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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Hemi, Feb 18, 2008.

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  1. Hemi

    Hemi Cool Member

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    OK, I’ve had two HR21s next to my two HR10s for a little more than a week now, and here is my list of their current limitations in no particular order:

    1. 50 Series Link limit
    2. No DLB (the manual work around is not sufficient)
    3. Unable to control my B&K receiver
    4. Kludgy skip to end/slow play (press & hold? Who thought of that?)
    5. No skip to tick
    6. White remote (Again whose idea was that? :nono2: )
    7. Unreliable recording of new releases vs. repeats
    8. Can not edit “Channels I Receive” for more accurate searching/recording
    9. No suggestions
    10. Can not disable Picture in Grid

    I’m sure I’m forgetting a few… If I am mistaken with any of the above, please let me know and I’ll be glad to take it off the list.

    Dan
     
  2. maseace

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    Not sure if it works on the HR21, but on the HR20 you can skip to ticks by holding down FF for a couple seconds.
     
  3. cwaters

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    My HR21 is two weeks old.
    I don't expect #1 will be a problem for me.
    #2 is a drag.
    #6 Color isn't a problem for me but I feel like the arrow buttons and the transport buttons should have been swapped. I use the FF all the time and it seems like it's in the wrong place.
    #7 uh huh.
    #8 true dat

    Other than that... I think I'm ok with it so far.
     
  4. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    #3 - That is not an issue with the receivers, that is the RC series remote control series, which are independent of the receivers
    #4 - Part of that is due to the limiation of the RC series of remote (not enough buttons)
    #5 - Since when? I just did it last night
    #6 - See #3, and this is DirecTV's standard remote for almost 4 years now.
    #7 - Any particular shows? As there are some known shows that don't have proper guide data information.
    #8 - A new search option will be available in the next national release, that you will be able to add a channel range limitation on your searches.
    #9 - Is a TiVo patent item... so unless TiVo is planning to license it out... There is something similar on DirecTV.com, which will be tied to remote booking. Not the same, but depending on how you use suggestions.
     
  5. Hemi

    Hemi Cool Member

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    Earl,

    OK, on #5 when I press and hold the FF button, it sometimes jumps to the end (with occational audio/studder issues) or it just jumps ahead 30 seconds. What do I need to do to get to goto the next tick mark?

    Thanks.

    Dan
     
  6. maseace

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    You have to hold down the >> button, not the >| button.
     
  7. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I agree that the standard remote leaves a little to be desired, but there are several threads devoted to replacement remotes that may serve your purpose.

    I also understand your frustration with press-and-hold... that's another piece of the puzzle that relates to the remote.

    The only one I take issue with is #7, which is very different from my experiences. There are some shows, like "The Daily Show" that don't give enough guide data to determine the criteria for recording. Also, when you set up a series link, the episode you use always records but it's ok after that.

    If you're having missed recordings, take note of the history entry if there is one, and please report it here. They are listening, I promise.
     
  8. jdspencer

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    I find that the skip to tick works like this.
    Press and hold >> for at least three seconds, then release and press it again momentarily.

    Using a press and hold for skip to tick and also for slow motion is just plain stupid.
     
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    jdspencer's workaround is best for people who've already given up on the white remote.
     
  10. Thaedron

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    And is just that, a work-around. DirecTV, can we PLEASE get rid of the press-and-hold implementation?
     
  11. cartrivision

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    Yep. Press and hold has got to go. It's one of the poorest UI design decisions/implementations on the DirecTV family of DVRs, and there is no excuse because it’s not like there weren’t already many examples of other devices that did it better. If you are going to re-invent the wheel, and you don’t make it better (or in DirecTVs case make it worse), all you are doing is wasting resources to put out an inferior product.
     
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