The Download Experience #TheCrucibleOnScreen

It’s been a bit of a doozy. But not really an unexpected doozy. I’d feared that the DT website would completely crash, but unlike some of my more sensible sisters, I still had to jump in and purchase The Crucible on day 1. In fact, even though it was announced that the long-awaited download would become available at 8AM in my time zone, I found myself *just checking* the DT website at 7am when I stepped out of the shower. It appeared to have the option to purchase, so I purchased it, there in my bathrobe, and started the download.

Now, I suspected that the HD download at home was going to take at least 24 hours, because Much Ado About Nothing over the weekend took 26 hours, and that was presumably not occurring during an Armitage Army Onslaught. The joys of rural country living! I had higher hopes for my download #2 out of 3 at work, since I have a much faster connection there in town, so I started it as soon as I booted up my computer and installed the desktop player at 8am yesterday. The work download kicked off pretty fast, and got up to over 50% after one hour, but I can only assume that the whole world soon came online and joined the queue, because it got really slow after that and was only at 72% by the time I left work. Got home and had a whopping 23% on the home computer. LOL. Way to go, Armitage Followers!

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Yes, John. Your Followers. Anyway, this morning the home computer was still slowly chugging at about 45% when I left for work, but the work computer was all finished and ready for me. I then downloaded the Conversation, and that took only about 20 minutes. I had a slow morning and ended up watching the Conversation after my surgical procedures were done, and at 11:45am, just as I was about to shut my office door and break early for lunch, the office manager arrived and said we had a walk-in. Actually, it was an elderly client who had a 2pm appointment but didn’t want to drive in the rain later, so she just decided to come on in and get her appointment done during the doc’s lunch. $#!+&@#*($!!

So, with a heavy heart, I went and did my two annual exams and the assorted “oh, by the way, can you do this and this and this as long as we’re here, and I have a question or two about the stray cat I feed” until it was 12:45pm and my lunch was basically over. The one good thing was I had nothing until the 2pm appointment, and that was now finished, so I went back to the office, grabbed my protein shake, closed the door, and sat down for Act 1.

The HD quality was fantastic- much better than the quality Hubby and I had streamed at the college a couple of weeks ago. I was just able to finish Act 1 and do a few of my Richarding rituals over at the forum, when afternoon appointments started up again, but I left work a bit early and came home just in time to see the home download was at 99%. I had an early dinner, the kids being on spring break and off fishing with Hubby and G-Pa, and by the time I finished eating, the download was finally finished, after a whopping 34 hours!

Interestingly, the HD quality was noticeably different at home. There were fractional glitches in the soundtrack and occasional hiccups in the visuals as well. Not at all as good as the work computer had been, and not even as good as the streaming at the college had been. Not sure why this should be the case, but I figure the DT support team is a bit overwhelmed at the moment, so I decided to let that slide for now. I soldiered on, a bit annoyed but still emotionally invested and just glad to have quiet time with John Proctor. Or, not always all that quiet, as John will shout from time to time. Amazing timing, as just as the lights went out on Elizabeth at the finale, I heard stomping feet on the front porch, and the children were home with their exuberance and exaggerated fish stories.

All in all, not a bad day. I’m planning to write about my views on Proctor’s decision in Act 4 at some point, but I think I’ll watch it at least once more before I try to compose my feelings.

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17 comments

  1. obscura · March 19, 2015

    I am very much enjoying reading everyone’s account of this…it rather sounds like and epic poem in the making. (I’m thinking I’ll hold off a full week and see if there is an appreciable difference in the download time – and to find a cave with electricity somewhere that I can hide myself to watch uninterrupted!)

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    • jholland · March 19, 2015

      You’re a strong and patient woman. LOL.

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      • obscura · March 19, 2015

        Doesn’t mean I’m not streaming it from my library 😉

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        • jholland · March 19, 2015

          LOL. I was in awe of your restraint. But it seems you have succumbed after all. Look forward to your impressions!

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        • obscura · March 19, 2015

          *whispering* I haven’t actually been able to even log on and stream because of a variety and sundry of irritating RL things that keep popping up and chewing up my free time…hence need of hidden cave..RAve maybe?

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        • jholland · March 19, 2015

          Sounds like you need to go on campus (spring break still, isn’t it?) and work on “stuff” in the office. LOL

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        • obscura · March 19, 2015

          It is…but midterm grades are due and two new classes start on Monday…I don’t like to brag (I lie sometimes…) but being sought after as an instructor is a real RA buzzkill sometimes!

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        • jholland · March 19, 2015

          2 new classes start on Monday? That’s a different format than most! Well, shoot! Having to be a responsible adult is so taxing. I wanted to throw a little fit when the client came early just as I was going to delve in yesterday. Sigh.

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        • obscura · March 19, 2015

          Such a pain I tell you! (our adult program runs 2 seven week sessions within each 15 week semester, so there are often new course starting at what feels like midstream.)

          I’m thinking I might get a do not disturb sign that reads like an Egyptian tomb curse:

          As for anybody who shall enter this in his impurity: I shall ring his neck as a bird’s.

          (sub “screening room” for tomb and I’m in biznezz!)

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        • jholland · March 19, 2015

          I like the sound of that. A deal more threatening than “May the hippopotamus be against him on water”… =)

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  2. Perry · March 19, 2015

    At ” least” one more time.

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    • jholland · March 19, 2015

      Yeah. At least. That would make six viewings, which may be sufficient to pause and write about my conflicting emotions. Or may not. LOL

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  3. MargotMat · March 19, 2015

    My download took about 30 mn to complete (the SD version since I wouldn’t be able to see it on my TV), so I consider myself very lucky, considering the problems many encountered. Like you, JH, I checked the DT site beforehand, maybe 20 mn, and discovered I was able to start the procedure before time! One hitch though, the subtitles are not exactly synchronized. But I saw on Twitter another fan had first the same issue and it was resolved by the DT support, so I must be patient. 🙂

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    • jholland · March 19, 2015

      Interesting. I haven’t tried the subtitles (at this point I probably know 90% of the lines by heart!) Did you see the tweet from DT that it had gone out to over 1100 cities? I do bet the support staff are working overtime. Hopefully they’ll get it all smoothed out. How is the SD version, visually? Hopefully still good quality?

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      • MargotMat · March 20, 2015

        I know a little of Miller’s TC and I have read spoilers from the people who saw the show live (I actually don’t mind spoilers, on the contrary), so I can watch and understand what is going on. However the accents are rather thick and I prefer the glitch to be fixed, for my complete enjoyment (English not being my native language). But I understand DT staff is pretty busy right now and they probably try to fix the strictly download problems first.
        I’ve read somewhere HD were for TV viewings mostly (?) so I purchased some times ago the SD version of “Private lives” as a test and saw no problems. As for TC, it appears to me quite good too, both the background and the close-ups. Actually, I can make out the audience and it’s a bit distracting for the final kiss. 😉 And, wow, people were close to the stage! 🙂

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        • jholland · March 20, 2015

          Yes… very close to the stage! I was fortunate enough to have front row seats on 2 occasions and it was unbelievable. Especially during the wilder scenes, when people were chasing or thrashing around… it felt almost dangerous to be there, and certainly kicked up the adrenaline!

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        • MargotMat · March 20, 2015

          And the risk to be kicked by an actor rushing off the stage. Or hit by RA’s confession, as I read it happens once to a lady in the audience! 🙂

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