Voom is dead on April 30th?

Discussion in 'VoomTalk.Com (Closed Forum)' started by Chris Blount, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. lazaruspup

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    With differences in encoding and compression, etc. etc. etc. Neither of the other DBS providers would be able to support the hardware in the Voom boxes anyways. Those were built by Motorola specifically for the Voom system and its software. Your best bet is to eat the loss and sign up for one of the good promo's that either DBS company has going right now or look into what your local cable company has to offer. Being a switcher, the cable company will more than likely make you a great deal on credits etc, if you offer up your equipment and/or dish.
     
  2. Art7220

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    Motorola also builds boxes for the Star Choice system. I think the firmware can be modified for it. SC should be able to buy these up.

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  3. loudo

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    The high cost of keeping all of the upload equipment, Satellite transmitter space and all of the other associated cost, would have to be continued by the company buying the customer base or else the equipment would be useless. Voom equipment is set up to receive the signals transmitted from the VOOM head end equipment being sent up to the satellite. That is a cost that we know is a loosing investment.

    I know when I switched from C-Band satellite, to my pizza pan system, I looked at all of the different systems and felt that VOOM was better for the high definition programing but their sports was really lacking and that their basic programing didn't off any where as much programing as DirecTv or Dish did. Plus no NFL package on Dish made up my mind in a hurry, to go with DirecTv. I am sure a lot of others felt the same way when looking at the original VOOM package, that was offered over a year ago. Yes, it did improve a little as time went on, but I think their big mistake was puting it on the market originally with to little programing.

    I hope when DirecTV launches their new satellite with 1500 HD channels, some will be new HD programing and not just locals in HD, that you can already get OTA. :confused:
     
  4. larrystotler

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    That's 4 satellites for up to 1500 Locals channels and a possible 150 NationalHD channels. No word yet on whether they even have any national HDs ready to go.
     
  5. BasicBlak

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    Ouch! A little harsh, don't you think? :lol: But I totally agree with you. Personally, I factored in all monthly satellite costs (including the E* HD Pak) prior to making the initial HDTV investment. After all, HDTVs are hardly the only consumer product out there that requires additional capital outlay on a regular basis (try buying car, for instance, and never gassing it up, let alone getting it tuned regularly, and see how far you get).

    Granted, due to the dearth of any real HD programming out there even from the networks, the vast majority of HDTV owners buy their sets to enjoy anamorphic DVDs displayed at 480p, a definite and distinct improvement over letterboxed DVDs played back on SD sets, to be sure. However, I made it a point to hold off on buying my set until I was certain I could confortably afford the additional cost of my provider's HD package, skimpy and miniscule as it is. Why? Because it would simply kill me to know that I was not getting the most that my set had to offer, whether I paid $3000 for it or merely $300! Sure, the fact that we even have to pay ANYTHING more for satellite HD absolutely SUCKS! But it is what it is, and it's presently out of our control if we want to get the most out of our hobby--and our investment.

    Of course, we could simply choose not to pay up--as many have opted to do--but what would be the fun in that? This is leisure time activity--we aren't really doing anything constructive like trying to cure cancer. If folks want to play, then they've got to pay. Otherwise, why bother? So, to those who have SD receivers on HD sets, do yourself a favor and upgrade as soon as you feasibly can. Take it from me, you'll find yourselves smiling a lot more. :D
     
  6. Nick

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    Well, we don't do PC down here. Except for the politicians, we pretty much tell it like it is.
     
  7. BobMurdoch

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    The Newsday article which talked about the bogus consumer group Charles Dolan created to try and sway the FCC to stop the Rainbow 1 sale mentioned an interesting stat......

    E* takes 10 DAYS to generate 40,000 new subscribers. V* took 18 months to get to that point.

    They don't NEED to do anything to get those subscribers. (I'm guessing half of them already subscribe to either D* or E* already in addition to V*)
     
  8. BasicBlak

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    Well, I love it, Nick! :hurah: :lol: :D
     
  9. Nick

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    I'd bet a southern-fried Twinkie you are spot on, Bob. I never looked at VOOM as a SA service and I never watched their SD channels. For me, it was all about the unique HD programming.

    I already have two dishes looking at 61.5 so I'm ready for the conversion! :grin:
     
  10. ypsiguy

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    Hopefully, E* will add Cinemax, TMC, and Starz HD. I would also like to see Universal HD.

    For existing E* subs, they are offering a $50 one time payment and $5 a month lease on the 811. I took the deal cuz I do not want a useless box after the MPEG-4 switchover.

    It is too bad on VOOM, I hate to see the loss of competition, but they were really out on a limb with the shareholders over the losses being incurred. :(
     
  11. lazaruspup

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    Encore HD is no longer broadcast. Universal HD and Bravo HD are the same channel.
     

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