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Dish/Blockbuster announcement coming Friday

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by FTA Michael, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Oct 5, 2011 #301 of 377
    Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I thought you already could do this on most of the ViP receivers (612 and 922 not currently supported though)? Granted, depending on your internet bandwidth, you might have to let it buffer for a while... but I thought you could sort-of stream already.

    Meanwhile... what I'm really waiting for is support for iPad/iPhone streaming of the Blockbuster content. We already have most of the code there since the Dish Remote Access app supports watching content or Live TV streamed from your ViP receiver (922, or 722 with the Sling adapter)... so all they need to do is tweak and test this directed to Blockbuster servers instead of your home DVR.

    This thing will take off faster once they add that support too.

    IF it works the way Netflix does... you are limited (depending on the plan) as to how many discs you can have at a time BUT you can keep it forever as long as you keep paying the monthly fee for the service. IF you ever cancel the service, that's when you'd have to send the disc back OR buy it... but from their perspective they kind of like it if you keep the same movie for several weeks because you are saving them on the handling/postage of the exchange.
  2. Oct 5, 2011 #302 of 377

    CeeWoo Godfather

    Dec 1, 2008
    It's strange, but with my 722k some things show as
    "Available NoW" and others have said "Available in (fill in time here)"

    No rhyme or reason that I can see

    I have streamed some SD that worked just fine, and in the last couple days I've done some HD that might have to buffer once or twice
  3. Oct 5, 2011 #303 of 377

    chris83 Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    How do the streaming options for programming compare to Netflix?
  4. Oct 5, 2011 #304 of 377

    jpeckinp Legend

    Nov 5, 2006
    It would be nice if on the site it had just a section for movies that can be streamed. It sucks having to look at every movie description to see if I can stream it.

    I would prefer to just stream but the first movie I selected got sent to me?
  5. Oct 5, 2011 #305 of 377

    jeffdb27 AllStar

    Jul 13, 2007
    The interface can definitely use some major improvements. I started streaming a movie and fell asleep near the end. So today, I wanted to finish watching it. Well it had been past 24 hours so it wasn't in "My Movies" any longer. So I selected to steam it again. However, there is no way to fast forward thru the movie before it downloads. Netflix did this even showing little thumbnails as it did it (on my PS3). There really needs to be a way to jump to a point in a movie, or fast forward into it before waiting for it do download to the place you want to begin watching.
  6. Oct 6, 2011 #306 of 377

    Dario33 Godfather

    Dec 15, 2008
    Added my first DVD to my queue last night and got notification this morning it'll arrive by Saturday. So far, so good...
  7. Oct 6, 2011 #307 of 377

    snappingturtle Cool Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    The movie pass add-on is probably worth it if you want the blockbuster disk subscription service and you want some extra movie channels added to your dish channel lineup, but you won't be getting any blockbuster streaming videos with this package.

    I don't perceive this as competing with netflix streaming in any way.

    The widevine plugin, required for streaming from dishonline.com, for firefox does not work with firefox 7 and dishnetwork.com, required to login and watch videos on dishonline.com, does not work at all with google chrome.
    I'm not downgrading or using IE. I value my online security.

    The on-demand capability builtin to the 722 and others seems pretty miserable - absolutely no comparison to netflix.

    I like my dish network for the value it brings, I would not get the movie pass package to stream anything. For $10/month, the disk subscription and extra channels might be worth it. I haven't decided yet.
  8. Oct 6, 2011 #308 of 377
    Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I meant they need more HD channels in that tier not less.
  9. Oct 6, 2011 #309 of 377
    Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    You need an adapter for 622 and 722 for $25.00.
  10. Oct 6, 2011 #310 of 377

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I do stream Netflix and that would be true streaming. I can fast forward as soon as it starts playing. Usually a very short pause pause as I/m on High speed Internet. With the BB you can FF as far into the video as has already been downloaded. AFAIK

    What Adapter?? Unless you mean Wireless. My stuff is all wired even the laptops.
  11. Oct 6, 2011 #311 of 377

    tcatdbs Icon

    Jul 10, 2008
    Damn, I just switched to Chrome a week or two ago, liking it better than FF, now no compatibly at all on my PC. Bought the $99 Sling Adaptor (good thing I got the $99 rebate!). How can a company as big as Dish not make things work on the top 4 or 5 browsers? :mad: Looks like Dish needs to hire a couple Netflix technicians. :D

  12. Oct 6, 2011 #312 of 377

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
    Chrome is soon to be the #2 browser in use, overtaking FF.
  13. Oct 6, 2011 #313 of 377

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    They're definitely gaining ground on FF...still about 6% behind last I saw.

    As for those unhappy with compatibility, I usually recommend having a couple browsers available on your computer.
  14. Oct 6, 2011 #314 of 377

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    Started adding Blu-Ray movies to my queue on Monday. Have 10 in there and 8 of them say available NOW but nothing has shipped. Sent a note to Customer Service to ask about it but haven't heard anything. Would have thought that something would have shipped by the 4th day.
  15. Oct 6, 2011 #315 of 377

    mike1977 Legend

    Aug 26, 2005
    Yeah, I always keep IE and Firefox up to date on my computer. When something doesn't work with one, I try again with the other.

    I got my first disc from movie pass today and I joined over the weekend.
  16. Oct 6, 2011 #316 of 377

    tcatdbs Icon

    Jul 10, 2008
    Switched back to FF 6.0 to get Dish online capability. Leaving Chrome on in case they come out with Chrome on Android soon. Still have IE, I have 1 customer who's online form only works with IE. Chrome seems to get font sizing a little better looking that FF, but there's a lot to like about FF.

    Dish online on "guide" only goes up to channel 639 if you have "HD" set, what's up with that? Dish is a good deal, but they sure need to start working on their technology.

    edit: So as to not derail this thread on what is really an unrelated topic, I edited here rather than tack another reply at the end... After having switched back to FF a few days, I really am finding it better than Chrome. Chrome has a lot of potential and few nice things, but things about FF I like:
    1. Dish Online runs on it
    2. It printing interface from Gmail is much better
    3. Seems to render a few web pages better, particularly Gmail
    4. I've used Personas for a long time and got use to my personal theme on the Header (not sure if Chrome has anything like this, without a lot of work)
    5. I like the Separate search bar with selectable search providers

    Really don't like how all kinds of stuff stops working on updates for any of them (still on FF 6.0, won't update to 7.0 since Dish won't work)
  17. Oct 6, 2011 #317 of 377

    rtk AllStar

    Apr 14, 2007
    My 2 disc Blockbuster plan = 13.99.
    New 2 Disc Movie pass plan = 15.00

    I already have Movie Pass content with my Platinum HD plan, so there is no compelling reason to add it. To be brutally honest, unless Dish significantly updates the user interface to access the online content via Dish receiver or develop partnerships with existing STBs/TV and deliver online content with a similar interface to other existing service, Netflix, Vudu, etc, I'm not convinced Dishonline will ever be a real competitor. Given the above, I think its pretty clear now why Movie pass wasn't offered to the general public and limited only to Dish subscribers. There are no STB, other that a couple of Dish receiver, which actually allow you to receive BB/Dish online streaming content.

    After a brief hiccup, I'm back to my original BB 2 disc subscription. For new Blockbuster subscribers, who don't have Platinum HD, the Movie pass online content BB disc service does provide a good value. Unfortunately based on the feedback from the kids and wife, Dishonline streaming content/presentation/ease of use, isn't sufficient to allow me to kill the Netflix subscription.
  18. Oct 7, 2011 #318 of 377

    slickshoes Legend

    Sep 20, 2009
  19. Oct 7, 2011 #319 of 377

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    That really says everything about how frustrating it is on the web when the two main competitors to IE have to provide an IE plugin tab. But what can one expect in the era of people with short attention spans and a narrow view of their job.:shrug:

    I suppose HTML5 will end this...:rolleyes:
  20. Oct 7, 2011 #320 of 377

    fuzzface Mentor

    Feb 1, 2011
    Set up my account Monday. Message of first disc mailed Tuesday. Received disc today. Will see how quick the turn-around is on returns and new sendouts...

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