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A new reason to hate how stupid DTV programmers are

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by TomCat, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    So dramatic. There's another easy option... Get a H25 or any non DVR, keep it tuned to a channel you never watch or record, and watch everything through MRV.
  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    If they work for you, then they either work against someone else, or they have so many options and permutations its unreasonable. Some want a PIG, others don't want it in a different location, larger, smaller. Some want a clock on the front panel, others don't. Screensaver on or off, and those are just a few of the requests I remember.
  3. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    This is rarely a problem for me but on occasion I hit mute. I'm usually focused on the playlist or guide so I don't see the video. Since your old work around doesn't work anymore this one might.

  4. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    I have no idea what various cable providers offer as far as Tivo hardware. I'm pretty sure some have deals with Tivo to resell their equipment, but I don't know what form that takes. I'm not sure what difference it would make whether I'm buying from Tivo or from my local cable company as far as offering an option to disable program in guide. Why would Tivo be more likely to offer this ability than Directv or a cable company?

    This isn't allowing them to make more money like having ads in the menu/guide screens, it is just for convenience. I like that I can look up something in the guide while I'm watching a program and have the program continue in a small window during this process. If I'm recording something that I don't want "spoiled" I know that when I turn it on, like when I was recording the Masters this past weekend, shortly after I start it up but before my TV is fully 'on' I must hit the pause button so I won't accidentally hear something that might ruin it for me.

    If I was really concerned about it I would disable it entirely, but it's not a big deal to me. I don't know why Directv or others wouldn't offer the same, aside from the rather obvious fact that the more things there are for people to tweak the more complicated support becomes. If customers aren't demanding it they don't provide it, and since there is a simple workaround (pause or mute) they probably don't put a high priority on it.
  5. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    One more idea, works perfectly for me: If I'm to spend more than a few seconds with the PIG active*, I first tune to a PBS channel. Never a score tip, or spoiler of anything. And you might hear a tidbit of interest.

    *If I go to List, I generally know what I want to select, so I am there all of 2 seconds; no need to change channels or mute.
  6. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    Yes, some cable provides offer the TiVo Premier as their DVR. The one that comes to mind is Cox, there are others. It is a retail Premier with the Netflix, Hulu, etc. replaced by the Cox VOD. In this case you would call Cox for support.
  7. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    I've always loved the PIG, since for me I tend to play with the remote and browse through the guide, playlist, and settings/todo while watching/listening to sporting events and/or the news most nights and weekends.

    As for not being spoiled with content from a show that's recording ...

    In the old days of a only a 2-tuner DVR, I'd quickly change to another channel, or I'd mute the TV if two recordings were in progress while keeping my eyes just the Playlist.

    Since 2010, ever since I upgraded to a Genie, I no longer have any issue, because with the 5 tuners of the Genie I never have a recording going on in the foreground, and if by accident I happen to be on a channel that I am recording then I just quickly change the channel.
  8. KSbugeater

    KSbugeater Godfather

    Feb 17, 2005
    While I am not as cranky as TomCat about it, I agree that taking away our ability to shuttle control the PIG/PIL was definitely a loss for me. I understand the functionality of the FF/REW buttons, but couldn't we have kept PAUSE?
  9. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    No, because on the new remotes play and pause are the same button and play is used in the PIL to start a recording.
  10. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    I guess we got so spoiled on TV that we argue about every little detail, but to each there own.
  11. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    If DirecTV would have used a different IR codeset for the new remotes, they wouldn't have had to disable stuff on our exiting remotes to get the new ones to work the way they wanted.

    This is one of the few decisions DirecTV has made that I am unhappy with.
  12. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    And face age discrimination. Doubt me?

  13. mikek

    mikek Godfather

    May 17, 2007
    Yes, my family members are very confused when they try to pause the PIL and then some show that happened to be highlighted starts playing.
  14. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Why would they change their IR codeset? That would be nuts.
  15. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Why would it be? Come out with a new IR codeset that only works with the new remotes. You know, just like they did with the RF frequency/codes.

    That means all of the old remotes and old receivers could continue to work just the way they have for years, and people with them don't have to change anything. The old remotes could even work with the new receivers and still control them just like the old receivers (like you would still be able to pause in the guide if you had an old remote and an HR44).

    However the new remotes would only work with the new receivers (although it may be possible they could add the new IR commands to the old receivers with a software update). On those receivers the new remotes wouldn't be able to pause in the guide because the pause and play command are the same and it wouldn't know which you were trying to do.

    Not sure why you think this would have been that big of a deal, unless you thought I meant change the codesets for the old remotes/receivers, which is definitely not what I meant.
  16. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    And obsolete all the Harmony remote setups, or other smart remotes, out there if you upgrade or get a unit with a new IR codeset as a replacement? No thanks... All because people don't want to have to hit pause before bringing up their playlist? Doing that is not that "big of a deal" to me.

    I agree taking away the functionality sucks but it's water under the bridge now and completely changing the IR codeset is not the answer.
  17. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Again, coming up with a new codeset for the new remote wouldn't change anything for anyone that already has an old receiver and remote.

    Also, Harmony and other smart remotes would still work just fine as Logitech would update their remote database with the new IR codeset so anyone who gets a new receiver and wants to use the new codeset would be ok too. Logitech adds new remote IR codesets to their database all the time as new electronics are released. Do you really think that Sony TV this year uses the exact same IR codeset as one from 10 year ago, no sony came out with a new IR codeset, and Logitech added it to their database so it works fine now. Every now and then you might have to learn the Ir commands, or wait a couple weeks for Logitech to get the IR commands from the manufacutrer, or get another user to learn them all, but eventually the codeset will get added. I remember when I first got my Toshiba HD-DVR player, half of the IR commands were missing since it was a brand new IR codeset. A couple weeks later most of the commands were there, but they still didn't have the discreet power on and power off commands. I actually emailed the HEX strings for the commands to Harmony support and they were able to get them added too. That is the whole point of these internet enabled programmable remotes, their device libraries can constantly be updated. That's why my Harmony 880 manufactured 6 years ago can still control new devices that come out every year.

    As far as it being water under the bridge, yes it is now. But it was a very poor decision on DirecTV's part. When is the last time you heard of Samsung changing their remote design for the new TV they were coming out with, and because of that they changed how all the old remotes worked on their old TVs. That doesn't happen, and it shouldn't have happened here either.
  18. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    As I said in my last post it would change everything for them if they got an upgrade or a new receiver as a replacement.

    Yes, Harmony does update their database but you'd rather see customers required to modify their Harmony setup because you can't be bothered to hit pause before bringing up the playlist? Come on...

    Your Samsung TV example is comparing Apples to Oranges. Samsung wouldn't send you a new TV as a replacement for a bad one without a new remote.
  19. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    I like the PIG. It lets me still sort of watch and listen to programs while searching for something else. In fact its too small for me. I like the blue button mini-guide. I just wish the mini-guide had a user configurable option to display more than one row at a time. I'd set mine to 3 like the mini-guide on Cable's I-Guide, or 4 like the mini-guide on Comcast On-Screen Guide 2.0.


    But for those of you who don't like the PIG, I don't see why they couldn't just put in a user configurable option to use a Comcast 2.0 style "Max guide". That way everyone can choose the view they want.


    Comcast / Xfinity On Screen Guide 2.0 guide view examples: http://info.xfinity.com/Portal/content/Comcast/VideoMicrosites/onscreenguide2/tvlistingfeatures.aspx#tvguideviews

    Comcast / Xfinity On Screen Guide 3.0 aka X1 view examples: http://xfinity.comcast.net/x1/
  20. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    We've been told many times that "user configurable options" isn't something DirecTV does these days.
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