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Why can't I fast forward VOD?

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Why can't I fast forward VOD?

There are a couple of times I've fallen asleep in the middle of watching a VOD movie or tv show and want to pick up where I left off but can't because VOD doesn't permit fast forwarding. Why? To force me to watch an hour and a half of what I've already seen just so I can get to where I fell asleep? Or to make me sit through another 30 minutes of a show so I don't FF through the repetitive commercials? What good is VOD if its not convenient for me? Is this ever going to change or am I just going to be stuck with wasting my time?

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Expert

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

The restrictions you refer to occur only on the National Network channels and that is a condition they added.  You'll find the non Network channels do not have those restrictions.  Open your guide to channel 1239 and download a concert.  You'll like the control you have.

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Employee

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

and to be fair, the VOD "version" has "limited" commercials

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Message 3 of 23
Professor

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

The networks control the servers that DTV access to download the content it is the networks putting the no FF restriction not DTV. 

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Tutor

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

That makes sense when the show is only being watched as VOD in the first place but when the record series option can't keep up with delays in network programming, somebody's gotta help us out, please. We were watching the RECORDED second to last episode of Under the Dome which started late because of, I believe, a tennis match. I guess there's no cooperation between dtv and the networks because the recording remained at only an hour so we only saw 35 minutes of the actual show. We then went and downloaded the VOD version only to be disappointed that we had to watch the first 35 minutes again. NOT COOL.

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Employee

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

Is always a good idea that every time a show is aired after a live sporting event, to add additional time by recording the following show(s)

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Message 6 of 23
Tutor

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

Sure and I do that if I know there's a live event in time (I'll bet dtv does). I don't follow tennis and recording extra all the time doesn't work because a) that takes up extra room and b) There's currently no way to later trim the recording to make room.

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ACE - Expert

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

The limitation on FF'ing only applies to some of the OnDemand channels, not any shows you record from the regular satellite channels, such as SyFy. 

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Message 8 of 23

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

The 30 second jump is may favorite control. I never watch live shows and I start live sporting events an hour or so late so that I have enough "capital" to jump through the dozens and dozens of commercials. Life was improved significantly by The DVR and Internet Streaming.Smiley Happy

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Contributor

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

So why cable provider don't go through this??

Message 10 of 23
ACE - Expert

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

robcme77,

My dad's Comcast has similar restriction on some of their OnDemand stuff, too.  It's not just DirecTV.  So this must be a decision made by the networks.

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Message 11 of 23
Contributor

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

I dont even bother hitting the rewind button when i start a program half way through and see the symbol to start from the beginig. Its a wonderful idea but is useless due to the arcaic way of advertising. The style of advertising that is the "commercial break" is outdated and ruins whatever program you trying to watch. Just as you are getting into the program you are watching they rudely interupt and kill the flow of the show. Everyone should ban together and not watch any program that isnt on their dvr so they can fast forward these dumb commercials. Maybe then they will fix the way they advertise.
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Contributor

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

I'm new to DirectTV and I hate that you can't FF! I had Dish network and it was awesome because you could FF, skip, etc on any DVR show. Not sure I'm a fan of DirectTV as even the DVR scheduling, sorting and arranging isn't as good.
Message 13 of 23
ACE - Expert

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

You can FF,RW,pause recorded programs but not On Demand.

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Message 14 of 23
Contributor

Re: Why can't I fast forward VOD?

I have stopped watching on demand programs that have commercials, because I have control because I pay DirecTv. So they don't force me to watch the commercials, if I can't FF, I just close it and watch another program. I have control. If they continue trying to circumvent my control, I will drop DirecTv and go Digital Tv with Internet Entertainment only. That will be a business decision that DirecTv will make. Continue to circumvent our ability to FF, and lose customers like myself, that WERE happy.
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