This isnt really the situation. Direct offers 1 free HD DVR, dish offers up to 3 HD dvrs for free, no cost. I personally have 4 DVRS with dish, 4 boxes, running 6 seperate tvs. So basically it costs $150 to add a second dvr to direct.....well thats what my retailer charges anyway, they did have a promo for like a week at the end of summer that the 2nd dvr was $50 but that was short lived. So going to free stuff to pay for equipment is the deal breaker. ...
You mean dish offers up to three of their HD DVRs free of charge to new subscribers, even their best ones?
So if I asked for say three 922s or 922Ks free of charge to sign up, dish will provide them?
If so then I will certainly give dish their due props for that over DirecTV.
... The dish list shows all your dvr recordings, upcoming and the priority on a scale from 1-100, also have a screen showing which programs are not recording due to rerun or priority has skipped them. Theres about 4 main screens of info that direct doesnt even come close to offer, its basically all by memory on direct and if someone else setup a recording other than you all you can do i browse the guide through 300 channels for the upcoming week to see whats going to be recorded or not. Big FAIL on Directs part
As others have already responded, the "To Do List" which DirecTV has featured for years on their DVRs combined with the "Series Manager," and I would add the "History" list can more than supply all of this above.
... both of thier tvs had a cinestretch, but that involves chaning that per show, per hour, per day back and forth between HD broadcast in widescreen and then SD broadcast with black bars that the receiver wont stretch at all even in original mode like it would stretch on a non local and SD channel.
OK, I'll admit its not the best solution for those in the MPEG-4 only markets who have an aversion to pillar-boxing. But before I become overly critical of DirecTV for this, does dish always supply both HD channels and an SD mirror to all their local markets?
... This mode does cut off vital info when doing this on a local with SD broadcast with black bars, it ends up cutting off the snow cancellations and other vital info
I don't really see this happen on my Wide Fit setting if the station properly positions any pertinent graphic info. in the 4:3 safe area. Even with the guide up the slight vertical and horizontal cropping that results does not really cut off any information.
... They wanted them completely seperated so they had me cancel MRV, he didnt want to see the crap she recorded and vice versa, they wanted it to be just like dish
Then I must say I'm confused as to why they chose to leave dish to begin with.
And did you explain to them that even with MRV this sort of isolation may be accomplished at option by simply electing to display only the local playlist on each box?
Or that MRV may be essentially disabled altogether by turning off playlist sharing?
... Its not really to each his own, its just a major lacking of direct with not the setup but management of recordings. HUGE FAIL!! YOu cant really bring your side in on the subject if you dont know how both systems work.
But I certainly can speak about criticisms of DirecTV as a sub. since '95. and I can't honestly say any of these are really "hugh failings."
Though as I said, I will give dish their just kudos for offering up to three free HD DVRs to new subs. if true.