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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by snappjay, Jan 17, 2011.
I'll probably regret this, but what's a logbook?
I find spreadsheets to be overkill, and I have over 90 active series links at any given time throughout the year. I use a simple table in Word. Three columns, the first is time, the second and third are for each HR24. The rows are broken down into hourly time slots, two for each tuner, and grouped by days of the week, two days per page.
I simply fill in the name of the show into the appropriate time slot. Since each slot represents a full hour, two shows are entered if they are each a half hour. Conflicts are easy to spot and resolve. When everything is entered, each column reads just about exactly like the corresponding Series Manager does.
I used to print the list for use in the other room, but then I realized I can just send the list to my smart phone, so that's how I make the changes there.
What may not be obvious: I've found that by filling recording slots on the HR24 in the other room first, the one I use the most is available for last minute changes and additions.
I use the tools available at FutonCritic to keep track of what's on any given night, when shows are returning, and when their finales are. It's not a channel guide, but a show guide, and it is more accurate and up to date than any guide data that I've ever seen. If you register, you can make a customized listing of just your shows, and there is no limit. I compare that list to the To Do List to catch any scheduling errors.
That's one of the reasons that every box in our house is a DVR. For the price difference, it made sense to have DVRs everywhere. And now, with MRV and Whole Home, it was a smart decision.
Basically it's anything you can write on to keep track of what you're doing. Specifically, what I used was a big old book that my wife had from college that was used before accountants had computers and was used by them to do the same things that spreadsheets now do for them.
I think the Playlist combined with the Guide and the Manage Recordings section of the menu make an outstanding database. Spreadsheets and tables (which you can also do easily in spreadsheets) are not nearly as good a tool as a database, I think. And since D* provides us with a good database I prefer to use that rather than making my own. Excel also has excellent database features. Tables are actually the first step in building a database.
But, as I've said before, I'm lazy and take the easy way out. If D* was nice enough to build a comprehensive database, why not use it?
I do use the Futon for info and I find it to be a very good source.
I just exported the 2010-2011 TV schedule grid from Wikipedia to excel and the color coded the program blocks by DVR.
I'm not going to the bleepards beat me with one and two minute overlaps.
I went thru an expensive learning curve when I switched to D*. I had twelve VCRs running off cable boxes from Cablevision when I switched and was in the process of buying twelve Ultimate TV receivers to hook my VCRs up to when I happened to look at an Ultimate TV DVR at a CC. Had no idea what it was at the time. As soon as the salesman explained it to me, I bought one and that morphed into many UTV DVRs which morphed into many (twelve, I always seem to end up with twelve recording devices for some reason) TiVos, which morphed into twelve HRs. I ended up with a whole pile of SD TiVos and VCRs and bins of VHS tapes.
I've haven't seen the point in having plain receivers since I found out just what a DVR can do. Fortunately, I found the DVRs before the price of DVD recorders dropped, or I'd have a pile of them too. :lol:
This is basically how I handle it using 3 DVR's. The 2 HR20's are split between the OTA networks and the HR24 handles the sat channels.
I do the same, but if you can;t get more than 2, just make sure the networks are first in the priority lists, and the cable shows second.. TNT etc all show their shows multiple times at different hours, and if your like me and live on the west coast, most are shown at 7pm or earlier, meaning they don;t conflict with my OTA shows anywho.. Of course, I have 6 HDDVRs... So I never have conflicts... I am actually thinking of cutting one or two of them out as I upgrade to 2tb esatas....
Has DirecTV addressed the need for collaborative scheduling? I used to have IPTV is my area and the whole home DVR was awesome, just schedule everything from 1 TV and let the system figure out which streams to use. I know its a huge difference between IP streams and Tuners but it seems like it should be an easy update.
Actually the people that get this feature would be the people who only have 1 DVR and the rest HD boxes right? sucks that downgrading would give us this option, but 1 DVR wont cut it.
The "soon" to be released HMC30 will kinda do what you want in that it is a huge DVR that uses multiple set-top boxes to control it. Thus, you have only one ToDo List and Series Manager to manage from any of the set-top boxes.
Yeah but thats a whole upgrade to all of the boxes, still would seem like an easy software update. Really I don't even need it to prioritize, just show me the list recording on each box.
Fortunately the cable nets seem to repeat new episodes a few times. This generally takes care of conflicts for me.
It's absolutely ridiculous that this is necessary.
If you used the word want here its probably more accurate. In the IPTV world like, FIOS or uVerse, you can only record up to so many streams at a time...isnt it something like 2 HD and 1-2 SD concurrently? Anyway, In a single HDDVR, multiple HD receiver environment, with Whole Home, it works almost exactly that way, you even have expanded flexibility when you add multiple dvrs as any HD receivers can choose which dvr to record the show on, its just not to the point of the system picking an open tuner for you yet...it may be coming who knows...
That was my original point. With the Playlist, Guide and the ability to Manage Series, it isn't necessary to go thru all the trouble of tracking manually all your recordings. But, people will be people and spreadsheets and databases have some allure no matter how unnecessary they really are.