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NBC On Demand

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Feb 3, 2011 #81 of 172
    sigma1914

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    :lol: I figured I'd get some backlash. ;) I just think the arrogance of, "I only watch HD" is funny. It's odd someone will deprive themselves of a program that may entice them simply because it doesn't have enough lines of resolution. I love HD, don't get me wrong, but I'll watch SD if I have to...and I'll survive the horrors of less resolution lines. ;)

    To each there own. :)
     
  2. Feb 3, 2011 #82 of 172
    hilmar2k

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    There's a difference between not watching it, and complaining that it is only watchable in SD. ;)
     
  3. Feb 3, 2011 #83 of 172
    CCarncross

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    Unfortunately, if I cant get a show in HD, that I know is available in HD, I'll go wherever I can get it.
     
  4. Feb 3, 2011 #84 of 172
    sigma1914

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    That's what I do, but sometimes I'm stuck watching SD like a filthy low life. ;):p
     
  5. Feb 3, 2011 #85 of 172
    Sim-X

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    I find most of DTV's on demand useless since so much is in SD. I don't like the fact you have to download it either, I wish it would just stream and so I don't have to put it in my playlist.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2011 #86 of 172
    MysteryMan

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    +1......When DVRs were first introduced it's many features were it's selling points, FF being one of them. There are those in the media who would like the FF feature eliminated. It appears they have now found a way to partially do this.
     
  7. Feb 3, 2011 #87 of 172
    Vinny

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    I'm right with you. Just a few points in response to some.

    HD Snobs: I don't consider wanting to watch a program or station in HD being snobish. If the ability is there to provide HD then DirecTV should make every effort to provide it. We pay for HD service and we all know that NBC is broadcasting in HD so this is how we should see it. HBO went On Demand in December and we were told that "maybe by January" it would be in HD....still waiting.

    NBC On Demand Fee: We already saw how that worked out. No one wants to pay for something that was originally free....especially customers that are paying for DVR service above and beyond the regular cost of programming. Honestly, if I missed something live or forgot to record it; I am more inclined to go to NBC.com and watch it there...the quality on my PC is better than the SD on DirecTV.

    FF Disabled: I don't mind having to sit through a 30 second network promo or even a 30 second commercial. However, if a 42 minute show ends up being 60 minutes with commercials; again, I'd rather go to NBC.com to watch.

    Bottom Line: I would rather DirecTV make us wait for any new offerings and launch them in HD than putting it out there in SD. Yes; I know, only 40% of homes have HD capability; but if that's the case; I'm sure they aren't paying extra for a DVR either. Given the choice, most people will opt for HD over SD and HD is the new standard.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2011 #88 of 172
    Hutchinshouse

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    We're currently paying $7.00 a month for DVR service. That is what we're willing to pay. :D
     
  9. Feb 3, 2011 #89 of 172
    marquitos2

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    My picture quality on demand is better that the standard on D*. Also de HD is as good as the D* regular channels. The download is pretty fast so it don't bother me.
     
  10. Feb 3, 2011 #90 of 172
    jpl

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    Same with FiOS. Although with FiOS they finally got around to only disabling FFWD during those commercials. Before that they disabled all the trick play - including pause and rewind. They now only disable FFWD and only during the commercials. Also, it's not as bad as it seems - the commercial breaks are very short, and usually are just promos of either movies or other shows. Sucks that you guys didn't get HD yet, though. As for timing - if it's like what we have with Verizon, you should get the new episode the day after it airs.
     
  11. Feb 3, 2011 #91 of 172
    thelucky1

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    OMG Hutchinshouse...how could you... become a HD snob? Just wait til your family and friends find out! Lol!
     
  12. Feb 3, 2011 #92 of 172
    hilmar2k

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    That's a good point. Getting back to what Sigma said about "shunning" SD subs. What percent of the subs with the capability to receive DoD are not HD subs? Gotta be a pretty small percentage. Seems like if anything this "shuns" the HD subs.
     
  13. Feb 3, 2011 #93 of 172
    gully_foyle

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    And in fact should this migrate to regular channels, I'd drop DirecTV in a hot second, even after 16 years of continuous service.
     
  14. Feb 3, 2011 #94 of 172
    Doug Brott

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    So don't watch NBC on Demand. It's not like it's taking up any space on your DVR. :shrug:

    Oh, and last I checked. DIRECTV doesn't employee any monkeys. Only humans. Let's leave it at that, please.
     
  15. Feb 3, 2011 #95 of 172
    videoboy77

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    I strongly disagree... I've never seen Mad Men... or any of the other great AMC shows because I won't watch in SD when it is available in HD elsewhere. To me it's like choosing to watch a show online in front of my computer when I could just go in and watch it on my big screen tv via DIRECTV- I wouldn't do that and I won't watch these shows in SD. I'd rather not watch.

    If this is a DIRECTV decision, because of technical or other reasons, then it's unacceptable. They should prioritize providing the best content in HD available. That's why I signed up a few years ago when they were the HD leaders... now I'm strongly considering jumping ship because there are real HD channel advantages on other providers.

    The single benefit of Directv at this time in my opinion is the customizable guide and the ability for the HD channels to occupy the same channel numbers as the SD channels- compared to TW or others where all the HD channels are in the 1000s- the guides on those providers are a mess. But they have some key channels for me in HD that we lack... so I'm considering a move.

    Sorry for the rant... just hard to understand why, especially for something like on demand which requires no extra space on the satellite, they don't provide HD.
     
  16. Feb 3, 2011 #96 of 172
    Doug Brott

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    So don't watch it .. Just wait until it is HD (assuming it goes that way) .. :shrug:

    If it's a show you watch regularly, you're already recording it during the HD broadcast. The On Demand is for something you might have missed the first time around in most cases. Why should this channel NOT be made available? If you don't use it, there is nothing lost.
     
  17. Feb 3, 2011 #97 of 172
    Earl Bonovich

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    Umm... it basically does.

    Once you have enough "buffered" (just like most streaming systems), you can start playback.

    Once the bar turns green, there is enough buffer that you shouldn't have problem playing it back.


    I've actually found myself lately watch more OnDemand content (Storage Wars is a fun show), and the baby is enjoy a bunch of her shows that are OnDemand.
     
  18. Feb 3, 2011 #98 of 172
    Earl Bonovich

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    So Zero...
     
  19. Feb 3, 2011 #99 of 172
    Earl Bonovich

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    Well I am on the completely other side of the spectrum then...

    While I love HD, and try to watch as much as I can in HD.
    I am simply not going to ignore, or not watch very good programming because it is in SD.
     
  20. Feb 3, 2011 #100 of 172
    spartanstew

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    That makes no sense, whatsoever.

    You're missing out on one of the best shows on TV out of some type of spite?

    What did you do 10 years ago? Never watch TV? Or was SD good enough then? Do you refuse to watch old black and white movies, because there's color now? Do you never listen to the radio in your car, because the same song are available in 7.1 in your house?
     

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