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DIRECTV on Demand - Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Aug 25, 2007.

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  1. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Last night while lying aroung thinking, I realized how critical, and how amazing VOD will be for DIRECTV.

    The VOD systems I've seen for cable let you watch something, right now. You can't queue multiple items up. You can record VOD if you have a DVR.

    DVRs have really set us free from television scheduling because you can choose what you want, record it, and then it will wait for you when you're ready. The only problem is, you have to wait for it first... a program has to air before you can record it.

    With DIRECTV VOD you now have the best of both worlds. Your VOD list has content that is probably going to show up at some time on regular channels, but you can watch it immediately. Or, you can schedule a recording of it, RIGHT NOW, and watch it by the end of the night.

    This is brilliant. Simple as that.
     
  2. harsh

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    If you think about it a little harder, you'll understand that CATV VOD doesn't require any queuing at all.
    DIRECTV VOD will require a DIRECTV branded DVR; CATV VOD requires only a receiver (a good thing given how much some charge for DVR service).
    When you can watch it depends on a number of factors. With CATV VOD, you can watch it if you see it in the guide and you don't have to wait. You may even be able to jump ahead of real-time. With DIRECTV's pull VOD, you'll need to have a CATV broadband connection to get the content to record to your DVR.

    DIRECTV's VOD is certainly a neat new feature, but it is an approximation of the CATV version and it is likely that many, including those who would benefit most, will not be able to take advantage of it for lack of a broadband Internet connection.

    I've seen an implementation of push delivered VOD and can offer that it will likely contain primarily revenue producing (pay) content because the distributor doesn't want to tie up their space on the hard drive with something that won't give them a chance of return.
     
  3. badgerdave

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    Thanks--will do.
     
  4. RoundRockJohn

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    I think VOD's success, as it's setup now, is going to to depend on Remote Book. Clearly, HD content on demand is beyond the bandwidth available to most American's. If though, you can sit at work during the day, see a list of a movies, pick the one you want to watch, and have it pushed to your HR20 for when you get home. That's pretty compelling.
     
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    Was able to get VOD working last night and it was still loading in content when I went to bed.
    Tried downloading a few items and all went well other than length of time to download but that is because of the 1.5mbps download speed of my DSL line.

    Do not know how much I will use it but at one time I said DVR/TIVO is nice but I could probably live without it. WOW how wrong I was.
    So once I play with DOD some more it may become a necessity just like the DVRs.

    Goign out of town for the weekend so I will miss this CE and not have as much time as I would like to play with DOD but there is next week.

    To all the other people downloading the CE tonight good luck and good testing!!
     
  7. pete4192

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  8. dinomaniac2003

    dinomaniac2003 Cool Member

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    I have an HR20, How do I get hooked up with the Directv On Demand right now while its in beta testing?
     
  9. HDTVsportsfan

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    Right now you can't. You need to network you HR20 first. Then wait patiently until the next opportunity arises to download the relaese that will have VOD and allow you to enable it. This past weekends CE was one of those times.

    See this thread.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=96125
     
  10. Jeremy W

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    The end of the world may be upon us: I agree with harsh!
     
  11. HDTVsportsfan

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    :lol: !rolling
     
  12. spidey

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    Why do downloaded programs have an expiration date? Shouldn't we be able to set a keep till I delete setting???
     
  13. Jeremy W

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    Because content providers don't want you having the content forever. They want the same thing on shows you record off their linear channels, and I believe they'll eventually get that.
     
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    DANDY DICK

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    or70.....I too am Hughesnet Satellite Internet, but have paid no attention until now as to VOD capability. What hardware do I need to get into the ball game? Presently I'm DW6000 modem and have no PC connection to my HR700 . Can you help me configure a system that will work? Should I upgrade to the DW7000? Where does the PC get plugged in? Also, it almost sounds like you may need a TIVO box to hold the downloads, but perhaps you can clarify this also. Thanks for any help.

    Dandy Dick........................DICKSUEDEV@AOL.COM
     
  15. Sep 2, 2007 #235 of 385
    lordexter

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    Like others I missed the VOD download, but on my account I have the line For Engineering Only - Charge 0.00. (8/29/07) Does that mean I am ready when the next VOD test dl is allowed.

    Also, I have had no problems with the latest DL (0x194)everything is working great.

    Thanks
     
  16. Sep 2, 2007 #236 of 385
    machavez00

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    Phoenix,...
    anyone else see this in the guide?
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    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Yep.
     
  18. Sep 2, 2007 #238 of 385
    fredandbetty

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    Mmm i can smell a whole house wiring project!! Guess its time to go back to the 'big box' home improvement store to pick up some supplies!! wait a sec, i should get it from monoprice.com ( rg6 and cat 5 cable )....:) :) :)
     
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    or270

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    First you will need a switch(or hub) to hookup between the modem and computer to give you extra network jacks, so you can run a cable to the HR20-700.

    You current modem should work fine. be sure to download in the FAP free time 3-6 AM eastern time.

    You will need to watch and do CE downloads to enable VOD, it is in a beta test stage now. currently the window is closed for the moment. But this can change at any time and it is important to have your HR20 networked.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=118

    The downloads are stored on the HR20-700, does not use a Tivo.
     
  20. Sep 2, 2007 #240 of 385
    fredandbetty

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    I was wondering that as well, i did see that line on my bill too...
     
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