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Bandwidth requirements for DirecTV On Demand

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dngrant, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Sep 3, 2011 #1 of 15
    dngrant

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    Greetings all,

    Comcast recently expanded into my neighborhood and I am on track to get XFinity Internet in the very near future. What kind of bandwidth package should I get to maximize the On Demand experience. I would like it to truly be On Demand, i.e. select the show and start watching while it downloads.

    For the Internet, I am looking at Comcast's 50/10 service. Should that meet the requirement?

    Many thanks!!
     
  2. Sep 3, 2011 #2 of 15
    P Smith

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    That will meet with big margin. Those servers has limit per session what is lower then your DL speed 50 Mbps.
     
  3. Sep 3, 2011 #3 of 15
    Kevin F

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    50/10 should work just fine for most real time watching. I'd say wait about 30 seconds so the DVR is ready and then start it. I have TWC 30/5 and I can do SD and HD almost instantaneously. To tell you the truth, I don't know if the DirecTV servers can throw 50 Mbps to a single user.

    Edit: P Smith beat me to the punch :D

    All well

    Kevin
     
  4. Sep 3, 2011 #4 of 15
    P Smith

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    I don't know if the DirecTV servers can throw 50 Mbps to a single user, that would be easy to guess: how many simultaneous sessions DTV planned ? And each one is 35-50 Mbps ? Then what bandwidth they should provide and how much it will be cost for them ? I'll be glad if it maxing at 8 Mbps ...
     
  5. Sep 3, 2011 #5 of 15
    veryoldschool

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    7 Mb/s seems to be what's reported.
     
  6. Sep 3, 2011 #6 of 15
    Kevin F

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    Very true. I wonder how many servers out there can really throw out 50 Mbps consistently and simultaneously to 100+ users, let alone a gigabit.

    Kevin
     
  7. Sep 3, 2011 #7 of 15
    Kevin F

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    Also how could I test my speed to DirecTV servers? I would probably have to monitor the stream through a router while downloading VOD.
     
  8. Sep 3, 2011 #8 of 15
    P Smith

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    That's what I thought - 5 Mbps, perhaps some buffering upping to 7 Mbps ...
     
  9. Sep 3, 2011 #9 of 15
    dngrant

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    Thank you all very much. I may scale back my service then and get the next one below....hmmm....NAH!!!!

    -dngrant
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    I can only do 5 Mb/s, so I have to count on reading others' posts.
     
  11. Kevin F

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    Hahha there ya go. The more speed the better.
     
  12. dpeters11

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    To a certain point, but there is a point of major diminishing returns.
     
  13. Scott Kocourek

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    Same here, and on a typical 1080P movie I usually wait 20 Minutes and then can watch without catching up to the buffer.
     
  14. P Smith

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    This amount of time should require 5 Mbps X 20 min x 60 s/min = 6000 Mb = 750 MB buffer, practically 1 GB.
    Adding to that it will hold the 20 min reserve in case of network speed falling down ...
     
  15. veryoldschool

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    SD can be done here "almost live", while HD averages 1.5:1, meaning it takes 45 mins for 30 mins of program.
     

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