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Shared 'To Be Recorded' List

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

  1. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

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    Well DirecTV uses a [​IMG]* with a white star next to it for keywords recording. The same icon between small M[​IMG]V on both sides. Of course something beside orange for the R background would also help.
     
  2. balboadave

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    True, but in the meantime I'm making some tasty lemonade. Back when I had 2 DirecTiVos, I manually kept track of what was recorded on each tuner. Now with my 2 HR-24s, I had to get even more detailed since fewer are SLs allowed, although having Whole Home gave me greater flexibility. Even if all the suggestions you, me, and others are requesting are implemented, and I hope they are, I don't see any reason for me to stop making the list, although it might be easier to implement and verify. Bottom line, my "workaround" is a requirement until they lose the SL limit and rewrite Series Manager to integrate and schedule every receiver on the network, something I don't see happening anytime soon.
     
  3. Schoenbaum

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    Come on. Among other things I am also a professional software engineer. It would not be that difficult nor consume too many hardware resources to allow the DVR's to be able to coordinate. You should not only be able to have a consolidated to-do list but you should also be able to select a target dvr when creating a recording or editing an existing recording schedule.

    The problem is that they did not consider the multi-DVR user to be a significant use case and did nothing to address it.

    What disappoints me more is that regardless of the number of customers with multiple DVRs, the multi-DVR customers have to be some of their most lucrative (I pay > $165/mo) so I would think that argument alone could be used as justification to adding a couple of resources to look into a solution.

    DirecTV needs to take a few lessons from Nordstrom when it comes to keeping their customers happy.
     
  4. inkahauts

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    I can see this being massively difficult, a MAJOR resource hog, and extremely confusing to the customer. Just take into account people like my folks, who have 4 dvrs. Or worse, someone like me, with 7, or at the extreme, someone like Tom R that has what, 11!?!?! And which unit gets to decide for collaborations which program gets pushed to another unit, and which unit if they are collaborating? What happens if that unit, or any unit falls off the network? The HR34 is what is needed to solve these issues, I don;t see that ever coming to the system.

    TOTALLY agree. That is a major function missing, including automatically offering to record somethgin on another dvr if a conflict exsist when you are setting a recording. Should be added as an option with cancel 1, cancel 2, and cancel recording.


    I think they considered it, but that they felt the average user was more important and who needed to be addressed first. So that's what they did. They made it as simple as possible. They always error on the side of simplicity first, they don't want to do anything that could create confusion among the masses to give an extra option that would hardly get used by more than a small select group.

    I don't think they erred correctly on the remote record scheduling from one dvr to another, (but then my ipad is slowly taking over that process anyway) but I think they are dead on at the moment for collaborative scheduling.
     
  5. Steve

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    While collaboration would be great, at this point, I'd simply like to see TDL's, HISTORIES and SERIES MANAGERS optionally combined using the same logic already in place for the UPL.

    IOW, each DVR would have a set-up option to not only publish its PLAYLIST to the network, but its TDL, HISTORY and/or SERIES MANAGER as well. And like the UPL, you should be able to delete any show in the TDL or SERIES MANAGER remotely.

    Agree. That, combined with a unified TDL, HISTORY and SERIES MANAGER should allow me to remotely accomplish what I need on any DVRs I've designated to "share".
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Is your background in embedded devices and/or cluster computing?

    If you've experienced an HR2x struggling to respond to a press of the guide button on the remote I'm not sure you can believe that resources aren't already stretched to some extent.
     
  7. inkahauts

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    Can you imagine the confusion to the customer if they see all sl's from all dvrs in one list? They put their top 3 shows at the top, and think they will all record, because they are the highest priorities, and yet they are all three on the same dvr and one will be left out without collaborative scheduling of some sort. That's why I don't think this would work...

    At a minimum you would have to move the dvr notation to the same line as the title so you don't have to have it highlighted to see it, but even then, itd be far too counter intuitive to the masses. Remember, the masses could never even set their vcr clocks. ;)

    Now I would be for allowing you to see each one individually from any unit. Say when you hit manage recordings, a new screen pops up that lets you select a dvr, then you get to taken to the screen we get now for manage recordings, with the name of the dvr you're messing with in very large lettering across the top of the screen. Gets rid of most of the confusion
     
  8. Steve

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    I assume just like the UPL you'd be able to identify on which DVRs shows on a unified TDL or unified Series Manager list reside. What might make it easier to view combined lists would be coloring each DVRs show titles differently.

    That said, I'd take being able to view each DVR's TDL and Series Manager separately as a plan "b", as long as I can do it remotely. HISTORY should be a unified list, tho, so at a glance, I can see that all last night's shows recorded at the same time my UPL is sorted A-Z. That's just me tho. Not sure if this would work for everyone.
     
  9. inkahauts

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    I think you just give the masses more credit than I do. :D

    I think people would say, yeah, that's where I set it up, but it will record where ever there is space. Its just not as intuitive to me.

    As you say, plan B I am good with,including the unified history. You don't do anything in there.

    I still say the number one thing is indication of a program being set to record on a remote unit in the guide, and being able to set a recording to a remote dvr from another dvr. :D
     
  10. TDK1044

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    Couldn't they use the i-pad app to create an optional panel in the home screen to display an icon identifying which DVR you just confirmed a recording on? Even that would be better than nothing! :)
     
  11. caseyf5

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    Hello TDK1044,

    Regarding your last paragraph. "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." Isn't that defined by the constitution as "cruel and unusual punishment"?
     
  12. TDK1044

    TDK1044 Godfather

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    Yes indeed.:)
     
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    English Bill of Rights (1689)

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