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Easy Access "To-Do" List?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by frapnitz, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Oct 2, 2012 #1 of 20
    frapnitz

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    I'm sure this has been answered many times before.....to access my "to do" list takes 7 button pushes.....has anyone smarter than me figured out how to do this in a more efficient way. I have a Harmony One, and I can access my"List" with one button push.

    I tried to "soft" program it, but 7 was too big a number for the remote to handle.

    Thanx
     
  2. Oct 2, 2012 #2 of 20
    jimmie57

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    This does not get you where you want to go.

    Just above and to the right is a button in the DTV remote
    "List"
    One press brings up the play list.

    I have written to them and asked if they could program the Green button to let us jump to the To Do List. It is logical that if you look at your Play list and an item is not there the next thing you / I do is to check the To Do List to see if it is there.

    If more people write in about this, maybe they will change it or do something else to get the one button press for the To Do List in the future.
     
  3. jamwadmag

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    Since this has been mentioned many times, and there are some supposed D* types that monitor this forum, AGAIN what would it take to get a shortcut to the "To Do List?" Seems like a relatively benign change that MANY subscribers want that could be included in future s/w revisions...!!

    NOTE: This is a 'bump' to hi-lite the many previous requests...anybody at D* with some authority to recommend changes 'got their ears on?!'
     
  4. dpeters11

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    Once upon a time, we actually did have easier access, but we lost it (through the yellow button).

    Some have gotten it on their Harmony's by having it learn multiple commands as one, I have not tried this myself.

    It is a very common request.
     
  5. jamwadmag

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    Thx for the response.


    I have 3 D* RF remotes and dont plan on getting a Harmony.

    I plan on 'continued hammering' on this topic (as has been suggested previously) to keep the awareness up and hopefully pressure someone at D* with marketing common sense to react to their customers desires...

    BTW, I started out years ago on the D* Help Forum until I found this forum, and now dont bother with them....I get more of my questions addressed & answered here!
     
  6. Delroy E Walleye

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    The workaround that I use (especially with the $#!+ - slow HR21) is to keep "manage recordings" handy in the "back" button queue. This also helps with other menu functions, as I'm already a few button pushes deeper into the menu and avoids always having to reload the posters at the top of the menu. Simply "exit" at the point you want to keep, and then use the "back" button, gaining quicker access to whatever function you want to use it for.

    The trick is you have to get in the habit of using the "back" button rather than accumulating funcions via exiting out of things (such as "guide" and "list) in order to keep the queue from getting too long. Also, it seems to get lost sometimes when deleting a program at the end rather than from the playlist or info screen. Of course, you'll still have to load it initially upon powering up (also the first thing I've gotten in the habit of doing).

    All that said I, too would also much rather have a dedicated function button.
     
  7. Delroy E Walleye

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    One strong caution I forgot to mention (especially with the HR21) is not to use the "back" button if there's anything to do with On Demand screens in the queue. Even a search result in there will make you wish you'd never used it.

    In the case of an On Demand clog, all you can do is exit and start over when regaining control 2 mins. later, or power down (to clear the queue of the offending OD material) and start over from that point (power down won't even work during the clog. You can only wait for the clog to clear).
     
  8. jamwadmag

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    Sounds reasonable, just need to get into the habit as you said.

    If just 'To Do List,' I typically only look at once/day to set up additional evening recordings to make sure I dont miss something, or have simultaneous recordings on that must be postponed under 'View Upcoming' if want to watch another program during those 2 recording segments.

    Thx for the suggestion...Jam
     
  9. cypherx

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    I have been asking for a shortcut to the to do list for awhile also. I'm surprised the iPad app doesn't have a manage recordings screen either. It would be kind of nice to drag and drop the priorities of season passes and also scroll through the to do list from any room of the house on the iPad rather than being in the room with the DVR. I do have whole home... But whole home is half baked. There's no access to manage recordings from a client H24 for example. The whole search and recording menu structure is very different. I guess they want to push people to the Genie solution with C31 clients.

    For a shortcut on the DVR though, any color button or even a double press of LIST or a press and hold of LIST would work for me.
     
  10. jamwadmag

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    Or just a 'Key Combo/Sequence' (similar to NVRAM Clear), but only 2 keys.....
     
  11. Laxguy

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    Or "List, List".........
     
  12. jamwadmag

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    Logical since it is the To Do LIST...sign me up!
     
  13. JerryMeeker

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    i would like to know how Harmony owners are doing this. The Harmony only allows five commands in a sequence (macro). Displaying the To Do list takes seven commands (Menu, Down, Down, Right, Right, Select, Select).
     
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    But, that's, like, so old fashioned. It's the way it originally was, but apparently it was too quick and easy to do.
     
  15. trh

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    I thought I read where someone said they split the seven steps between two buttons on the Harmony.
     
  16. dpeters11

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  18. Rich

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    Good, hammer away like some of us have for years about the ToDo list. More voices carry more weight. A sticky with the title "What are your thoughts about the placement of the ToDo list?" would probably work well, we got DLBs because of a thread like that. Since I never use DLBs, and constantly use the ToDo list, a change back to the way we used to be able to access it would be great. I keep proposing this, but nobody will make it a sticky... :nono2:

    Got sick of "what are your sat sigs" and "all HRs are functionally equivalent"? I can truthfully say that the D* forum has never been of any help to me.

    Rich
     
  19. Rich

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    We really shouldn't have to use work-arounds to access the ToDo list. What we need is a dedicated button for that.

    Rich
     
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