does watching a pay on demand movie from direct tv use data?

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Phyl Morris

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PPV - Not if it's a scheduled event that comes on only at a certain time.

Video on Demand (where you can start watching immediately) - Yes.

Also, if you go to a channel where you get the message "Would you like to view this program from the beginning? that will also use data is you select "Yes."
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It does not matter how a video is classified...it will use data unless you are using the LNFZ...Everyone should make sure that their DTV and Dish receivers/TV's are disconnected from their Exede wifi....you will quickly use up your allotted data watching any video outside LNFZ..
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Phyl Morris

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what is lNFZ?
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Knight Rider

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Late night free zone...depending on what plan you are on that could be 12am- 5am or 3am-8am during those hours you can download all you want and it does not count toward your data usage.
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Hi Phyl, please be cautious when using your DTV Video as it must use data from your internet to perform correctly. The On Demand content has to be downloaded first, download size largely depends if it's a SD or HD movie. If this is done during your metered hours, you'll most certainly see it consume your data.
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Phyl Morris

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We aren't big movie people although there is  a couple of movies I am currently interested in - that being said does the DTV use data if we don't download movies?
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Knight Rider

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Best thing you can do is not connect your dtv box to your internet that way it won't use your data in any way.
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I am currently "restircted" due to exceeding my 15GB cap. I think I'll just suffer through it - my refresh date is the 20th. In regards to DirecTV I recently disconnected DirecTV from my Intranet and just today as i was browsing through my DirecTV recordings my DVR complained "Need Internet connection - more content available"? This wqas on a show that I had set "Keep 5" max? My DVR has had as many as 22 shows recorded - D-Kids?? Well I'll see if this helps clear up some of my data useage w/DirecTV disconnected frommy Intanet.
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Hi Gregory,  I have attached a tip from our website regarding video downloads and streaming.  If you want  additional information on how to reduce your data consumption, visit http://help.exede.net/articles/General/Maximize-Your-Data

Streaming and downloading
video consumes more data than almost any other online activity. Pass that fact
along to other users on your home network, then go one step further and install
a Flash blocker on your browser to prevent video from loading
automatically.  

Hope this helps!  You can always reach out to us at exedelistens@viasat .com with your account information as well.
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Thanks for the info. I've already fixed the video play with my main browser - Google. I rarely visit FACEBOOK and YAHOO because they are so HEAVILY AD driven. I guess they gotta make money somewhere. One more day being restricted - I've disconnected DirecTV from my router - I'll see how my data useage goes in this next cycle. One more problem my wifes IPAD she's always playing FACEBOOK videos - not much I can do there except WHINE.
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Hi 
Can you tell me how to  install a flash blocker, where do I find it. I have never heard of this and I am told that my over usage is due to a lot of videos. I don't watch a lot of videos unless I have something I have to view for one of my classes. 

Thank You
Barb. P
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Barb, these are add ons for your browser. You need to go to your browser add on tool, and search for Flash Control. Another helpful add on is Adblock Plus, it prevents ads from downloading and using data.
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I use them on the Firefox browser.
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Kenny Shelton

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Use the text to pay for ppv.....you have to wait for your showing or record it but eliminates using the ridiculous exede internet.....text movie to 223322
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Phyl Morris

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I am new at all of this so what do you mean by using text to pay for ppv and if you use the text do you download the movie on the dvr? We don't rent movie or really watch them and there just happens to be 2 movies out I would like to see.
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You can look it up online. If you text to order you don't need the internet to watch. You just tune to whatever channel you order and it plays over and over for 2 days. You can record it to watch whenever you want but will not be viewable after those 2 days.
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Simply by connecting your DTV receiver/DVR to any available internet connection, including eXede will use a lot of available bandwidth. On average, 3-5 GB a month even if you don't watch anything On-Demand. It uses the internet connection to add a bunch of useless promotions, previews and guide enhancements which all cost you data usage. Best advise for DTV Customers with satellite Internet is NOT to connect the receiver/DVR or any other DTV devices to the Internet.

 Also note that Dish Network and it's Genie system does not seem to impact data usage anywhere as much as DirecTV.
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As has been pointed out, the only way to be sure that DirecTV isn't using your Internet is don't hook it up to the Internet.  You lose some of the on demand movies, extended programming searches (beyond 10 days) and the relatively new 72-hour rewind feature.  If you have a DVR then you still have access to a dozen or more on demand movies that have been streamed to your DVR without your requesting them and the are available immediately at any time.
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You will exceed you data cap if you even consider using on demand, netflix, pandora, facebook,etc. They need to changed the name from excede to itsucks. I have 18gb, $100 a month, and run out at 13 days with zero on demand, pandora, or netflix. All you tube or facebook videos are set to 240 resolution. Doesnt matter what you do it runs out within 2 weeks. I cant wait to get out of this crap contract. Anyone thinking about signing up, DON'T or you will be pissed.
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It really depends on whether your DirecTV is connected to the Internet or not.  If it isn't, you can watch all of the pay per view and pay on demand movies you want. I have done it for years.  If your DirecTV is connected to the Internet, you run the major risk of your selection being downloaded over the Internet and clobbering your data allowance.
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How do you disconnect DirectTV from the internet?  I have tried, but must not be doing it correctly.  Is there a downside to doing so...other problems it might cause?  I have not been able to watch any movies as it eats just about all of my monthly data!  Would appreciate your response.
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You can disconnect it in settings on your TV or, block it's MAC address in your router but, I have mine connected so that my Genie system will work properly. It has yet to use even 1 BYTE of my Exede data. Everyone in my home knows NO On Demand, NO watch form the beginning, NO Apps, Scores, etc.. just watch what is on at that time on channels of MAX 3 digits or order a pay per view movie that is on, record a show that is on and you could watch under those rules. That's all we can do with DTV.

If it isn't on right now, or if you use Watch From The Beginning because you missed the first few minutes of a show, it will use data.
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Barbara

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Hi,
I am seeing the same problem with my usage.

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