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The DIRECTV HD DVR - 5 Years and Getting Stronger

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#1 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 09:56 AM

The DIRECTV HD DVR – 5 Years and Getting Stronger


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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.


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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

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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)

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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.

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#2 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:00 AM

Pervious Articles:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four


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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:17 AM

Great summary of the "year that was", guys! :up:

Nice to see that DirecTV continues to innovate, and is not resting on its laurels.



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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:18 AM

I'm happy that, except for 3D support and WHDVR on the H20, DIRECTV's been able to add all the new features/functions over the years to the existing HD hardware platforms. Keep up the good work DIRECTV!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:23 AM

Nice job Scott and Stuart for putting this thread together.

Fixed :lol:

Edited by JACKIEGAGA, 22 August 2011 - 10:42 AM.




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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:39 AM

Nicely done Scott and Stuart!
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:40 AM

I'm happy that, except for 3D support and WHDVR on the H20, DIRECTV's been able to add all the new features/functions over the years to the existing HD hardware platforms. Keep up the good work DIRECTV!

I agree. For me, it turned out fortunate that the H20 was incompatible, my wife decided it was time to get a second DVR to replace it. For a while, I was a bit ticked that I couldn't put on a USB network adapter.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:46 AM

Thanks all, Scott did the heavy lifting here. I was happy to collaborate.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 11:06 AM

Very nice work Scott (and humble Stuart).

IT helps gain an appreciation for how fast things are really moving on the technology side, as well as all the new things we have seen evolve in a reasonably short period of time.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 11:36 AM

Nice job! Great insite on the progression of the HDDVR!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:15 PM

Thanks all, it was fun to go back through the last year and see all of the cool updates.


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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:34 PM

Best receiver I have ever had, and seems to be getting better. HR24-500. Great thread guys!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:09 PM

So, contrary to some opinions we did receive something last year in return for the annual rate increase. :)
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:14 PM

Nice, steady, thoughtful progress over the past 5 years.

Looking forward to how we end 2011. :)

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:34 PM

That's all great progress, but as an existing customer you don't get access to the latest technology. Instead we have top deal with slow DRVs, while new installs get the latest and greatest.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:35 PM

I appreciate the software improvements implemented this year including the new info banner and quick tune. The new iPad app also shows great promise. However, the software is still too buggy. As much as I'd like to see an HD-resolution guide with more customization options, I'd really like them to take a few months and just focus on getting the bugs out and optimizing the code.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:42 PM

As much as I'd like to see an HD-resolution guide with more customization options, I'd really like them to take a few months and just focus on getting the bugs out and optimizing the code.

From statements made earlier this year, it appears that "optimizing the code" and a new HD-GUI may go hand-in-hand... :grin:


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Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:58 PM

Hard to believe that these have been sitting around so long. Maybe time to visit the electronics graveyard.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 03:46 PM

Always cool to see all of the new stuff compiled in one place! Thanks!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 03:58 PM

I signed up for Directv earlier this month and have been enjoying the HR24 and H25 I received. I like Directv's DVR much better than Dish Network's, and even noticed some features I missed when I had a Tivo several years ago. I experienced a couple of glitches with the HR24 (weird sound and locked up when I hit the 8 second back button too fast) but nothing that a restart didn't clear up. Overall I'm very happy, I get the Rockies in HD full time, and free Sunday Ticket for one season. Satisfied customer! :D

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 05:52 PM

They have came a long way since these came out, but they still got a ways to go. I'm hoping for faster GUI and Channels I Get that works would be great for next year's goal. Getting Media Share better would be a bonus...
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 11:27 PM

Wake me up when the iPad app gets to the PC.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:35 AM

Well, I just don't get it. The HR2x's are loud and don't do much that a modified TIVO couldn't do years ago. The interface looks like something from a 1980 Atari. Still a long way to go IMHO.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:55 AM

Having an HR20 replaced by an HR24 last Friday got me to thinking about this very subject.

Faster, smaller, quieter, cuter, much more advanced in capability.

I'd say that's a success.

Equipment includes a buncha stuff that I no longer have interest in detailing

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:33 AM

What would be interesting to see would be a side-by-side feature comparison of the various models, from HR20-700 to the latest HR24. How do they compare in command response, channel changing, HDMI compatibility, hard disk size, supported modes (whole house, 3D, OTA), etc?

Maybe this exists here someplace, but I don't seem to find it. Maybe this would make a good "annual report."
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