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After Home Media Center, NOMAD and HDGUI, what's left?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Herdfan, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Sep 19, 2011 #21 of 101
    Alan Gordon

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    Not all of us have providers that have caps, and of those that do, not everybody will go crazy on downloading them.

    I have DVRs, and I record the programming I want to watch, but I like to have VOD in case something doesn't record, or gets cut off, or one of a million reasons.

    I have also wondered if DirecTV would make deals with non-competitive ISPs for the download traffic.

    ~Alan
     
  2. Sep 19, 2011 #22 of 101
    inkahauts

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    I think whats next is more sats with bss and getting everyone much more accessible On Demand content via sat rather than relying on IP providers like they do now for all but 400 movies. At least from the revolutionary technology advances, not the software ones, which there are plenty of things they can do in that realm.
     
  3. Sep 19, 2011 #23 of 101
    Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
  4. Sep 19, 2011 #24 of 101
    phat78boy

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    Yes, but as of now, they are all tied to the receiver you have them plugged into. So if its in a room that your family is watching TV in, you end up changing their show.

    What I would like to see is almost a remote MRV. That way I get my TV, but without disturbing whoever is home watching TV.
     
  5. Sep 19, 2011 #25 of 101
    phat78boy

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    Completely agree with this. Would love to be able to completely manage my DVR's via an app on my phone or tablet.
     
  6. Sep 20, 2011 #26 of 101
    cwpomeroy

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    +1

    Let me manage the DVR's centrally via pc and tablet! (list, season passes, conflict notifications, etc)
     
  7. Sep 20, 2011 #27 of 101
    YakeVlad

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    There's always something new to be imagined and created. We may not be able to think of it, but I'm sure there's a new feature or service or something yet to come along of which we'll be eagerly awaiting its release.

    "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
    Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899 !rolling
     
  8. Sep 21, 2011 #28 of 101
    markrogo

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    Things to clamor for:

    1) A real "TV Everywhere" offering. For >$100 per month (what many of us pay), we should be able to watch what we pay for wherever, whenever, recorded, live, whatever. Figure it out, get it done. Period.

    2) A much better VOD offering. It's pretty hard to hit 250GB bandwidth limits even with VOD usage and, quite frankly, this is a fake "problem" anyway. DirecTV offers VOD; it's just relatively inferior to cable's offerings.

    For some math, very high quality VOD is going to be 4 megabits/second (most is lower quality) or 0.5 MB/sec or 30 MB/min or 1800 MB/hr or 1.8 GB/hr. If you watched 3 hours of VOD per day, you'd use ~200GB per month in VOD. Again, it would all have to be 4 megabit/second video, which you'll find very hard to do -- even on Comcast. I work out of my home, stream music and Netflix (regularly but not a ton per day) and find it hard to exceed 50GB per month currently. I don't see how bandwidth caps are an issue for most people.

    By the way, I'm super excited about Home Media Center, think the HD GUI will be nice to have although unexciting, and don't get why 99% of customers will care about Nomad unless it turns out to have Slingbox functionality after all (at which point I think 5% of customers might care instead of <1%). But I'm sure DirecTV won't rest just because these things are soon to be "done". The competition is not resting.
     
  9. Sep 21, 2011 #29 of 101
    JeffBowser

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    Methinks there are a subset of people that are entirely too taken with TV :D

    TV Everywhere? Please. Go forth, engage in real life. Have a camping trip (sans portable satellite), take a bike ride (sans streaming garbage), go to the beach (sans smart-anything). Sally forth and tan up your pale, pasty complexions and breathe deeply of real-time real life :D:D
     
  10. Nov 28, 2011 #30 of 101
    JohnGalt

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    Windows Media Center support with the box that they killed a few years ago!

    Then I don't have to use their lame interface (even the new HD one sucks and is getting slower and slower the longer I use it!) and can use the very best DVR interface there is and hook up as many extenders as I want without having to pay another $4 / month!
     
  11. Nov 28, 2011 #31 of 101
    Stuart Sweet

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    Well... for me? I'd say stick a fork in it, it's done. I'd love to have granular control over a lot of options, and I'd love it if there were remote codes for direct access to more screens (like to-do list, setup, etc.) but that's really minor.

    I'd love live streaming outside the home, but I have a slingbox anyway and I just don't think it's going to happen from DIRECTV.
     
  12. Nov 28, 2011 #32 of 101
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    Ability to transfer recordings from one DVR to another. Aside from allowing one to organize (move) programs to specific servers, it would also (more importantly) come in handy when upgrading receivers.

    I have considered swapping out all of my HD DVRs with HR24s to provide a faster TV experience; however, the only thing holding me back is losing all the recordings on the old DVRs.

    If D* were to implement a way for customers who upgrade to new receivers the ability to "clone" the ones they are replacing (much like the way a new Mac or iPhone can become an exact copy of the older model that had been replaced) that would be awesome. Not just the recordings, but all settings, as well.


    Quote above originally from this thread
     
  13. Nov 28, 2011 #33 of 101
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    I would just be happy with a unified to-do list. Problem as I see it is that Directv acts like they only want you to have 1 DVR, which of course eliminates the need to a unified to-do list. Such a pain in the ass to find something you want to record only to find the DVR you are sitting in front of has a conflict and you have to go to another room to record it.

    Anything else is what we used to call "FDL's" (fancy dancing lights) when I sold home audio/video in the 90's. Things that are cool to have, but really have no functionality beyond showing off "look what we can do".
     
  14. Nov 28, 2011 #34 of 101
    Herdfan

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    Yes it is minor, but it is also a minor fix. Given all the resources they have used to bring us stuff that doesn't work all so well (DirecPC and Media Share), this would take few resources, yet provide those who would use it a great feature.

    The one other thing I would like to see, and it doesn't necessarily have to be receiver/dvr based is global ToDo list management. Using an iPad would be fine as I could sit on the couch with the list of new fall shows and edit Series Links and ToDo lists from one spot. Maybe with the HR34, or a couple of them;), this will be less important, but for now it still is.
     
  15. Nov 28, 2011 #35 of 101
    Richierich

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    +1 on that Steve.

    Also, I would like the Ability to Archive my Recordings to an External Hard Drive so that in the Event of a Failed Hard Drive I can simply Replace the Hard Drive and then Restore my Archived Recordings to that Hard Drive.

    I also believe that we will see Streaming coming from Directv soon as everyone else is headed in that direction and they will want to keep up with what the Customers are wanting and demanding and they will want to keep up with the Competition.
     
  16. Nov 28, 2011 #36 of 101
    cypherx

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    Ooh, revived an old topic!

    Ok lets see if my thoughts today are similar to those in September. Yup, they are.

    VOD Upgrades - More HD content on VOD. VOD accessible from any modern day HD receiver (not just DVR's). Instant Streaming like Netflix and Amazon Prime do on other non-dvr devices. Also YouTube and Internet Radio on regular HD receivers.

    iPad app that works as a remote control on Jailbroken devices. This way I don't have to foil the JB detection with each release and it saves from the constant cat / mouse drama.

    Queue VOD from iPad, iPhone or website... so if I'm away from home, I can still schedule a nice VOD playlist that will be ready when I get back.

    Shortcuts for ToDo menu. FULL DVR management from any room, iPad, iPhone, or DIRECTV.COM. (Internet Connection Kit required of course).

    Better TV Apps - Like Pandora, Slacker, Yellowbook, Traffic, Maybe even angry birds? Improve the display resolution of TV Apps.

    Finish the UI by adding transition effects. Fade in/out, screen merge transition effects, zooming, smooth selectors, etc... Feel more like the iPad app for example. Subtle yet quick transitions make it feel like "its doing something" when you mash that button. If you watch the DirecTV HD-UI video on DirecTV's website, marketing makes the UI look MUCH more flashy and smooth with these effects.

    UI comes to a crawl if TV apps is launched on Scoreguide channel. I would love to see this bug squashed.

    HD Graphics for Game Lounge. OK maybe my Angry Birds reference above would just be a new Game Lounge app.

    Whole home Caller ID. If one receiver is connected to a phone line and gets caller ID information, it should broadcast it over the DECA cloud so that other receivers can also display this information.

    Updated DirecTV2PC. Perhaps add live streaming and most importantly FULL DVR management, guide and the new HD UI look. Think the iPad app on steroids... just on the PC.

    Mediashare 100% fully DLNA compliant!

    The HD Channels in my signature!

    Those are a few of my ideas. Now how do I submit them to DirecTV???
     
  17. Nov 28, 2011 #37 of 101
    Drew2k

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    I'm with Steve too ... remote DVR management and unified To Do List, or at least To Do List sharing.

    I'd also like custom shortcuts, similar to Quick Play, where a customer can select up to 9 of their favorite "commands/features" and put them in a location that can be conveniently accessed from anywhere in the system. Unlike Quick Play, though, I'd have it set up as a list and each item is numbered 1 through 9. Customers would set up their lists in Settings and it would then be 2 key presses to activate a feature.

    For example, let's say the ACTIVE key is going to launch the list of my custom features, or "My Shortcuts". I'd have it set up for me as follows, giving me almost instant access to the features I use all the time:

    1. Subtitle On
    2. Subtitle/CC Off
    3. To Do List
    4. History
    5. Search
    6. Music, Photos & More
    7. Settings
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    This would allow any user to build a custom command list, much like you can create a custom channel list. The only problem would be to find a suitable key for "My Shortcuts", so I suggest taking "Active" and repurposing it!
     
  18. Nov 28, 2011 #38 of 101
    Steve

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    I'd even settle for our old Wish List request, based on the HR10-250's "menu" key shortcuts. It would make creating macros very simple for the Harmony crowd. The suggestions below would need to be updated, since this request is 2-3 years old by now.

    "2-click" access to the following features: "Menu-1"=CC TOGGLE, "Menu-2"=TODO LIST, "Menu-3"=CYCLE FAVORITES, "Menu-4"=SERIES MANAGER, "Menu-5"=HISTORY, "Menu-6"=MANUAL RECORD, "Menu-7"=TITLE SEARCH, "Menu-8"=KEYWORD SEARCH, "Menu-9"=SAVED SEARCHES and "Menu-0"=SETUP.
     
  19. Nov 28, 2011 #39 of 101
    Herdfan

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    I agree 1000%. But for some reason known only to DirecTV, someone there thinks we want to change channels while we are in the menu system. :confused:
     
  20. Nov 28, 2011 #40 of 101
    bobcamp1

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    How about speeding up the products they've already launched? Or coming up with faster new products?
     

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