DirecTV's new on demand service officially hit Charlotte today. Customers who have an broadband connection to their HR-20 receiver, should be able to access the service by visiting Channel 1000, or by pressing the menu button and choosing "On Demand."
The service downloads programming from many providers onto your DVR. You can begin watching as soon as downloads start, though depending on your speed, your programming may be interrupted until it is finished.
DirecTV has downloaded a five minute tutorial to view, but this is pretty easy to use. You can search by show, actor or genre. There's no HD yet, but it's coming. Picture quality is pretty good, about on par for standard HD fare. It'll be interesting to see what 1080i or 720p look like -- and how long it'll take to download.