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Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by lee espinoza, Jan 3, 2006.
Back to the primary subject of the thread. Is the D* press conference today?
Tonight, 6:30 Vegas time.
January 05, 2006 12:10 PM US Eastern Timezone
Fox Entertainment Group and DIRECTV Launch Partnership to Offer Best of FOX and FX Network Programming On Demand
2006 International CES
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2006--
Groundbreaking Deal Includes Pre-Air Broadcasts of FX Series, Post-Air Broadcasts of FOX Programs Plus One Hour Weekly Showcase of Fox Entertainment Highlights
Fox Entertainment Group and DIRECTV, Inc., today announced an agreement to bring viewers the best of FX and FOX Broadcasting on demand through the new DIRECTV Plus(R) DVR (digital video recorder). In an industry first, beginning in March viewers will get a "first look" at prime time hits from FX a full 24-48 hours prior to their initial broadcasts for $2.99 and, later in the year, DIRECTV subscribers will have post-air access to FOX Broadcasting's hottest series for just 99 cents for six to seven days following their national broadcast. The innovative deal will provide DIRECTV subscribers the ability to choose between pre-air and post-air television programming options for the first time ever.
In addition, DIRECTV viewers will have free, on demand access to a weekly showcase of exclusive highlights from Fox Entertainment, including the promotional presentation of limited, full-length television episodes, extended footage from leading Fox programs, and behind the scenes features on Fox films and TV shows.
"We're committed to finding new ways to bring our content to consumers and we think this deal is a huge step forward in giving them greater choice and control over their entertainment experience," said Peter Chernin, President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation. "For the very first time, viewers will be able to watch their favorite shows before the rest of the world. And we now have the ability to create different cuts of our programs for the pre-air audience -- versions with additional scenes and materials not included in the network broadcast -- something entirely new. It's an exciting opportunity for the television consumer and for us. Moreover, this new partnership will also enrich the viewing experience by providing access to DIRECTV's enhanced services, features and interactive functionality."
"Growing our interactive/On Demand service is a top priority for DIRECTV and our partnership with Fox is further testament to the commitment DIRECTV is making to delivering the very best in television and entertainment programming," said Chase Carey, president and CEO, DIRECTV, Inc. "By continually offering our subscribers new and exclusive programming choices at their convenience, we not only enhance the viewing experience but broaden the depth of our services and offerings."
Under terms of the agreement, viewers will have on demand access to some of television's most acclaimed dramas, comedies and documentaries including FX's "The Shield," "Rescue Me," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and "30 Days" and FOX Broadcasting's "24," and "Prison Break."
"Television viewing habits continue to evolve and this deal is a prime example of our ongoing effort to bring consumers exciting new ways to individualize their entertainment experience," said Peter Levinsohn, President of Fox Digital Media. "And in DIRECTV, we've found an ideal partner."
The DIRECTV Plus DVR brings the viewing experience to new levels with an array of network programming on demand, one-touch pause, rewind and fast-forward functionality and 100 hours of recording capacity and interactive functionality. The DIRECTV Plus DVR is available at 1-800 DIRECTV, directv.com and all Best Buy and Circuit City retailers nationwide.
Hmm... Even though I am not keen on paying for stuff that I could have caught via DVR on the first past. At least it gives us an option (other then Torrents) to account for user screw ups, or technology screw ups (or mis placed priorities, or long runs ect)
But does DirecTV really need an "agreement" with their sister company?
What would make this all meaningful, is if there was a way to get the content onto a DVD. At $.99 an episode, downloading and burning a whole season of 24 would be cheaper than the current cost of a season box set. But, I'm sure that's exactly what they would like to avoid. Also, I didn't notice it in the release, but I'm assuming these episodes are commercial free.
Or, i guess I could have a server running Windows MCE with a terabyte array.
Would be nice... maybe with the Microsoft MCE stuff...
I hope we are not waiting 12 months for more details on what we will be able to do with that.
Why stop at a Terabyte?
do you watch that much tv?
Nah... but it would be nice to archive some shows that I like to watch in bulk...
Or use that Terrabyte array as an MRV host.
Creating something "On Demand" for satellite delivered services borders on false advertising as far as I'm concerned; it's a ridiculous concept. It's not in any manner "on demand"; it's "delivered and recorded whether you want it or not".
The whole paradigm sucks and annoys me.
It can never offer a real library "on demand"; it's always going to be limited to some very small amount of material. The day I can view any episode of any series ever produced, I'll consider it "on demand"; but what is it right now at best? 60 hours of pre-selected stuff to choose from?
It's just like that Starz experiment. Useless. Wasteful. Pointless. And it takes away attention from more important matters.
There we go... that's why it exists... a marketing datapoint that they can point to in comparisons, as long as you don't delve too deeply.
Don't hold back tell us how you really feel about it.
I see IPTV in your future. But, not from Directv
BTW, in case nobody has said it outright...
TiVo's implementation of "Suggestions" is better "on demand" than most any of these limited "on demand" things satellite companies are trying to pass off on us -- maybe even better than some "on demand" offerings from cable companies.
At least TiVo Suggestions tries to find some reason to think we might have an interest in the programs it records based on the likes and dislikes we've chosen to express.
Suggestions -> Better OnDemand....
Agreed. As you are correct, at least it takes a guess on what I want to see.
Even with the CableCo's... I can't see how they could ever do a OnDemand model like you are request Doug... (I am not disagreeing with your premise, I agree with it whole heartedly)...
Until we create a new fundemental method for transfering the "OnDemand" content (maybe IPTV will be that fundemental change), even the Cable-Co's will reach a bandwith limitaiton point.
with Suggestions can you get a program before it airs?
Now that would be nice Video OnDemand stuff...
What if they offered pre-release items (before even DVD street dates)
Sure it probably won't be $1.99 maybe like $19.99 but it woudl be cool.
So what are the odds that I will be watching my recorded content on my PSP during my commute sometime in the near future?
If you have a R-15 very good