Last year DIRECTV blurred the line between HD DVR and regular HD receivers with the introduction of the Whole-Home DVR service. This year they improved that service by adding their newest HD receivers the H25-500 & H25-100. The small size and the major speed of these receivers make them the perfect partner for any Whole Home DVR setup.
DIRECTV's commitment to offering HD Locals to as many customers as possible was extended again this year with the addition of the newest Over the Air tuner for the HD DVR: the AM21N. This connects to any HD DVR HR21 and newer and incorporates your over the air channels right into your guide. The matte finish matches the latest model HR22s.
DIRECTV Application for iPad
DIRECTV's iPad app gives you the power to control any networked HD receiver in your home, scroll the guide or your playlist, set recordings, check out what the latest DIRECTV cinema movies are playing, or even check the score of your favorite game.
Wireless Digital Cinema Connection Kit (WDCCK)
Are you looking for a way to connect your HD DVR to the internet to have access to DIRECTV Cinema and DIRECTV Apps without having to run extra cable in your home? This wireless adapter works with all setups: those that have SWiM as well as those that do not. Plug it in, set it up and forget about it, it just works.
This year DIRECTV added some new software features to the HD DVR's making them much more user friendly including:
- Cover Art for programs in the Guide and Playlist. This makes each show you highlight in guide or list pop out and be easier to recognize.
- Smart Search was enhanced to give Top Matches, now when you type in your search the feature will not only show what you are looking for but will include other programs that are close to what you were originally searching for giving you more options.
- Trailers were added to DIRECTV Cinema giving those with an internet connected HD DVR the ability to watch the movie trailer before choosing to purchase the movie.
- YouTube was added this year to the list of features on the HD DVRs and now you have the ability to search for your favorite YouTube video using Smart Search and watch that video right on your TV.
- This year also included a new Enhanced Channel Banner. You now have more options on the Channel Banner including the newest feature Last 4, the ability to see the last four shows you were tuned to and tune directly to those programs. The new Channel Banner also includes features like adding a channel directly to your favorites list and turning Closed Captioning/DIRECTV Subtitles on and off.
- DIRECTV added support for External Drives with Advanced Format 4k Sectors giving users the flexibility to add large external drives to their HD DVR's to increase storage.
What's coming next? We don't know for sure but the buzz is all about the HR34 Home Media Center DVR, the new High Definition User Interface and the Nomad. Keep your eyes open for the DBSTalk.com First Look. The future is bright.
Scott Kocourek and Stuart Sweet