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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dervari, Jun 14, 2009.
I use it at least once a week.
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.
I use it all the time.. VERY HAPPY with it.. I wish HBO was on it...
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.
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.
Recording conflicts, software issues, weather issues, power outages etc.
OD is a great backup.
Me too, but I use it every now and again
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I use it as a demo for friends. I very seldom download anything. Too many other things to do.
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!
Hmmmm....I've go 6MBps DSL and I can't remember it ever going out.
However, even at 6MB it's still too slow to watch as it's downloading.
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.