Showtime VOD - Dexter Season 6. Partial episodes??? (1 Viewer)

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Muckrak3r

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I searched for Dexter and found all episodes of Season 6 on VOD, surprisingly. Set them up to Record/Download.

Go to watch episode 1 - it kept skipping several minutes and then I couldn't skip back and watch the missed content. Thought maybe it was a bad download, so watched a separately downloaded episode 1. Same result. Then I noticed in the GUI next to the episode title it says 'Partial' - what the heck?

There aren't full, unskipping episodes of Dexter on VOD? What's the point of having them there like this?
 

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I searched for Dexter and found all episodes of Season 6 on VOD, surprisingly. Set them up to Record/Download.

Go to watch episode 1 - it kept skipping several minutes and then I couldn't skip back and watch the missed content. Thought maybe it was a bad download, so watched a separately downloaded episode 1. Same result. Then I noticed in the GUI next to the episode title it says 'Partial' - what the heck?

There aren't full, unskipping episodes of Dexter on VOD? What's the point of having them there like this?


are you sure you arent losing connection during the D/L
 

Muckrak3r

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are you sure you arent losing connection during the D/L



Thanks for the suggestion. I have tested it a dozen times today on Pingtest.net and not a single packet lost. I am, however, about to contact my ISP about the way too high ICMP response times.

Short story - It doesn't appear to be dropping packets, which would enable a steady stream on the VOD items. Long story - to be continued.
 

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That's an instant at the moment ad hoc test for ping and line quality; how are you monitoring the entire D/L process for connectivity loss, be it internet connectivity to your premises or the DVR dropping off the network? This testing procedure is not looking at that.
 

Muckrak3r

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I wasn't checking my connection quality at all until you mentioned it ;)

Turns out, my call to the ISP was helpful in multiple ways. First of all, there is an "outage affecting most of your state" - so that explains the latency and poor DL speed issues. And until that is fully resolved, I won't mess with this issue any more. Secondly, they offered me an upgrade to their fastest speed package for $16/month less than it was when I asked about it last night!

I will update this thread later once the ISP finishes sorting out their problems. FWIW - I DL'd the Dexter shows a couple days ago, I don't consider them to have been DL'd during the outage, but I have no way to know for sure.
 

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The ISP fixed the latency issues already and I am getting nearly 40Mbps down. I will try episode 1 again and see if the skipping problem is fixed.
 

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The ISP fixed the latency issues already and I am getting nearly 40Mbps down. I will try episode 1 again and see if the skipping problem is fixed.

Charper1 - it was the ISP connection causing the skipping issues. Only 5 minutes into the 1st episode that I DL'd again, and it hasn't skipped a beat. Thanks for the idea.
 
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