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DirecTV CEO Doubts Apple TV Can Beat His Set-Tops

theodp (442580) writes | more than 2 years ago

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theodp (442580) writes "In a move that evokes memories of Steve Ballmer's initial pooh-poohing of the iPhone threat, DirecTV Chairman Michael White downplayed the Apple TV hype, expressing doubts that 'Apple's interface will be so much better than DirecTVs' that people will be willing to pay for an extra box. So, will White's statement — 'It’s hard to see (it) obsoleting our technology' — come back to haunt him?"

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Cute Fuzzy Bunny (2234232) | more than 2 years ago | (#40201921)

...I've been a directv subscriber since around 1994 when they had 50,000 customers and have their current HD DVR technology.

Pro's: nice picture quality, lots of channels, plenty of downloadable shows.

Cons: Cant stream anything except youtube from a search. No netflix. No hulu. Have to download all shows which can take quite a while and can only start viewing when you have buffered a lot. Most hardware platforms are slower than molasses going uphill on a cold monday morning, and if your brand new HR24 craps out, chances are they'll ship you a replacement HR 20/21/22 that are basically too slow to use. You hit a button on the remote and a while later something happens. Completely opposed to and unsupporting of anything coming through the box that isn't directv supplied and branded.

In short, unacceptable for 2012, poised for a major faceplant from someone elses set top box.

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