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I understand market share is on the side of DirecTV, yet why are ALL of the newest STB's only DirecTV capable? If the latest from Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic and the rest had the option of receiving Dish HD I would buy one in a heartbeat.


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Because Echostar makes their own equipment (by choice) & DirecTV has a number of hardware partners (by choice).


It's just two different ways of doing business.


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Because Echostar makes their own equipment (by choice) & DirecTV has a number of hardware partners (by choice).
This reminds me of Apple vs Microsoft OS biz philosophy or Sony vs JVC/VHS VCR system wars. Everyone knows who (Biz philosophy) won !


PS: Here is another comparison: nVidia vs 3DFX 3D Graphics chips competition after 1999 (when 3DFX started out to built their own 3D cards exclusively)



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Because Echostar makes their own equipment (by choice) & DirecTV has a number of hardware partners (by choice).


It's just two different ways of doing business.
That certainly explains it, thanks. Not a business decision that I would ever make even though a have a few Mac's and Sony beta products in my garage that I can't give away today.

 

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...have a few ...Sony beta products in my garage that I can't give away today.

If you had top-end Ed-Beta and Super-Beta machines like I do

(2 x EDV-9500, 2 x EDV-7500, SL-HFR900, and SL-HF2100) you'd

be using them instead of storing them in the garage.


These machines still work perfectly, and still make off-air

recordings (for time-shifting of ordinary everyday TV) that

are much better than any VHS (regular, HQ, or S-VHS).


The only things better are my D-VHS machines (JVC DSR-100

for Dish, and Hitachi VTDX815A and Hughes HDR-205 for

DirectTV, firewire-slaved off of Hughes E45 Platinum

receivers). But they're not analog... they're digital

recorders of the satellite-provided MPEG2 bitstream data

and thus make truly perfect recordings of the satellite-

provided source.


But for non-digital sources like OTA, you can't beat ED-Beta

and Super-Beta. Sony really knew how to build VCRs back

then. Function rich, and super-friendly intuitive design

and remote.
 
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