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Official: Tips and Tricks for the HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Earl Bonovich, Sep 13, 2006.

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  1. Oct 3, 2006 #101 of 206
    WANDERER

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    as close as possible, unless you setup a quick macro that autopauses live tv on a before it switches over. Ya know - the tivo dual buffer did not autopause anythingl :) Atleast on my old series 1
     
  2. Oct 3, 2006 #102 of 206
    Mixer

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    I am confused here. If I have Native off and I am watching say MTV and it is in 480i or let's say even 480p and at 9:00 I change the channel to Lost on ABC and it is in 1080i, it won't default to 1080i? I would have to have Native On for it to pickup on the fact that I switched between two channels that had different resolutions?

     
  3. Oct 3, 2006 #103 of 206
    Phil T

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    I just got my HR20 today. I can't seem to make the "channels I receive" guide work. Do I have to set it up manually like the HR10?

    Thanks
     
  4. Oct 3, 2006 #104 of 206
    matto

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    yep. they should just change the name of the list to 'Every Freakin Channel' and be done with it.
     
  5. Oct 3, 2006 #105 of 206
    Frodtab

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    The "Channels I Receive" functionality does not work yet.
     
  6. Oct 3, 2006 #106 of 206
    911medic

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    That is correct. With Native off, it won't switch automatically (similar to the HR10, if you had one of those). You'll have to know what format the particular station is broadcasting in, and manually switch it yourself. With Native on, it detects it automatically, but the trade-off is that currently there is a delay as it figures out which resolution to switch to.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2006 #107 of 206
    Mixer

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    Thanks for clearing that up. It sounds to me like Native on will be the way to go for me. However I do have another question now. If I decide in the future to turn it off and then I setup series links or just plain old recordings will it matter. Does it record and then when you playback you choose the resolution? Does that make sense?

     
  8. Oct 3, 2006 #108 of 206
    PoitNarf

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    The HR20 records the raw sat stream for that channel, so it stores all information about the show regardless of the settings on your HR20. Native mode only effects what is currently being displayed by the HR20 and nothing else; even if you record a show you're currently watching in HD and set the output to 480p it is still recording the show in it's HD resolution.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2006 #109 of 206
    bds42

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    Just so that I'm undestanding this... I'm still left with the 'channel B' shows that I have to go and manually delete out of the list now, right?

     
  10. Oct 4, 2006 #110 of 206
    billt1111

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    I agree with 911. However on my Panny HD Plasma I do NOT want it to switch back and forth between 720p and 1080i native programming for two reasons. First it takes 3 to 5 seconds. This time lag is not just due to the HR20. If you are channel surfing that time lag is intolerable. Second, my Panny plasma always looks better with 1080i, even when the programming is native in 720p. You might want to carefully compare whether the time lag is worth the irritation on your particular setup.
     
  11. Oct 4, 2006 #111 of 206
    jcwest

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    I have my HR20 set to native=off, 1080i=letter box. When I tune to CNN it displays 4:3, when I tune to HDNet it displays in 16:9. I'm connected VIA component.

    J C
     
  12. Oct 4, 2006 #112 of 206
    911medic

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    Absolutely. And, Mixer, you can also pick which resolutions the HR20 will display when in Native or manual mode. For instance, I find no use whatsoever for 420p, so I have it "unchecked" in the HR20 menu, even though my TV supports it.
     
  13. Oct 4, 2006 #113 of 206
    chicagojim

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    So, setting native off and picking 1080i as the only supported resolution will allow for switching to 1080i, 720p or 480 based upon the capabilities of your TV, right? Not to be dense here, but the TV will automatically upscale the lower resolutions and take the 1080i signal direct without changing it, right?

    I'm using a 1080P tv (Sony KDS60-A2000) and have been having a heck of a time getting this worked out since my replcement box showed up. (The good news is, my replacement box actually works! :grin: )
     
  14. Oct 4, 2006 #114 of 206
    matto

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    no. setting native to off and picking only 1080i will cause the HR20 to upscale all content to 1080i before outputting it to the tv.
     
  15. Oct 4, 2006 #115 of 206
    bonscott87

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    No. Native mode off means it will upconvert all signals to the resolution you specify. So if you tell it that 1080i is your supported format it will send *everything* as 1080i. If it's 480i station then it will upconvert it to 1080i and send it to the TV in the 16x9 frame. You can switch between format modes (crop, stretch, letterbox) on the HR20 with the remote. Most HDTV's can't do much in the way of stretching and such with a 1080i signal.

    If you leave Native mode on, it will autoswitch to the closest format you have told the HR20 your TV supports, say 480i and 1080i. Then HD programs will come across in 1080i and SD programs in 480i. When getting a 480i signal most HDTV's can then use it's own scaler and stretch formats which you can switch on your TV. Downside right now to native mode is the time it takes to change formats as it cycles around trying to find one that works.

    The other option is to leave Native mode off. Tell the HR20 your TV supports 480i and 1080i (or whatever). If you leave it on 1080i it will do the same as the first paragraph above and upconvert everything. But if on an SD show you don't like what it's doing you can change the format using the remote to 480i and then let your TV do it's magic. This is actually what I do and is a decent workaround until Native format switching becomes a bit better.
     
  16. Oct 4, 2006 #116 of 206
    ezahn

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    I just received my HR20 and have seen only a few of the minor bugs so far.

    Couple of questions for you experts:
    1) It seems that the bottom line of the Guide is cut off on the bottom of the screen. I'm in 1080i mode and tried the 480p with the same result. I don't see any screen adjustment on the 56" Mitsubishi HDTV. Note: I don't have HDMI intf.

    2)Maybe I was misinformed, but I had heard that this box was suppose to support picture-in-picture like the old Ultimate TV box. Anyone have any news with regards to this. (i.e.: display 2 pics at the same time exclusive of the TV)
     
  17. Oct 4, 2006 #117 of 206
    paulman182

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    Don't know about issue 1, but no, it does not have PIP.

    It does support PIG (Picture In Guide,) but I'm sure you know that.
     
  18. Oct 4, 2006 #118 of 206
    bonscott87

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    1) Your HDTV's overscan is probably set too much. Usually the only way to configure is going into the service menu. Record HDNet's screen test that usually runs Tuesday mornings and it will help you figure out if this is it.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2006 #119 of 206
    ezahn

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    Scott - I assume the service menu you are referring to is not on the box but rather the TV... correct?

    Additional item for the experts. This one really bothers me! On the HR10-250, both tuners were always capturing/recording what was on each one, thus you could go back/forth between the tuners and rewind to see what you missed while watching the other channel. A really good feature for when you're trying to watch 2 shows (ie: sporting events) at the same time. It appears that there is no way to do this with the HR20. PLEASE TELL ME I AM WRONG!
     
  20. Oct 4, 2006 #120 of 206
    ezahn

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    Scott - I just read your post #96 regarding Sunday Ticket NFL... This was why I asked the previous question on switching between tuners. Looks like you've figured it out, but even though I'm a propeller head w/eng. degree, it's not obvious.... Just got the box this afternoon. I understand the blue button for mini-guide, but not sure how that relates to flipping between tuners. Please help.
    Thanks, Elliot
     
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