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Compensation for a crappy box

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by spivey, Apr 29, 2007.

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  1. hilmar2k

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    The European versions of some Harmony remotes do, the 885 and 785. Newegg.com was selling the 885 for $180, but they have been out of stock for a while. I was holding out for the 885, but I am way too impatient, so I ordered the 880. That and I cannot recall the last time I used one of the four colored buttons.
     
  2. LOBO2999

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    I hate the remote and I have had issues with recordings on HDNET Movies , Blade Runner for one, voice missing , Picture breaking up and I did record them at the same time on the D Tivo HR10- and didnt have a problem, I have to hit pause 2 times to get it to pause ,same with play. Still not happy with no DLB. I have not call to try and get anything from them, but I am sure it would be movies.
     
  3. Earl Bonovich

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    Well I do agree... the remote is an issue.
    The remote was designed 3+ years ago...as universal remote for the Stand Alone boxes... to control a VCR as a secondary device...

    IMHO... they do need to re-design the remote, to be DVR centric first... everything else second...
     
  4. hilmar2k

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    Maybe the could private label a Harmony. :D
     
  5. Earl Bonovich

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    But then again...the Harmony was designed to be a universal remote, that is customizable.... Universal/Programmable first... not necessarily DVR first.

    I have had 3 different model's of Harmony's and I have returned them all, as I simply didn't like them enough to offset the cost.

    IMHO... the one and really only thing I miss from my TiVos... is the peanut..
     
  6. hilmar2k

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    The peanut was great at controlling the Tivo, and a piece of crap at controlling anything else. If they copied the peanut, I wouldn't use it anyway, as I need a good universal remote. The Harmony is the best of both worlds, IMO.
     
  7. Earl Bonovich

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    And their in-lies the difficulty of creating an OEM remote...
    There is no one perfect solution for the OEM.

    Hence why... the Universal (and the Harmony line) remote market is so vital.
     
  8. spivey

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    Sweet Sejenus* this thread went off topic. I really didn't mean to start another flame D*/HR20 thread, but looking back on the subject I see that was inevitable.


    *Deity in R. Scott Bakker's "Prince of Nothing" series....the phrase just rolls off the tongue; and its hard to offend anyone with fictional blasphemy.
     
  9. chris-in-hills

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    I think I created the fork in the road on this one. The thread's title got me started...
     
  10. Earl Bonovich

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    It's okay...

    "Crappy Box" opens the discussion, to compare thoughts on what is Crappy.

    And it is not really a flame war... just a discussion of difference of opinion.

    Your initial post is valid, as you had an issue... and if you feel you should be compensated... call... make your point... and see what happens.
     
  11. JFHughes08088

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    I got a new HR20-700 box for $199 and it didn't work. They replaced it with a refurb. Upon complaint that I didn't pay $199 for a refurb, they agreed to give me the re-furb for $65.00
     
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  13. bonscott87

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    I've had the HR20 for 8 months now. I've hardly ever used the colored buttons in any of the menus. Only time I've ever used them is the blue button for the mini-guide and in various interactive applications. One other use is moving forward or back in the guide by 12 hours.

    True, but Tivo does the same thing. If I look in my season pass for CSI and choose "view upcoming" menu item, it will show me dozens of CSI's on all channels.

    On the search finding channels you don't get, I hear you. It's being addressed.

    And as for CSI, why use a search? If you know you want the CBS version, pull up the guide to CBS, hit the menu button, change the date and time to Thursday at 9pm, you'll see CSI there then hit the record button twice to setup a series link. One button record is the top feature of the HR20. When I first got it I just pulled up the guide to prime time, one touch record all my shows, use the green button to go forward 24 hrs, rinse repeat for the entire week. Viola, I just created 2 dozen series links in less then 5 minutes.

    Yes, when you first setup a series link it will schedule the first episode reguardless. It's what it does (for good or ill). It's just fine doing first runs only after that. Just ignore that first episode, cancel it if you wish. You'll be just fine. :D

    Not really. I'm sure it's a part of it but they went their own way for a lot more reasons then that. Have a common interface with all receivers, VOD, stop the hacking, etc.

    Instead of pushing play coming out of a FFW, hit replay instead. It will jump back very similar to the Tivo autocorrection. And if it wasn't enough hit the button again. I can FFW2 with 1-2 replays and it works great. If I went to far I just keep hitting replay until I'm at the start of the show. Tivo autocorrect now drives me nuts cause if I miss it I have to rewind then hit play again. Oops, autocorrection got me the other way, rewind again and so forth. I find using FFW with replay is a lot less keypresses, at least how I use it. Took me about a week to get used to it.

    As for the remote...I never use it. First thing I always do is learn all the functions to my MX-700 and the stock remote goes to the remote graveyard....never to be seen again. :)
     
  14. veryoldschool

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    It should have a label on it saying so. [Of course it might not be there as it did come from D*].
     
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