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