Cablevision, Verizon DVR Feud Masks Soaring Prices
by Karl Bode 08:30AM Tuesday Apr 08 2014 Tipped by matcarl
Cablevision appears to have responded to Verizon's new Quantum TV DVRs, which can record twelve programs at once
. According to Cablevision, they've upgraded their network-storage DVR so that it now records a whopping fifteen programs at the same time
. The upgrade should be made available immediately for Cablevision customers.
It would be much more welcoming to see these two companies duke it out over price as opposed to improvements with niche appeal, though that's been happening less and less over the last few years. Both companies, tired of seriously competing with one another, have been dramatically cutting back on price promotions in recent years
and shifted their focus to price hikes. That you can now record six-hundred-and-seventy-two programs simultaneously is apparently supposed to distract you from this fact.
| |mack1951Universal Soldier
How many do you really need? I can't find 15 shows in a week that I would record. 15 at once or 12 at once if your recording that much you really need to get out more often.
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| IIRC, they have to in order to make it legal. Kind of like Aereo technically, although on the content side, it's all one feed, since they have carriage agreements.|
There's a major disconnect in that logic. Satellite can't do VOD because it's a single national feed, there's no cable or IPTV system to do VOD streams, so it HAS to be done locally. It's also the big four, NOT every channel. DISH's PTAT uses a single tuner that picks up all four networks (since they are arranged on the same TP in markets that support PTAT specially for PTAT), and it a chunk of the 2TB drive for PTAT, basically recording Prime Time every day. If Prime Time ends up being 3 hours (I'm not sure exactly what it records or doesn't...) on 4 channels, that's 12 hours a day. With MPEG-4 compression, that's around 3-4GB/hour, so conservatively, that's 48GB/day. For 8 days, that's about 400GB. With 2TB, there's still 1.6TB left for user recordings. I think they got rid of the movie VOD thing that the 922's had, which was similar in technical implementation, but one tuner at a time if nothing else was scheduled, and then it kept them encrypted until you paid for them...
In CableVision's case, although combining copies for some popular shows for short periods of time would cut WAY down on the storage requirements, for more obscure stuff, it wouldn't do much at all.