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HMC Buffer When Unit is Off

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by DBSNewbie, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. wesg

    wesg New Member

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    Joshjr, I total agree with what you are saying and have had the same problem. Have tried the "go back a little" trick, use "double play trick", all to no avail. I am going to try leaving HR44 on all the time (including overnight) again and see what happens . (this worked one night but not the next?) If you have additional HR receivers and buffer did not hold on 34 & 44 you can run to other other receiver (hr 24 & prior) and if channel you want was on it will be buffered and if you hit record you can now pick program up thru list on 34 & 44 or manually record a time period on 34 & 44, but what a waste of time. They need to fix software. When we 1st got the HR34 it took my wife less than an hour to discover the buffering problem and she still uses a flip phone and no computer, so the geniuses at DTV should have seen this coming.???? DTV said because there are 5 tuners it may be getting confused on which one to use to buffer. (software problem) When we switched to HR44 same problem but a much better unit than the 34.
     
  2. Diana C

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    In the current software it seems that an active tuner continues to be active and buffering after it is released (either by turning off the Genie, turning off a client, or a recording concluding) - at least fora short time. If you turn off a client, and then turn it back on again within a couple of minutes, you can still have a live TV buffer. The Genie may buffer a local tuner longer (perhaps indefinitely), but the catch is that when you turn it back on after being off for a prolonged period, you may not get the same tuner you had last time. Once a new tuner becomes active, the "stale" live buffer is dropped.

    All that said, I don't think DirecTV ever stated that the buffering of live TV while the DVR was off is an actual feature of their DVRs.
     
  3. wesg

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    If leaving unit on all the time made buffering consistent I would be glad to leave it on all the time, that does not work on HR34 or HR44. It has worked on all HR's before (24 & prior on or off) which had 2 tuners so now with 5 tuners no longer works and if unit gets confused has to be a software issue. The HR 44 is a great unit just would like DTV to fix the software..
     
  4. Scott Kocourek

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    I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a full time buffer on the Genie. I have mine set to record the news every morning and only keep one day, that way I can FF or RW to the weather or anything else I may want to see before work. The rest of the time it goes un-noticed.
     
  5. veryoldschool

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    Maybe not the five tuners directly, but that the Genies are servers to clients that is [my guess] why it handles tuner/buffering differently.

    Some times the buffer is there and other times just a few mins of watching a recording dumps the buffer.
     
  6. Laxguy

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    Well, in fact that's the way that makes the most sense, even if buffers worked the way we (variously) think they should. This way, you've 'got in the can' material you know there's a likelihood of using, rather than a hit-or-miss situation of it picking up whatever channel happened to be on the night before.

    When I get back home, I am setting up similarly.

    Er, thanks, Scott!
     
  7. wesg

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    I don't mind setting up recordings thru manual record for a period of time daily (like 3 hours 7am to 10am) but I can't find a way to have the manual recordings delete automatically after 1 or 2 days. Swore I saw this option at one time can not find it now. Any help?
     
  8. peds48

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    no way
     
  9. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    It wouldn't be a manual recording, at least as I use the term. Pick a program that's on at about the time you rise, use Options to keep one recording.
     
  10. jhsanchez

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    I noticed this issue the other day and view it as a severe shortcoming. With the new remote, you cannot even leave the power on and turn off the TV. Also, is there any way to change TV inputs from this new remote? Sure makes it a pain to watch a DVD, not only do I need the DVD remote but also need the TV remote. This is NOT progress.
     
  11. peds48

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    Assuming you are referring to the RC71, to change the input you press and hold the ENTER key
     
  12. jhsanchez

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    Thanks - that was not very obvious...now if I could just make it buffer when off, I'd be a happy guy.
     
  13. Laxguy

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    See post 29! Not the utmost convenient, but it works everytime you hit record.
     
  14. peds48

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    agree!
     
  15. MikeyK20FA5

    MikeyK20FA5 New Member

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    I am very disappointed with the buffer not working.
    DirecTV was here today because I was complaining about it and also having issues with delayed commands from the remote.
    They took my HR34 and have me A HR44. The remote delay is solved but the buffer does not work at all. The non-genie in the bedroom works fine.
     
  16. Laxguy

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    See above a few posts for a workaround on the buffer "issue"; Scott's post previous page.

    Good luck!
     
  17. peds48

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    That is expected as that is not a feature of the Genies.
     
  18. texasbrit

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    Actually the buffer works a lot of the time, just not always. As peds48 says, it's just not a feature of the Genies.
     
  19. Laxguy

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    And, as I posted, there's a foolproof workaround. It was first suggested by Scott Kocourek.
     

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