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Watch Instantly (On Demand) doesn't work

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by h4b1t, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. Apr 7, 2013 #1 of 50

    h4b1t AllStar

    Dec 29, 2005
    Why can't I watch On Demand with the Watch Now or whatever it's called? I just completed a speed test and got 34 Mb down and 4Mb up so my internet wouldn't be an issue. I have DECA to my router. when i try to watch instantly it says my internet speed isn't fast enough. I have a feeling that DirecTV's internet speed isn't fast enough or there's an issue with my DECA set up? Any thoughts. BTW I have an HR34 (GENIE) with 2 other HD recievers and the other 2 were doing were off while I tried this.


  2. Apr 7, 2013 #2 of 50

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    While that test looks good, it isn't the whole story.
    Charter may have a hand in your problem.
    I've got only 11+ Mb/s and can use "watch now" for everything I've tried but cinemax during the free preview, but it might be because it was the free preview.
  3. Apr 8, 2013 #3 of 50

    r028806 Mentor

    Mar 12, 2010
    Do you even have the Watch Now option, it's not available unless you have the appropriate SW version to do so. It's rolled out by time zone and can take several months before its on all IRD's nationwide. For HR2x models SW ver. x066d supports it, I'm sorry I do not know which SW ver. the Genie needs.
  4. Apr 8, 2013 #4 of 50
    Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    Lots of factors effect VOD download speed. First there is your individual link speed (BTW, a number of ISPs prioritize speedtest.net traffic to artificially enhance your results), then there is the route the traffic in question takes (how busy the various routers and segments are) not to mention the load on the servers which can congest the servers' connection to the Internet. One thing to try is a speedtest run to a server in California...that will give you a more realistic idea of the maximum throughput to the area where the servers live.
  5. Apr 9, 2013 #5 of 50

    Volatility Legend

    May 22, 2010
    DirecTV doesn't have an internet speed, simply because DirecTV isn't an internet provider. If you are having issues with downloading On Demand Content the problem is going to lie with your ISP.
  6. Apr 9, 2013 #6 of 50

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Maybe 99% of the time, but that 1% can be a DirecTV server problem.
  7. Apr 9, 2013 #7 of 50

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    So where should people focus their efforts? I agree with your logic so why do they always focus on the 1%?
  8. Apr 9, 2013 #8 of 50

    itzme Hall Of Fame

    Jan 17, 2008
    Over the past few weeks I upgraded my internet dl speed from 10 to 30. I speedtest-ed and I'm actually a little faster than 30. My On Demand Record speed doesn't seem to have improved in any way. It seems the same as it was with 10. That would tend to support VOS's 1% comment.

    BTW, on occassion my HD Netflix viewing would blur down to SD for awhile. That is also still happening at the same rate before and after I upgraded my speed. As we move into this new age of internet content, it seems like the provider's servers are going to be the bigger issue. Also an issue, i suppose, is the "art" of compression.
  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I'd say the easiest way to check the 1% is to try another OnDemand channel.
    The banks of servers DirecTV have means they're not all having problems, so it's back to the 99% of the time being your ISP, which I'd been through hell with and dumped them "never to have the problem again" with my current ISP.

    My old ISP was so bad a 3 Mb/s was taking 22 hours for an SD OnDemand. Speedtest showed they had a problem and "all they did was" to patch their end so speedtest always showed "full speed", but a download of SD was taking a full day and at the same time I used my other [new] ISP and had the same Ondemad come through at 1:1 or better.
  10. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    I like the watch now feature for instant watching OD content, but what I don't like is while it downloads a program while you're watching and try to watch another, it stops that previous download to start the next download program, meaning if the download process is not completed than you try to watch another program, then it loses that download to then start the next one and vice versa (meaning it won't save your previous uncompleted download program no matter how much close it is to complete and starts over again)
  11. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    I know downloading OD content is different than recording but why not let it download both programs at the same time instead of one at a time, and much worse "killing" your download when you try to watch another program then start over the downloading (My head is gonna explode from sayin download a lot:)
  12. west99999

    west99999 Icon

    May 11, 2007
    Despite some people saying they can watch now without problems there is something wrong with the HR34 and the watch now feature. Certain software I am able to watch now without a problem and sometimes I can't. The message will pop up saying my internet speed doesn't support it and it gives the option to download with full HD or lesser 720P I assume and this only happens on certain channels when it happens. I have HR24's that this never happens on they all 3 give a message preparing for playback and then start without a problem. I have tons of data on this problem and it exist on multiple speeds, ISP providers, routers/modems, etc.... When the message does pop up I can always go to the list and playback the show without a buffer built up. I think it has to do with the speed check the HR34 does but who knows.
  13. extremeblue

    extremeblue New Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Durham, NC
    I was not able to use Watch Now for a few months because I was getting the connection speed alert. After trying different equipment, resetting to defaults, pushing the red reset button, and probably a few other things that I can't think of right now, I've finally figured out why it wasn't working for me. Maybe this will help some others as well.

    My cable modem and router are upstairs, the HR34 is downstairs and my house isn't wired, so I tried both a powerline adapter and wireless access point. When I plugged my laptop into each, I got almost exactly the same speed results, 19.47 down and 1.97 up.

    What worked for me was to choose a Wired connection no matter what I was actually using. Always select Wired (Powerline and Wireless would never work for me)! I could never get Watch Now to work by selecting the actual equipment that was in place.

    Here are the steps to reconfigure the HR34 for a wired connection, if it's not already set that way:
    Unplug the HR34 network cable first.
    Menu -> Settings & Help -> Settings -> Network Setup -> Repeat Network Setup -> Get Connected -> Wired
    Plug in the HR34 network cable.
    Continue -> Continue -> Connect Now -> Continue -> Continue -> Done -> Exit

    I tried Watch Now with several On Demand shows (HD and SD) with the powerline adapter in place and then with the wireless access point in place. After changing the network setup to Wired, I didn't have issues watching any of the shows.

    I've seen a few people in my searches talk about software versions, so just in case anyone is wondering, my HR34/700 is currently at 0x67e (updated on 03/19/13 at 3:52 am).

    Hope this helps.
  14. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I've only really tried HBO, Showtime and Starz. HBO seems to work pretty well (I watched an episode of John Adams this afternoon and I've also watched Treme. Showtime was great. I was 12 minutes into Nurse Jackie and it was completely downloaded. Starz was unwatchable as it buffered 4 times in the first 6 minutes. My guess is it has a lot to do with the server the show is hosted on.
  15. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    There seems to be an issue with the HR34 and "Watch Now". Trying to watch Chernobyl Diaries via "Watch Now". HR34 tells me my internet is too slow.
    - Tried "Watch Now" from HR22 in another room - no issue
    - Tried watching the movie via the HBO to Go on my Mac - no issue
    - Tried watching the movie on the HR34 via Download and Record instead - no issue - the HR34 gave me two options when it told my internet speed wasn't fast enough to "watch now", I chose "Highest Quality". Download speed was slightly faster
  16. mretc1

    mretc1 New Member

    May 15, 2013
    As a new DirecTV customer, I experienced the same problem with "Watch Now" even with 10MB download speeds on the HR34 which was the only box the installation contractor had- After a call to customer service within the first week, re-booting, etc. DirecTV scheduled a service call with one of their technicians. An HR44 resolved the problem immediately and was the solution of choice by the technician- no arm twisting for the new model was necessary.

    I've got to believe that at least in my case that there was a manufacturing defect or software bug in the HR34. While there may be some difference in VOD download speeds depending on the programming/channel, I couldn't find a single VOD program that would allow "Watch Now" on the HR34. For those having problems- if you run the test diagnostics, do you get an internet error? I did on the 34, but the 44 tested clean despite the exact same connection kit set-up (I'm not using wireless or direct Ethernet)
  17. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Soo, what was the error?
  18. mretc1

    mretc1 New Member

    May 15, 2013
    Something in the 80s with intermittent internet connection- Sorry I don't have the exact code-
  19. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    I do not get an internet error. New software came the other day but I still cannot "Watch Now" on the HR34.

    To reiterate:
    - I have a solid 30 down connection
    - I can Watch Now on other DVRs in the house without issue
    - I can start a download at "High Quality" and immediately watch on the HR34 with no issues
    - I have restored defaults on network settings
  20. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    More new software came this week. Still cannot, "Watch Now". Still claims my connection is too slow.

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