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OnDemand content a bandwidth hog

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by MrD1sturbed, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. MrD1sturbed

    MrD1sturbed Cool Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    So today I officially hit my bandwidth cap with Comcast due to watching OnDemand content from DirecTV. It's probably ignorance on my part but I had no idea that watching OnDemand content downloaded the entire HD episode of the show I was watching, and in my case seasons (watched all of Game of Thrones and season 1 & 2 of Dexter this month). Why is it that DTV doesn't just stream this content like every other provider or service does? With the internet age literred with bandwidth caps and overage fees theres got to be another way! I am seriously considering switching to Xfinity TV in order to indulge in my OnDemand watching without fear of killing my bandwidth cap. Anyone else run into this situation?
  2. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    Streaming wouldn't help your case much as you would still be receiving all of that data. The only thing that would help you is D* making SD versions of the shows available to not use as much data. Personally, I stay with DSL because of no bandwidth caps and I hope D* keeps the premium channel VOD as is.
  3. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Down Load or Stream MB's are MB's and everything counts( that's not COMCAST) - What I did was upgrade my Comcast internet only to Blast / digital tv 50/10 - activated my Xbox 360 and using the Xfinity App I can find most everything and get HBO -HD and such and Some How :) that doesn't seam to effect my Bandwidth usage ,HUM!

    Good thing is it's a sort month and it will reset soon.
  4. john262

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
  5. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
  6. scoop8

    scoop8 Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dallas TX
    My provider doesn't yet have cap limits. Verizon FIOS in the Dallas area.
  7. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    In other words, Comcast is playing you like a fiddle. You will get their TV because their bandwidth limits on their internet. Worked like a charm.

    A big reason why I will not go back to Comcast for internet.
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  8. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    They do stream, although it is not nearly as elegant as Netflix or Apple TV. Use the "watch now" rather than download and you will get a less bandwidth intensive version.
  9. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Oddly enough, neither does Comcast.
  10. Guesst925XTU

    Guesst925XTU Legend

    Jan 28, 2004
    I watch a lot of DirecTV on demand, plus a lot of Netflix.

    15MB down / 1MB up

    $34.99 per month

    I have Verizon DSL and NO PROBLEMS.

    (My router shows over 250GB of usage already this month and its only the 24th.)
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Because they don't have the satellite bandwidth required to send demand content to their base of 20 million US households. Your local cable operator gets away with it because they have a MUCH smaller customer base (perhaps less than 1/1000th) and a routed fiber connection. Its all DIRECTV can do to send the 500 or so live channels that they send now.

    If you need demand content and can't figure out how to effectively simulate it with a DVR, satellite TV is NOT for you. It isn't an indictment of you or satellite TV, its just how things are.
  12. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    The local cable companies use their internet to send on demand. They just don't count it against your caps. But we know no one would be that conniving, would they?
  13. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    That is not streaming. That is just adjusting the download size to your internet speed. It still copies it to your drive, something "elegant" that streaming doesn't do.
  14. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    My post was attempting to be helpful, was yours?
  15. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Well, he was trying to correct your "boo-boo" DirecTV does not stream, even the "watch now" option is a download
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  16. milton

    milton Cool Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Maybe Directv should levy a complaint to the FCC and FTC, especially given the current TWC/Comcast merger. Directv could use this merger to highlight to the public and government the anti-competitive actions of Comcast.
  17. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    It seems the FCC doesn't care about any of this anymore.
  18. George_T

    George_T Legend

    Sep 19, 2002
    That article is from two years ago. I have CenturyLink DSL, and have had it for at least 4-5 years. Unlimited bandwidth. No caps whatsoever. No plans to cap. Sounds like some who have ATT DSL that the caps have not been enforced.

    Bandwidth caps haven't come at all to this DSL subscriber two years after this article was written.
  19. FLWingNut

    FLWingNut Godfather

    Nov 19, 2005
    If you're using OnDemand for regular network shows on a regular basis, use your DVR instead. Same for HBO and premium stuff. Save OnDemand fur those odd things you miss or want to sample before setting up a series link. Saves your bandwidth.

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  20. Araxen

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    Pretty much. The head of the FCC is a former cable lobbyist which is bad news for us the consumers.

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