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922 Sling "Fiasco"

Discussion in 'ViP922 DVR Support Forum' started by P Smith, Mar 15, 2012.

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    I think those of us with the 922 and using the Sling got accustomed to dealing with the Sling. It is and has been buggy from the beginning, not nearly as buggy now, but for me it still has occasional issues. Drops, freezes, failure to connect, control issues, changing channels.
    I soon will be moving to Hopper and have invested in the Sling Adapter, hopefully it works better. I imagine Sling will continue to expand and improve, internet TV seems to be the fact of the future.
    In regard to the "Fiasco"? there was a period when Sling was totally unusable for many with the 922, the frustration was voiced here and elsewhere for several months, obviously Dish solved the major programs and moved on....
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

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    Agreed. That's how I remember it. A couple of rounds of major issues that have mostly been solved.

    What I don't remember is anyone having a 922 with a hardware Sling failure, and especially not in large numbers to be considered a fiasco. I do, however, have lots of evidence on this very site of people with problems using the Sling adapter on 722 receivers.

    So... I can't conclude that the embedded Sling resulted in a failure. Sling may have some problems, but those sure seem to be common to the embedded Sling and the Sling adapter... and not unique to the 922.
     
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    What fact I'm based my conclusion ?

    It is no future implementation of HW embedded Sling.
    First new best of the best DVR [XiP813] come without it and remember - 813 based on 922.
    Adding to that 922 is a DVR what is no more allowed to add to your account ...

    For me it is dead end of the feature, ie fiasco.
     
  4. AZ.

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    That is incorrect.....you MUST unplug it to trully reset your box to reboot...and how you can be happy paying $4 more for what? Guess Im harder to please for when I had mine installed it was there "top of the line" stb at the time.
     
  5. James Long

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    If embedding were the problem I might agree. But it isn't.

    DISH had problems with ALL of their Sling Adapters. Those problems, including the problems with the 922, have been fixed. The feature, Sling, is not dead and is supported on Day 1 of the latest receiver release.
     
  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I'm not stated of future of Sling. That's you incorrect assingmnet to me.

    I did state and continue insist - embedded Sling (perhaps whole 922) is dead.
     
  7. James Long

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    Yet embedded Sling was not a "fiasco". Neither was embedded OTA reception.
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I'm not discussing OTA and it's MODULAR [MT-2] solution for 922.
    You just lost 2 counts from your score.
    If Stuart did decide make the discussion as dedicated thread, then don't drug us off-topic. Please.

    Adding to clarification and avoid semantics trap:
     
  9. James Long

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    The point is that the decision not to make the next receiver with an embedded sling does not make the use of an embedded sling in the last receiver a "fiasco". If we were to follow your theory that not putting embedded sling in the 813 makes the embedding a fiasco then we would have to accept that not putting embedded OTA in the recent receivers makes prior use of OTA a fiasco. Or any other apparently discontinued practice.

    Not doing something twice in a row does not mean that what you did was "a complete and ignominious failure". Embedding sling was not "a complete and ignominious failure".
     
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    How much you want to bet: the feature [embedded Sling] will not appear again in dish boxes ?

    And remember - the feature was widely advertized when 922 came as new era of DVRs.

    Now: no more 922, no more embedded Slings.
    Pure fiasco for me.
     
  11. RasputinAXP

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    For you. For the other 99.999% of people, not. Let's move on.
     
  12. P Smith

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    Gad to see you represent 99.999% of population here. :D
     
  13. Stewart Vernon

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    Ok... so then the embedded DVR must also be a fiasco.

    Joeys don't have hard drives... only the Hoppers do... so clearly Dish has decided to never again put hard drives at each viewing location... thus, using P Smith's logic, DVRs are a fiasco.

    As James already noted, apparently OTA is also a fiasco... since not only does the Hopper not have support for OTA embedded like previous receivers there isn't even any announced support for an external OTA add-on! So, OTA is also a fiasco.

    What else?

    Apparently anything not in the current receiver that was in a previous receiver means it was discontinued because of a fiasco, right?

    I don't buy that. Dish just made a decision to not use embedded Sling in the Hopper. Could be any reason for doing so... but it doesn't mean the previous product was a "fiasco".

    That same logic should also mean the standard Slingbox is also a fiasco, since Dish is supporting the Sling adapter rather than the Slingbox.

    Oh, and since you have to go through Dish Online (or the mobile app) and can't use the SlingPlayer software on your PC or Mac, that must mean the SlingPlayer software was also a fiasco.

    :rolleyes:
     
  14. P Smith

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    We could go on positive side - (since you are both with hard persistent drugging out the subject) I'd like to hear from you a couple examples of fiasco (technical, close as possible to DVR).

    Oh, forgot to mention - how many users used embedded Sling in 922 ? It would be beneficial (support argumentation) to show year by year to see a trend. I'm predict significant slop there.
     
  15. James Long

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    The best example of "a complete and ignominious failure" I know is New Coke. The company took an established well loved product and told everyone that it wasn't good enough and they could do better. It failed enough that "Classic Coke" had to be introduced - which was never as good as "the real thing".

    It takes work to create "a complete and ignominious failure". Not every "bad idea" rises to that level.

    In DISH terms, one change I might consider a "fiasco" would be the package name changes a few years ago. For years DISH has had "America's Top" channel packages. Then they decided to borrow the names from their HD packages and introduce "Classic Bronze", "Classic Silver" and "Classic Gold". A year later and they went back to "AT" packages. The "metal" (or "medal" during Olympic years) package names didn't go over too well either. They seem to be better understood with a common name and numbers attached.
     
  16. P Smith

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    If we could stay at technical things, like DVR, HD-DVD, etc .. What could be pointed as fiasco ?
     
  17. James Long

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    Certainly not DISH embedding Sling technology.
     
  18. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    There are only three of us: two Mods against one member. Not counting one usurpator. :p

    Perhaps you could add a poll to the thread as a Mod ?
     
  19. Stewart Vernon

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    I'm not sure why we have to prove it isn't a fiasco. Where is your proof that it was a fiasco?

    I haven't seen you post anything that proves it was a fiasco. All you have done is state the obvious that Dish decided to not embed Sling in the Hopper. There are no facts you have posted that prove this decision was based on any failure of the embedded Sling or anything resembling a fiasco.
     
  20. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Because it didn't work well in 922 and lost its value; because new model [813] (based on 922 platform) did drop it off; because no more 922.

    Ask your sources in the company about using TI chip "DaVinci" in a future product.
     

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