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Who really uses On Demand?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dervari, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Jun 14, 2009 #21 of 119
    Skooz

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    I use it to download old Blues Clues episodes for my 3 year old.

    I haven't found much else there.
     
  2. Jun 14, 2009 #22 of 119
    barryb

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    Who really uses On Demand?

    I do. A lot in fact.
     
  3. Jun 14, 2009 #23 of 119
    GaryAZ

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    Good topic. It's really been a disappointment for me because of the lack of free HD content. I'm sure this will change with time. There's so much great HD content though my regular D* service that I've stopped checking the On Demand guide because it's always a disappointment.
     
  4. Jun 14, 2009 #24 of 119
    jpl

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    HD Net VOD is nothing to write home about, to be honest. We get it with FiOS. It's primarily stuff like Dan Rather Reports. They have remarkably few selections.
     
  5. Jun 14, 2009 #25 of 119
    gpg

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    I use it at least once a week,
     
  6. Jun 14, 2009 #26 of 119
    spartanstew

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    I used it to watch the first two seasons of Dexter before season 3 started, but other than that I haven't really used it.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2009 #27 of 119
    mogulman

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    I've checked it a few times, hoping to find something to watch. Never found anything worth watching though. It is a big disappointment for me.

    I guess maybe its because I only subscribe to total choice plus HD/DVR.

    There is literally almost nothing on the HD program list if you don't have premium type channels.

    Also.. the listing of programs in VOD is impossible to look through. There is no way to just look at shows that you can actually watch. 90% of the shows in the listings for HD VOD are either PPV (which I can understand being useful) and then shows from stations I don't receive so I can't watch.
     
  8. Jun 15, 2009 #28 of 119
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    I would use it all the time if it had a fast start time like Netflix streaming.
    For now, I never us it. I only use Netflix.

    Seems to take a long time to download enough so you can watch something.

    Even Netflix HD streaming starts very fast.
     
  9. Jun 15, 2009 #29 of 119
    spartanstew

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    I guess it depends on your connection Scott. I can start watching SD immediately and HD within 2 minutes.
     
  10. Jun 15, 2009 #30 of 119
    Igor

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    I use it for PPVHD in 1080p. Netflix wouldn't work for me, I rather have to wait a bit and watch the movie in good video quality.
     
  11. Jun 15, 2009 #31 of 119
    Tom Servo

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    It's pretty useless to me, but I do play with it from time to time.

    The main issues I have are poor picture quality and the sound levels on some selections are impossibly low.

    After having been 'nearly exclusively HD' for some time in the living room, going back to YouTube-quality downloads is a real letdown. I don't have any movie packages so HD content is limited severely.

    I downloaded some snippets from the Travel Channel and Food Network and the volume levels are uselessly low. Whereas I might set the TV at 23/100 when watching the Travel Channel and 19/100 for the Food Network, both's DOD content force me up to 60/100! And if I accidentally hit a button and go back to TV, ho boy is that a wake up call for the entire neighborhood!

    And while it is a free service from DirecTV, I had to spend a small amount of money to run cable to DVR, which is across the room from where the cable comes in, since the receivers apparently don't work with certain types of secured wireless networks (which I have).

    A smaller niggle is that I used DOD as an excuse to push the family to upgrade to faster cable internet from slow and unreliable DSL. So now we pay more for internet and lost part of our bundling discount in the process. But it's a small thing since the internet is now much faster and more reliable. ;)

    Until they get more HD programming I can access, it's gonna remain a pretty useless tool for me.
     
  12. Jun 15, 2009 #32 of 119
    john_fl

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    Never, I find it hard enough to keep up with the stuff I DVR'd...
     
  13. Jun 15, 2009 #33 of 119
    jaywdetroit

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    I use the service for the kids. I haven't found much for me there. I agree with the idea that they need to improve the content. I don't really care one way or another, but if they improved the offerings, I might be more inclined to use it.
     
  14. Jun 15, 2009 #34 of 119
    rhipps

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    Me.

    Bob H.
     
  15. Jun 15, 2009 #35 of 119
    HDTVFreak07

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    I don't use them pretty much at all. I only watch HD programs and none of them on demand are closed captioned.
     
  16. Jun 15, 2009 #36 of 119
    dodge boy

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    I tried it at first, but I really do not use at all....
     
  17. Jun 15, 2009 #37 of 119
    Eddie501

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    I would probably use it more if the interface was easier to navigate and there was a way to filter out channels I don't subscribe to. As is, it's very difficult just to browse and find something I might like that I can actually watch.
     
  18. Jun 15, 2009 #38 of 119
    Hutchinshouse

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    I'd use it more if we had ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX On-Demand options. Other than testing it, I've used it a handful of times. A very cool feature by DIRECTV.
     
  19. Jun 15, 2009 #39 of 119
    jollygrunt

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    I too use it quite a bit especially the anime network.
     
  20. Jun 15, 2009 #40 of 119
    saleen351

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    How does one miss a show if they own a DVR?

    OD is worthless, we tried it once.
     

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