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#1 OFFLINE   matty8199

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 05:34 PM

just curious...is this ever going to happen? tried searching and couldn't find any info on it...i'm moving later this year and trying to decide if it's worth it for me to switch to fios, and they do have the broadcast networks on demand in HD.  i can't for the life of me figure out why directv on demand offers them in sd only...



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:55 PM

 i can't for the life of me figure out why directv on demand offers them in sd only...

One word,  contracts....

 

Perhaps when its up for renewal this will come into place 


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:37 PM

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#4 OFFLINE   matty8199

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:41 PM

all of the contracts are up at the same time?  they just recently (and by recently i mean within the past few years) added the networks to on demand...why would they have signed a contract for SD only?  it's not like HD didn't exist when they put them in...



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:18 PM

all of the contracts are up at the same time?  they just recently (and by recently i mean within the past few years) added the networks to on demand...why would they have signed a contract for SD only?  it's not like HD didn't exist when they put them in...

Perhaps they had exclusivity with other providers at the time?  who knows...


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:32 PM

The most recent addition was CBS On Demand and that was in the middle of December 2012. It was supposedly included in the renewal of the carriage agreement announced on October 9, 2012.

 

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 12:06 AM

There actually are a few more recent episodes of some NBC (ch 1004) content listed as HD in the OD guide.  I hope this trend continues and increases.  Maybe it's brand new, now.  Looks like some are both HD and SD.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 12:11 AM

Yes its pretty new I have been checking it every so often and before they had like one, two or three episodes total for one maybe two shows in HD (out of all the content), and now it looks like a lot of the new episodes of multiple shows are starting to be added in HD. Still not all and the vast majority of content is still in SD.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:05 AM

Yes its pretty new I have been checking it every so often and before they had like one, two or three episodes total for one maybe two shows in HD (out of all the content), and now it looks like a lot of the new episodes of multiple shows are starting to be added in HD. Still not all and the vast majority of content is still in SD.

I was not aware of any content on HD.  This is promising, lets hope the trend continues.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:42 PM

Is it non Olympic? They've had HD Olympic on demand before.
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:52 PM

Is it non Olympic? They've had HD Olympic on demand before.


There is some non Olympic stuff...latest episodes of both revolution and the blacklist are listed as HD. I didn't get to see if it actually is in HD, though...

I think all the episodes of Hollywood game night were marked as HD as well.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:45 AM

I downloaded the latest episode of Community, just to check. Yep, HD.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 07:28 PM

just curious...is this ever going to happen? tried searching and couldn't find any info on it...i'm moving later this year and trying to decide if it's worth it for me to switch to fios, and they do have the broadcast networks on demand in HD.  i can't for the life of me figure out why directv on demand offers them in sd only...

 

As i have access to multiple MVPDs, I can tell you that all On Demands are not created equal - and I am not talking SD v HD.

 

For example, HBO offered the entire Soprano Series on Demand for about 6 months until 1/1/2014 after James Gandolfini's death. 

 

DirecTV had all 6 Seasons available in HD the entire time.

 

FiOS only had 1 Season per month available. So if you wanted to catch up in December, all you could get was Season 6.

 

I will speculate that this is because FiOS (and others) feed their VOD locally and there are storage capacity limits which the MVPDs are not willing to expand, while DirecTV does not need the redundancy in every local markets and thus has invested heavily in its backend compared to the MVPDs.






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