Originally Posted by bargervais
I pulled the plug and subscribed $35 plus $5.00 HBO PLUS TAX that comes to $40.00 a month and that's with the understanding it will stay that price for as long as I don't cancel. so to answer your question I will cut back on the number of boxes and cancel my HBO.
For satellite and cable subs who do not currently have DVR service, and who live in one of the seven markets (NYC, Chicago, LA, Philly, San Fran, Oakland, San Jose) that currently receive ABC, NBC, and FOX (no CBS yet but coming) this offering is a slam dunk, no brainer win right now.
The picture quality, sound and overall experience, especially on the Apple TV, is as impressive as what I'm getting from Directv with my $140/mo HD package.
However, for everyone else, including those who are currently using a DVR, the service will be found lacking. No access to local programming from within the DirectvNow program guide and no DVR functions are show stoppers.
The DVR functionality, according to reports, is coming. Apparently sometime next year.
The widespread availability of the big 4 networks, however, is a different issue and one that ALL streaming providers are scrambling to resolve. Cable and satellite providers encountered these exact same issues when they launched. Apple themselves have apparently been close to launching a $40/mo streaming service only to be stifled by network access pricing negotiations. The networks rely on these local carriage agreements for the bulk of their income, to the tune of over $8 billion annually.
However, SlingTV is about to drop a bombshell...
They are set to release an over the air HDTV tuner that they are calling "AirTV" that will allow users who have access to local OTA channels to pipe those channels into the SlingTV programming guide, effectively doing an end run on the network licensing issues.
If other streaming providers follow suit, DirectvNow, PS Vue and potentially Apple, it could be a major win for cord cutters nationwide - at least those who are close enough to metro areas that have TV towers.
And if that happens, the networks will likely try to stop it through the courts. However, I believe that the new administration, with their stated deregulation policies, will be on the side of the streaming services. As a consumer, I'm good with that.
We live in interesting times, it will be fun to watch as this is just getting started.