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HR20-POS has screwed me for the last time!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by islesfan, May 12, 2013.

  1. acostapimps

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    To me the HR20's as well as other HR2x models are reliable, it's the SW that ruins it with its glitches and bugs, and also all the confusion with blackouts.
     
  2. islesfan

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    Well, I have the new an improved protection plan, so I plan to try to upgrade to the Genie after the Stanley Cup Final and NCAA Lacrosse final.

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  3. 242424

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    I would do almost anything to rid myself of my HR20 except spend money or sign another contract...
     
  4. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    I am not trying to be a salesman or instigator here. I am just saying that once you upgrade you get it when it comes to how far we have come. Much to the credit of the CE process that Directv has used in mutual benefit.
    THey won't even take my HR20's back because they are so old.
     
  5. inkahauts

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    I doubt the dvr was the issue, but guide data that could easily be screwed up no matter what dvr you use from anyone. What was your exact search string? The one thing I don't ever rely on is gamesearch, because sometimes it doesn't work right with some of the blackout stuff they do at the last minute due to guide data not being as accurate as it should be.

    And all the hr2x's use the same software, and i don't have issues with any of them. I have many Auto records for sports set up on mine and others I know, and no one misses games if you set it up just right. But genies are the true fix in terms of number of tuners to record more things
     
  6. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    Then you, my friend, have not hit rock bottom yet.
    Because I would and did both to make it right.

    But all is well now. Growing pains, but it is worth it.
     
  7. islesfan

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    Search String - ISLANDERS-HOCKEY

    That's it. I used to use more complicated ones to try to get the MSG broadcasts, but I tended to miss games that way, so I switched back to the simple string and babysitting the ToDo list. When I left for our lacrosse game, I checked and it was planning to record on MSG, but according to the search, that was the only place the game was showing, so I had to leave it that way.
     
  8. islesfan

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    I've had this HR20 since a month after it was released in 2006. I still remember how, for the first year, it couldn't play back NHLCI games. As soon as the broadcast window closed, the recording stopped working, so you could only watch games live. I had DirecTV come back and re-connect my old TiVo for free just so I could still watch hockey! So, with all of its warts, the HR DVRs have come a long way!
     
  9. bobcamp1

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    This sounds dumb, but you have to manually record these playoff games. Including manually setting the channel and start and stop times. The Tribune guide data has been pretty bad this year. On my stand alone Tivo, it usually just says "NHL playoffs Teams TBA" but sometimes it has some other show instead.

    Go here to see which channels might have it.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyday.htm
     
  10. 242424

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    I'll never fall that far down. lol I already did the two year deal and paid $$ when I got this receiver, I'm done doing that.
     
  11. texasbrit

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    That's correct, the guide data is a mess. Blame NBC for that.

    With NBC holding the rights to the games, you can't record them on the RSN. NHL Center Ice does not apply for the playoffs. And game search won't work, because the "correct" channel often has the game listed as NHL playoff with no teams specified, so game search can't find it. Nothing to do with the HR20, and nothing to do with DirecTV.

    And FYI, my HR20-700 is the BEST DVR I have owned, apart from the HR24. My HR21/22 DVRs have all gone back to DirecTV.
     
  12. Laxguy

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    HR 20 is long in the tooth, but hardly a p.o.s. Your ire is misdirected: The fault lies somewhere between whoever made the late decision to switch channels and the Tribune, who logs such and sends out the info in the form of Guide info. To be sure, there'd be some delay between the time the Trib disseminated the info to DirecTV and others, and when it was received by your DVR.

    I understand the frustration, as it's happened to me. Now, if it's a really important game, I may well record it on other "unlisted" channels....
     
  13. CCarncross

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    The only HR2x model better than the 20's are the 24's....unless it is physically failing. The HR3/4x have their own set of issues...
     
  14. texasbrit

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    The problem is, whenever I do that, I get a canceled recording due to updated guide information. In other words, if I leave it as an autorecord, and the guide info changes, it will sometimes update and change to record the correct program, but if I select the program to record manually and there is any change in the guide info, it just dumps the recording altogether. The guide data has always been the bane of our existence!
     
  16. trh

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    I think you're right. It was the Guide data that caused your problem and I think no matter whether you have an HR20 or a Genie, you would have had the same result.
     
  17. Laxguy

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    It's not perfect, but think about the timing of events as mentioned in my earlier post. And manual recordings can't be expected to know what to do when the channel's changed, though if going live to an event that's moved, it will search for the alternate station(s).
     
  18. trh

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    But from what the TS said, the channels never changed. The game wasn't listed on any of the NBC channels but it was listed on MSG. So he left it to record from MSG because he thought he could because he is a CI subscriber.

    And just as a "heads-up" -- my guide is currently showing the Toronto/Boston game on CNBC from 7-8PM. CNBC is the correct channel according to NHL.com and NBC.com, but the game is going to last longer than one hour. So anyone recording that tonight needs to keep an eye out for that.
     
  19. Beerstalker

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    By manual recording he doesn't mean look for it in the guide and then hit the record button, he means setting up an actual manual recording. Like you used to do on an old VCR. You tell it to record channel 234 from 7PM to 10PM, or whatever time/channel the game is supposed to be on. The DVR will then record that channel at that time no matter what happens to the guide data. The only problem with this is if the game gets moved to another time/channel, or that channel is blacked out since the game is on a different channel, etc. If you know for sure the channel and time the game is airing this is a good option to be absolutely sure you get the game. Remember though, you may want to add an extra hour or so to the recording time in case the game goes long, since a manual recording won't automatically add an extra 30 minutes or whatever you have your DVR set to add for Live Events.
     

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