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Over 30 different 1080p Movies now on DIRECTV - Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Doug Brott, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. jlagesse

    jlagesse Cool Member

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    I got Yes Man in 1080P today from directv 1100 VOD, but when I try to watch it, it plays but has the big blue screen over a quarter of the screen that tells me how to order this PPV. Any ideas what the problem is?
     
  2. JoeTheDragon

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    hook up a phone line and you may have to call in to have them force your system to call in.

    I had to hook a up phone to get PPV to work Free VOD worked 100% and had and still e-net hooked to in.
     
  3. spartanstew

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    :confused:

    I had no idea that there were still people that would rather cut off up to 25% of the picture just to avoid black bars. I pray they don't do this, nor make it an option. I also hope they don't fully colorize Sin City just so those with new HD displays can see all the pretty colors.
     
  4. directvfreak

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    So do you have to have a 1080p/24 compatable TV for 1080p content to work? I'm confused.
    I think DirecTV should post a sample 1080p video just for users o test if their TV is compatible.
     
  5. RAD

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    From all the testing I've done you don't need a 1080p/24 TV to make it work. If it does support 1080p/24 then you can watch it in that resolution, if not the STB will downconvert it to what your TV does support.

    As for testing, just start to watch one of the 1080p/24 movies, you get a few minutes 'free' before it blacks out if you don't want to purchase.
     
  6. Rich

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  7. jlagesse

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    The phone line is hooked up. I could watch the whole movie if I did not mind seeing only 3/4 of the screen. The rest is covered up by the blue screen asking if I want to purchase this PPV.
     
  8. georgeorwell

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    They did this with the Hulk sampler clip, however I'm not sure it's still available.
     
  9. CindyJ

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    Just to be sure I understand correctly.... You've already clicked yes to purchase the PPV and the "do you want to buy" screen doesn't go away?
     
  10. Greg Alsobrook

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    Good point Cindy. After clicking on the movie in your Playlist, make sure to click 'Purchase/Buy' before pressing Play.
     
  11. jlagesse

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    All I did was go to channel 1100 and select the movie I wanted to see. Once it was complete on my DVR I tried to watch it. There was never a question asked to click 'Purchase/Buy'. Just the blue box asking me to goto directv.com/ppv to order. And a button for more info.
     
  12. CindyJ

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    So Ethernet is hooked up/working and your phone line is also connected (either should allow you to order PPV) but it still tells you to go to the website to order PPV. Maybe your account has PPV disabled (but in that case, you would think the message would be "PPV disabled, please call D* customer service"). Perhaps a telephone call to D* is in order.
     
  13. DeanS

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    I was a little surprised to learn that D* has now made available 1080p movies that are "pushed" down by satellite. I didn't know this until I logged on to my D* account and read about the new feature. I just purchased about 2months ago a new Sony LCD 1080p set (that has 24 fps capability) so I am anxious to try this out.

    As a rule, we don't rent many PPV movies. We mostly rely on HBO to watch new movie releases at home. But I was just about to go out and purchase a blue-ray disc player, but now I am going to hold off. If for the few times we actually rent movies to watch, it doesn't make sense to purchase a new BR player and open a netflix account. So I applaud D* for making at least some of their 1080p content available on the List tab.

    I did just order a WGA600N Linkysis Gaming Adaptor for my HR20 so I can finally use Direct on Demand - and get wider avilability to the 1080p library. In the meantime, I will watch Madagascar tonight just to see my first 1080p movie on my new set.

    Quick question: Are all of these D* PPV 1080p movies shown in 24fps?

    Thanks.
     
  14. veryoldschool

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    yes
     
  15. man_rob

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    Keep in mind, although they are 1080p, the DirecTV PPVs are highly compressed compared to Blu-Ray video. Blu-Ray looks good because of high bit rates, not because it's 1080p. It's more a marketing gimmick, but some will swear that they can see the emperor's new clothes.
     
  16. BattleZone

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    It's absolutely true that Blu-Ray, with bitrate peaks of 40 MB/s, can handle far more throughput than DirecTV's DoD. But... The DoD has peaks up to 16 MB/s or so, which is far greater than the peaks of around 7 MB/s that a normal live HD sat stream is capable of.

    Also, since the DoD is limited to Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and not the higher-bitrate HD audio formats used by Blu-Ray, most of that bandwidth is usable for video, so (putting aside the differences in audio quality) the difference in video is less than it appears between DoD and Blu-Ray.

    No one is suggesting that you can get full Blu-Ray audio and video on any other platform today; you can't. If you need every bit of quality, then you have to spend money for Blu-Ray. But the experience of the DoD movies is noticably better than what you see on a normal live sat stream, and for many, DoD is more convenient than buying a Blu-Ray player and subscribing to Netflix or Blockbuster. My advice: use whichever services work best for you.
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    As Paul Harvey would have said.....thanks for the rest of that story....:D
     
  18. Rich

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    That was a good post. I've been thinking of getting a BD player and you've added to that thought. I am using a Sony DVD upscaler that upscales to "1080p" and gives a better picture than 1080i or 720p. Very noticeably better.

    The upscaling process must use a lot of compression to get the picture it does, or am I wrong? If I'm right, and VOD 1080p is as good as my upscaler, it would be worth paying for, I guess.

    Or would I be better off with a BD player and NetFlix? From your post, it would seem that the BD player would be the better choice. Am I correct? I don't plan to buy a lot of BD disks, maybe a series such as the "Tudors". Along those lines.

    My intention, if I choose to buy a BD player is a Panasonic. Any thoughts on that?

    Rich
     
  19. DeanS

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    I find this discussion interesting. I have very limited experience viewing movies in 1080p on a BD player - basically just watching a movie scene or two on a set in a big box store connected to a BD player. Would it be incorrect to say I probably wouldn't notice that great of a difference between D*'s version of 1080p and that from a BD player?

    My audio system only supports DD 5.1 anyway, so the audio enhancements built in to a BD player wouldn't benefit me. Also, if I were to purchase a BD player, I would then have THREE DVD players (one is a recorder) in my home theatre setup. This would be "overkill" in my book.

    My current main DVD player (480p) player is connected to the new Sony 1080p set via component inputs. Unless I'm missing something, don't these new LCD 1080p sets upscale these signals to 1080p? I looked at some DVD's on my new set playing on the 480p DVD player and wasn't impressed with the picture quality at all.

    Thanks.
     
  20. hdtvfan0001

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    The BD player will give you a more consistent quality 1080p playback. The download services are intriguing, but still new.

    As for a Panny BD player - the BD60 and BD80 are rated as great units, and would also give you support for downloadable content should you choose to go that route.

    IMHO, BD disks themselves provide outstanding HD viewing.
     

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