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Anyone else with recent On Demand speed issues?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by z28lt1, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. z28lt1

    z28lt1 Legend

    Aug 28, 2007
    This is what is odd, with Cinemax being so much slower than HBO. HBO runs Cinemax, so I would guess that things wouold be encoded in a similar manner. If they are all on DirecTV's servers, it is hard to figure out why there is such a dramatic speed difference. Maybe they give extra bandwidth to HBO because there are so many more subscribers and original series.
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I can't remember ever having Cinimax, and even on the free preview, you can't try their VOD. All of this is to say :shrug: since I can't tell what the programing bit-rate is.
    Starz HD can be around 6 Mb/s, where SHO tends to be above 10 Mb/s.
  3. grecorj

    grecorj Legend

    Jan 20, 2008
    What about DirecTV Cinema stuff (PPV)? I rented Zero Dark Thirty on Friday 3/29/13. Started watching and about 20-30 minutes into it I started to get buffering issues. Stopped movie, thought I'd let it "catch up", but no dice. A few hours later it was still at 20%. Eventually downloaded (checked it the next morning), but wow, never have seen one take so long to download.

    I initially suspected my ISP, but I checked and my download speeds were normal that night (per SpeedTest.net; my dl speed is 18-20 mb/s). I even reset my router to be sure, but still wouldn't download fast enough to watch.

    This is the first time I've ordered a PPV and had it buffer so much I couldn't watch it.
  4. djousma

    djousma Legend

    Jan 22, 2007
    Same with me on the same movie. downloaded really slow. I have 30/5 service, and typically can get that on other sources.
  5. 1953

    1953 Icon

    Feb 7, 2006
    Desoto, TX
    Yes. Downloading "Sky Fall" took hours.

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