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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. stogie5150

    stogie5150 Godfather

    Feb 21, 2006
    I didn't enable it and I don't intend to. VOD is a total waste for me. I know I am in the minority, but hey, that's how I feel. The HR20 has bigger problems that need to be fixed first. :)
  2. Carbon

    Carbon Godfather

    Sep 22, 2006
    Does anyone know if you can throttle the download speeds? For example if I am playing Battlefield 2 online then I would not want Battlefield to have to compete for bandwidth so I would throttle the DOD/VOD speed down to about 25% of my overall bandwidth until I was done playing.

    Also what about cost. Is the majority of the items on DOD/VOD free? (sorry stuck at work . . )
  3. ansky

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    I can also see VOD being helpful if you want to catch up on a series. There have been a number of times when I have discovered a new show only to find that they are already on the third or fourth episode. With VOD it may be possible to catch up on those older episodes.
  4. shing

    shing Mentor

    Sep 3, 2006
    Exactly, like Howard Stern or even replays of professional sports games. I am looking forward to see what D* does with this new service in the coming months.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Quality of Service (QoS) is something that you have to program into your network router. Essentially QoS allows you to set a priority for a particular kind of traffic (by port) to the exclusion of all other kinds of traffic. Linksys is offering standalone QoS boxes now for hard core gamers and VOIP users.
  6. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Why wouldn't all the programming be MPEG-4 (SD too)? It would certainly save space on the drive...
  7. wismile

    wismile Legend

    Jul 19, 2006
    VOD is a way to transmit all kinds of video content to your TV. How do you know it's a waste for you if you don't know what they're offering today, tomorrow or next year? Isn't your statement similar to Cable/Satellite is a waste for me?
  8. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007

    What about if you already have a wireless router? Is there some sort of stand alone device that will make a connection to your existing wireless router and provide the internet connection for the HR20? What is such a device called so I can search for them from online sellers?
  9. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    anyone else notice the "Comcast VOD" on some of the shows?
  10. Carbon

    Carbon Godfather

    Sep 22, 2006
    Thanks Harsh I forgot about QOS my router can do that good thinking.
  11. zurgdawg

    zurgdawg New Member

    Mar 4, 2007
    I've been looking into something for that all day, looks like this will do the trick:

    Look for the Belkin F5D7132 Wireless G Bridge - $35-$40.

    It works great for Xbox360/PS3 units that dont have internal wireless or a wired connection. I assume it would work great for the HR20.
  12. dsm

    dsm Godfather

    Jul 11, 2004
    Isn't there a large chunk of our current drive reserved for VOD? If we don't use it for that, then it doesn't get used. Earl, how big is this reserved space?

  13. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    ~50gb... but that space is for PUSHED VOD content.
    (aka stuff that DirecTV is pushing to everyone's systems, not content that you requested)
  14. ejkuhl

    ejkuhl Mentor

    Jun 11, 2007
    Being a HR20-100 user with no VOD. Has this portion of VOD been activated?
  15. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
  16. thumperr

    thumperr Godfather

    Feb 10, 2006
    The linksys WGA54G. The device in general is a wireless gaming adapter. There is another option and that is the wireless ehternet bridge, linksys sells one also. there are other vendors out there other than linksys.

    I have 2 of the WGA54G v2 for my xbox and xbox360. you simple configure the wga54g for you network. then connect the network cable from the piece of hardware and connect to the wga54g and you should be good to go. Last night for D*OD i simply moved my network cable from the XBOX360 to the HR20 and it was right on my network.

    One small note: if you use WPA, you need to find the version 2 of the wga54g hardware. version1 only supports WEP.
  17. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    I was just peeking my head in to see people's thoughts on VOD. I'm not that interested in the service myself... but you took the words right out of my mouth. The SD might only be MPEG2 if they intend on offering this service to the R15 (or the next SD DVR whenever it's released), but if they're waiting on the next DVR, all they would have to do is stick a MPEG4 decoder in it (save bandwith on the VOD, speed up download times for users thereby increasing customer satisfaction and putting MPEG4 encoders in SD boxes thereby giving them a leg up on the future).

    I can only assume they either intend on offering the service on the R15 or simply don't have the encoders in place for encoding the programs in MPEG4 yet due to the fact that they haven't released the service "publically."

  18. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Anybody have Verizon FIOS? Probably start watching seconds after starting selecting you want.
  19. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Yes. I suspect that the HD version of the movie with this message that I downloaded was MPEG2 as well.
  20. stogie5150

    stogie5150 Godfather

    Feb 21, 2006
    Downloading anything at a snail's pace, almost completely disabling my meager 3meg connection isn't worth anything to me regardless of content. I'd much rather have the rest of the features my HR20 is missing, first, THEN add frills like VOD and media sharing.
    I really don't want to argue in this thread, let's say we agree to disagree, okay? :)
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