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DBSTalk Exclusive - First Look at Upcoming 721 L1.13 Software!

Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by Scott Greczkowski, Feb 7, 2003.

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  1. UpOnTheMountain

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    buist,
    Nice idea. Sort of a script list for recording ... hmmm .... that could lead into some pretty powerful tech features.
    It seams that a script hook should be very do-able.
    Something like :
    1. SearchAndRecord,ExactMatch,Protect,Item="Six Feet Under"
    2. PVRList,AnytMatch,Delete,OlderThanDays="30",Item="Law & Order"
    3. SearchAndRecord,AnyMatch,Item="CSI"
    4. PVRList,AnytMatch,UnProtect,OlderThanDays="14",Item=""
    5. PVRTune,MatchFirstPVR,AtDate="033103",AtTime="22:00",Item="CSI"

    :)
     
  2. rcwilcox

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    Scott:
    One thing I noticed when I was using mine in closed caption in PIP was the closed caption was for one of the inputs no matter which input was the main picture. That would seem like a bug. What would be really cool would be if that were selectable. Ie choose close caption from the small or big pic that way you could listen to one and watch the audio on the other. What does everybody think of that and has anybody else seen the same thing?
     
  3. DmitriA

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    I've noticed the same thing too - it does not do that all the time, just sometimes. However, occasionally it is quite useful - you can watch one channel and read what the people are saying in the PIP of the other :D
     
  4. Scott Greczkowski

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    Hey never tried that. :)

    (I don't know where my origional TV remote control is to turn on the Closed Captioning)
     
  5. DmitriA

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    Well, if they ever get around to fixing this bug, I vote for some sort of ability to switch closed captioning between the main and pip window! :)
     
  6. Apr 1, 2003 #126 of 189
    Paul F.

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    They need to be able to switch audio program between main and PIP window. Watching a program with closed captioning is too distracting.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2003 #127 of 189
    Jacob S

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    Thats a lot of info to view at once, the main screen, small screen, and PIP all at once.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2003 #128 of 189
    krlauver

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    I do not use the PIP much but think I would use it more if the way it worked was reversed. When changing channels it leaves the channel in the small screen alone and changes the big screen right? Well suppose I want to watch and listen to a show and flip through the channels just to see what is on? I know the guide is there but sometimes you want to just change the channels.

    If the big screen remained on the channel you want to watch along with the audio and the small screen changed for you without the audio I would use it a lot more.

    Do you think they could add a preference for this so that those that are happy with how it works can have that and those that want the reverse can select that as well?

    thanks for reading ...
     
  9. Apr 3, 2003 #129 of 189
    DmitriA

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    I think the major problem is the lack of buttons on the remote to implement much of the additional functionality we would all love to have. Overloading buttons to do multiple things is really not a good idea.
    Maybe one option is to put some additional things on the keyboard if that thing ever comes out. But frankly, I wish they had thought this through prior to releasing the product and put a couple of additional rows of buttons 'reserved for future use'. They should certainly do that for the upcoming 921
     
  10. Apr 3, 2003 #130 of 189
    Big Bob

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    One feature that I haven't heard anyone ask for is the ability to set how many past versions to keep of a show that is on a repeating timer.

    Suppose if you have a timer to record the news every night. You could choose to keep only one broadcast so that it doesn't fill up the hard drive so quickly. Or choose to keep the last 5 broadcasts, so you can alway go back one weeks worth. Should be rather easy to implement.

    This way you could have lots of recurring timers and not run out of space so fast.

    $.02
     
  11. Apr 3, 2003 #131 of 189
    dbronstein

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    My old Replay had this feature. I personally had no use for it because I don't record anything I want to auto-delete if I don't watch, but it definitely has its uses.

    Dennis
     
  12. Apr 3, 2003 #132 of 189
    Jacob S

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    Seems similar to the protect feature in a way to where you can reserve a show and then the ones you do not want to reserve it will just delete it off automatically when the hard drive needs to write over a show to create a new one.
     
  13. Apr 4, 2003 #133 of 189
    Big Bob

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    Yeah, but for that to kick in, the hard drive needs to be full. And then the oldest unprotected file will be deleted. And fill up the pvr list with a whole bunch of shows.

    This would make everything neater and give you more control.
     
  14. Apr 4, 2003 #134 of 189
    jcrash

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    I also like the idea of a "Keep X# of shows" primarily for news and other daily shows which I would like to record in case I want to watch, but I really dont want to have to get in there and clean them out.
     
  15. Apr 4, 2003 #135 of 189
    Bill D

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    I posted this as an idea somewhere. I end up cleaning up the hardrive every few days just to kill the kid's shows. Be great if they would go away after XX of days..
     
  16. Apr 5, 2003 #136 of 189
    BobaBird

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    You gotta give it about 6574 days (18*365+4 leap days):D
     
  17. Apr 5, 2003 #137 of 189
    Big Bob

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    That would be one way to do it. It would have it's place for some situations.

    If I had to choose, I would rather have "keep xx number of episodes of this timer" .

    Make me really happy and add both !
     
  18. Apr 7, 2003 #138 of 189
    goblin

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    I agree Big Bob. We have this great piece of technology in our hands, so why not make our lives easier and cut out some of the manual disk management by adding an autodelete mechanism. If it's an optional feature, then everyone will be happy.

    My wife often records lots of rerun shows but rarely gets around to watching them all. Eventually the disk fills up and some shows go away, though in my opinion, this is a rather poor way to handle disk management. Plus I hate to have to scroll down pages of "Friends" or "Law & Order's" just to find something I'd like to watch. Folders would help some, but I think it would be really nice if these kind of bulk recordings just get stale after awhile and disappear.

    While it's simple to purge them periodically, it's still a tedious manual process that could be automated. Providing an option to place a limit on how many (unprotected) shows could be saved by a timer, or an autodelete time period (per show) would be an easy to understand and apply form disk management.
     
  19. Apr 7, 2003 #139 of 189
    jimcx

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    If we ever do get folders, it would be nice to be able to designate a folder as "autodelete" with an option of Number of hours of programming within the folder (maybe in increments of five to make it easier - 5 hrs / 10hrs / 15 hrs) or number of same-titled shows before autodelete begins.
     
  20. Apr 7, 2003 #140 of 189
    BobMurdoch

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    it would be easy do.... "automatically delete after x days" where x can be selected by the user
     
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