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Justification for the MRV Fee?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by RichardMcCarty, May 23, 2010.

  1. RichardMcCarty

    RichardMcCarty Mentor

    Jul 14, 2007
    Boom or bust: There's really no justification for DirecTV to charge a monthly subscription fee for MRV. The feature is really just a software update to enable network access between receivers, isn't it? There's no recurring cost to DirecTV to provide it, so what's their justification for charging $36 a year? "Because they can?"
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas

    As with just about any other business, if it's determined that people will pay for something, they charge for it.
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    While I don't think anybody "likes it", this ship has sailed months ago.
    Their bottom line will see millions added to it monthly and they're in that type of business.
  4. mdriskell

    mdriskell AllStar

    Jan 4, 2009
    Yes it was developed and tested by little elves as they slept....there was no money or investment by their part we should get it for free.

    If you don't want it don't buy it....but don't fault a company for trying to make a profit...isn't that what all companies are supposed to do.
  5. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    its helping underwrite the (supposedly) discounted deca/swm upgrades.
    it is what it is and it will not go away :(
  6. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    MRV is a compelling cool feature, threads and threads of people rushing to sign up, analysis probably showed that people would pay $3/month for such a capability. Simple as that.
  7. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I'll gladly pay the $3 and I'll say that is probably the Best Bang For My Buck that I have ever gotten!!!

    Way To Go Directv, My MRV VIA DECA/SWM Upgrade is Working Perfectly and Very Fast on my HR24-500 and I have just Acquired another one to be here on Thursday.

    Just gotta Love the HR24-500!!! FAST!!!
  8. xmetalx

    xmetalx Godfather

    Jun 3, 2009
    It was compared with Verizon FIOS and Uverse's simliar features and prices (19.95/mo for hd/dvr/whole home) so D* priced it similiarly to stay competitive..(10 + 7 + 3)
  9. djrobx

    djrobx Godfather

    Jan 26, 2009
    Judging by the installation price for MRV and what people are getting for it, I think a large part of the fee has to do with the relatively high install costs.

    If I had 4 DVRs and a non SWM dish, a DECA install would require 5 DECAs and a new SWM LNB, and quite a bit of labor to get the new system working. The typical $150 quote for install is a pretty good deal. There is no such thing as a free lunch, so DirecTV must expect to make this money back on the MRV fee.
  10. dwcolvin

    dwcolvin Icon

    Oct 4, 2007
    Sooner or later HD support is going to be like TouchTone... Ma Bell charged for it long after it actually cost more to support rotary dial phones. At some point the providers are going to realize it costs more to provide SD equipment than just HD equipment.

    You literally can't give away an SD TV these days.

    I think the $3/account MRV fee is a bargain. :D
  11. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010

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