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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by love that tv, Jun 30, 2007.
If you record a PPV and dont' watch it til later, can you pay for it without a phone line?
To use the HR20 Record Now, Watch/Pay Later model... you must have an active phone line connected to the unit
Never. $5 is too much when I can get DVDs at work for $3. Yes, I'm cheap, but DVD's look very good to me. Though we have ordered a few SD PPV movies, but those were impulse things.
I can't see any rhyme or reason as to which movies they offer in HD and which they don't. "Norbit" in HD but not "300"? That sounds like a great idea!
Ditto. Casino Royale was awesome in HD. I just wish there were some other movies playing on PPV that I would actually watch.
This was very confusing at first for me as well as I was assuming the same behavior as on D* Tivo. PPV on the HR20 is simply a 'record', the actual 'purchase' comes when you watch it.
Good luck, and happy viewing.
I would purchase 300 PPV, but not if it's only in SD. D*, are you listening?
I think that I read somewhere that D* lost out to comcast for the right to air the HD version of '300'.
We haven't bought a PPV since we went to the HR20 from the DirecTivo. Tried several times but we would get blank recordings.
It's now Netflix 100%.
I've used the HR20 record and watch later PPV a few times. I REALLY like it a lot, I hope D10 gets us more capability. I doubt VOD is really going to give much HD Content (that's a lot of bandwidth to deliver over the internet).
I still have my Netflix though, and I really like the "Watch Now" functionality. I'm betting the DTV VOD will work pretty much like NetFlix's.
I agree. Casino Royale was EXCELLENT in HD-PPV.
BTW, I ordered it with my now decommissioned HR-10-250 without a phone line.
A quick look at the coming attractions on HTTP://WWW.DIRECTV.COM/MOVIES shows most of the coming movies available in HD. Another tease for the coming bandwith of the D10 Sat.
I would love to order HD PPV, but after trying a couple of movies, D*s "DD" sound quality is so poor (it seems to be highly compressed audio -- no dynamic range and poor audio imaging) compared to the DVDs that I won't pay that $5 price anymore. If D* will wise up and broadcast true DD, I would pay it.
Edit: This sound quality issue is so great that even my wife who could care less about sound refuses to agree to HD PPV purchases. She would rather go get the DVD.
Re-edit after seeing some new posts: If VOD provides this same poor "DD" quality, I will never order HD via VOD.
If you look here....
You'll see that the vast majority of movies remain SD Only
16 in SD - 7 in HD, if most is less than half.. then yes.
I was going to order an HD PPV movie until I saw the price was $4.99. I am not going to get sucked in by D* and pay $1 extra when I can watch the same movie in SD for $3.99.
Thanks I didn't think about this being the case until I posted my question here then I had one of those "duh" moments. I had actually done this process before but I rarely order PPV and forgot the record it now and buy it when it is watched trick. Now I only need D* to show Casino Royale in HD again or hope either HBO HD gets the movie or I buy a Blue Ray player at some point.
Just to clarify, I was focusing on PPV movies that are "coming soon". The impression is that there will be more HD in the near future. An improvement on the fact that way too many are SD only. 4 of the 7 movies advertised as coming soon are to be offerred in HD. "Most" may not have been the best choice of word. How about "many"?