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HR2x and R22 0x034C - Discussion


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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 04:13 PM

This is the discussion thread for all MPEG-4 DVRs, software version 0x034C.

Release notes:
http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163484

Issues Only thread:
http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163486

Please feel free to discuss all aspects of this release in this thread. However, while a certain amount of ranting is expected, forum rules are still in effect and we ask that you refrain from personal attacks and statements you cannot defend.

Edited by Doug Brott, 29 August 2009 - 01:44 PM.


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#2 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 04:24 PM

Apparently someone has received a new national release:
http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163476

Enjoy .. It will likely be staggered and take a few weeks to reach everyone.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 07:49 AM

While I do not have one myself, based on previous reports, it will be interesting to see how HR22 users report on this new National release.

In the past, there were some performance "issues" apparently, and this release should show some noticable signs of improvement along those lines.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:16 AM

Its obvious what some of these features and improvements are, but some are not so obvious - can anyone explain what some of these are? I saw a YouTube video about DoublePlay which was very helpful, but I can't find specifics on these other features. Thanks in advance.

New features

* TVMail
* Live Extension

Improved/Updated

* 1080p/24 TV compatibility
* Series Link deletion from To Do List
* Conflict Information on To Do List

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:25 AM

And what doubleplay means.....

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:26 AM

Its obvious what some of these features and improvements are, but some are not so obvious - can anyone explain what some of these are? I saw a YouTube video about DoublePlay which was very helpful, but I can't find specifics on these other features. Thanks in advance.

New features

* TVMail
* Live Extension

Improved/Updated

* 1080p/24 TV compatibility
* Series Link deletion from To Do List
* Conflict Information on To Do List


We'll have a better set of documentation up later today, but quickly ..

TVMail is basically the messages that you access via your DIRECTV remote.

Live Extension is a feature that prompts you to add more time when setting up a recording of a live program (Football, American Idol, etc.)

1080p/24 TV compatibility basically means that some sets that may have been having problems will work correctly now with 1080p programming.

Series link deletion from To Do List .. pretty much what it says here. Previously you could not delete a series link from the To Do List. You had to go to the prioritizer to do this.

Conflict Information on To Do List .. There is more detailed information provided in the To Do List when there is a conflict. If, for example, you were scheduled to record 3 programs at the same time (impossible with only 2 tuners), then it should now be even more clear as to why that third program is not recording.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:27 AM

And what doubleplay means.....


DLB sort of.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:28 AM

And what doubleplay means.....


You can "play" 2 programs at the same time and toggle between the two of them. If you are familiar with Dual live Buffers, This is what DoublePlay is. I even know who came up with that name :D :P.

Check this thread out: http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163476
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:32 AM

what is meant by audio/video improvements specifically?

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:39 AM

what is meant by audio/video improvements specifically?


Who knows they don't release specifics about each issue they just give information on what aspects they have changed but not what changed for each item.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:55 AM

what is meant by audio/video improvements specifically?

Typically those are performance improvements and minor User Interface cleanup and enhancements.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:01 AM

They've inproved the audio clarity of the Brrrriiiip and the video stays black longer. :lol: (just kidding of course, no idea what it means).

what is meant by audio/video improvements specifically?



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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:07 AM

We'll have a better set of documentation up later today, but quickly ..

TVMail is basically the messages that you access via your DIRECTV remote.

Live Extension is a feature that prompts you to add more time when setting up a recording of a live program (Football, American Idol, etc.)

1080p/24 TV compatibility basically means that some sets that may have been having problems will work correctly now with 1080p programming.

Series link deletion from To Do List .. pretty much what it says here. Previously you could not delete a series link from the To Do List. You had to go to the prioritizer to do this.

Conflict Information on To Do List .. There is more detailed information provided in the To Do List when there is a conflict. If, for example, you were scheduled to record 3 programs at the same time (impossible with only 2 tuners), then it should now be even more clear as to why that third program is not recording.

Thanks Doug - that helps a lot.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:23 AM

There's a great First Look at the Fall 2009 Update here:

http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=163505

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 11:42 AM

Wow guys! DLB finally? I don't believe it.... Its been such a long wait, and just in time for football season. Live extensions is another goodie that I will be happy to have. I get so pissed when recording baseball and miss the 9th inning in a close game!

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:06 PM

I have been waiting for this since the days of my HR250 TiVo.

This is the reason TiVo was the best it ever got. I used these things like mad.

Now, I'm going to love my DirecTV box.


When we finally get it. I called the VP of CS's office this morning and they dont have anything on this software build lol. I found that hard to believe since there are people with the build already. Thats pretty abnormal.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:20 PM

When we finally get it. I called the VP of CS's office this morning and they dont have anything on this software build lol. I found that hard to believe since there are people with the build already. Thats pretty abnormal.


Why would you call the VP of CS's office to ask what's in the release? Is the information provided here not enough?
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:36 PM

When we finally get it. I called the VP of CS's office this morning and they dont have anything on this software build lol. I found that hard to believe since there are people with the build already. Thats pretty abnormal.


I personally have mostly given up on any areas at DirecTV which formally interact with the public being on top off the latest happenings and disseminating technically accurate information on their systems and pretty much have to rely on forums like this one or SatelliteGuys nowadays.

To me it seems the technical people who really know what's going on at DirecTV do not answer phones, e-mails, or post to internet discussion groups with the public.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:42 PM

Why would you call the VP of CS's office to ask what's in the release? Is the information provided here not enough?


I didnt call to see what was in the release. I called to see when I might get it.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:47 PM

I didnt call to see what was in the release. I called to see when I might get it.


Staggered ands Random, as was mentioned at the beginning of this thread. CS would never have this info...

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:48 PM

Staggered ands Random, as was mentioned at the beginning of this thread. CS would never have this info...


I expected the VP of CS's office to have something on it if its officially in the field. I figured for sure if its out they had to have some kind of a schedule. Guess not.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:48 PM

I didnt call to see what was in the release. I called to see when I might get it.

Administration folks don't keep intimate tabs on production items - at any company.

This is likely how most companies would have handled it.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:50 PM

Administration folks don't keep intimate tabs on production items - at any company.

This is likely how most companies would have handled it.


I guess this is the IT/CS part of me coming out. I work for a gaming company and there is no way we can release a version of software in the field and not have information on it. Guess every company is different.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:55 PM

I guess this is the IT/CS part of me coming out. I work for a gaming company and there is no way we can release a version of software in the field and not have information on it. Guess every company is different.

Again.......you contacted the adiminstrative area. Rarely a source of production information at any company....

I work for a Fortune 500 provider of software, and can assure you that few in administration have a clue on versions and their contents. Thats what Operations people are there for.

By the way....the thread on the rollout clearly states that while the release has recently started....it may take time to get across the country. This has been the case with almost every update the past few years.

There is also a detailed description of the release contents.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:57 PM

Again.......you contacted the adiminstrative area. Rarely a source of production information at any company....

I work for a Fortune 500 provider of software, and can assure you that few in administration have a clue on versions and their contents. Thats what Operations people are there for.

By the way....the thread on the rollout clearly states that while the release has recently started....it may take time to get across the country. This has been the case with almost every update the past few years.

There is also a detailed description of the release contents.


I read that the first time but was just curious if I could find out when my area was slated thats all.




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