9.2 and Unbox...has anyone tested it?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by kmill14, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. kmill14

    kmill14 New Member

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    In one of the first threads about 9.2, it mentioned the ability to watch Amazon.Unbox downloaded movies as it was downloading. Has anyone tested this out yet?

    For me, this is a big deal, and I wonder if this will eventually lead Amazon to release HD movies/shows.
     
  2. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    I don't see the connection.

    It works for TivoCasts. I assume it works for Unbox. Not a big deal to me.
     
  3. Rucker

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    Yes, you can watch unbox stuff while downloading. Essential feature, imo, but I'm still waiting higher quality video.
     
  4. yunlin12

    yunlin12 Tivonation Citizen

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    In previous versions (at least 8.3) you have to wait for Unbox video to finish downloading before you can start watching. Can any of you confirm in which version you were able to watch as it's downloading?
     
  5. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Slower...
    This is the one of the new features of 9.2.
     
  6. Revolutionary

    Revolutionary Too sleepy for TV...

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    Yeah, not sure what the issue is here. If TivoPony and the new update message say that this feature was added, then I'm thinking it's a pretty solid lock that it works.

    Also, doubtful that this will precipitate HD downloads. The Unbox PC player has had this functionality since launch.
     
  7. Rucker

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    I suppose I wasn't clear enough. I tried it and it works. In 9.2 like the subject and OP stated.
     
  8. kmill14

    kmill14 New Member

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    Its not a question of Amazon being able to do it, its a question of Tivo being able to do it (progressive play). If I were Amazon, I would want Tivo to have this feature running before I thought about rolling out HD content.
     
  9. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    I still don't see why. Anyway, this is less likely to work well for HD content, since it will need a higher bitrate. To watch while downloading, you need to either have it coming in faster than real time, or start watching very late in the download (which kinda defeats the purpose).
     
  10. yunlin12

    yunlin12 Tivonation Citizen

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    I agree that viewing while downloading is a separate thing as HD downloading. Vudu allows viewing while downloading, I think Unbox/Tivo is trying to compete. As far as HD, as far as I know Vudu doesn't do it, XBox Live Marketplace doesn't do it, I don't think anyone's demonstrated how to deal with the bandwidth crunch.

    As far as whether the viewing while downloading is limited by Tivo or Unbox, I really suspect this is related to the container format of Unbox's MPEG files. Tivo's MRV can start playing while it's downloading, so Tivo already has built-in code to handle this. I was going to suggest to also try Unbox download on a PC to see if this is possible, then I realized the PC version and Tivo version of Unbox are actually different files, so the file format may be different and won't tell us anything.
     
  11. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

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    I just downloaded an Unbox video, and the viewing while downloading works great! So happy they finally did this.

    I hit "Play" as soon as I saw the video in the Now Playing list, and it told me it couldn't start yet, since it hadn't downloaded enough content yet (or something like that). I waited another 2 minutes or so, and hit play again, a message came up similar to the "go back" messages about download speed being a factor for viewing while downloading, and then I started the video.

    My download is a little over 2x real time speed for the video playing, so this is great! I will probably end up renting a lot more now.
     

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