  14. John in Georgia

    John in Georgia Godfather

    Sep 24, 2006
    Maybe we could get a note to "Journeyman" and ask him to check for us? Oh, no, wait. His time travel is always to the past, I think.

  15. Altcool

    Altcool Legend

    Jun 11, 2007
    Fiber optics!!!
  16. glennb

    glennb Hall Of Fame

    Sep 21, 2006
    Some dork at work actually seriously told a guy that was building a new house to run fiber optics to each room. Might as well tell him to run plasma conduits while he's at it.
  17. steve053

    steve053 Godfather

    May 11, 2007
    In some places 50Mb/sec to the premises will be commen, but I'm not very hopeful. DSL is capped at 6 Mb/sec, cable will never reach 100% penetration, and fiber optics is so expensive now it may never reach less populated areas.

    I live in a larger market (metro Milwaukee, WI) and have access to high speed cable via Time Warner. I tried their turbo roadrunner service which was advertised at 13/1 Mb. The best I ever got was 2.5/0.85 Mb (speedtest.net and the TWC speedtest site). I called several times to trouble shoot and the only response I got was to clear my cookies and reboot my computer. I also spent over 1 hour on hold trying to reach "customer service" on TWO seperate occassions.

    While I would love a 50 Mb and am willing to pay for premium service, I just don't see it happening (at least in my area). So right now I'm stuck at 4/0.75 via dsl.
  18. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    I don't see that much change in 10 years beyond the majority of the stations will be HD. Yes, On Demand will be more available but the concept of turning on the TV to see what's on is not going away any time soon.
  19. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    DIRECTV will complete the HR20's Missing Promised Features:
    1. CIR "Display only the channels that are in your current subscription package" - manual p. 33
    2. Apply Current/Favorite Channels as a filter to Search for “just what you want to watch” manual p. 31
    3. Enable Title Search Autorecord - manual pp. 20 & 31 & 0x115, 0x119, & 0x11b release notes
    4. The ability to edit "all the programs" in the Prioritizer (even when there are no upcoming episodes) manual p. 28.
    5. "Select the Scan for Channels button to have the receiver scan local off-air frequencies" manual p. 78
    6. Enable Setup>Display>Screen Centering per manual p. 28
    7. PAUSE should pause a live program if you watch a recording and return manual p. iv, 12, 13
    8. PREV should jump to the previous channel even from one recorded channel to another. manual p. 11
    9. 30 Second Slip (Advance) is 34 Seconds, not 30 Seconds.
    10. ...in [the] summer...deliver video from websites onto your TV or your PC. 5/9/07 Conference
    11. MRV Multiroom Viewing ...set-top boxes that feeds multiple TVs...a set-top box that integrates multiple devices 5/9/07 Conference
    - Craig
  20. Radio Enginerd

    Radio Enginerd New Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    In 10 years we'll have at least 100Mbps to the home. IPTV will be readily available. Multicast networking support will be availlable on the public Internet giving IPTV providers the ability to "broadcast" HD video instead of the switched network model.

    I'm not sure DirecTV (as we know it) will even be in business. I'm condfident Sirius and XM will be one company. Echostar and DirecTV will most likely be one company as well. As far as programing goes... I can tell you one thing, it will all be HD. :)
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