I have 12/1 mbps. It's a DOCSIS 3 modem. On May 1st they are upgrading this speed tier to 20/2. To get faster speeds I would have to bundle Cable TV and I would automatically have 30/3. Or pay an extra $50 a month to get 50/5 - no thanks.
Most of the time Watch Now works pretty good. Maybe once or twice I did have to pause it for a minute or two to allow it to catch up. Watch Now is great and reminds me back in the day when I had Comcast and used their VOD.
The only thing is when you are done watching a video it doesn't take you back to menu you were at. Your spit out at the DVR playlist, and even though you didn't download the movie, its in your playlist with the keep forever tag. When watching numerous music videos from Fuse on demand, its annoying to say the least.
Anyway DirecTV needs to just beef up the CDN. I think they partner with Limelight networks. Maybe add more peering around the country and beef up those links. The distributed nature of a professional content delivery network is how the big players like Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, Revision 3, and many many many more internet video streaming works. Prior to "watch now" speeds peaked at about 5 mbps which to me indicated that DirecTV was still using the old single server download model. Hopefully its now on a mesh topology CDN with regional cache PoP's.
Now if only they could allow me to access the VOD screens and stream off my H24. That would be SLICK!
My DirecTV HD WISHLIST: Nicktoons, FXM, Oxygen, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, GSN, Sprout, GAC, Esquire, El Rey, Up, Music Choice Play HD, NASA, Epix (if reasonably priced)
My DirecTV SD WISHLIST: MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Music Choice, Youtoo TV