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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Birdieman30, May 28, 2012.
Me too. Use the ipad to watch Discovery when I'm on the toilet.
Uh, that'd be your internet connection, not "their boxes".
I agree with Laxguy. Almost always, by the time I get out of the "on demand" guide in the 1000's where I select a program to watch and back to the recordings menu to start play, the program has buffered enough to begin watching. On the few occasions where it had not buffered enough, I have never had to wait more than three minutes before I could begin watching.
It would be nice if the on demand had a one click streaming option though. No hard drive required, no wasted HD space, no jumping in and out of various menus. Having VOD in my other non-DVR rooms would be great.
Sure leave the record option there though for those who want to "queue up" programming on their DVR hard drive for watching later. Best of both worlds.. Cable like VOD simplicity with the added feature of saving on demand content on your drive for later. That's one step better than cable.
And the complaints would come pouring in from people with bad Internet connections that would have to keep stopping to buffer the stream.
They've taken the route that they've taken by choice. Their main goal is to keep the amount of calls to support down, especially when the issue would be out of their control.
Can we get back to practicality? What percentage of consumers who have paid television watch any of it on their mobile devices? It's always nice to have extra features but only a portion of the country even has HD programming, internet or the understanding of using Smart devices. Now factor in the cost to develop and implement the new features of mobile apps or resources. Counter-productive much?
The point really comes down to remembering what we're talking about and keep in mind most people on this forum use and understand features better than the vast majority.
If the figure that ca. 10% of DIRECTV® subs are even internet connected is correct, then the number with iPads, etc. who'll also stream is probably less than 1%.
But it's a feature that must be implemented.
I would say "reality" rather than "excuses". Try watching something on Netflix with a slow internet connection and you will get an idea of what would happen. You must either limit the resolution or live with pauses and stuttering throughout the program. Buffering to the hard disc has the disadvantage of a less than instantaneous start, but it greatly improves the ability to watch the program uninterrupted.
Not at all, legit reasons.
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Very good point!
Exactly. I can deal with the less than instant start because I know once it starts it's not going to stop in the middle to re-buffer.
Not sure what percentage of consumers watch on mobile devices, but I'm one of them. I use my Slingbox app on my Android phone when waiting for flights at an airport. If I have more time, I watch on my lap top. If internet speeds and free internet access increases, I think more and more consumers will use mobile devices to access TV programming.
No question about the increase over time. But:
I'd bet big money that less than 5% of DIRECTV® subs do mobile currently. Unfortunately if I were ever to possess such figures, I couldn't divulge them.....
Netflix on almost any connection has issues. I have over a 25 meg connection (steady) and I lose hd on Netflix all the time. It can last 20 minutes at a time where it just bumps up and down. This at 1 in the morning and speedtest showing perfect connection speed and latency. D* On Demand has never given me any issues, though, I will say, some of the providers broadcast in 24 fps but the On Demand version of the same thing seems to be lacking on frame rate. At least it does on my 240hz Sammy.
As some have pointed out, this is phase 1 only. Additional phases coming out which will add more content, functionality, etc.
I dunno but I still think the feature is coming (at least to DVR's). There have been a few random reports (and me myself) who were presented with a new dialog box when selecting a VOD title. It said something to the effect of watch now in standard quality or record to hard drive and start watching in a few minutes for better quality.
I did not try the watch now option and I only ever saw this once on a paid 1080p movie.
Blue Ray Players don't have hard drives, but many of them can stream Netflix and Amazon Prime. I wonder how that works. I'd just like to see access to the VOD screens and programs in my rooms that have HD receivers and not full blown DVR's. I don't care if it has to harness the power of MRV and DECA to talk to the DVR, but a simple way to browse, select and play programming from other rooms would be a nice way to complete the “whole home” experience. If its a memory issue again find a network DVR via DECA and use it's horsepower for some of it. Makes the $3 MRV even better.
Yes, they can but with occasional dropouts. That's the point we're trying to make. With direct streaming you have dropouts, regardless of your connection speed, but with it going to the hard drive first there are no dropouts. DirecTV clearly prefers their customers not suffer dropouts.
While they don't necessarily have hard drives, most of them do have a few GB of flash storage in them, or require a SD card or USB thumb drive attached to them to buffer the content. Something the DirecTV HD receivers don't have.
The "dropout" issue is overblown. I've had far more rain fade outages with D* than I've had dropout or buffering issues and I use Netflix, Vudu, Amazon and MLBTV regularly.