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HR2x Wish List, V3

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Steve, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Syzygy

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    I think there'll be a lot more votes for increasing the limit this fall, after members try linking to all the new series (just to try them out) in addition to their old favorites. But then it'll be rather late; the time to lift the limit is now. D* should be a leader, not a follower.
     
  2. Steve

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    If DirecTV actually worked on new features in the order we rank them, your point would be well taken.

    If you look at the completed items section of the results page, however, you'll see that there is no correlation between how high a feature ranked and in what order DirecTV chose to implement it. It seems that the more important thing is for an request simply to be on the list... period, and hope that DirecTV sees fit to address it at all.

    Just relating my observations. I've been following the list and the completed items scrupulously since March of '07, and I can see no rhyme or reason for why some features get implemented and others don't, in spite of their popularity among Wish list voters. It probably has more to do with which sections of the code the engineers happen to be working on at the time. Just my .02. /steve
     
  3. Draconis

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    On a serious note, one thing I would like to see is another viewing mode added to the HR20/21’s and DIRECTV2PC application.

    On a wide screen HDTV we currently have Pillar Box, Strech, Crop, and “Original Format”. I would like to add a format for when (say the SciFi channel) broadcasts a movie in letterbox format on their HD channel, resulting in you getting a black box all the way around the screen.

    I think I would call the new mode “zoom” and it would crop the image both horizontally and vertically (to deal with those pesky letterboxed HD broadcasts).

    Thoughts?
     
  4. mocarob

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    add an option to split a recorded program.
    (so i can delete the portion I dont want)
     
  5. Steve

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    Actually, doesn't "CROP" take care of this already? At least that's the mode I use when viewing content such as you describe. If so, we have this request on the current list:

    OPTION to automatically output SD programs with "Letterbox" in their program description in CROP format on 16:9 displays. Otherwise, use the user-default format.

    If not for this reason, what does crop currently do that is different? TIA. /steve
     
  6. nowandthen

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    /begging mode on/

    Let's have more votes for #18: SERIES LINK setup options: RECORD: [First Run/Repeat/Both/All with Duplicates]; RECORD THIS TIME SLOT ONLY?: [Y/N]; RECORD THIS WEEK-DAY ONLY?: [Y/N]; KEEP AT MOST: [1/2/3/4/5/10/ALL]; WHEN LIMIT REACHED: [Delete Oldest/Stop Recording]; AUTODELETE WHEN DISK FULL?: [Y/N]

    I had Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles set to Keep Until I Delete. But the repeats wiped out my oldest Keep Until I Delete, the Pilot GRRRRR! I know some people think this is as it should be, but for me Keep Until I delete means keep until I delete!

    Come on folks, vote for #18, then everyone can have it their way!

    /begging mode off/
     
  7. Draconis

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    My apologies for the late reply.

    If you are watching a SD broadcast on a wide TV then crop works well.

    However, certain HD channels (SciFi is one of them) have started broadcasting programming that was already letterboxed in HD and (for some strange reason) they put pillars on the sides to make it fit a wide TV instead of cropping the picture to make it fit.

    Since the HD broadcast includes both the letterboxing and pillars as part of the broadcast you get a black box completely encirculating the screen.

    Format controls like crop do nothing on the HD wide screen since they are used for SD channels, not HD.

    That is why I proposed “zoom”, it would only be used on wide screen TV’s for HD channels that got double-teamed by both letterboxing and pillars.
     
  8. Hollingshead

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    One of the "features" that I most miss from my DirecTivo box is that, if I enter a non-existent channel, it will tune to the closest existing channel. So I used to navigate by knowing about where the old movies were, where the news channels were, where the music channels were, etc., without needing to memorize actual channel numbers. Now I put in a number that's close to that I want but not quite right and I get no channel found, or some similar error message. I realize that I could use the guide more or simply memorize a few more channels, but the old way worked great for me.

    Anybody else navigate that way?

    Sorry if this is already in this monster thread somewhere, but my searches were fruitless.

    And thanks for all the work to maintain this thread, which I credit with a lot of the vast improvement in my HR20 over the years.

    Best,
    Kevin
     
  9. Syzygy

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    Yep, I used to do that on my HR10. However, wrong-but-close channel numbers do work in the guide, so I'm happy with that.

    [OT: I wish they worked in Edit Settings -> Ch's I Get, but a bug there prevents jumping to a channel (in some cases) even when you enter an existing channel's number.]
     
  10. t_h

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    This kills me. No other dvr product I'm aware of does this in this manner. Tivo, Dish, Comcast and Mythtv all actually keep the shows until you delete them.

    We used to put season passes on the tivo with a KUID and limit 5 for my kids shows and the reruns of MASH my wife likes to watch sometimes. It'd record 5 and stop. We'd watch one and delete it and get another one. With this setup, I have to delete the series links and recreate them a couple of times a month or its impossible to watch live tv and you get conflicts every time you try to record a single instance show. Putting in a SL just until I get enough episodes and then deleting it and two weeks later having someone complain that they're out of episodes on something they want to watch is a huge, huge PITA.
     
  11. dbronstein

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    This is what I find really fascinating reading these boards - everyone watches in different ways. I like the way Directv does it. Maybe it's because of the timing or amount of shows we do this for, but I hardly ever run into conflicts because of this.

    I agree it would be nice to have an option to do it the other way as well.
     
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    You should give it a whirl with 8-10 shows like Barney and MASH, which are on about 11,000 times per day, every day and couple it with ~50 series links. ;)

    With the other recording products, doing a 'limit=x' and no KUID produces the same results as what the HR's do. It'll keep recording over the oldest episode with a new one when it sees it.

    The only difference is that the other recording products do not delete any episodes when they're marked "keep until I delete", the user has to do it.

    The one thing the directv method does for you is it'll delete shows that arent marked KUID before it'll delete ones labeled KUID. Which would function the same way if it were done like all the other recording products.

    I'm surprised they did it the way they do it just for the sake of continuity for customers switching from other products.
     
  13. tkrandall

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    I was thining about this as well the other day. And what about use of a browser for streaming video like ESPN360?
     
  14. Syzygy

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    Now that there's a 50-character limit on Boolean search expressions, I'd like to suggest allowing, for example:

    • "-VOD" as a synonym for "NNOT VOD"
    • "#501" as a synonym for "CCHAN 501"
    • "TT" as a synonym for "TTITLE"
    • "NN" as a synonym for "NNAME"

    BTW, I totally agree with nowandthen -- Keep Until I Delete! -- even though I don't usually collect episodes of a series.

    As for having a web browser built in -- no thanks, I like to use my computer for that!
     
  15. pschmidt64

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    Hi -

    Haven't posted to the wishlist before...and this may have been mentioned, but two things I'd love added:
    1) Ability to quickly 'start' a media share I set. I very often play a 'Play List' from my media share, but it takes me 5-6 'next item' to get there. I'd love to hit a single button or two, and have it go start my playlist immediately. Just reduce the time in getting there. (Get me to music with one button would do too.)

    2) Ability to easily cancel a single show from a recorded series. Many times I'll record a series from History channel or SciFi...and they have 'ShowX' day...which records a dozen shows which I've already seen. I don't mind going through the 'ToDo' list to cancel these, but would love to have a single button 'Cancel this espisode'. If you hit the record button it cancels the series...not what I want.

    Maybe these are already there and I just don't know about it...if so, I'd love to know.

    Thx,

    Perry
     
  16. Flyrx7

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    I wish the 30 second slip wouldn't slip forward 35 seconds, and then back up 5. That 5 second spoiler in football kind of sucks.

    What would be even better is if we could set it to a user definable period of time, like 25 seconds, to match the play clock in football.
     
  17. Flyrx7

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    I also wish we could edit our recorded programs. Like deleting the 1 hour extra I have to pad certain sporting events. Set a start bookmark and an end one, delete everything between them. That sort of thing.
     
  18. Steve

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    If you terminate the SLIP by hitting PLAY, you will see about 5 seconds of AUTOCORRECT on MPEG-4 recordings (nor will you have advanced a full 30 seconds). This is normal and is intended to correct for the average user's reflexes, same as when you terminate FFX2-4 by hitting PLAY.

    Unless something has changed, if you let the SLIP end naturally (i.e., on it's own), there is no AUTOCORRECTION, so the problem you're reporting shouldn't happen. And if it is happening, it's a "bug" that should be reported in the appropriate "issues" thread for whatever software release you're on.

    /steve
     
  19. Steve

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    If you're viewing the EPISODES list for a SL you've created, or viewing the TODO LIST, you can just ARROW UP/DOWN to the showing you'd like to cancel and hit the STOP button to cancel just that particular recording.

    Of course doing so would be a lot simpler if DirecTV would implement this long-standing Wish List request:

    Show the highlighted program's description in the "To Do List" and "History", instead of a static message.


    Just my .02. /steve

    PS: Can't confirm this now, but I believe you can also hit STOP while hovering over an episode in the GUIDE to just cancel that instance, and not the entire SL. You might want to see if that works.
     
  20. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    This suggestion existed in prior iterations of the Wish List and was "back-burnered" due to lack of voter support.

    /steve
     

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