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With all of the emphasis on networking the RTV units in both the 5.0 software and the new 55XX units, why has DNNA not considered a multiple unit discount on monthly service?


With the emerging market share of the DVR boxes offered by cable providers (at around an additional $6.95/month to your cable bill per DVR box), it would seem good business sense to offer an incentive to stick with, and purchase additional units. RTV, which has an upfront cost of around $200 and then the monthly fee, will need to build new customer appeal with the basics of offering more for less.


After playing with the Time Warner DVR, the features and interface of both RTV and Tivo are far superior (networking, downloading, show organization, photos, mp3(?), more storage), though not have 2 tuners is a drawback (TW DVR has pip and multiple show recording).


If DNNA had an offer of say $9.95 (or 12.95 for new subscribers) for the first box and about $5 for each additional box, they would certainly be a better sell to those deciding between RTV and Tivo. In addition a selling point to counter the cable DVR could be that, with networked RTVs, you can record two shows at once and watch it on either television (something the TW DVR cannot do).


Just a thought.
 

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This has been discussed before many time. The problem is they have no way of knowing who the user of the second box would be. How could they verify that you didn't give the box to your neigbor or relative?
 

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easy... require both units to be connected by the phone line (in addition to network, if so desired) and then have the units phone home every once in awhile, if not to pick up data, just to verify they are on the same line...
 

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easy... require both units to be connected by the phone line (in addition to network, if so desired) and then have the units phone home every once in awhile, if not to pick up data, just to verify they are on the same line...
All 3 of my RTVs are nowhere near a phone jack, so NO THANKS! Also, many are getting rid of their wired phone service anyway and going all cellular for home phone use.
 

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easy... require both units to be connected by the phone line (in addition to network, if so desired) and then have the units phone home every once in awhile, if not to pick up data, just to verify they are on the same line...
Not so easy if you don't have a land-line.
 

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Well, it's a bit of a dead horse, but you could do the same thing by saying they all come from the same IP address. *Most* people use NATing firewall routers where all devices have the 'same' IP address. That would be about impossible to break and would prove 'where' the RTVs are.


But, as you say, 5500s don't need any such scheme.
 
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