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cinemaplus movies - free?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by mikec73, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. mikec73

    mikec73 AllStar

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    hi, I am considering a switch from dish to directv, the d* rep and the website says "4000 additional movies at no additional charge" so additional non-new-release cinema movies are free. ? this doesnt sound right to me, if this was true it would be wonderful, but I am thinking movies from encore on demand, showtime on demand, hdnet movies on demand etc are free but other movies downloaded outside of those services would have a $2.99 -etc charge, if my thinking is correct instead of everythings free, would the total choice ultimate package really have that many movies for free. I know new release movies always have a charge because thats where the money really is for them.
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    What they are saying is CinemaPlus is a VOD (Video On Demand) "service" and there is no fee for this "service". Yes it offers thousands of movies. Some are free and some are PPV (Pay Per View). I have dowmloaded many movies for free from Sony, MGM, HDNET, TCM, FMC, Showtime, ect. Choice Ultimate is a "package" and costs $65.99 a month. I suggest you go to DirecTV's site and take a look.
     
  3. mikec73

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    that matches my original thinking, the rep basically said everything but new releases are free. dish has a similar service, on demand from networks are fee but there are rentals from cinema now (new and old) that are not. I like to browse the network on demand which doesnt include sony on mine, but there is not many movies except maybe 5 in hdnet movies. I have looked at the d* website searched some titles in their cinemaplus list that are not available through dishs system at all and found them for free and it does list a corresponding network for it and says free.
    I assume their is a correlation between on demand networks and channels in the package? a on demand difference between choice extra and ultimate? I want movies not tv shows. I am not concerned about being able to access new releases, they will be there, older movies are hard to get now that the rental stores are gone.
     
  4. The Merg

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    If your package receives a channel, you will have access to that channels on-demand version. For example, if you have Starz, you can access the Starz on-demand.

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  5. Nov 1, 2010 #5 of 10
    mikec73

    mikec73 AllStar

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    I was able to play with a hr24 at a bestbuy today, it move quickly but kept freezing up several times, I did check its details and it was a hr24/500 running sw v 416. I noticed there is a directv cinema and cinema plus section. cinema seems to be the new release section and the plus everything else. but allmost all had a dollar sign to them. the rep there said they would be free but the stores account type is different than in a home. Is this correct?
    It mixed future events with on demand events in a way that was hard to tell the difference. but I do like the convergence rather than search guide, search vod, search online-on demand like dish. I do like the capabilities but if regular freezes comes standard, with a price for every movie the rep says should be free. I'll stick with dish.
    Apps would not work.
     
  6. Nov 1, 2010 #6 of 10
    grog

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    Use the filter pull down to select specific channels of interest.

    https://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/listing/dodMovies.jsp

    One example MGM currently has 75 movies listed and all of them are free.

    You will also see that many are not only HD they are 1080P. :)

    Just look around it will give you some idea of what's on.
     
  7. Nov 1, 2010 #7 of 10
    E91

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    "Regular freezes" are certainly not common with the HR24. In fact, I've NEVER had a freeze or anything like it with my HR24. And, the TV apps are not particularly useful but are working well for most folks at this stage.

    The ONLY reason I switched was because of the crappy spots coverage at DISH but I've wound up being pleasantly surprised by the how much more I liked the HR24 than I liked the VIP.

    I just switched from DISH (which I had for a few years). Basically, I found the on demand services for both DISH and D* to be marginally interesting with a slight nod toward D*. Both offer mostly SD programming, PPV options, and a few movies or programs I already have on the HD of the my DVR.

    If high quality On demands services is a big part of the picture for you, neither Dish or D* is going to be likely to satisfy you.

    My sense of DISH vs. D* overall is half a dozen of one six of another. They've both got some pluses and minuses. I liked DISH slightly better for its better pricing and programming packages that more suited my needs, I liked D*'s DVR better, appreciate the high pq, and the better sports programming. Honestly, though, I really couldn't recommend one of the other.
     
  8. Maleman

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    It also caught my eye:
    Get 400 of the newest movie releases.
    Plus over 4,000 shows and movies, at no extra charge.


    A tad misleading depending on how one reads that statement. I originally thought FREE meaning everything on Directv Cinemaplus BUT I guess this is not the case?

    Secondly how do I connect? Wired ethernet from the HR to my router?

    Thanks
     
  9. The Merg

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    If you only have the one receiver, just hook up an ethernet cable from the receiver to your router.

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  10. Maleman

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    Thank u. I shall give that a try.
     

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