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Who really uses On Demand?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dervari, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Jun 15, 2009 #41 of 119

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    I use it at least once a week.
  2. Jun 15, 2009 #42 of 119

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I use it a lot. When my grand children come over we download Dora and Diego. I download a lot of Showtime series and movies and I just started looking at the sundance channel.

    I don't know how much network you get on cable, but it's not much. I have Comcast in Harrisburg and the only network shows we get are CBS and very few of them. I think there is a little NBC if you want to pay for it, but why do that when you can get it on HULU for free.

    Also, you can watch a downloaded show on D while recording 2 other programs. On demand counts as 1 of your 2 channels with Comcast.

    On the plus side for Comcast, they do have HBO on demand, but no HD for HBO. Their Scifi, FX, etc is also a little more extensive.

    All in all, while I'd like the offering to expand, I'm pretty happy with the service so far.
  3. Jun 15, 2009 #43 of 119

    dog6869 Mentor

    Oct 27, 2007
    I use it all the time.. VERY HAPPY with it.. I wish HBO was on it...
  4. Jun 15, 2009 #44 of 119

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    Anime fan here, I use it all the time for the Anime Network.

    Lets hope they add the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, & CW) one of these days.
  5. Jun 15, 2009 #45 of 119

    mauijiminar Godfather

    Oct 11, 2007
    YES for me it takes way too long to download a program and I have it hard wired to the internet. I just dont have a need for it.
  6. Jun 15, 2009 #46 of 119

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    Recording conflicts, software issues, weather issues, power outages etc.

    OD is a great backup.
  7. Jun 15, 2009 #47 of 119

    MIAMI1683 New Member

    Jul 11, 2007

    Me too, but I use it every now and again
  8. Jun 15, 2009 #48 of 119

    Guesst925XTU Legend

    Jan 28, 2004
    I use DirecTV On Demand several times per week.

    I primarily use it for Anime Network and Starz early premiers.

    I have DSL with 3.0MB download speed / 768KB upload speed.
  9. Jun 15, 2009 #49 of 119

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    In my opinion, there isn't a danged thing on TV that can't be missed. Aside from the poor programming quality; endless reruns, and the issuance of entire seasons of programming on DVDs have rendered it a moot point if you miss a show or not.

  10. Jun 15, 2009 #50 of 119

    Stryker412 Legend

    Jan 21, 2009
    I have a question. I have Comcast internet but D* (obviously) for TV. I didn't know the On-Demand titles are downloaded to your box, I thought they were streamed. So I loaded up the entire season of The Tudors and half of Californication. It took like 12 hours to get everything.

    Has anyone had complaints from Comcast about bandwidth usage if you use on demand frequently?
  11. Jun 15, 2009 #51 of 119

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    Used it yesterday to record Flying Scotsman,haven't watched it yet.
    The only thing i don't like about it is is very slow searching,sometimes i use the dvr scheduler on the Directv website.
  12. Jun 15, 2009 #52 of 119

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

    Feb 5, 2009
    Without stuff from the "big 4" networks it's pretty useless to me. I have probable really used it 3 times since it first became available.
  13. Jun 15, 2009 #53 of 119

    Chazb AllStar

    Jan 28, 2007
    I can honestly say that charter cable is much better than Direct with on demand services.I am very happy with direct overall but it is not in the same ballpark with charters OD services.
  14. Jun 15, 2009 #54 of 119

    rebkell Godfather

    Sep 9, 2006
    I think that's the biggest thing misssing, almost all the shows other than the major nets, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox have multiple showings, my local networks have plenty of problems on their own and are the most undependable source of programming I have, add weather related problems, etc and the major networks are about 99% of the time one showing and done. No other opportunity to catch the episode(s) you might have missed.
  15. Jun 15, 2009 #55 of 119

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    I keep seeing Fox in the list of networks with regard to VOD. I may be wrong about this, but Fox currently doesn't offer VOD feeds. ABC, NBC, and CBS do, though - and they're starting to offer more in HD (the HD VOD offerings by the networks are still on the sparse side).
  16. Jun 15, 2009 #56 of 119

    Movieman Hall Of Fame

    May 8, 2009
    I dont know about complaints but when I had Comcast I constantly had OD errors that it was unavailable or down. In terms of time to download. It does take some time but keep in mind you don't have to wait for the full download to watch a movie.

    One of the things I love the most about DOD is that I can use Remote Scheduler where with cable I had to wait to get to the box to set the on demand. I prefer to surf the titles online then sitting through all of them with my STB and remote. I will say that Directv has a way to go on improvements but its not bad.
  17. Jun 15, 2009 #57 of 119

    VLaslow Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I use it as a demo for friends. I very seldom download anything. Too many other things to do.
  18. Jun 16, 2009 #58 of 119
    Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    My cable co meters bandwidth but so far I haven't hit the 5gb daily cap. (Hey it's either that or DSL that barely reaches 1 Mbps and goes off 10 times a day...)

    It's hard to hit the limit with the low-res You Tube quality SD video they offer. I played with DOD this morning and got tons of stuff and the "% free" meter never even moved!
  19. Jun 16, 2009 #59 of 119
    Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Hmmmm....I've go 6MBps DSL and I can't remember it ever going out. :grin:

    However, even at 6MB it's still too slow to watch as it's downloading. :(

  20. Jun 16, 2009 #60 of 119

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    Aug 20, 2006
    Lack of CC is a major flaw with the service.
    We definitely need the big 4 + any premium you sub to. If the big 4 were there people could sample their shows and plan on watching them regularly. Some people don't want to watch stuff because they feel they can't catch up. Remember when NBC tried to charge for "The Office"? I remember ABC was charging for 'Lost' and Desperate Housewives" on XBL and PSN.

    I wonder if people would pay a couple dollars/month for on demand access to all of the Big 4 nets programming.

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