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Active button

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by MRM, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. MRM

    MRM AllStar

    Sep 10, 2008
    I'm sorry if this has already been beat to death, but I don't get anything to come up with my red active button. I got the screen without anything on it. When I tried it again last night, nothing at all came up. Do I have to be connected by a phone line or network cable to get that feature?
  2. knew001

    knew001 AllStar

    Sep 13, 2007
    Mine just started working yesterday. Weather Lottery numbers etc
  3. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    The active button isn't red . . .it's second from left of the 4 above the Select button - and labeled 'Active'. I actually hate it because it's close to the pause button and dumps the live TV buffer if you hit active.

    The red button is either skip back 12 hours in the guide or delete in the playlist.
  4. shmengie

    shmengie Godfather

    Apr 12, 2007
    City of Angels
    thank god i'm using an harmony (550) remote: i never have to think about that p.o.s. active button anymore.
  5. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    I agree. Thinking about ripping it right off the remote myself!
  6. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

    Oct 4, 2006
    As far as I'm concerned there's no point in even hitting it on purpose. It's so slow that it's worthless.
  7. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    The active button on the remote is the Bankrupt on the wheel of fortune. It is the “00” slot on the roulette wheel. It is like your foot slipping off the clutch and stalling the car.
  8. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    No longer a problem. Just ripped it off all my remotes and covered the hole with duct tape. No more accidental Active for me! Seriously, it's like it's downloading it on an old 33.6 Kbps modem lol
  9. sda3

    sda3 Mentor

    Nov 29, 2005
    ooh that ticks me off when I do that....I hate that button
  10. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I tried out the Active button some time ago, but the results were so slow in appearing and I had to reprogram my weather choices every time there was a software update that I gave up on it.

    Not quite ready to rip the button out yet...
  11. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Thank God I have only used the Active Button Once!!! :lol:
  12. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    I understand the vitriol (I've dumped my buffer that way on occasion) but maybe that's exactly the OPs problem, that it comes up so slow he thinks it isn't doing anything.

    Actually, its a whole lot faster than DISH's application of same about 5 years ago. I use it once in the morning for weather (easier than going to the net, faster than local chs or the weather channel) and I find it quite useful in that regard, it's just that there isn't any other practical application, other than maybe customer help. If they could get my local traffic on it I could use that instead of the net each morning.

    It would also be a lot less annoying without the useless video PIP. Allow us to program our favorite channel (or current channel being watched) into that PIP, and I might use it more. Especially if you could exit "Active", and return to the previous channel with the buffer intact.
  13. fredandbetty

    fredandbetty Godfather

    Jan 28, 2007
    Just started acting up here..... we always used it at least once a day
  14. romulox

    romulox AllStar

    Jun 22, 2007
    to the OP..

    A few days ago I used the active button for the 2nd time in my 2.5 years with the HR20. The active channel stayed blank, as you describe, for about 1 full minute while data loaded. The channel eventually came up. No network connection is required; all data came through the satellite. I was able to switch between weather, horoscope, lotto numbers, and whatever else with about a 15 second delay between each option.

    have a good one...
  15. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I thought the Active Button was Yellow.
  16. tgr131

    tgr131 Legend

    Apr 9, 2007
    I use the Active Button daily. I have my harmony remote programmed to mute the TV when I hit the Active button. Usually, I'm just checking the weather forecast, and I usually bring it up, engage in personal hygiene, come back, get my info and hit the hay.

    I like the feature. YMMV.

  17. johnp292

    johnp292 Mentor

    Mar 16, 2009
    I guess that answered my question before I asked it....which was going to be "Is there any way to change the channel in the PIP window in ACTIVE"?

  18. barryhammond

    barryhammond Cool Member

    Sep 12, 2007
    I hate the active button a little less than the PIG, but still hate it.
  19. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    It has been over 2 years since my finger accidentally hit the active button. I want to thank all of you for your support that day in talking me down and I'm sure many lives were saved.
  20. ke3ju

    ke3ju Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    I like your ideas. I might only add that it should be in high def wide screen.


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