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Capitioning & the Mute Button

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Bay CIty, Feb 23, 2007.

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  1. Bay CIty

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    One feature I would like to have implemented on the hr-20 is this:

    If I am watching my television via an over the air antenna (antenna is plugged into the back of the tv, and not connected to the HR-20). If I hit mute on my tv remote captioning automatically come on the screen.
    Now if I am watching via HR-20 if I hit mute captioning will not pop up on my screen.

    How hard would it be to implement this feature into the HR-20 so one would not have to sort through the menu to get captioning?

    Thanks
     
  2. say-what

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    I don't know how difficult that would be, but I've seen it before....can't recall when or where, but I have seen that used in the past and thought it was pretty neat...
     
  3. Earl Bonovich

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    The one problem I see with that...
    Is that it could be a physical remote issue.

    If the MUTE button sends out the signal to your TV and to your Receiver.
    Then it would have to have had the ability already programmed into it, to send a command to the HR20.

    As well as then also listen for Volume Up/Down to un-mute (or wait for another command).
     
  4. MizzouTiger

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    I'm pretty sure my DirecTivo R-10 unit does that with my Toshiba CRT.
     
  5. Bay CIty

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    My directv standard def dvr (HDVR2) manufactured by Hughes does it, but my HR-20 will not.
    very simple just press mute on the HDVR2`s remote control and the captioning come on the screen, press mute again and it goes off.
     
  6. Tom_S

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    The problem is the captioning is generated by the HR20 itself. It does not pass the information to the TV to decode. This is due to High Definition being progressive scan. So in order to do what you want the remote would have to(upon pressing the mute button) mute the TV and tell the HR20 to start displaying captions, and then back again. Some TV, mine included, come out of mute by pressing volume up or down, this would also have to accomplish the above. Does not sound possible to me.
     
  7. Earl Bonovich

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    As tom pointed out, that is your TV doing that... not the DTivos
    The DTivo is sending the closed caption information, along with the video signal.
     
  8. jcormack

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    That is your TV doing that - the CC is being done by your TV while in mute-mode - the SD D* box is passing the CC embeded in the S-Video or composite signal. Evidently the the HR20 on HDMI or Component has to do it instead of the TV. My Hitachi & Toshiba units have a setting to Toggle Auto CC On/Off.
     
  9. Bay CIty

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    I understand that Earl and Tom but I wish the HR-20 could do that as well, should be simple to fix?
     
  10. Bay CIty

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    so if I ran a S-video or comosite cable in addition to a HDMI or component cable
    and switch to that input it would work as well?
     
  11. Earl Bonovich

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    I think it would have to be something with the TV.
    The TV would have to be able to take that data from the HDMI (or component), and then turn it on.

    What the HR20 is doing, it is overlaying that BEFORE the image goes to your TV. And that aspect of it, I don't think it can do... at least not with the stock remote.

    I mean... I am sure the unit is capable of accepting a command that will turn on CC... but I don't think it can be the MUTE button of the remote control, unless they some how enable a "learning" mode on the HR20, so you can hit your now programmed MUTE button (setup for your TV or receiver) and it can learn that code as the one to turn on CC.
     
  12. islesfan

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    I think a simple solution would be to assign the CC toggle to a single button (one of the color ones?). Granted, you would have to hit two buttons to mute/CC, but it would be better than having to go into the setup menu to turn it on/off, since many people like myself, tend to use CC sparingly (like when you just can't hear what Jack Bauer just mumbled even after re-winding 5 times). No one in my house is deaf, but we call it "parent captioning" since we have a 5 and 6 year old, and they know how to make noise just as Poirot says "So the murder is ..."
     
  13. Bay CIty

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    WOW! getting instant answers from everone thanks all
     
  14. Bay CIty

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    This is the same reason that I use it for a toggle would be a great fix and simple for D* to impliment
     
  15. jcormack

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    Don't know.....you can test it.............
     
  16. Doug Brott

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    Press & hold Mute (or another button) to toggle Closed Captioning On or Off is one of the items that will be on the new HR20 Wish List. You can find this and other items in the discussion thread.
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    That's a good idea. :)
     
  18. Bay CIty

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    Great lets get this one going
     
  19. Doug Brott

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    There's a precursor list up now. I'm not going to post the link because the list is subject to change when it goes "live." Check the link in my previous post (or my sig) if you want to see the results of the previous HR20 Wish List.
     
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