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The DIRECTV HD DVR - Year 6


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#1 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:22 PM

The DIRECTV HD DVR - Year 6

Ok, those of you that have been around a while may have noticed the title isn't quite right, it should really be Year 6.34 but it just didn't sound right. This has been one of the most exciting 16 months for the HD DVR and it all started with the release of the HDUI. (High Definition User Interface) This was a long time DBSTalk wish list item that brought new life into the older HD DVR line. We were treated with faster and crisper menus, guides and playlists.

http://www.dbstalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31010&d=1358639869
HDGUI First Look



Another exciting introduction was the Nomad, a new piece of equipment that connects to your HD DVRs over your home network that you use to load recorded content on to your mobile device. Android support coming *Soon*. You can keep the programming on your mobile device for 30 days before it's automatically deleted. Best of all, a one time charge for the Nomad and no monthly fee.

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nomad™ First Look



Year Six brought us two of the most wanted receivers, oddly enough both receivers were not wanted by the same people, most really wanted one but didn't think much of the other. I'm sure you know what camp you are in. At least you generally agree on your favorite satellite TV provider.

First out of the gate was the HR34-700, once thought to be the HMC-30 and now referred to as the Genie. DIRECTV teased us with this receiver at CES in years past and with its release in late 2011 has quickly become the DVR of choice when it comes to the "Power User". This big boy sports 5 Tuners, PIP (Picture-in-Picture), 1 TB HDD, and the ability to serve up to 3 simultaneous streams of MRV (Multi-Room-Viewing). Later in 2012 the Genie was "released" and we were introduced to Genie Recommends, a feature automatically records programs that you might like and stores them in a special area of the hard drive that doesn't affect normal playlist storage.

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HR34 First Look


Next was the HD DVR to satisfy some of the most loyal of all DVR users, the THR22-100 TiVo. While it may not have some of the features of the DIRECTV HD DVR models, it does have the old familiar TiVo interface and peanut remote that many of us started out with. Oh, don't forget, ba-doop ba-doop ba-doop.

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TiVo First Look


Late last year was the release of the first RVU (R-View) client, the C31-700 now know as the Genie client. A super small "Tunerless" client that uses a tuner from the Genie server for live TV and offers full trickplay capability and playlist playback for the feeling that you are using a regular HD DVR. You can also schedule recordings just like you would from any other DVR.

http://www.dbstalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31012&d=1358640048
C31 First Look


It has been a very exciting year, Ok 16 months ;), for DIRECTV subscribers and we already know that next year will be even more exciting with the coming release of the HR44 Genie and a few other goodies that we can't quite tease yet.

HR44-700 First Look

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Edited by Scott Kocourek, 19 January 2013 - 08:00 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:10 PM

Previous Articles:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

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#3 OFFLINE   samrs

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

Thats pretty nice cuz, brings back memorys, some bad.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:08 AM

The first year with my HR20 was a rocky experience...too put it lightly. :nono:

The memories of having to be home to make sure the DVR actually recorded an important program somewhat defeated its purpose.... But 6 years later my HR20 records and plays back like a champ. :)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:34 AM

Nice!
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:30 AM

"...few other goodies that we can't quite tease yet." Now that's just downright mean. ;)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:43 AM

Lots of memories, hard to believe it's only been 6 years. The only thing I remember before HD DVRs is me saying "I'll never need on of those" :lol:
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:48 AM

Lots of memories, hard to believe it's only been 6 years. The only thing I remember before HD DVRs is me saying "I'll never need on of those" :lol:

IIRC, I paid about $700 for my 30GB Phillips TiVo, back in 1999. The Sony Sat-T60s I bought for DirecTV were a relative bargain at about $500 each. My first couple of HR10's cost me about $1100 each with tax, at Circuit City! :eek2:

Edited by Steve, 20 January 2013 - 12:59 PM.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

Thanks for the nice synopsis Scott. Good job.

I remember my TiVo too. Got it in '01. 80GB, I think, for about $700. Things are so much better now. It's been a fun ride. :)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

Some good memories.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:52 AM

Nice summary Scott!

It has been a busy year indeed....almost makes one wonder what 2013 will bring.

One way or the other....I'm sure we'll see something *soon*. :D
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:48 PM

[nitpicking]
Unfortunately for us [perhaps small group of EE or HW enthusiasts] the reports/PDF become less and less informative. Perhaps latest has more fanfare about features what easy obtainable by clicking remote on your coach.
No more technical specs like CPU, RAM, chipsets, SATA levels, etc.
Sad trend ... Sure J6P will be benefited for now. :(
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:57 PM

IIRC, I paid about $700 for my 30GB Phillips TiVo, back in 1999. The Sony Sat-T1s I bought for DirecTV were a relative bargain at about $500 each. My first couple of HR10's cost me about $1100 each with tax, at Circuit City! :eek2:


Good memory - I forgot that I had a Sony Sat

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

I recall something N. of $700 for a Samsung receiver, HD?? MPG2 only? No recording? What a memory I have this morning.....:(

But some great summaries!
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#15 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

Good memory - I forgot that I had a Sony Sat

I actually mis-remembered the name. :P Sat-T60
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

[nitpicking]No more technical specs like CPU, RAM, chipsets, SATA levels, etc.
Sad trend ... Sure J6P will be benefited for now. :(
[/nitpicking]

Probably has something to do with the fact that the specific hardware plays such a small part in the experience. Creeping featuritis and sloppy programming have all but negated most hardware advances so discussing this chip versus that clock rate is really quite irrelevant if you can't do anything that will positively improve the platform.

Discussing chipsets does little more than support arguments about why brand X's DVR performance compares so poorly with brand Y's.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

well, I recall we had good discussions into Broadcom chip's functionaries back to days...

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

I still have my old Sony SAT-T60 on a shelf somewhere in my basement, still works too. I think I got that back in 2001 or 2002

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

well, I recall we had good discussions into Broadcom chip's functionaries back to days...

You and one or two others. For the overwhelming majority, they've come to the realization that the underlying hardware (as disparate as it may be from one manufacturer to the next) isn't as important as what DIRECTV does (or doesn't) do with it.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

no, no harsh

here is close analogy - cars
you can't just discuss max speed, sits and mirrors with fog protection ... it come to the engine, power, etc - technical info is not wasted info !




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