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post #1 of 5 Old 08-07-2001, 08:09 AM - Thread Starter
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To the contrary of previous statements, last night Dish Network said on their Tech Chat, that a HDTV PVR would not be available until late next year.

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-07-2001, 01:02 PM
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I'm honestly not surprised. If they were thinking of releasing anything based on the PVR 501 they have a long way to go if they want to butt heads with Tivo. God help us if Dish actually does merge with DirecTV. They'll never spend another dime on Dish Network Hardware.

  

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I agree that the economics of a merger favor the DirecTV equipment (larger installed base). However, don't forget that Echostar has its roots in hardware.

Echostar "gets it" in that they recognize the real competition as satellite vs. cable, and view HDTV as a competitive weapon. How's this for a scenario:

Echostar buys DTV.
Echostar embraces the (2nd generation, dual tuner, software written by software companies (yes, I'd categorize TiVo as a software company)) DTV PVRs.
Echostar works with TiVo & MS to develop a killer HD PVR to further differentiate satellite from cable.

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Don't forget to add to your scenario a third major addition to the STB DBS package- This is the integration of the internet.
I see the PVR and the webTV type packages being available on cable as well. In fact it's integration is technically easier to achieve than DBS. Unfortunately, the thing that is stopping Cable from doing this is their own backward management. Funny, how cable is so successful in spite of their own management.

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And let's not forget local-into-local DTV via satellite. A lot of folks who don't want a big terrestrial TV antenna have few or no qualms about a little dish.

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