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#26 OFFLINE   mstenbrg

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:40 AM

Seems like their stated requirements are a little high. I have it running fine over 802.11g with a video card that is not on the supported list.

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#27 OFFLINE   mstenbrg

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:51 AM

I dont understand what is so great about being able to watch a Tv program on your PC, when you could just watch it on your TV. If you were able to get it on your PC away from your house that would be different.

You can buy a new Plasma or LCD TV these days plus get another reciever setup for less money than a PC that plays 1080P. Dont think that I am against technology. I love it. Its just I dont really see the big benefit. I have a Panasonic Tough Book CF-30 that I would love to watch some of my shows on while I am out in the real world working. Could you imagine being in a remote place in the world and being able to watch your programs from your STB? That would be cool.


You can now watch TV on a laptop outside.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:20 AM

I know that I am a little late to comment this one but I did want to express how impressed I am with the new format. “Great job!”, to all those involved.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:20 AM

I believe you can do MRV right now with this software, just only recorded shows. You can put the software on multiple computers.


My version, and I think the classic definition of MRV, uses the Sat tuners as hosts and not PCs.

Dish can do this and has for some time, why not DTV?

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:14 PM

Here's a vote for DIRECTV2Mac! I've run both Parallels and VMWare, and I'm not sure my Macbook has the horsepower to run DIRECTV2PC in a VM, based on what I see are the PC requirements...
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:31 AM

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DBSTalk.com, in cooperation with DIRECTV, is proud to provide our readers an exclusive first look at DIRECTV2PC, the innovative software solution to allow for multiroom viewing over a PC!

Thanks to Doug Brott, dettxw and Grentz for authoring this First Look!

DIRECTV2PC First Look

Note: This software has a fairly high requirement for the PC, and you must be using version 0x0290 or later on your host DVR.
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:55 AM

I've split out the discussion and troubleshooting, please let's keep this to pre-download questions and general impressions.
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 11:04 AM

The new discussion thread:

http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=143143
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#34 OFFLINE   papa_azteca

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 06:33 AM

I am very impressed! I can see using this when my kids fight over what recorded programs to watch, especially when my 2-yr-old wants to watch something the other kids do not. I'll just sit him at the computer and let him watch his recorded programs.

I want to thank those on DBSTalk.com for a great First Look (like the new PDF style) and DIRECTV for building a relationship with those here at DBSTalk.com in order to offer these sneakpeaks. I don't know of many companies that have done this.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:18 AM

I dont understand what is so great about being able to watch a Tv program on your PC, when you could just watch it on your TV. If you were able to get it on your PC away from your house that would be different.

You can buy a new Plasma or LCD TV these days plus get another reciever setup for less money than a PC that plays 1080P. Dont think that I am against technology. I love it. Its just I dont really see the big benefit. I have a Panasonic Tough Book CF-30 that I would love to watch some of my shows on while I am out in the real world working. Could you imagine being in a remote place in the world and being able to watch your programs from your STB? That would be cool.



I like it cause while my son is watching mickey mouse I can watch some of my shows on my laptop, also if you want to watch a live show just press record and you can watch it while its recording.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:51 AM

This works great on my laptop (Vista) until O hook it to a TV (S Video) then it aon't work, my desktop (Vista) won't show video, it has a video card that can output too a TV. Is this some kind of protection? I need to upgrade my monitor/card for my old XP machine, can anyone recomend a combination that will work. I want LCD in the 26"+ range. Thanks,
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 03:23 PM

I love the concept, but I've lost total interest on account I cannot use my PC HDDs for storage purposes. D* need to fix that, if they want me to participate. I'm sure there's a way to figure out how to make stored shows and movies on PC HDDs non-uploadable or transferable.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 10:15 PM

I know that I am a little late to comment this one but I did want to express how impressed I am with the new format. “Great job!”, to all those involved.


I just got mine installed and up and running and I must say I am truly impressed :eek2: ... I played one of the HD recordings and it really looks like its in HD.

Good Job guys..... YOU ROCK!!!! :joy: :biggthump :allthumbs :icon_hroc

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 04:46 PM

I finally got mine to come up after updating my drivers for my video card. How do I get switch recievers. I saw two when I first loaded it, now I only see the first one I picked. How do I get over to the other one.
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Posted 25 October 2008 - 05:02 PM

I finally got mine to come up after updating my drivers for my video card. How do I get switch recievers. I saw two when I first loaded it, now I only see the first one I picked. How do I get over to the other one.
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Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:56 PM

works great. good job D*.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:26 AM

I dont understand what is so great about being able to watch a Tv program on your PC, when you could just watch it on your TV. If you were able to get it on your PC away from your house that would be different.

You can buy a new Plasma or LCD TV these days plus get another reciever setup for less money than a PC that plays 1080P. Dont think that I am against technology. I love it. Its just I dont really see the big benefit. I have a Panasonic Tough Book CF-30 that I would love to watch some of my shows on while I am out in the real world working. Could you imagine being in a remote place in the world and being able to watch your programs from your STB? That would be cool.


Especially since you can only watch shows that are currently being recorded on you DVR? Unless I'm misunderstanding, why would you record a show on your DVR, then watch it on your PC at the same time? I'm also a technology nut and this may work for some, but I'm not sure it's worth allocating the bandwidth for.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:29 AM

I am very impressed! I can see using this when my kids fight over what recorded programs to watch, especially when my 2-yr-old wants to watch something the other kids do not. I'll just sit him at the computer and let him watch his recorded programs.

I want to thank those on DBSTalk.com for a great First Look (like the new PDF style) and DIRECTV for building a relationship with those here at DBSTalk.com in order to offer these sneakpeaks. I don't know of many companies that have done this.


I guess this would be a good use for it. Live TV viewing would be more practical for my use since we always have a TV available for DVR viewing, but this is a start.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:30 AM

Especially since you can only watch shows that are currently being recorded on you DVR? Unless I'm misunderstanding, why would you record a show on your DVR, then watch it on your PC at the same time? I'm also a technology nut and this may work for some, but I'm not sure it's worth allocating the bandwidth for.


You can watch ANY show recorded on your DVR, INCLUDING ones currently recording.
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:49 AM

Especially since you can only watch shows that are currently being recorded on you DVR? Unless I'm misunderstanding, why would you record a show on your DVR, then watch it on your PC at the same time? I'm also a technology nut and this may work for some, but I'm not sure it's worth allocating the bandwidth for.


This really comes into its own when you have a second hr20 and a laptop.
I always have my laptop by the couch here and I used to use slingplayer to watch stuff on the second hr20 in my bdrm. The sling i have is the regular sd model and the fact that I dont have to blow money on a hd model which wouldnt work this well anyway is great.

This saturday, i was able to keep up with all of the important college games at the same time. Recording 4x games and watching 2 of them at once, all on hidef, switching back and forth.

My wife thought me a damn fool and she's probably right, but this my friend is tv heaven.

btw its also great when you're playing video games on your main tv.
I was on the ps3 and had the world series on the laptop, which i think is the only way to watch baseball, especially if you dont give a rats as$ about either team :)

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 10:09 AM

btw its also great when you're playing video games on your main tv.
I was on the ps3 and had the world series on the laptop, which i think is the only way to watch baseball, especially if you dont give a rats as$ about either team :)


Why even bother watching if you don't care about either team :confused:

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 09:04 AM

I can't get rid of the Status Bar when playing shows on my PC from my HR-21 or my HR-20. How do I get rid of it, it so annoying, it is unbearable to watch!!

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 09:22 AM

I dont understand what is so great about being able to watch a Tv program on your PC, when you could just watch it on your TV. If you were able to get it on your PC away from your house that would be different.


Agree. Now if I could download to my PC and watch it at leisure, THAT would be something to get excited about IMHO. It would be nice if DTV asked for some customer input as to what features we would like to see rather springing some rather useless band width hogs "bells and whistles" like VOD and DTV2PC on us.

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 11:34 AM

I can't get rid of the Status Bar when playing shows on my PC from my HR-21 or my HR-20. How do I get rid of it, it so annoying, it is unbearable to watch!!


The status bar on my laptop disappears shortly after I move the mouse cursor off the screen. Drag it up/down/right/left.

It would be nice if the status bar disappeared anyway after a short time delay, like the Caller ID popup does on the TV screen.
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Posted 30 October 2008 - 06:46 PM

I've been running it on a new quad-core Dell XPS420. I have a power-line ethernet network between the HR21-700 and the computer. Works great! No stuttering. Looks great on my 24 inch LCD too! Good Job DirecTv!




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