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Shared 'To Be Recorded' List

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by TDK1044, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Diana C

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    If you hit record on a non-DVR you get a screen that allows you to pick which DVR to use. You can also program a default DVR.

    If they gave us the same option on the DVRs and a merge/filter option on the to do list, it would go a LONG way towards meeting the user need.
     
  2. Drucifer

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    From a H you can pick the HR to record. Except for viewing a combine list of recording shows from any receiver, a H unit picking a HR to record is the ONLY current MRV Network feature.

    To keep track, lots of us multi-DVR owners keep a spread sheet. I, like a lot of others, assign channels to each DVR. With Network Channels, lack of encore showings, getting the higher priorities.
     
  3. Drucifer

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    Did a work-around.

    I got my Google Series Manager spread sheets in a TVapp by capturing them with a paint program. I then uploaded these to my flickr account. And flickr is a TVapp.

    Anyone here with flickr and the TVapp can view 'em by adding Druzifer in the TVapp add contact option. The SML images are in Set: DirecTV Series Manager.
     
  4. inkahauts

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    I'm starting to find the iPad app the easiest way to set recordings to units.
     
  5. Steve

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    Yup. Or an iPhone, Droid phone, web browser or an H2x.

    Problem is you can't tell if those record requests actually made it to the TDL, without physically being in front of the unit you scheduled it on. Hopefully a shortcoming that will be addressed soon!
     
  6. dpeters11

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    At least an H2x will tell you if the DVR is actually free enough to record at that point.
     
  7. inkahauts

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    I figure its still easier to set them all up on the ipad, and then latter go back and check the SM to make sure my prioritization is in the order I want it.
     
  8. TDK1044

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    Setting recordings on multiple DVRs remotely is great...I use my i-pad and my laptop to do that, but the need for a shared 'to be recorded' list is essential.

    You are sitting watching TV, and you suddenly spot a show that you want to record. If the DVR you are viewing through already has a recording scheduled for the same time as the new show you want to record, what are your options?

    1) Set the recording on another DVR using your i-pad, and hope that it isn't using both tuners at the time of the new recording.
    2) Get up and physically go to another room and turn on the TV and DVR to see if you can set the recording.

    Whoever released MRV with no ability to see a shared 'to be recorded' list, should be made to watch Nancy Grace on Dancing With The Stars......in HD.
     
  9. balboadave

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    I've dodged that problem by filling up my remote DVR with as many SLs as possible, leaving my local DVR available for those last minute updates.
     
  10. inkahauts

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    I would absolutely love to see a symbol added to the guide similar to the record icons we have now that would symbolize that a program is set to be recorded on another unit (and say which one) in the house somewhere. That would make life so much better. I also still feel tha they should let's us set a recoding form the guide on a dvr to any other dvr too.
     
  11. inkahauts

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    Actually, I do something similar. I record certain channels on certain dvrs, so I know if something is on a channel, which dvr to schedule it on that will avoid conflicts as much as possible. And I assign their dvr names based in the channels they record.
     
  12. Drucifer

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    How do remember which channels are assigned to which DVR?
     
  13. pfp

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    CBS (5) and FOX (10) on one DVR
    NBC (12) and ABC (15) on another.

    FX goes on the FOX DVR
    Syfy, USA go on the NBC DVR.

    Doesn't take but a day or to to get used to it.
     
  14. inkahauts

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    I use the naming capabilities in three places so it is always easy to see what goes on what dvrs for all the major channels and sports.

    I name my dvrs on the web account, name the dvrs in the name function of the whole home setup, and I also use favorite lists and name the favorites list I use most with the name of the ddvr so I can easily see it when I am in the guide.

    Example...

    I have one unit at home called.. 2 Kings USCFB

    I record all shows on channel 2, all kings hockey games, and all usc football games.

    I set up my folks units this way too. One of theirs is called 2 4 5 TNT FX

    So all shows on 2 (cbs) 4 (nbc) 5 (ktla) and tnt and fx.


    Some things are easy to remember though. I could easily see not mentioning both cbs and nbc (2 & 4) and just mentioning 2 and remembering 4 was there as well to get more channels listed if needed. It gets harder the more channels you record and the fewer dvrs you have, but its still possible. I once used to list them based on channel rangers, for example... I had one dvr that was 2 4 240 264 and one that was 5 13 265 600. Just a matter of how you can schedule and remember it best for yourself.

    I also have all this on an excel sheet and can always pull it up if for some reason I forget. :D But for the majority of channels, its always right there in front of me.
     
  15. Drucifer

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    Never thought of naming the DVRs by channels, but isn't that space limited to 15 characters?

    I use Google Docs/Spreadsheet & TVapps/Flickr
     
  16. inkahauts

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    Yep, that's why you may need to be creative and organized, but it can be done!
     
  17. TDK1044

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    All great suggestions, but all we are doing is creating a work around to solve a problem. The real solution is for D* to give us some method of knowing what is set to record on each DVR. :)
     
  18. Steve

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    I already have it. It's called "sneaker-net". :p

    Agree with you 1000%, BTW.
     
  19. Drucifer

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    Guess mine is stair-climber net, then.
     
  20. inkahauts

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    !rolling

    I seriously just want record icons in the guide denoting shows set to be recorded on another dvr. Have I mentioned that lately? :D
     

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