That's really good for you, Lord Vader. However, your experience appears not to be typical. I have had a few faster downloads, too. But it appears that the speed is very dependent on the server load at the moment. My DSL connection is not at fault. My house is 1-1/2 blocks from the telco CO and it tests consistently at close to 7 Mb/sec. I am aware that a small fraction of subscribers have faster DL speeds, but it appears not to matter in most cases. By the way, how do you know the size of your download? And what is it that you have found compelling enough to bother to download? The fact is, if DirecTV is going to call this feature "on demand" you shouldn't have to wait for it to download at all. That isn't what "on demand" means. DirecTV has recognized that their service is not "on demand" by color coding the progress bar on your download. It turns green at 67% meaning it is safe (in most cases) to start playing a show at that time. However, you can still outrun the download when it is at 90%. You still can't download any HD content. Why not? Might it be that you will never be able to get HD over the Internet because it would take most viewers more than a day to download the 15 GB file typical of a 90 minute movie? If we do get HD "on demand" content, it will probably be from one of the new satellites. In which case, you would not need the VOD "on demand" service.