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Simple (?) VOD question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tomlin, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. tomlin

    tomlin New Member

    Nov 8, 2009

    I'm trying to get a straight answer about DirecTV's VOD.

    I have Verizon Wireless (Home Fusion) with 4G speed, but CAPPED at 20GB/mo. ANYTHING over that, even 1 byte, in my billing cycle is billed at $10/GB. So, I need to know how VOD works.

    I ordered a PPV movie (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) last night. It was on channel 136 (or in that range). There were options to "Buy Now" or "Record". The movie was shown as starting at 8pm. It was currently 7:42pm. I chose "Record", figuring I'd start watching around 8:15 or so. A window popped up saying it was ready to watch immediately. I clicked OK and it appeared in my queue FULLY downloaded (1:46) on channel 1100.

    The fact that it was available immediately, in its entirety, leads me to believe that the SATELLITE pushed it to my DVR. However, I need to know whether VOD is coming to me via the Internet (using up my monthly LIMITED bandwidth) or via satellite.

    I live in a rural area and this is my only viable Internet option. I tried WildBlue a few years back and it was a disaster. Plus, their speeds are far inferior to Verizon and their caps are ridiculously small.

    Also, how big is an HD movie? 1GB, 2GB? I know they're compressed, but have no idea the actual size. Any estimates?

  2. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Some movies are pushed to the DVR via the satellite and are ready to be watched once payment is complete. If you go to the Movies tab under the Search and Browse Menu, all the movies with a green play button are ready to be watch at the push of a button
  3. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    From what I have read on here a HD movie that is 1-1/2 hours long is about 5 GB.
    You will run over your cap in a hurry.
  4. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    I would suggest you don't stream any movies let alone HD movies with only 10 GB cap.
    Even netflix worst PQ is using anywhere from 1-1.5 GB every 2 movies, or 3 hours.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  5. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I would connect the dvrs to the phone lines, then I'd disconnect them from the internet so you never have to worry about it. Here's the thing, Directv is making it as easy as possible for people, and also as seamless as possible so things just work, but that creates a big problem for people like you with major cap limits. Also they are starting to load posters and other things from the internet connection rather than via the sat feed if the internet connection is available since it can do it faster. Then new look back feature is also all via the internet... I just wouldn't chance it myself.

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