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Directv VOD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by samfig, Jun 25, 2007.

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  1. Jeremy W

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    Dish's VOD is limited to what they deliver to the DVR's hard drive via the satellite. So there is a very small selection of VOD programming available at any time.
     
  2. jpl

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    I gotta agree with you. I never thought I would care for on-demand. It's a real nice feature. I just wish FiOS would start offering HD VOD (which will be coming later this year). The number of shows offered appears to be dependent on the channel you're dealing with. For example, PBS Kids seems to have a decent number of episodes of select shows (7 or 8 Barney's at any one time). Nick seems to offer a more scaled down list (1 or 2). As for more grown-up fair - these free offerings are very limited - e.g. Food Network will offer up one episode of Good Eats on demand. But others are more comprehensive - e.g., Showtime has the entire season of Dexter (which I've never seen) on demand. Where it's really nice is with movie offerings - especially those included with subscription packs. Starz seems to offer a good number of movies with their on-demand. And the fact that it, for the most part, is treated like a recorded movie makes it really nice (e.g., if you stop playback, and you go back to resume play later, it'll pick up where you left off).
     
  3. jpl

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    It's still DirecTV's name on the system - and it's still a custom system (regardless of who hosts it). I still have to believe that they would want to make sure that the delivery mechanism is smooth, and that the initial volume doesn't crush the system. That doesn't mean that they won't scale up quickly. I believe they will. I'm not trying to be a wet blanket or anything - I'm just saying that I would be surprised if they offered up all 2000 movies when the system first rolls out. I would expect a very limited roll-out initially, and a scale up to the full suite of movies over the period of a couple months. Again, this is just a guess, but I would be surprised if I was way off base with this. I may be wrong (my wife can attest to the fact that I frequently am :))
     
  4. Jeremy W

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    Well, I disagree. So we'll see who's right soon enough. :D
     
  5. jpl

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    I'm sure it'll be you :) Guess it is all academic at this point. We're all just guessing. I am interested, though. I even asked a co-worker with an Xbox 360 how he downloads movies - he's only done one movie, and he doesn't remember how long it took to download (he did it over night).

    One good thing about this type of set-up, though - it'll drive the creation of faster internet speeds. Verizon is talking about doubling all of our internet speeds just to be able to handle HD VOD. I'm cool with that :)
     
  6. Jeremy W

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    I sure hope so. I know that my Internet connection will be going up to 8mbps (from 6mbps) in October, but I'd love to see it go even faster.
     
  7. uncrules

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    My wireless router will handle either b or g.
     
  8. spartanstew

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    Nope, you're not the only one. I have over 200 hours of childrens programming on one DVR, so the kids already have VOD. We also have almost 800 DVD's, our normal slew of recorded shows and movies, and a Blockbuster online acccount so everyone in the family always has plenty to watch. In the rare instance when we really need to watch something right then, we've usually already got it and if we don't, we can always run up the the local Blockbuster (1.5 miles from the house) and get it by returning one of the online movies that are always laying around.


    But I am interested in how D* does it.
     
  9. willndowed

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    66%

    That’s how much of the program has to be downloaded before you can start watching it. Now too bad... not instant gratification, but better than waiting weeks if you missed a program that you wanted to see... and not too bad if you get to work on Monday to find out you missed the funniest episode of Southpark in ages. Go to the VOD and download it.

    I wasn't even expecting it until I saw something about it in the channel guide, checked it out and am now downloading several episodes of SP.

    Now... everything up to now has been SD programming. I imagine that HD stuff would take forever to download. I could easily see them both allowing the different channels... Discovery, History, Comedy, etc... to host how ever many shows they want, but also host a larger number of movies... more than they could ever hope to offer on 100 or so ppv channels. HD movies would take a while, or a helova conncection speed (I’m running about a 3m connection)

    What I'm hoping for is for HBO, SCinemax, Showtime and the rest offer some sort of ala carte program so I can watch those two or three movies a month that are worth watching.
     
  10. Jeremy W

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    Incorrect. You can start watching it as soon as you start download it. If your connection is fast enough, you can watch it all the way through.
     
  11. BubblePuppy

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    Maybe for him 66% is the magic number for viewing...seems like many HR20 boxes have different issues.
     
  12. turbo_oasis

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    I love this VOD...I got to watch one of my favorite cartoons last night...Hong Kong Fooey. Awesome!!!

    Now if I look in my "Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu..."
     
  13. sooner5150

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    Im connected to the net, can access the VOD screen with all the categories, but there is nothing in there...no movies, music, nothing. Message comes up that says "There are no available items at this time". However, users on here are stating that they are watching content. What am I doing wrong?
     
  14. sorapp

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    Just recieved the download yesterday. It was up and running all by itself, I already had my network connected. I tried it out last night. I was very impressed. Perfomance compares favorably with Comcast (actually better since Comcast VOD is down most of the time). I selected a half hour program and started viewing at about 2% download, which occurred in less than a minute. Periodically during the show I checked back to see the download progress. It completed about halfway through the show. The PQ was very good, for SD. The delivery was smooth with no gliches. I have a wireless network connection to the HR-20 using a Buffalo WHRHPG54 access point and a Buffalo WLITX4G54HP ehternet converter. This appears to work very well, the buffalo performace is awesome (too bad about the Buffalo lawsuit, I hope they win). I can't wait to see how it works with more content and HD.
     
  15. Tivoenthused

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    I have "On Demand" option showing up in my menu and my HR20 says its successfully connected to the internet, but when I try to select it on the menu, nothing happens.

    Do I need to "activate" the service somehow?

    Perhaps on DirecTV.com?
     
  16. Jeremy W

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    You just have to wait. Give it about 24 hours to load all of the data.
     
  17. DrZ

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    Try resetting your HR20. That did the trick for me.
     
  18. Tubaman-Z

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    Is this on an HR20-100? Or -700? I'm not asking because I know how to get it working for you, but because I have a -100 and am curious about VOD.

    Thanks.
     
  19. Tivoenthused

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    Its a HR20-700.
     
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