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Transfer series manager settings from DVR A to DVR B

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#21 OFFLINE   sb999


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:56 PM

This. A thousand times this. Our DVRs are nearly always net-connected. We can control them from the Internet - tell them what programs to record and such from Directv's web site or smart phones. No reason they can't receive and store settings from the DVR to be able to restore them if needed for a failure or replacement. Or the data could be stored on a smart phone for that matter. We're not talking content here. At least I'm not. All I care about are the settings.

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#22 ONLINE   harsh


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:17 PM

Networking is pushed hard, but it isn't required in all situations. It also requires that the new machine and the old machine are on speaking terms (not always the case with a DVR that is being replaced). The age-old suggestion of backing up to "the cloud" could work but it requires an Internet connection where there might not be one.

The "other guys" use a bidirectional remote to store the recording preferences and as long as you back it up before it is to late, it works pretty well. The "other guys" also provide a method of archiving the content for playback on (or transfer to) a new DVR.

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#23 OFFLINE   TomCat


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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

The best workaround so far is to take photos of the SL list pages. Not great; you still have to recreate them. And if a DVR dies suddenly, its too late. But that idea at least works and is not a pipe dream we are all holding our breath for.

Not a fanboy, but if Apple had bought Tivo and DTV things would be very different by now; probably much more like the vision we have seen on this thread.
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