I have a possible solution to the progress bar appearing each time the Advance button is pressed using DIRECTV universal remote on a HR34 DVR. However, the solution is applicable only if you meet the following criteria.
(1) The constant appearence of the progress bar really annoys you while you are playing your content
(2) You have at least one DVR that is not a HR34, for example a HR20.
If you meet the two requirements above, then my solution may work for you as a temporary workaround until DIRECTV fixes this bug. However, given the amount of time this bug has been present, and the number of people that have complained about this problem, I am beginning to believe that DIRECTV isn't going to fix this issue on the HR34.
The solution involves using Whole Home DVR Service. You need to set up the service so that your non HR34 DVR, for example, a HR20, can see the content on the HR34 DVR. In my case, the content I use this technique on is when viewing NFL games. Using the HR20 begin playing the NFL game that was recorded on the HR34. Now you can press the Advance button and progress bar will NOT be displayed.
There are a couple of disadvantages to using this solution. The first disadvantage is when you press the Advance button while playing the HR34 content on the HR20, it takes about a half a second longer for the the DVR to advance to the new position than it would if you pressed the Advance button while viewing the content natively on the HR34. The second disadvantage is that the Whole Home DVR service costs $3.00/month.
The decision on whether to use this solution comes down to this basic question: Is the appearence of the progress bar, each time you press the Advance button, more annoying than an extra half second delay required to wait for the content to skip 30 seconds. The answer for me, after trying my solution, is that the progess bar is far more annoying than the extra half second delay, which is hardly noticeable to me. Those of you who have the equipment can try the solution and determine if the delay and cost are acceptable to you.
Edited by thunter913, 08 October 2012 - 10:52 PM.