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The problem is that I was just on the phone with one of your sales reps and she said i could use download manager to schedule netflix movies. I was skeptical because I know netflix is streamed live.
Since moving away from an area where cable internet access was available, I have had to give up a lot of my internet conveniences, such as netflix, because satallite internet is stingy with download capacity. 20 gig a month is not a reasonable amount of data in order to be able to have a modern use of the internet. Streaming video is definitely out with all satelite internet providers. Why don't you all do like gary suggested and have a reasonable limit like 50 of 60 gig? Or, maybe just single out netflix and let folks watch say 3 movies a week as part of their plan? You all are really getting me to jump on the first cable provider that expamds into my area, or go with att uverse as an alternative.
If Hughesnet is a connection of last resort, then their customer base is captive right? Then they will never compete in the modern world. They do have competition in Exede/wildblue, but those guys basically use the same playbook. If and when the cable/cellular markets expand, then the satellite internet providers can plan on shutting down? Is that what you are saying? as long as satellite providers just give you a little bit better service than dial-up, then that's going to be ok? I have never heard of a business plan that does not provide for upgrading services that has survived. No buggy-whip makers left out there are there?
Captive customer base ? No, everyone always has a choice of some sort. It may at time be the lesser of two evils but a choice none the less.
I think Yoda from Star Wars fame said it best ... Do or Do Not.
No one from Hughes came to your door and forced you to sign up.
You must have done that yourself. Certainly you researched just what it was you contracted for .. didn't you ?
You could have chose not to accept those terms and conditions .. you see .. a choice.
Internet serice is just that .. a service .. buy or buy not as you choose/
What you fail to understand is that "Residential Service" is a very, very tiny part of Hughes Network Systems.
The vast majority lays with Business, Enterprise, Government and Military.
I'll bet that "Residential" consumes the lions share of support resourses.
Will Cable and Cellular eventualy cut into the residential numbers .. sure they will.
Remember, if it made good business sense, Verizon or Frontier would have run fiber optic through those areas long ago.
A satellite is going to take several years from "commisioning" to sitting in the payload bay ready for launch.
It is going to cost upwords of a half-Billion-Dollars. To that add launch and insurance costs.
That satellite will have a service life of about 15 years .. give or take,
You can't just stack those suckers helter skelter in the sky either .. orbital slots are regulated.
We also need to factor in the costs associated with the building, maintaining and staffing the NOC's (Network Operation Centers) needed to join the "space borne" portion of your Hughes connection to the terrestial portion of the Internet.
Now in light of all that do you really think your miserable $70 or $100 per month helps or hurts much ?
I would bet that Hughes feels completely different about my miserable $70 to $100 dollars per month, especially when multiplied by the hundreds of thousands of other users.
And yes, I did read the entire agreement, but as a person who came from the unlimited download world of Cable access, I did not at the time realize that 10 gig or even 15 gig a month was a pitiful amount of internet use for anyone in the modern world....now I do, and I am not happy and am looking for alternatives.
All of the technical specs that you quote mean nothing to me, i simply want high speed internet access. I would be willing to pay even more if I could get the service that I am accustomed to.
What I am getting is about a week of high speed access each billing cycle, followed by 3 weeks of 56k dial up speeds. All that, at twice the cost of cable access.
Preach all you want, that is terrible service at outrageous prices. There is a large contingent of people that Hughes and others are making very mad, and while they stew, some innovative company will come up with a decent service and Hughes wont have to worry about residential customers anymore, they can service all of their important clients.
Other developed countries have government incentives for expanding internet coverage. Not here.
I live in a sparsely populated mountainous area. Will be a very long time before even WISP comes along let alone cable or fiber. Would take a lot of towers to provide good WISP coverage. I think Hughes knows this and will continue to take advantage of it.
There are vast areas of this huge country which will be without cable, fiber or even WISP for a very, very long time.
I also doubt the Jupiter satellite is used only for residential and business internet. Could be wrong but would be surprised.
Other searches on "record streaming video," etc. may yield other third-party apps.
I am the co-founder of a new company that is working on products to improve the internet experience for rural internet subscribers such as those that use Hughesnet. In particular we have developed a technology called Video Stream Shifter that lets you pre-load video streams (such as Netflix) to your home router at night and then watch the video the next day (or later).
You would use Netflix exactly the same as before (on any device in your home). When our software detects an episode in a TV show is being watched, it will automatically start pre-loading the next few episodes at night. You can also trigger a pre-load of a movie by watching the first few seconds of it. The next day any pre-loaded movies you watch will be streamed from the router instead (without counting against daytime usage).
Note that our software works like a cache that is typically used in much larger networks and does not bypass the Netflix DRM. You still need to have a valid Netflix subscription and internet connection to watch any of the pre-loaded streams.
At this point we have proven the technology and built a prototype. Before bringing it to market we’d like to get an idea of how many people would be interested in using this.
Please visit http://satellite.videostreamshift.com/ and press “Try Now” to register and help make it a reality!
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