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Software Features D* should add to the HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by joekun, Aug 21, 2006.

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  1. Aug 21, 2006 #1 of 328
    joekun

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    Earl mentioned that D* is watching this board so I thought we should start a single thread devoted to features that can and should be added in future software updates to make this a really great DVR. I know there are single threads devoted to certain features, but I hope that this thread can be the place where we centralize our requests and maybe D* will take a look. So here is my list (I will probably add to it as I think of more), please post your ideas.

    HR20 Feature Wishlist

    0) THE HR20 SHOULD NOT STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF MY WATCHING A PROGRAM TO DOWNLOAD NEW SOFTWARE. It should AT LEAST ask and allow me to say "do it later"

    1) A true 30 second skip instead of slip

    2) (already implemented) A "Return to live" function (Earl informed me that by holding down the 30 second slip button when delayed it will jump to live)

    3) Record any program on any channel based on search criteria (similar to now but across all channels)
    3a) Fix Autorecord so that it can be done based on a title search

    4) Ability to jump to any point in a show by pressing the # of minutes you wish to skip and then the Advance button. This allows you to easily skip 30, 43, 67, 92, or any number of minutes ahead if you want to get to a specific part quickly. Alternatively pushing the number followed by the Previous Channel button jumps to that exact minute in the show (i.e. 40 prev would take you to the 40 minute mark of the show)

    5) Ability to manually remove channels you don't get (HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc) or don't want (SD channels that have HD versions) completely from your channel lineup.

    6) Standardize the # of seconds the Replay button jumps back, as currently it seems to vary.

    7) Pressing Guide should take you to the full guide, pressing guide a second time should take you to the channel sort page, the inverse of the way it is setup now.

    8) Ability to group your recordings in to folders so that different users of the box can quickly see which of their programs have recorded and are available for viewing.

    9) The "Play" option for a recorded show should remember where you left off the last time you watched that show. A new "Play from beginning" option should be added to the list to allow you to watch again from the start if you choose.

    10) Series Link option to record HD, SD, or Both
     
  2. Aug 21, 2006 #2 of 328
    KCWolfPck

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    In answer to the above post:

    2) Doesn't this already exist? I'm pretty sure if you hit "Exit" while watching a recorded program will return you to live TV.

    5) This feature already exists in the form of Favorites 1 & 2. You can set which one you want to be your default guide
     
  3. Aug 21, 2006 #3 of 328
    bobnielsen

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    Yeah, but if you just punch in a channel number it will go to the first instance, whether or not it is in the guide. I don't know about the HR20, but the H20-600 goes to the SD version. What is needed is the ability to edit "channels I receive".
     
  4. Aug 21, 2006 #4 of 328
    Earl Bonovich

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    For what ever reason, it is different in different markets.

    On my H20... if I key in the channel number, it goes to the MPEG-4, then the OTA, then the SD

    HR20, it goes MPEG-4, then SD sat
     
  5. Aug 21, 2006 #5 of 328
    LockMD

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    Bobnielsen, have you ever done a reset on your H20? mine was like yours a long time ago, but I thought they fixed that in an update early on. Mine will go to the MPEG4 channel first.
     
  6. Aug 21, 2006 #6 of 328
    Blitz68

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    7) Pressing Guide should take you to the full guide, pressing guide a second time should take you to the channel sort page, the inverse of the way it is setup now.

    This is a great idea!!

    8) Ability to group your recordings in to folders so that different users of the box can quickly see which of their programs have recorded and are available for viewing.

    This is already there isn't it? My R15 does it.
     
  7. Aug 21, 2006 #7 of 328
    Clint Lamor

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    I think he means User created Folders that you put shows into. Cool idea but seems like a lot of work for little payoff. I like the folders they way they are they just store multiple versions of the same show in a folder named with the shows title.
     
  8. Aug 21, 2006 #8 of 328
    bonscott87

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    Hollywood doesn't like it so the slip is what you get. Unfortunately. :(
     
  9. Aug 21, 2006 #9 of 328
    Alan Gordon

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    I watched the R15 info show on DirecTV the other day, and I still don't have a full understanding of the HR20, so I'm not going to comment on much until I have used the HR20 for a while... but there are a couple of things I wanted to bring up.

    1. One of the main problems I have with the HR10-250, and the Hughes HTL-HD receiver that I had before was a problem that doesn't affect many people... but is a feature that SHOULD be implemented for the few that it does affect. I live in the outskirts of a DMA, and receive "Grade B" coverage from TWO other DMAs, and can often receive programming from two additional DMAs allowing me to receive stations from FIVE different DMAs, but can only receive guide data from TWO DMAs.

    2. I've read that the R15 (and I'm assuming the HR20) can hide folders with programming from DirecTV's adult channels. However, there is other programming on other channels ("Deadwood", perhaps a R-rated movie on HBO, or perhaps you're just ashamed of having 12 episodes of "The Flavor Of Love" on your DVR) that someone might want to keep private from their kids, or in the case of "The Flavor Of Love", everybody!!

    As I said before, I do have some other things that I think DirecTV should change, add, or modify, but until I get a HR20 into my hands, and use it, I will keep them to myself.

    ~Alan
     
  10. Aug 21, 2006 #10 of 328
    drawnad

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    I know it has its own thread, but I think it also belongs here:

    Dual Buffers!

    Also, "skip to" tics (15, 30, 45 mins)
     
  11. Aug 21, 2006 #11 of 328
    Earl Bonovich

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    It's not "Hollywood" that doesn't like it (they are only concerned about you watching and copying the shows)..

    It is the advertisers that fork most of the money to the networks/channels that pay for those shows, that don't like the "skip"
     
  12. Aug 21, 2006 #12 of 328
    mcaldero

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    Yes, dual LIVE buffers should move to the top of the list.
     
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    HiDefGator

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    I know it makes me sound like a bad parent but I would love the ability to queue up shows for playback. It gets really annoying when the kids bother me every 30 minutes to put something else on.
     
  14. Aug 21, 2006 #14 of 328
    Earl Bonovich

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    WHY IN GOD'S GREEN EARTH WOULD......
    that make you a bad parent.....

    I know a LOT of parents that would kill for that feature.....

    I know they are considering to extend the Mark and Delete feature to possible include a Mark and Playback feature....
     
  15. Aug 21, 2006 #15 of 328
    bobnielsen

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    I'll give it a try--thanks!

    No change--SD, then MPEG4 HD, then OTA. This is a H20-600. I think the H20-100 is different. I originally thought that the -100 and -600 were contract-built to the same design, but apparently not, since the software versions are diffeerent.
     
  16. Aug 21, 2006 #16 of 328
    Earl Bonovich

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    -100 built by RCA I believe
    -600 built by LG
     
  17. Aug 21, 2006 #17 of 328
    judson_west

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    I would like to see a function that assists in the recording a program to VCR/DVD recorder. I would like program information to preceed the recording and I would like the DVR to only send program information to tape -- none of the status messages/indicators or other DVR indicators should be sent to the VCR/DVD recorder. I would also like the DVR buttons be disabled (except the transport buttons) while the recording is being completed. If the user presses the STOP button, then prompt the user and determine wheter he really wants the recording to stop or continue.
     
  18. Aug 21, 2006 #18 of 328
    joekun

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    It has its own thread, I think that qualifies as "top of the list"

    Also, my suggestions aren't in any particular order, other than the order they came to mind.

    What I'm talking about is if you are playing a live show delayed, say 5-10 minutes and you want to just go back to live programming you should be able to do so with a single button press like on most other DVRs.

    Exactly what I was thinking.
     
  19. Aug 21, 2006 #19 of 328
    Earl Bonovich

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    Hold down the Forward Advance button (The 30s SLIP button), for about 3 seconds... it will jump right to the end.
     
  20. Aug 21, 2006 #20 of 328
    joekun

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    Cool, that worked! Revising my list.
     
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