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After Home Media Center, NOMAD and HDGUI, what's left?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Herdfan, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Nov 28, 2011 #41 of 101

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    They are working on both...The new boxes are significantly faster, and the new GUI is also vastly improved speedwise
  2. Nov 28, 2011 #42 of 101

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    If MRV networking features are more than a year down the road, I would like to have DirecTV2PC to be able to view each DVR's ToDo and SML. Doesn't have to be a network total view, individually would be fine at this stage.
  3. Nov 28, 2011 #43 of 101

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    Well i am not to excited about a HDGUI but a plan on getting the receivers that we want at a reasonable price would be nice on this end,would like to add more programing options and pricing but i rely doubt that it's going to happen.
  4. Nov 28, 2011 #44 of 101

    kevinwmsn Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    1) I want to see video transfer.

    2) Fully manage the DVR from another device(another DVR/receiver/smart phone/tablet)

    3) Collabarative recordings on DVRs.. This might be resolved with the 5 tuners on the HR34...

    4) Be able set a time for the box to do its maintance. I don't want to hear the DVR hard drive in the bedroom while I'm trying to sleep.

    5) Fix/Finish Mediashare ... allow higher bitrate videos(more than 8/9 meg) want to allow 19.2 mpeg2 OTA or better so I can stream my myth box to it without comprising quality.

    6) More transition to mpeg 4 for the remaining SD only stations.

    7) If they can get to the point, get core HD programming on Ku to avoid some of the rain fade on Ka.

    8) Continue to improve on the HDGUI, show more time, more channels. Better response time from the remote. It still has issues where button presses don't register.

    9) Ability to turn off the ring via menu.

    I'm sure I'll think of more....
  5. Nov 29, 2011 #45 of 101

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    While I understand the desire for collaborative scheduling, I'm not sure I want the box making those decisions. It probably would not be an issue for me with 5 DVR's, but setting up priorities for for recordings while leaving tuners open for Live TV might just be logic that the box can't do as well as a person. It would take a lot of settings to get it right and could confuse the average user.

    Do like the idea of being able to shut it down during the overnight hours.
  6. Nov 29, 2011 #46 of 101

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    While the last 2 years have seen lots of new technology, hardware, and related services launched...I suspect the pace will slow down over the next 2 years.

    Still...there are likely some "new" things up DirecTV's sleeve...
  7. Nov 29, 2011 #47 of 101

    bobcamp1 Icon

    Nov 8, 2007
    But they keep sending out the old boxes, and the new GUI isn't all that faster. It's noticeably faster, but still lags quite a bit. An older-GUI HR24 still runs circles around an HR21 with the new GUI.

    I think my HR24-200 is sluggish using the old GUI. Which it is when compared to other DVRs from Dish or FIOS. After you use those boxes for a while, then go home to an HR24, you realize that the D* DVR is obviously underpowered.
  8. Nov 29, 2011 #48 of 101

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    I wouldn't say the new gui is real slow unless you are on a scoreguide enabled channel and use TV Apps. There is def. a bug that slows the UI to a crawl if you leave the scoreguide enabled channel after using TVApps and you didn't properly enter then exit scoreguide with the remote.

    Other than that I see some delay between pressing the button and the initial guide (or menu) display which can leave you thinking "did I push it?". A simple screen fade or merge transition would mitigate that because display animations provide "feedback" that YES I DID push the button and we are on our way there! (See any modern day PC/Mac/Tablet or smartphone user interface).
  9. Nov 29, 2011 #49 of 101

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Maybe spend 2012 tweaking and improving what we already have instead of coming out with something new.
  10. Nov 29, 2011 #50 of 101

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    People luv new stuff. People get mad when you tweak old stuff, even when you make it better.
  11. Nov 29, 2011 #51 of 101

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I agree with you on this point. Even with the new HD GUI, the delay before the Guide or Playlist appears, does leave me wondering if it recognized the command. Eliminating that lag would be best, but if not your suggestion would help.
  12. Nov 29, 2011 #52 of 101

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Whenever I turn on a movie, I want my DVR to make me some popcorn.
    And if I turn on Cinemax late night programming... well, I'll let you guess what I'd like my DVR to make for me... :p

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  13. Nov 29, 2011 #53 of 101

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    You need to be considerably more specific about what this entails.
    These are DVRs, not database servers.
    I think you may be confusing downloading of preload content as "maintenance". I'd like to have the ability to turn off preloading altogether.
  14. Nov 29, 2011 #54 of 101

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    They may not be database servers, but I wonder how much can be computed in the cloud?

    Cue disclaimer *active Internet connection required for some advanced features
  15. Nov 29, 2011 #55 of 101

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    As there seems scarcely enough horsepower and memory capacity to keep one machine happy with recording and playback duties, setting up a distributed computing model seems unlikely.
  16. Nov 29, 2011 #56 of 101

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Yeah that's why cable operators are turning to the cloud with their next gen software. Thing is that they control the pipe and can use the DOCSIS modem inside the box for high speed 2-way communication. The cloud idea makes sense because it's easier to update the "system" than it is to push updates out to millions of different set tops and all the different make and models.

    True a nice DirecTV DVR could be powered by a Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 CPU or maybe an Intel CE 4100 and that would give it the oomph more on par to the new handheld smartphones. I mean look at the thousands of apps and all the fine graphics processing these days. I guess the design of the current set top box was baked when ARM CPUs just couldn't be justified for the price per performance in volume. Oh well... With broadband connections, hard drives and further optimization; I still think we can squeeze more life out of this generation platform, hopefully next gen is more on par with an ipad2 or better in terms of resources.
  17. Nov 29, 2011 #57 of 101

    gaperrine AllStar

    Dec 7, 2002
    Dexter MI
    It would be nice to be able to select a clip from a recorded program and save it. Being able to re-title the clip would also be nice.
  18. Nov 29, 2011 #58 of 101

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I am intrigued by the new ads for uVerse in my area. Advertising their wireless set top boxes. Plug it in to 110v, connect your tv via HDMI and thats all that is required.

    Maybe someday the HR34 will evolve with a Wireless N or better access point/server, and C30's will be wireless receivers. Huge win for Directv installers not pulling coax everywhere lowers acquisition costs and could make it easy to take that 32" LED/LCD outside in the nice weather. And sooner or later, build the wireless RVU into the TV.
  19. Nov 29, 2011 #59 of 101

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Wow! When did you get DIRECTV installed?
  20. Nov 29, 2011 #60 of 101

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I'll bet the coax would cost less overall than the amount of money it would cost to have wireless built into all boxes, and the time troubleshooting headaches getting them to all talk consistently and without signal issues.

    I am very curios to see what the long term feedback is for uverse wireless. I'm not yet convinced.

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