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Will directv ever fix the "channels i get" option

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ajiuO, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. peds48

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    Please, responses not necessary!
    Then we leave it at that.....
     
  2. joed32

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    Buying the phone is no big deal but paying $30 a month to use it is, especially if you don't need it for any other reason is.
     
  3. Laxguy

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    Quite a difference between the iPad, which I recommended, and an iPhone which I don't for this application (unless you already have one).
     
  4. ejbvt

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    Yes, that one about an ipad is a bad idea. What will an ipad do to help me search on my guide? I don't own an ipad (or an i-anything) nor do I want one. I want to be able to search for live sports on my DIRECTV have an option for my guide to only show what I get. I have made favorites lists to accodate this but it still doesn't tell me what I can and can't watch, especially for sports.

    How about a blackout symbol (the old Dish Network 311 receivers used the "no smoking" sign in the info) for the guide and a search function ON THE RECEIVER that works. I have tried to use the guide on the Internet, but there's no way to import my favorites lists online and it doesn't know the AM21 channels, which often show NCAA basketball and football when the ACC network is on CBS and Fox. Or the Durham Bulls.

    Ain't nobody got time for boolean.

    I do have Titan TV on my phone, but it also doesn't tell you what you can and can't watch in regards to sports.
     
  5. JeffBowser

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    I've been wishing this was fixed for years. I don't think it will ever happen, and I suspect it is because they want you to see certain channels as a form of advertising to get you to upgrade your subscription. It's the only explanation that makes any sense whatsoever. Otherwise, simple dynamic look-up tables can be employed, quite easily.

    I've had Comcast side-by-side now for several months. I have to tell you - as aggravating as DirecTV's guide decisions are, Comcast's guide is a thousand times worse, and has single-handedly stopped me from dropping DirecTV altogether so far. However, I have a new mango tree planted in the vicinity of the only place I can put my dish. Between that, and the unbelievably dismal programming garbage coming out of providers, I'm going to be gone from pay TV within 5 years.
     
  6. inkahauts

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    Yes, that one about an ipad is a bad idea. What will an ipad do to help me search on my guide? I don't own an ipad (or an i-anything) nor do I want one. I want to be able to search for live sports on my DIRECTV have an option for my guide to only show what I get. I have made favorites lists to accodate this but it still doesn't tell me what I can and can't watch, especially for sports.

    How about a blackout symbol (the old Dish Network 311 receivers used the "no smoking" sign in the info) for the guide and a search function ON THE RECEIVER that works. I have tried to use the guide on the Internet, but there's no way to import my favorites lists online and it doesn't know the AM21 channels, which often show NCAA basketball and football when the ACC network is on CBS and Fox. Or the Durham Bulls.

    Ain't nobody got time for boolean.

    I do have Titan TV on my phone, but it also doesn't tell you what you can and can't watch in regards to sports.


    Sorry but Boolean only needs to be set up once if you are recording your teams. They are excellent at that. But yes for random sports its useless.

    I've been saying for years they need better ways to search just for sports!!!
     
  7. ejbvt

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    Maybe I don't know what Boolean is. I was referring to that CCHANs crap that really doesn't work unless you know what channels to search in. I am not sure what Boolean recording is...
     
  8. JeffBowser

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    It's when they expect you to know a bit about programming and make long complicated search strings for a simple thing such as finding a program you are allowed to watch on a channel you are subscribed to.
     
  9. inkahauts

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    Maybe I don't know what Boolean is. I was referring to that CCHANs crap that really doesn't work unless you know what channels to search in. I am not sure what Boolean recording is...


    That's it. You always know what possible channels your team is on in your market so its easy to set up once and leave it.

    It doesn't work so well if you aren't consistent in what sport and what team from one night to the next but its perfect for any one given team.

    I get all my sports teams I watch recorded (7 of them) without fail using them. I also get all
    My tennis majors And playoffs from any of the sports leagues.
     
  10. inkahauts

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    It's when they expect you to know a bit about programming and make long complicated search strings for a simple thing such as finding a program you are allowed to watch on a channel you are subscribed to.


    I should clarify my earlier statement. Boolean is perfect once set up and led alone. But it's stupid it's no an easy to use interface for everyone.

    And cig not being fixed by now should have made heads roll. Put me in charge of DIRECTV id give them 30 days and then fire who's in charge for failing. Rinse and repeat till corrected. Just no excuse after so many years. None.
     
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  11. tonyd79

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    Once more. CIG will not fix what the big topic here is, finding non-blacked out sports.

    As for the actual blackouts, if you are recording, it is more painful. If you are just roaming around and looking for a game to watch, you tune to it. If you can't get it, you haven't lost all that much time. And most of the time game search will find it. (Exceptions are MLB channel games which are a mess.) it's pretty good at finding college games.

    But again. CIG won't fix blackouts. CIG is not programs I get but channels I get. If you are in Colorado and have sports pack, you get YES but you don't get Yankee games on there without EI. So, CIG would say you get YES and you won't get the game anyway.
     
  12. ejbvt

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    Good point. I do not understand why the MLB channel - supposedly the hub of MLB - has to input their games in the guide so stupidly. They should put TeamA @ TeamB in the guide for 213 and TeamC @ TeamD for 214(-1). Why confuse the matter and be the only channel that doesn't write the teams in there?

    As for the second part, that's where I was going with the "no smoking" symbol. If there was a small symbol - like the "HD" icon in the guide - for blackouts, I would LOVE that. It would even be an improvement if the title of the game was darkened (like the distant and non-sub channels - you know, the channels that CIG SHOULDN'T show!)

    What is the Boolean string to search for All games that I can watch:

    I have the package that doesn't have premiums, second from the top.
    I have Sunday Ticket, but no other sports packages.
    I have the Spanish package, and the sports pack.
    I would prefer it to not find Nascar or any form of racing.
    No SD/HD duplicates.

    So, I would need channels 2 to 50-2, 202 to 479, 490 to 718.
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Who's going to code the MLB stuff? Tribune Media? MLB? DirecTV? With inaccurate info from MLB at times, and last minute switches, there's enough howling now when people do not understand blackout rules, or when a mistake is made by any party. Can you imagine the uproar when you fav. last minute team is shown blacked out and you find out later it was there for you to see? Or vice-versa?
     
  14. tonyd79

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    Right now, the description is the same for fios as well as directv, which means it is not coded upstream. As for changes, you put in "Game subject to change" which probably doesn't happen all that often anyway. It would be better than what they do now.
     
  15. Joke

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    I'm not sure why you're under the impression that blackouts are the only problem. I'm thinking, "Price is pitching tonight, would be fun to watch the Rays game". I search, and it comes up on a bunch of channels. I try them all (which is a _painfully_ slow process, as it takes forever for it to inform me that I don't get that channel) and I don't get any of them. Then I think "Cardinals - Dodgers sounds like a good matchup", but at this point I'm assuming it will be the same fruitless waste of time, so I say screw it.

    If DirecTV would simply throw out all the channels I don't get, it would waste way less of my time. Dealing with the odd blackout here and there would not be the deal-killer that the current system is.
     
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    Interesting, thanks for the info. What is it that the iPad app does differently from the onscreen guide or the web guide? Also, I have an Android phone and tablet -- can I get this experience on either of those?

    And now for some rage directed at DirecTV (certainly not towards you): Why, DirecTV, on God's green earth would you put functionality in the iPad app that's superior to the functionality on your website? Programming this for the web would be the easiest thing in the history of easy things.
     
  17. meStevo

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    I don't tie sports stuff to this. When random premiums and other channels have been listed under 'channels I get' for years how can I expect a nice sports blackout solution to be incorporated into it?

    Two very different mechanisms IMO.

    At some point in a pipe dream future we'll have better connected receivers, better performance, and features like these will exist.

    Until then, I'll hope for a fix to the features that have been relatively broken for years. :)

    The sports stuff should be spun out into a discussion on the TV apps, since they seem to be somewhat addressing that there on the scoreboard, suggesting where to find the program. Not my wheelhouse though so will leave it at that.
     
  18. Laxguy

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    Because the iPad is connected to your LAN, and the website goes all over tarnation. I don't know, but I suspect that bringing full IP functionality to our laptops, pad, androids, tablets via the web has many more pitfalls than the former (using only the LAN for local control and info.)
     
  19. inkahauts

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    Interesting, thanks for the info. What is it that the iPad app does differently from the onscreen guide or the web guide? Also, I have an Android phone and tablet -- can I get this experience on either of those?

    And now for some rage directed at DirecTV (certainly not towards you): Why, DirecTV, on God's green earth would you put functionality in the iPad app that's superior to the functionality on your website? Programming this for the web would be the easiest thing in the history of easy things.


    Yes there's an android version. You should check it out. Just look for directv app made by directv.


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