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Bandwidth requirements for DirecTV On Demand


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#1 OFFLINE   dngrant

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 08:53 PM

Greetings all,

Comcast recently expanded into my neighborhood and I am on track to get XFinity Internet in the very near future. What kind of bandwidth package should I get to maximize the On Demand experience. I would like it to truly be On Demand, i.e. select the show and start watching while it downloads.

For the Internet, I am looking at Comcast's 50/10 service. Should that meet the requirement?

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#2 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:05 PM

That will meet with big margin. Those servers has limit per session what is lower then your DL speed 50 Mbps.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:07 PM

50/10 should work just fine for most real time watching. I'd say wait about 30 seconds so the DVR is ready and then start it. I have TWC 30/5 and I can do SD and HD almost instantaneously. To tell you the truth, I don't know if the DirecTV servers can throw 50 Mbps to a single user.

Edit: P Smith beat me to the punch :D

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:10 PM

I don't know if the DirecTV servers can throw 50 Mbps to a single user, that would be easy to guess: how many simultaneous sessions DTV planned ? And each one is 35-50 Mbps ? Then what bandwidth they should provide and how much it will be cost for them ? I'll be glad if it maxing at 8 Mbps ...

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:15 PM

I don't know if... I'll be glad if it maxing at 8 Mbps ...

7 Mb/s seems to be what's reported.
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:17 PM

I don't know if the DirecTV servers can throw 50 Mbps to a single user, that would be easy to guess: how many simultaneous sessions DTV planned ? And each one is 35-50 Mbps ? Then what bandwidth they should provide and how much it will be cost for them ? I'll be glad if it maxing at 8 Mbps ...


Very true. I wonder how many servers out there can really throw out 50 Mbps consistently and simultaneously to 100+ users, let alone a gigabit.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:18 PM

Also how could I test my speed to DirecTV servers? I would probably have to monitor the stream through a router while downloading VOD.
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:18 PM

That's what I thought - 5 Mbps, perhaps some buffering upping to 7 Mbps ...

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:33 PM

50/10 should work just fine for most real time watching. I'd say wait about 30 seconds so the DVR is ready and then start it. I have TWC 30/5 and I can do SD and HD almost instantaneously. To tell you the truth, I don't know if the DirecTV servers can throw 50 Mbps to a single user.

Edit: P Smith beat me to the punch :D

All well

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Thank you all very much. I may scale back my service then and get the next one below....hmmm....NAH!!!!

-dngrant
Receiving Equipment: KA/KU Dish/multiswitch | OTA Antenna in attic

D*Equip
HR20-700: | Native on| HDMI | Standby:YES | to a Sony SXRD 60" RPTV
HR21-100 | Native on | via HDMI to a Samsung 40" LCD 40A750
H21-700 | Native on| Component to a Samsung LCD - LN-40
H20-100 via HDMI to a Sony SXRD 50" RPTV

D-10 for SD recording only.

Receiver: Yamaha RXV-2600/optical | DD 5.1
Speakers: Focal Chorus 826V Towers, SW800V Sub, SR 800V Surrounds, 800V Center

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:53 PM

That's what I thought - 5 Mbps, perhaps some buffering upping to 7 Mbps ...

I can only do 5 Mb/s, so I have to count on reading others' posts.
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 10:10 PM

Thank you all very much. I may scale back my service then and get the next one below....hmmm....NAH!!!!

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Hahha there ya go. The more speed the better.
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:24 AM

Hahha there ya go. The more speed the better.


To a certain point, but there is a point of major diminishing returns.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 09:53 AM

I can only do 5 Mb/s, so I have to count on reading others' posts.


Same here, and on a typical 1080P movie I usually wait 20 Minutes and then can watch without catching up to the buffer.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:04 AM

Same here, and on a typical 1080P movie I usually wait 20 Minutes and then can watch without catching up to the buffer.


This amount of time should require 5 Mbps X 20 min x 60 s/min = 6000 Mb = 750 MB buffer, practically 1 GB.
Adding to that it will hold the 20 min reserve in case of network speed falling down ...

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:10 AM

Same here, and on a typical 1080P movie I usually wait 20 Minutes and then can watch without catching up to the buffer.

SD can be done here "almost live", while HD averages 1.5:1, meaning it takes 45 mins for 30 mins of program.
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