|Originally posted by ReplayRichard
It is my opinion that MP3 Streaming or local storage, To Do Lists, buffer capture, and photos are all "cool", but none of them helps the customer decide at retail to buy a product from the underdog
The feature I'm teasing with, and I know that is cruel, will help customers make just that decision. At least, that is my opinion.
I'm not just teasing because I can. I'm trying to instill hope again for a group of people I believe will help users make that decision for years to come.
Unfortunately, without adding the "cool" features that many of us are thinking about, price
is probably the only area where DNNA can make changes that will sway an undecided consumer. (OK, there's one other possibility....As I remember what drove the VCR explosion in the 70's and 80's, it occurs to me that if DNNA could somehow integrate pornography-related features
into the product, then these things would fly off the shelves. However, since a comment was made about this feature being a bonus to someone's mother, I'll assume it's not that.)
Seriously, if J6P knows that an 80-hour TiVo is going to cost $600 activated while an 80-hour ReplayTV with a very similar feature set will only cost $400, then everyone will start rooting for the underdog. Look at what happened to Gateway with their $2999 plasma TV. IMHO that single product is what helped bring their company back from the brink of disaster.
I just don't know... It seems to me that even with lower prices, DNNA is still fighting an uphill battle. Having removed their product from major brick&mortar retailers like BestBuy and Circuit City, DNNA is left with little more than Amazon.com and Radio Shack, and your average consumer 1) doesn't like shopping in Radio Shack and 2) likes to be able to see and touch their AV gear before they buy it, which might make them hesitate to buy one from Amazon.EUREKA!
Now it all makes sense... DNNA is pulling out of retail because their scheme is to turn ReplayTV into the Tupperware of PVRs. This whole "Demo Days" thing is just their first step toward the creation of a vast army of commission-earning, Replay-evangelizing, PVR-party-having housewives and househusbands. ReplayRichard's mom is happy, I'm happy, potential buyers are happy, DNNA is happy, and all is well in a new world order without status bars. Case closed.