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DirecTV Pondering Netflix Clone
Survey Suggests They're Thinking About it
by Karl Bode 08:44AM Wednesday Apr 27 2011
Dave Zatz points out that DirecTV is circulating a survey among subscribers asking if they'd be interested in a Netflix-esque streaming video service. "The service would allow you to stream thousands of movies and television shows over a broadband internet connection to your television, computer or tablet," suggests the survey. Though they've failed a few times at doing so in the past, DirecTV doesn't offer broadband service, meaning you'd just be streaming the service over another company's broadband connection. As we exclusively reported earlier this year, DirecTV is working on a fixed LTE residential service with Verizon, though we're guessing the usage caps wouldn't play nice with such a service.

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Joe12345678

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Des Plaines, IL

Well they do have sat space to stream as well and a ppv netf

Well they do have sat space to stream as well and a ppv netflix pass may be a good idea say $10-$20 for as many PPV movies as you want.
supertbone

join:2002-04-04
Pleasant Grove, UT

Re: Well they do have sat space to stream as well and a ppv netf

Re-read the article. It will be streamed over broadband, not by sat.
hottboiinnc
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Re: Well they do have sat space to stream as well and a ppv netf

they already do that. Their PPV uses a high speed internet connection and depending on the time of signing up they actually charge an extra $20 to connect the box to the customer's router.

fireflier
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They asked a lot of questions.

It was a long survey. It became obvious early on the survey was obsessed with the Netflix model as there were only a few questions about any other service (i.e. Hulu, Youtube, etc.) . If memory serves, there was a specific question that addressed a "$6" unlimited streaming charge similar to Netflix's streaming option.

If they're going to be successful, they're going to have to find a comfortable niche. With Netflix already entrenched and Amazon opening up their streaming library to existing and future Amazon Prime subscribers, DirecTV won't make a big dent in the market without something to set them apart. Maybe streaming without broadband via satellite which doesn't seem too likely?

At the same time, I see this as a potentially positive step since it may add another player to push back against ISP claims for capping justification since it's highly likely DirecTVs service would also use the subscriber's broadband connection and would be threatened by caps.
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batterup
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Re: They asked a lot of questions.

said by fireflier:

At the same time, I see this as a potentially positive step since it may add another player to push back against ISP claims for capping justification since it's highly likely DirecTVs service would also use the subscriber's broadband connection and would be threatened by caps.

DirecTV and Verizon have had a long standing arraignment; Verizon DSL, POTS and DirecTV "triple play". Verizon DSL has no caps and they have pushed their DSL offering to the max with ADSL2+. Do you want to stream movies 24/7? Have I got a deal for you.

It doesn't give me hope for FiOS any time soon though.

mplsguy

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Re: They asked a lot of questions.

said by batterup:

said by fireflier:

At the same time, I see this as a potentially positive step since it may add another player to push back against ISP claims for capping justification since it's highly likely DirecTVs service would also use the subscriber's broadband connection and would be threatened by caps.

DirecTV and Verizon have had a long standing arraignment; Verizon DSL, POTS and DirecTV "triple play". Verizon DSL has no caps and they have pushed their DSL offering to the max with ADSL2+. Do you want to stream movies 24/7? Have I got a deal for you.

It doesn't give me hope for FiOS any time soon though.

Here you are again bashing Fiber ...

Your relentless.... a true copper-lover.

batterup
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Re: They asked a lot of questions.

said by mplsguy :

said by batterup:



It doesn't give me hope for FiOS any time soon though.

Here you are again bashing Fiber ...

Your relentless.... a true copper-lover.

I made my comment easier for you to see. FiOS deployment has stopped. What do you want from me?
Bob61571

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I did not get the survey. I do have DirecTV and Netflix. Unlike most DirecTV subscribers, I have connected my box to the internet with a Power-line adapter.

Problems that I see:
1) Huge number of DirecTV subscribers that live in areas with slow broadband speeds(or only dial-up). DirecTV subs will expect a good picture, and slow broadband will not help. This is outside DirecTV's control.

2) Usage caps, or the threat of them by many ISPs.

3) Why would happy Netflix subs leave Netflix for an unproven DirecTV program?

4) Hardware costs/Install issues/monthly costs for subscribers.

fireflier
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Re: They asked a lot of questions.

To address your questions:

1) If a current DirecTV sub has Netflix, they'll be used to the reduced quality of Netflix streaming on slow connections so the new DTV product probably wouldn't be any different. If they don't have Netflix, they may complain about the poor quality of the DTV service, but they won't do any better with other services so it's kind of a wash.

2) Agreed. Same goes for Netflix and Amazon Prime subs which is one reason I like to see more players in this game to push back against caps. All three streaming services may suffer if caps become popular.

3) DirecTV will probably offer free trial periods to entice people if they release the service. In addition, as I mentioned earlier, I *think* one question quoted $6/month which, assuming is unlimited streaming is cheaper than a current Netflix streaming-only plan.

4) Hardware costs and install issues might be a problem--for those who don't already have receivers connected to their network. For those who already do, it's moot. Monthly cost to subscribers exists for DTV's potential-streaming option or Netflix. DTV is just another "option" over Netflix.

Having said all that, my current Netflix plan includes blu-ray discs and streaming, and I intend to keep that for now so I probably wouldn't dump Netflix for the DTV streaming-only option.

This will depend a LOT on how big DTV's library of streaming titles is (relative to the others guys), how embedded their service is (Netflix is embedded in a host of televisions, blu-ray players, etc. DTV streaming of the sort they're proposing exists nowhere at the moment but would probably be added to existing DTV receivers), and how user friendly it is.

I'm sure DTV could provide a browser-based viewer for people to use on their PCs and Macs, but it will be a while before a DTV viewer app would be as mainstream as Netflix currently is in products.

Given how the studios are getting nervous about Netflix's contracts which will be up for renewal soon, I doubt they'll be much more generous for DirecTV providing the same service.
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Their Head start is milions of deloyed boxes ready to go

and no licensing fees to Sony or Microsoft for console software.

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DirecTV Needs to Do Satellite Delivery, First

They can't even get satellite delivery right.

»www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/D···81000357

On the other hand, Netflix has it [movie delivery and streaming] down to a science.

»sanjose.bbb.org/Business-Report/···c-206533

I'm all for competition, but DirecTV would make a mess and not clean it up.

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