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    Does a film need to be 100% D/Led before playing?

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      Does a film need to be 100% D/Led before playing?

      We are using Anytime+ and have watched a lot of the catchup content. Our broadband is Infinity 2 with 68Mbps Downstream.

      When we watch TV catchup programmes then we can start watching the item before it has downloaded 100%.

      However, we are now going to watch Horrid Henry with the kids but it seems to be taking a while to download and even at 45% of 890Mb it doesn't yet want to play.

      Is this normal for Pay-per-View programmes and is it necessary to wait until 100%?

      I'm on a DRX890 with the 500Meg drive.


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      Re: Does a film need to be 100% D/Led before playing?

      One can watch programmes before they are downloaded, provided the broadband connection is downloading data faster than the video is playing.

      Therefore with BT Infinity you shouldn't have any problems.

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      Re: Does a film need to be 100% D/Led before playing?

      well when I download any time movies I usually wait till 5% complete then it seems to play it fine

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      Re: Does a film need to be 100% D/Led before playing?

      In practise I have found that the answer depends on your connection speed and how busy it is.

      The other day when I downloaded Jaws 2 HD I was able to view it after 5 minutes or so. On other occasions I have had to wait longer for a TV programme to download before I could view it.

      Sky Fibre Unlimited Pro: Connected at 80,000 kbps / 20,000 kbps
      Previous ADSL2+ Speed 19999 kbps 1153 kbps, Line Attenuation 17.5 db 6.9 db, Noise Margin 7.5 dB 8.7 dB
      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Does a film need to be 100% D/Led before playing?

      Thanks for the replies.

      It turned out that it needed 75% downloaded before it would play.

      I guess it could see that it was taking an excessive amount of time to download and decided that it needed at least 75% so it could finish downloading whilst watching.

      The Sky servers, or path to servers, must have been slow for this film as my bandwidth was still high at 57meg d/l.

      The kids have just watched 2 films today and it's back to low 5-8% downloaded before playing the film.

      Thanks again.

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      Re: Does a film need to be 100% D/Led before playing?

      normally 5% is enough cause if you play it at 5% it normally gets ahead of itself if that makes sense

     

     

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