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georgepbein

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I started a download of a movie for the first time yesterday from Dish Online. Now, after 9 hours, it shows 95% completion. My ISP is at 9.6 Mbps and I bought a HomePlug from Dish for the Ethernet connection. The download speed according to my TV screen is just 0.25 Mbps. Am I doing something wrong?
 
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cditty

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No. They speed up, slow down, and sometimes stall all together. It's not you. It's Dish.

It will complete, just give it time.

It is not unusual at all for mine to take 24 hours to download something. However, sometimes it is done in an hour. Just got to get lucky.
 

georgepbein

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I would agree. But, it was interesting to see that so many movies (3000+) are available, starting from 60+ years ago. I remember seeing some when I was just a kid; brought back some memories. Like Winchester 73, for example
 

SaltiDawg

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... My ISP is at 9.6 Mbps and I bought a HomePlug from Dish for the Ethernet connection ...
Do you know the rated through-put speed of the HomePlug?

EDIT: I just Googled: homeplug ethernet adapter throughput speed

and the first hit is http://www.homeplug.org/news/pr/view?item_key=05d60aa01194e8d52ce793789fae28281d1ee1f1

With this brand the max throughput would appear to be "Intellon HomePlug AV-based ICs (with 200 Mbps PHY-rate) are at the core of NETGEAR's new wall-plug powerline Ethernet adapters."

LATER EDIT: As I go down the Google result list and look at different brands of HomePlug devices it seems apparent that HomePlug is not a High speed device and that the download speed you are seeing is exactly what would result with the HomePlug being limited.

The problem would seem not to be Dish nor your connection to the www but rather the Ethernet "throttle" between your receiver and your router.

YMMV
 
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SaltiDawg

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And so SD in most cases
I have solid Fios www connection. Most Netflix Instant movies I watch purport to be "HD." From a purely user opinion viewpoint, the video is at least DVD quality, and the delay from selecting Start until the movie starts is ~10 seconds. (And, of course, the cost is virtually zero if you are primarily a DVD viewer.
 
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whatchel1

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Isn't HD

I have solid Fios www connection. Most Netflix Instant movies I watch purport to be "HD." From a purely user opinion viewpoint, the video is at least DVD quality, and the delay from selecting Start until the movie starts is ~10 seconds. (And, of course, the cost is virtually zero if you are primarily a DVD viewer.

DVD quality isn't even close to HD. It's 480 and you have to have at least 720 p to qualify. so far everything I've seen online that is 720 is a weak quality in comparison. I've seen some listed at 1080 p that look pretty good though.
 

SaltiDawg

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DVD quality isn't even close to HD. ...
Thanks for your opinion. Certainly 480p isn't HD, duh. However 480 p image quality can compare quite favorably to a highly compressed 720p from a Sat or Cable provider. Also, renting a DVD disk from Netflix provides a 480p image, viewing an instant pick from Netflix likely provides no better then a 480p image - or an up-rezzed image which will not result in an improved image.

I have a Pioneer Elite Kuro plasma. Not all movies are of better image quality on BD compared to DVD.

Additionally, if the Netflix source for an instant viewing item is a DVD, their up-rezzing it to 720p or 1080i for transmission to your STB will not result in an improved image when compared to having the DVD at home. There is, however, a big improvement wrt timeliness of delivery and having the ability to choose from numerous movies at the spur of the moment.
 
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