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DirecTV High Definition DVR+ FAQs

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  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Please post any questions or responses regarding the HRxx in the HRxx DVRs in the FAQ Discussion Thread...

    These Frequently Asked Questions are a compilation of ideas from dozens of contributors at DBSTalk. Content is offered without guarantee.



    Where are the manuals?

    DirecTV Receiver Manuals

    DirecTV Remote Control Code Help

    Satellite Acronyms




    Where are DirecTV's official forums?


    DirecTV Technical Forums



    DBSTalk's First Looks and Review

    DirecTV First Look and Reviews



    What do I need to know about ordering and installation?

    → What HD DVR Receivers does DirecTV have, and which will I get?
    → What HD Receivers does DirecTV have, and which will I get?
    → What SD DVR Receivers does DirecTV have, and which will I get?
    → What SD Receivers does DirecTV have, and which will I get?
    → What other devices might I want to order from DirecTV?
    → Ordering Tips
    → Installation Guide


    Why is it so important to have a battery backup for my satellite receiver?
    → UPS: Protect against lost recordings


    What will I be asked to sign once the installation is complete?
    → Installation Checklist ● Agreement


    Is there an easy way to get started?
    → 5-Minute Quick Start ● Undocumented HD DVR PLUS Tips & Tricks

    What can help me transition from TiVo?
    → TiVo Users Survival Guide


    What HD channels does DIRECTV™ have? Where are they being broadcast from?


    How can I watch my HD DVR on more than one TV/Device?
    → Whole Home DVR Service
    → Nomad
    → DirecTV2PC
    → iPad or Andriod
    → Connecting more than one TV to a HD DVR


    Why would I want to watch HD on an old Standard Definition TV?
    → Top 20 Reasons To Use an HD Receiver With an Standard Definition (SD) TV



    I only watch live TV, why would I want a DVR?
    → Top 15 Reasons to Get an HD DVR Instead of a Basic HD Receiver


    How can I support DBSTalk?
    → Become a DBSTalk Club Member for only $15

    Why would I want to connect a TV antenna to my HD Receiver? How do I do it?
    → Get Great Local HD Channels

    How do I program my Remote to also control my TV, DVR, stereo or another satellite receiver?
    → Remote Control Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    How can I do more advanced searches?
    → Enhanced Search



    How do I schedule a recording on the HD DVR+ without using my DVR?
    DVR Scheduler
    → Online
    → iPad
    → iPhone
    → Andriod
    → BlackBerry Touch
    → Windows Phone 7
    → BlackBerry
    → Palm

    How do I setup my HD DRV+ so that I can I listen to MP3 music and see jpg photos?
    Media Share Overview
    → How to use it
    → How to network my DVRs




    How do I use DIRECTV Cinema to get movies and programs on my HD DVR?
    Introduction to Directv Cinema
    → Cinema Channels
    → Cinema Pre Loaded Movies
    → More Movies
    → Will it work without connecting to the internet
    → How do I network my DVRs

    How do I use DIRECTV on Demand to download movies and programs to my HD DVR?
    Introduction to Directv Cinema
    → Will it work without connecting to the internet
    → How do I network my DVRs

    Where can I learn about adding a big external hard drive to my HD DVR+?
    HR20 eSATA Hard Drive Discussion ForumTenBox



    What are the codes so that I can control my HR20 using the USB port?
    DIRECTV Set-Top Box Information (Using Creston or Elan Controllers, etc.)

    Can I help test new beta software updates?
    Yes! Go to the CE Forum, read the rules and regulations, and then join in!

    How does DirecTV's HD DVR's Compare to TiVo or DISH DVR's?
    Comparing the HR10-250, HRxx and ViP622/722

    What Troubleshooting Guides do your offer?
    Find Missing Channels ● HR20 Troubleshooting Guide ● Troubleshooting Caller ID

    What are the FCC Closed Captioning Rules? How can I file a complaint?
    FCC Closed Captioning FlierFCC Rules
    → How to enable and work CC on DIrectv Receivers
    → How to enable and work DirecTV's Closed Captions

    My Guide info is wrong: repeat/first run, HD, etc. How can I file a complaint?
    Call Tribune Media Services at (518)792.9914 ext. 2227

    What can I expect in the future from DirecTV
    → More Sats
    → More Products
    → More Enhancements


    Thanks to X, X, X, for helping create this resource for all DBSTalk Users!
     
  2. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    Things I would eliminate all toghether:

    How can I be sure I will get an HR20 instead of an HR21? I want all of my local channels!
    → How to get an HR20 instead of HR21 (We have the AM21 and the HR20's are getting pretty old.)

    What new HD channels are coming to DIRECTV™?
    → HD Channels (with resolution info) ● AVSForum Listing (This just seems like it would always have to be edited.)
     
  3. David Ortiz

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    I don't have any SDTVs myself, but this one requires special care:

    How can I watch my HD DVR on more than one TV? In another room? Record to a DVD Recorder?
    Connecting Multiple TVs to the HD DVR+ ● Is HDMI better than Component?
     
  4. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    Yup, all of this was made before MRV. Please feel free to come up with some info on that. Keep in mind the whole HDGUI will not output HDUI at the same time as SDUI. Running an HDTV and SDTV at the same time may become very difficult.
     
  5. Go Beavs

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    We could change that to "How do I get OTA locals through my HDDVR/receiver?" and include AM21 information.

    That could be changed from "coming" to "available" and linked to Sixto's thread.
     
  6. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    Both good ideas.

    It won't be long before someone comes back through this thread and can't believe there was a time when we posted new HD channels. :)
     
  7. inkahauts

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    I figured I'd go through that thread one post at a time, and slowly update all of it. I will also update it all based on the HDGUI and current hardware. I know the hd gui isn't out yet, but I don't see the point in creating something that will be out of date in a matter of weeks, and besides by the tie we finish, it probably will be out.. :)
     
  8. Scott Kocourek

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    Yup, I don't think this will happen overnight. Things may change a little when we get our template too, but if we have all of the needed info it should be easy to fit it all in.
     
  9. Scott Kocourek

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    Any other ideas?
     
  10. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I am going to work on it some more in the next day or two...
     
  11. armophob

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    Is the the TIVO transition still relevant?
     
  12. inkahauts

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    I'd say it will probably be even more relevant after the new tivo hits and people give up wanting the new tivo and finally switch over too the hr.... But that won't take long to update I don't think.
     
  13. David Ortiz

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  14. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Half the stuff is outdated. My plan is to rework the main post first, then worry about the links that I am skipping right now. I don't think any workarounds are correct anymore.
     
  15. inkahauts

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    Do we need any of the following?

    What improvements have been made to the HR20 since it's release?
    → Listing of Improvements to the HR20

    What bugs are left?
    → Long Term (multiple CE) Bug List

    → DIRECTV Set-Top Box Information (Using Creston or Elan Controllers, etc.)

    Is your dish properly installed and grounded?
    → Satellite Dish FAQ

    What does DIRECTV have left to do? What features do users want?
    → Missing Promised Features
     
  16. inkahauts

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    Does anyone know if there are more recent info for these?

    What are the codes so that I can control my HR20 using the USB port?
     
  17. inkahauts

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    I think I have most the topics on there somewhere in the first post. I plan on completely reorganizing it. Its all disheveled right now.

    I am thinking that the whole thread needs a new title. Maybe

    DBSTalk's Tip's Trick's and FAQ's about DirecTV


    What do you guys think?
     
  18. Scott Kocourek

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    I like the list of improvements list to the HR series.
    I would eliminate the Long term bug list (CE) all together.
    Set top box info is over my head, that would be up to Stuart and you guys.
    gulfwarvet is already working on the FAQ's for dishes, switches and cabling, there could be a note in that about grounding.
    Missing/Promised features can go as afa as I'm concerned, that is more of an opinion and could change almost quarterly.

    Of course these are my opionions and you all should discuss them too.
     
  19. inkahauts

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    I'm going to start another new thread. It will be the rough outline, and we can keep using this for discussion about it all. Ill use the other thread just for creating the page.

    I'll add a history page somewhere. :D
    ce bug list is gone for sure...
    there is no way id do a missing promised features, that's off a manual that doesn't even exist any more. :D

    I'm thinking that troubleshooting stuff needs to be separate from setup stuff. You will get an idea when I post the thread on what I am thinking... After I post it, please use this thread to discuss its format and see what should be overall tweaked.
     
  20. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I have separated things out a bit based on category.

    Choosing a system, installing a system, an then trouble shooting the system.

    I then broke each of those down to core systems, and advanced systems, i.e. receivers and dishes, vs. accessories such as ick, apps, etc..

    Oh and threw in a past and future, and a contact info page. Thoughts???? To much or not enough?

    Oh, and yeah, the posts themselves are still all over the map, but the first set of lines is what I have come up with so far as a general outline containing most the things that should be touched on, or linked to , etc.

    Here's a breakdown of the posts separating it all out...

    Welcome
    Choosing A Core DIRECTV System
    Choosing Advanced DIRECTV System Options
    Installation Of Your Core DIRECTV System
    Installation Of Your Advanced DIRECTV System Options
    Using Your Core DIRECTV System
    Using Your Advanced DIRECTV System Options
    The Past & The Future Of DIRECTV
    Troubleshooting Help For Your Core DIRECTV System
    Troubleshooting Help For Your Advanced DIRECTV System Options
    Important Contact Information
     
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