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Downloading VOD Bandwidth

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by toobs, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. toobs

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    Is there a way to manage the bandwidth that is being used when you are downloading shows from a VOD channel to the HR34?

    I pretty much want to max out my home network bandwidth when I'm using VOD.
     
  2. RAD

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    You mean to tell DIRECTV to send it faster, nope it's fixed. They probably have it throttled so that some folks with really fast lines (like FIOS) don't hug the bandwidth at their data center effecting performance for everyone.
     
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    As Rad says, it's fixed on DirecTV's end, but they send it fast enough to watch in real time. Faster isn't an option, or needed.
     
  4. toobs

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    Such a shame. Watch Now doesn't really work. I found it best to download the entire content and then playback.
     
  5. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    What doesn't work with it? I have a 15Mbps down connection and it works for me, unless the software in the HD DVR has a bug with it in a particular release.
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    I works for me with my 11+ Mb/s connection.
    Even when I was on a slower connection, I didn't need to wait for the whole download before I could start watching.
     
  7. toobs

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    I have the same connection that you have, but the picture keeps going to the end of the buffer and stopping. The other night, I was watching a movie on VOD and playback at like 40% and by the time it downloaded 80%, I was end to the buffer and needed to wait to finish downloading.
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    This doesn't sound like what happens here.
    The bit-rates are different between shows/channels.
    Some HD is as low as 6 Mb/s, while others are closer to 12 Mb/s.
    "For example" Starz comes through faster than realtime, while SHO is barely realtime.
     
  9. peds48

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    VOS, what is the bit rate for DirecTV 's audience network?
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    Right now it's tough to get a number.
    I started downloading a show and it was slow, 22 mins only got 11 mins of recording, so I changed to watch now for another and it's coming through faster than 1:1, with 4 mins of show in 3 mins time.
     
  11. veryoldschool

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    After playing around with a couple of shows from the audience network, it seems the bit rate varies significantly between shows.

    Rouge would work with watch now, and after 6 mins, there was 7 mins of recording.
    Download rate:
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    Playback bit-rate:
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    Blackberry Smoke was a whole other thing.
    Download rate:
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    Playback rate:
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    This means it took 96 mins for the 52 min program.
     
  12. toobs

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    How can you figure out the bandwidth its using when downloading VOD?
     
  13. Diana C

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    One way is with a router that shows the transfer rate.
     
  14. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    I have only used Watch Now a few times, but it worked fine, even with my <4 Mbps connection.
     
  15. xmguy

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    I've got 30 MBps downlink. Sometimes I can't stream live in real time. No worries I can still download and watch once enough is stored.
     
  16. veryoldschool

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    Like this:
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    This is the audience network's Blackberry Smoke
     
  17. sb40

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    Just talked with Tech @ Directv ....no clue why my 100Mbs Down was to weak to do VOD .

    After 15 mins on the phone I asked if rebooting CINEMA Connection Kit would help ( He did not know) so I did and it streams fine now. So if you have VOD problems REBOOT
    1st. Call 2nd

    PEACE
     
  18. KLin

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    I'm "recording" an episode of Game Of Thrones via VoD and DD-WRT says I'm d/ling at 1.35 megabits per second, about 170 kilobytes. Only have 1.5mb dsl where I am, so it's maxing it out.
     
  19. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Think we might want to distinguish between HD & SD VOD.
     

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