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OnDemand via sat or internet?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Capmeister, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Nov 1, 2012 #1 of 49
    Capmeister

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    Is OnDemand downloaded via my internet connection, or via the satellite? Because it seems VERY slow if via Internet.
     
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    John Strk

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    I still don't know why D* can't improve this OnDemand service to work as fast as other streaming options?

    I recently got a Roku 2 XD box and have been testing out Netflix, Amazon Instant, Vimeo, Plex Media sharing, etc. all in HD and pretty much instant viewing. Fantastic video and audio quality. Better than shows and movies I watch on D*. Wireless connection too. Now that I have this I'll never use the D* version of OnDemand!!
     
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    RunnerFL

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    The first thing that comes to mind is none of the examples you provided are encrypted, DirecTV is. Encrypting slows down the process.

    Also DirecTV's implementation isn't streaming, it's recording/download.
     
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    CCarncross

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    My experience with Netflix HD is it looks good but it doesnt hold a candle to PQ from D*'s version of onDemand when comparing HD to HD. Streaming HD is not anywhere near the PQ.
     
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    Laxguy

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    In general I agree, but I watched the VOD of the first ep of "The Men Who Built America" and the PQ was poor. As far as I can tell, mileage varies a fair amount.
     
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    Capmeister

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    Interesting to hear it was encrypted. I didn't know that. And it's true, it is more record/view than streaming, but it taunts me by letting it play as it downloads. ;-)
     
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    CCarncross

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    Laxguy, was it the HD version?
     
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    wahooq

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    It can be delivered both ways but if you are connected to internet then it will be through the net
     
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    Pretty sure it was so labelled.... I am downloading the first two to double check.
     
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    Just start your download before going to bed and it's there in the morning. :)
     
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    In most cases it's the same here, all depends on what it is. A 1080p movie takes a lot longer before it gets to the point where you can start watching.

    Ad nauseum.... (or however you say it :lol: )

    Absolutely correct.
     
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    I've done it a few times, where they have both versions, or I didnt pay close enough attention and they dont even have the HD version at all. Personally I have found the HD versions of any ondemand stuff to be stellar.
     
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    Actually, you guys want to get THAT technical about it. PPV refers to live events
    or movies ordered on an All Day Ticket, for which you pay per viewing and cannot control
    the times or showings. On Demand (formerly Cinema Plus) refers to the ability to download
    desired content to your HDDVR and watch it when you are ready or "on your demand", regardless of the
    origin of the content. :)
     
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    This version is fine. One version had extreme artifacting- very thin and faint horizontal lines that'd appear and disappear. These lines appeared also on the runner that led into this ep., "Bloody Battle".
     
  17. John Strk

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    The only HD I've accessed from D* onDemand was catching up with Homeland season one last year. I let episodes download in the background and watched them later. I have to admit they looked better than episodes on D* Showtime HD channels.

    I've haven't been too impressed with Netflix HD. Amazon Instant looks great. I watched the free pilot episodes of the Last Resort and Nashville on Amazon and they looked much better streaming than my recorded local ABC HD channel on D*. :eek2:
     
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    On what did you watch each of those?
     
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    Duck Season
     

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