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Things have certainly eroded, but not bad enough to go to cable. Let's hope Rupert's deep pockets can add something to DirecTV versus us just adding to his deep pockets.
 

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Dan Collins said:
Not bloody likely...even if DirecTV had 3 times the capacity of their Ku and Ka slots, cable would still have more bandwidth.

Satellite capacity is not the real issue, commitment to quality is. DirecTV has, in the last 12 months, seriously degraded picture quality of BOTH the HD and SD content, replaced what was arguably the best available DVR system with another system that has a dubious track record, imposed restrictive business terms on customers, and raised prices (soon to be twice).

This is what has long time customer dismayed.
To top it off, why not charge customers the same amount to own equipment then, change the monthly fee to "lease fees." Semantics...hardly.

Still better than cable, but it's getting closer.
 

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Dan Collins said:
The "DirecTV-Plus DVR" is the US version of the BSkyB "Sky-Plus DVR" which has been around for a couple of years. It's track record in the UK is less than stellar (with most of the problems being reported by early adopters here). This is why comments like "it will get better" are, I'm afraid, wishful thinking. They've had years to get it right in the UK and have not been able to as of yet.
So the "DirecTV developed the software internally" is a bunch of mularchy? I'd say one look at NDS' website (XTVtoGo, etc.) makes it pretty clear DTV's development pretty much consisted of "we'll take 500,000 of whatever you got."
 
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