How does using "on demand" with Directv affect monthly usage...I mean does it use a lot of GB?

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Goldie

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JEP

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I have never tried it, but I would guess it to be at least 1/2 GB per hour (like Netflix).  And that applies also to their recently implemented feature of 72-hour rewind.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Hello Goldie, 
With DirecTV and Dish Network, rather than a instant stream of Video on Demand content, it actually has to be downloaded first. The download size largely depends if it's a SD or HD movie. HD has higher resolution and as a result is a much larger file size than a Standard Definition movie (1 HD movie can easily consume 1-3GB depending on length) If this is done during your metered hours, you'll see it consume some of your data
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Annette Brewer

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Thank you for your help Brad...With Directv Video on Demand, then is it possible to do those video on demands during the free time that Excede offers (midnight to 5 am) without using up your data allowance?  Please clarify
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Steve Frederick, Champion

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that is true. Data is not counted during the Free Time
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Duane Bruce Campbell

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I does because you cannot pick what time directtv does it stream download, you have to download it, on the free time, and as far as I know, you cannot choose the time directtv does this, I know I have directtv too and love it but they need to fix that feature, for people who have fair access policies on a satellite system.
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I would guess that if you had a router running one of the custom firmwares like DD-WRT you could block DirectTV from downloading except during the freetime. That's what I've done with Microsoft's update sites as well as the virus scanner on our computers.
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Duane Bruce Campbell

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I forgot about that I can do that with my router I will try it as soon as I can and post results, for me!
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Kat

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According to directv, exede does NOT count your on demand usage against your data. That's false though. It sucks the life out of your data.
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Definitely false and whatever DTV rep told you that needs to be reported to their supervisor and, corrected.
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Exede Lindsey

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Hello Kat,

Streaming movies will use your data. TV rather than an instant stream of Video on Demand content, it actually has to be downloaded first. The download size largely depends if it's a SD or HD movie. HD has higher resolution and as a result is a much larger file size than a Standard Definition movie. If this is done during your metered hours, you'll see it consume some of your data. Please be cautious when using your DTV Video as it needs data through the internet to perform correctly.

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