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How do I see a show's first run date in the guide?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by rrr12, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. rrr12

    rrr12 New Member

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    I just switched over from Dish.... and have a newbie question...

    I have a Directv HR24-500 receiver, with a RC65X remote.

    When I look thru the guide list (after pressing the guide button on the remote), I don't see a month+day+year date that a show was first aired, just the year is shown. For example, the display in the guide for today's Dr OZ show says '2013'. On Dish, the date would show up as 'Aug 2, 2013'. A date showing only the year is not very helpful. In this example, Dr OZ's show happens nearly everyday. How do I tell if a show if 'new' or a rerun from earlier in the year? (they both would have '2013' dates showing in the guide).

    Is there a way to show the date like Dish's guide does? I called Directv and the helpful customer service rep said it's not possible. Great. This is a big difference (well, at least to me!) between Direct and Dish :-(

    Does it require a different Directv receiver?

    thanks!
     
  2. dennisj00

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    If you select the program and go one level, you'll see the firstl air date.
     
  3. rrr12

    rrr12 New Member

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    Ok... I tried this: open the guide, select a show, then select 'info' while in the show... then select 'more info'. The first aired date with mm/dd/yyyy now is displayed.
    Is that what you mean dennisj00?

    Is there any other way besides drilling down into each show.. time consuming......

    thanks for the help
     
  4. dennisj00

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    If I'm playing a program, I can go to the guide and select a program. . . I get the info page with the current program in the PIG. On the info page is the First Aired date.
     
  5. ejbvt

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    That's the way to do it.
     
  6. JohnBoy

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    It would be nice just to have the word "New" in the header discription so we would know its a first run or most current episode.

    I agree, hitting info a couple of times and then scrolling to the bottom to check the date can be annoying.

    A simple New in the first sentence of program info would suffice.
     
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Yes, and Info->More Info while a show is airing gets you to the same place. You can also do so in the To Do list; pretty handy.

    Please also note that the info displayed is only as good as its source, usually Tribune Media Services, which provides the same info to Dish.
     
  8. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Who'd provide that tag and who'd stand up when the info is wrong? Would "new" be "first time shown on directv"? First time in US? Lots of problems with no easy answers.
     
  9. tonyd79

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    Who'd provide that tag and who'd stand up when the info is wrong? Would "new" be "first time shown on directv"? First time in US? Lots of problems with no easy answers.


    Fios has a new in its guide. Might be useful if it weren't so small. But it is only useful once. Not on reruns.


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  10. JohnBoy

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    Brighthouse,Uverse and Tom,Dick and Harry as well have the word new in their info Header in the guide.

    Laxguy is overcomplicating the matter.

    New = First Network airing.
     
  11. dpeters11

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    Brighthouse,Uverse and Tom,Dick and Harry as well have the word new in their info Header in the guide.

    Laxguy is overcomplicating the matter.

    New = First Network airing.


    If only that is the way it worked to define it as new.


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  12. ejbvt

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    Directv's guide is the only guide I have personally seen that doesn't say "new" for new episodes. Personally, I do not care because the only shows I would care if the episodes were new are the ones I have set to DVR. The "R" in the guide tells me its new. I realize that's not an answer. I would think that it's assumed that "new" refers to the first time a program airs in the country you're in. I think "new" would be a great add to the guide. As well as something to tell you if a game is blacked out or not before it's actually on.
     
  13. tonyd79

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    Unfortunately, new does not mean first time in country although it should.
     
  14. JohnBoy

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    At the very least, if the word "New" in the info heading is to hard to comprehend,Directv should at least show the "First Air date" in the info header summary and not at the tail end where you have to hit info a couple of times to see it.
     
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  16. ep1974

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    Off topic a bit, but curious as to how the appearance of the Dish guide compares to Directv's?? Which do you prefer??
     
  17. rrr12

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    I've only have Directv for 2 weeks. but so far I like the Dish guide better:

    1) Dish clearly show's the 'original air date' in the high level description, without needing to dig into levels of info/buttons. One could argue the meaning of 'original air date', but that's a different topic. I rarely had issues with the 'original air date' being inaccurate with Dish.

    2) Maybe I need to learn more about the Directv dvr features/control, but finding what's recorded on the Dish dvr is simpler than with Direct's dvr:
    With Dish, 2 pushes on the 'DVR' remote button shows me what I have recorded. With Direct, it's: Menu => Recordings => Playlist. Maybe not a big deal... but less button pushes the better ;-)
     
  18. longrider

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    Just push the List button on the remote, above and to the right of center of the arrow keys (only 1 button push :) )
     
  19. majikmarker

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    Not sure if they have changed the remote as I have had my DVRs for awhile...there should be a List button. One press and you have your recorded playlist.
     
  20. rrr12

    rrr12 New Member

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    Thanks for the info... yes, my remote has the List button. Great forum. More info here than from the Directv 'customer service' folks ;-)
    Directv... are you listening???
     

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