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Directv on Demand Software Rollout

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DodgerBlue, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. Oct 18, 2007 #61 of 160
    kmill14

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    Assuming that most HR-20 users are NOT connected to a network, the user base for the "DOD" is going to be pretty small. Is the library also going to be really small? I hope this isn't one of those features they add and forget about due to lack of demand.

    Also, why is it via broadband, and not thru the dish?
     
  2. Oct 18, 2007 #62 of 160
    Earl Bonovich

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    Technilogical limitations to do it via SAT.

    Say there is a small number of users... 1,000

    All of them at the same moment, request 1,000 different shows (as there are several thousand already in the library).

    There simply is not enough bandwith in the SAT Datastream to send 1,000 distinct targeted data streams to those 1,000 peole.

    (Now increase that to say 1,000,000 users)

    The internet/broadband connection is designed to handle that type of distinct targeted activity.


    And IMHO... your original assumption is incorrect...
    While broadband is not available everywhere... it is available (and prodominant), in the major DMA's.... so those that do want to have access to this feature... will find a way to get their HR20's connected to their broadband connection.

    And in the same time, may find out other devices they have will benefit too... (like game systems, some stereo's, iPOD and other media devices, in cell-phones will now tap into broadband connections)... ect...
     
  3. Oct 18, 2007 #63 of 160
    ItaliaVP

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    After the national rollout on the 700's will there be a period of DOD CE's for he 100's or will it go right to national rollout?
     
  4. Oct 18, 2007 #64 of 160
    Earl Bonovich

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    Most likely, yes... there will be a CE Cyle for the -100 after the -700 national release.
     
  5. Oct 18, 2007 #65 of 160
    MikeR

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    for those that missed it, and are curious how it works/looks etc...

    Here is Earl's First Look of Directv on Demand
     
  6. Oct 18, 2007 #66 of 160
    jash

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    guys,

    i'm 5 days into my first experience with directv' video on demand. there's plenty for you to do before you are ready to truly enjoy and use this service, so give d* a break. first, you need at least a 3Mb/second connection at home. second, you need to hardwire the ethernet cable from your in home router/hub to the back of the hr20. third, you need to download the cutting edge release at midnight on a friday or saturday to get access to the beta to play with. if you have all of these things in place, then you are ready to play with vod. if you download the ce release, be prepared to lose all your recorded content, guide data, customizations, recording schedules, what have you and do not bitch about it. that is part of the terms of playing the game early. if you are not ready to do all of the above, wait for the national production release and stop whining.

    ;)
     
  7. Oct 18, 2007 #67 of 160
    flipptyfloppity

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    I think what BMoreRavens meant to say was you should go read the cutting edge forum on how to do this, including all the restrictions on what you shouldn't do if you run cutting edge software (i.e. you can't call tech support for any reason, not just for VOD).
     
  8. Oct 18, 2007 #68 of 160
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    Maybe a stupid question;

    If your HR20 is constantly connected to the internet, what are the chances of getting a virus in your machine that could cause serious problems?
     
  9. Oct 18, 2007 #69 of 160
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  10. Oct 18, 2007 #70 of 160
    Earl Bonovich

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    I know you put a ;) at the end... but for the sake of other reading this thread....

    1) You don't need a 3mb connection, DoD will work with any speed of connection... (the slower the speed the longer the total download will take, and depending on your speed... they may or may not effect your viewing)

    2) You don't need to hardwire your unit, there are several wirless options out there... and as noted in the first post of this thread, there is going to be an option to wire it via your power circuits

    3) As of today, yes... if you wanted to be in the Beta Field trials you had to have the CE versions, but soon the software that contains the feature will be rolling out to the general population

    4) Downloading a CE will not erase your: Recorded Content, your Series Links, or your customization settings.... depending on the software, your guide data may not be cached.. .but it will immediately start to reload after the restart is complete.
     
  11. Oct 18, 2007 #71 of 160
    Canis Lupus

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    I'd have to go with negligible on this. This is a very closed system, and the numbers are miniscule compared to even the Mac OS :lol:, so someone would have to go through a lot of trouble for very little notoriety ;)

     
  12. Oct 18, 2007 #72 of 160
    Earl Bonovich

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    1) Someone would first have to find a way to get into the HR20 via the network connection, which hasn't been done yet.

    2) Someone would then have to figure a hook in point to plant that virus

    3) They would then have to find a way to get that virus saved to the eprom

    4) They would have to figure out a way to get that virus to execute...

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    And for what gain? other to say it can be done...


    So bottom line.... while anything is possible... You probably have a better chance on getting a virus on any of your PC's or portable systems (like iPOD), then you would on the HR20.
     
  13. Oct 18, 2007 #73 of 160
    Canis Lupus

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    I have a 1.5 connection and it works just fine. As Earl points out though, it does require a bit more patience.

     
  14. Oct 18, 2007 #74 of 160
    kmill14

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    Thanks for clearing up #1 and #2.
     
  15. Oct 18, 2007 #75 of 160
    tim99

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    I think this is exactly right. D* has always been marketed towards the high end user with deep pockets. These folks always find a way, be it with their own skills or their tech savvy friends and family.

    While having to do deliver VOD over the internet is a liability, I’d really like to see D* turn that ‘negative’ into a positive. All of their interactive tools like weather, what people are watching etc, the scores and player stats thing, all that would work a LOT better over the internet than it does via the satellite system. With boxes connected to the internet there is really no end to what they can do interactively.

    IOW if you’re not connected everything works as it does now, but if you are connected D* takes advantage of that and uses that connection to deliver whatever they can.

    Peace . . .




     
  16. Oct 18, 2007 #76 of 160
    m4p

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    For those on CE and utilizing DOD, how are the download speeds? I've only got a 2.5 megs/sec download speed and wonder if that will be good enough.
     
  17. Oct 18, 2007 #77 of 160
    mrrydogg

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    Thanks for all this great info.

    I am not the most tech savvy person, so if my question seems redundant, I apologize. I noticed some earlier posts about wireless setups and wanted some further information. I have a wireless router for my home network. Will the HR20 recognize it or do I need to add some type of hard line ethernet to it? I really don't want to run a hard line to the unit since my router is upstairs!

    I heard mention of a bridge? a plug? Anyone willing to explain in some laymen terms how these work and how to set them up. I want my DOD or VOD or whatever! :)
     
  18. Oct 18, 2007 #78 of 160
    dbmaven

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    One option is a wireless bridge - this takes an Ethernet capable device (like the HR20/21) and makes it visible on your wireless network. That's what I did - using a Linksys WET54G. Most folks with default router settings would be able to set up the bridge with defaults, then plug the HR20/21 into the bridge (with a regular ethernet cable) and have it "just work" - it can really be that easy to set up.
     
  19. Oct 18, 2007 #79 of 160
    vollmey

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    This is what I use and I know there are many others here using it. Price has gone up a bit since I got mine, but you can get it from newegg.com cheaper.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...ffalo&lp=7&type=product&cp=1&id=1134701703107
     
  20. Oct 18, 2007 #80 of 160
    mrrydogg

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    Thank you both.

    They do both seem pretty easy to setup....off the the electronics store I go!!!
     
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