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No HD VOD??

Discussion in 'Service - DIRECTV On Demand CE Versions' started by Sander, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. paco1986

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    I am seeing the same thing. It may be that there is no content to download for those two titles, that's why it reverts back to 0 in the queue. It could be a bug. Just a guess, though.
     
  2. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    I downloaded one of those programs and it was HD but pretty lame content. I started to download The Guardian when it was available, but after several hours it had only received about 5 % on my 1.5 MB/s WiFi connection, so I stopped it. Supposedly there will be some DOD downloaded via satellite, which should come down much faster (1:1).
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    The only metric I have is a friend with XBOX Live, with the same DSL package I have, and he said it took about 4 hours to download 30 minutes of HD content.
     
  4. cekowalski

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    Xbox Live HD movies are an average of 4-5GB. Movies are 720p with 5.1 audio, compressed using VC-1.

    My DSL just clocked in at 4923kbps, or 615.4KB/sec. Download time for me should be 2.4 hours per movie (average) for me. Pretty close to real time; and it is, last time I downloaded an Xbox Live movie, it was playable within 15 minutes and never missed a beat while playing it from that point.

    Comparatives for a 5GB file:

    56K dialup = 208.1 hours
    1.5Mbps = 7.6 hours
    3Mbps = 3.8 hours
    5Mbps = 2.3 hours
    7Mbps = 98 minutes
    10Mbps = 68 minutes

    Xbox Live was very slow - 7+ hours - when it launched, even on my 5Mbps connection.

    I think it's the same with DOD right now -- it is not reaching its max potential. Unless the file sizes are drastically larger than 5GB, or the bitrate of the DOD HD content bitrate is higher than the VC-1 6.8Mbps content of the Xbox Live content (according to Engadget), I would say that the high download times, right now, are just part of the trial -- and will eventually be overcome.

    If you have 5Mbps or greater, I'd say you are sitting pretty, and will be able to start playing the content shortly after the download starts.
     
  5. hilmar2k

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    I think the D* HD content will be much bigger. If it equals the size of files recorded via sat, then a 2 hour movie will be more like 8GB. Assuming it will download using your full bandwidth (whcih hasn't been the case thus far), then it will still take 4 hours to download via a 5Mbs connection.

    Now if it only uses a small portion of the bandwidth, as has been reported by others, then you will see download times in excess of 7-8 hours.
     
  6. Hutchinshouse

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    I'm hoping it is as good as Sat streamed HD. We'll never know until we actually see one. :D All HD is not created equal. Bit rate plays a huge part too. Just watch a fast motion video on an HD-DVD or Blu-ray. Then watch the same video from the D* Sat. You'll see what I mean. Just seems a little fishy that D* has only offered two "non-motion" slideshows in HD. Why "non-motion"???????? HMMMMMMMMMM :whatdidid
     
  7. dervari

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    I happened to be surfing the "open" QAM channels on my TV and came across someone watching CSI on Comcast On Demand in HD. That was nice.... I'm hoping we at least get some TV series, with HD being a plus. Most of what's on the DOD CE selection is junk.
     
  8. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I've been out of town for the last few days and gained access to DOD sometime while I was gone.

    Your experience mirrors mine, with one exception.

    I, too, couldn't get either one of them to add to the queue. However, when I added a SD movie (Chronicles of Narnia) first, then added one of the HD shows, it showed up in my queue.

    About 10 minutes later I looked at the list and it showed Narnia being downloaded (at 11%) and the HD show as #2 in the queue. I didn't really want Narnia, so I deleted it. As soon as I did, the HD show in my queue disappeared as well and subsequent attempts to add it were a no-go.
     

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