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DIRECTV wins PC Magazine Reader's Choice Award

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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:38 AM

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Many people prefer to rent their DVRs from the company that provides their TV service. Good for you, if you're a DirecTV customer.


Here's the article.

They still rank TiVo best among the standalones, although DIRECTV DVRs outscore TiVo for those getting a new device in the last year.

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#2 OFFLINE   SPACEMAKER

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:40 AM

There is a reason D* is number one.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:33 AM

Well deserved.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:00 AM

Way to go, DIRECTV® Team!
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:15 AM

The HR series is the main reason why D* is my provider of choice.

They clearly limited their scope to purpose-built consumer devices. This being PCMag, you'd think they'd at least mention that there are PC-based DVR solutions you can own.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:32 AM

I'm one who can compare four DVRs (Windows 7 Media Center, TiVo Premiere, Cablevision 8300HD, and DIRECTV HR2X). Each DVR has some drawbacks, and except for the 8300HD, each has a few unique features that are unique and/or great. Without a doubt, though, I find DIRECTV is the easiest DVR to use on a daily basis for setting recordings, for browsing for programs, and for playback.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:30 AM

Congrats to the team for designing and bringing to market a nice, solid, easy-to-use DVR.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:42 AM

Congrats to DirecTV and the HR team.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:52 AM

Two big thumbs up!

Boy, they've come a LONG way since "day 1" :)

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:25 PM

DIRECTV HD DVRs have made an amazing difference in the way my wife and I watch TV. Greatest thing since sliced bread in this household. Great work DIRECTV!
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:10 PM

After being an HR user since day one, until 3 days ago. Now I am a Dish DVR user. The HR series is way beyond the Dish one in just about every respect.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:11 PM

I remember back in the day all the Tivo snobs who would rip on the Directv DVR. Especially the first HD model. Well, there were some minor software issues that got fixed rather quickly. It turns out Directv's DVR is really a nice product. I like it better than my old series 2 Tivo.

Nice one Directv!!

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:38 PM

Congrats to the team for designing and bringing to market a nice, solid, easy-to-use DVR.

Dave


I'm quite happy with my HR20-700 today and no doubt the HR series now numbers among the finest HD DVR lines in the industry.

But make no mistake, the initial design and bringing to market was rough going and it took some number of months for these things to "solidify".

Anybody who can still remember the acronyms "IKD" and "BSB" can attest to that.

When the HR20 first came out it definitely hit the ground stumbling.

However to DirecTV's credit they took charge of what could have been a complete fiasco and initiated a program of progressive, incremental fixes and improvements. Santa came to town. Elvis left the building and that blossomed into what is today the CE program...a rousing success by all accounts.

So give them credit where credit is due. The HR series today is top notch. They have rebounded in a big way from a rough start and in the process fostered an industry leading, one of a kind beta testing and development program for these boxes.

But this thing was in no way ready for prime time when it was first shipped. They put out a half-baked product because they apparently felt they could do themselves even more market harm by waiting until it was ready. When you recall just how bad the HR20 was initially that's actually pretty hard to believe but they went to market with what they knew full well was a buggy box.

So kudos for what it is. Forgiveness for what it was.

Way to take lemons and make lemonade, DirecTV. :lol:
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:39 PM

I agree that Directv dvr,s are very good especially with all the advances with whole home connection.Original box HR20-700 was a beast from 9/2006 till this week when it started to go and was replaced with HR24-100.My wife and I rely on them for 90% of our viewing of TV .

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:03 PM

The HR34 is the best DVR on the planet earth.

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For the concept of recording programs, and watching them, no better.

Edited by Sixto, 04 November 2011 - 04:11 PM.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:45 PM

GOD how i wish directv had added all these features to the new hd tivo as well as there new hr34 dvr! that way they could of had the best of both worlds!

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:13 PM

I've just had my FiOS DVR for over a month. It's a huge improvement over my five-year-old HR20 that I sent back to DirecTV last week.

HD GUI shows 2 1/2 hours of programming, for example.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:21 PM

I've just had my FiOS DVR for over a month. It's a huge improvement over my five-year-old HR20 that I sent back to DirecTV last week.

HD GUI shows 2 1/2 hours of programming, for example.

Yeah - I'm sure comparing a 6 year old DVR with something that just came out in the past 18 months from FIOS is a reasonable comparison...

The HR24's are far superior to the FIOS DVRs in numerous ways - and yes - I have seen and used both extensively.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:28 PM

HD GUI shows 2 1/2 hours of programming, for example.


That's not at all compelling for a number of folks. The DIRECTV® online guide defaults to 3 hours, and I can set my Titantv.com guide for six hours if I choose (I don't)
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:52 PM

The HR24's are far superior to the FIOS DVRs in numerous ways - and yes - I have seen and used both extensively.

HR24 vs 7232 (with 1.9) is actually fairly close, dead heat. HR34 is better then both.
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