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DirecTV doesnt have same remote management features as DiSHTV DVR?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dishrox, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    Hi guys,

    After being with Dish for more than 3 years, enjoying wonderful customer service, dirt cheap prices and wonderful DVR technology, I switched to DirecTV just for their MRV feature. However, I today found out that DirecTV is years behind DISH's DVR in terms of remote management. All those ads that DirecTV shows about remotely scheduling recordings etc, made me feel cheated.

    Let me explain my current understanding and maybe experts here can debunk any of my misunderstandings, if any.

    On Dish, I can remotely schedule recordings. It is as full featured as sitting in front of my DVR. It shows todays schedule, shows conflicts, allows me to schedule new recordings, shows any new conflicts, lets me resolve conflicts manually, skip recordings, shows me "record" status icon on the guide itself.

    On Direct, all I can do is click on a program in the guide and say "record". It doesnt show me on the guide itself if a program is already scheduled for recording, or if there is any conflict or let me resolve a conflict. Doesnt show me today's recording schedule, any skips, any conflicts or even when I click record on a program, doesnt show me if its already scheduled for recording. Basically, its a one-trick pony.

    On Dish, I can remotely manage my DVR disk space. It shows me whats already recorded and lets me delete, keep and manage disk space. Its extremely useful esp when I am traveling and I can decided on a daily basis what to keep and what to delete to manage my space till I return home.

    On Direct, Nothing, Nada, no sir, sorry, nothing like that.

    What gives? Feel totally cheated. I would rather get a Dish DVR with no MRV capability than this.

    Experts ... please pitch in and educate and newbie.

  2. mashandhogan

    mashandhogan Legend

    Dec 21, 2010
    You'll get used to it. There is technically actually no need to have remote management. I feel the only reason D* has this feature is if you forget to schedule a recording. Remember, D* MAY add the full remote management feature in the future. My Personal Opinion: I would now go CRAZY without MRV, so that is a winner for D*
  3. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    You are right in all your statements...
    But this one has me perplexed.

    You find more value in managing your recordings, when you are away from home.... then being able to watch those recordings in any room in your house (that has a TV and BOX) ?

    How often are you modifying your recordings remotely? VS actually watching them?

    As to feeling cheated... DIRECTV has never stated that we had those, and the feature set of our mobile apps is very well documented.
  4. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    Yes, MRV is awesome! Actually, I love how easy it is that you dont need extra cabling. Maybe my expectations for DirecTV were too high. But anyone who has used Dish remote access knows how good it is. Amazingly full loaded with features.

    As for MRV over remote access, I have two HD tvs, and we watch only one of them at any given time. So even though I love the convenience of MRV, Dish dual tuner receiver has more value and features for me, albeit the signal on second tv is SD. If and when Dish gives an HD signal on the second TV, that will beat DirecTV MRV for me.

    If and when I get more than 2 HDTVs, DirecTV MRV does more for me than Dish dual tuner.

    But it was a severe disappointment to see the DirecTV hype about remotely scheduling DVR recordings when Dish has a product (remoteaccess) thats definitely way better. I guess, thats marketing.
  5. djousma

    djousma Legend

    Jan 22, 2007
    You are talking in circles. Not sure why you bothered switching.
  6. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    If you need better remote scheduling NOW why not look into getting a Slinbox for one of the receivers, at least you'd have full access to that box for setting up recordings plus you'd be able to view video from it.
  7. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    I switched for MRV, hoping that DirecTV already has a equivalent remote DVR management feature.

    I guess the lack of a full featured remote DVR manager is an irritation than a show stopper. Also, I can appreciate MRV and still want some other feature with higher preference, cant I? :)

    Anyhow, since I already concluded with confidence, with help form this forum, that DirecTV has no equivalent full featured remote DVR manager, this thread has served its purpose.

    If anyone has any suggestions on how I may get HD signals on two different TVs (only one active at any given time) with Dish dual tuner DVR, I would really appreciate it. But from my research so far, not possible without doing one of the following:

    1) Run an HDMI or component cable from family room to bed room - not feasible for me at the moment
    2) Get an SD TV for bed room - I already have Coax running from family room to the bed room - possible
    3) Get some expensive equipment to run HDMI over coax - may not be worth the cost

    In conclusion, thanks guys for all the info. I tried to mark this thread as "solved"/"closed" .. but cant seem to do so.
  8. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    Another device .. another cable ... another power socket .. I like integrated devices than multiple devices. So that trumps my need to do remote dvr management.

    Ideally, one device to watch/record/manage DVR on at least two HD TVs. One device, one power socket, one sat cable. I am sure all you guys want that too.
  9. kmcnamara

    kmcnamara Icon

    Jan 30, 2004
    I wish people like you would stop saying that. How do you know what I need? I also switched from Dish last October and had the same unfortunate realization as the OP. You must not have been with Dish before because the remote capability is awesome.

    I have a slingbox so some of those problems are mitigated for me, but because they haven't extended MRV to allow access to all events on all DVR's, I can only manipulate the DVR that's connected to the slingbox, not the others.

    Just because you see no need for it doesn't mean other people shouldn't.
  10. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    True. I used it in its infancy and then when they enhanced it. Its absolutely amazing and DirecTV making so much fuss about scheduling from anywhere is just plain stupid. I wonder why Dish is not pushing its remoteaccess feature at all.

    Just to give a few examples of how convenient it is:
    1) You realize "House" will run over its time slot this evening by 5 mins. Log in, extend the time
    2) You go on a vacation or trip. Remotely manage disk space, recordings so you can keep your favs and skip what you like to
    3) You just saw a web ad for an interesting program for tonight, log in, set recording, resolve conflicts
    4) You just saw a web ad for a program, log in, set up series, resolve conflicts.

    Without this, I have to either run home to extend recording, or make a calendar note to setup some recording after I go home.

    Once you use it, you will miss it for sure.
  11. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I haven't really kept up with Nomad, but isn't this basically what the coming iPad app will do? Obviously that's not a complete solution if it will be iPad only. Even if you couldn't play back video, the rest of the features on Blackberry, iPhone, Touch, Android etc would be killer.
  12. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Everyone has different needs.

    I can count on one hand the number of times I've used remote scheduling at all and that's only because I travel every week and there's been a couple of times that I've forgot to schedule a new show that was premiering.

    I have no need for anything more advanced than what D* currently has and could even do without that implementation if I needed to.
  13. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    1.) Sign on directv.com & record the show after House.
    2.) Do it before you go or add a 2TB eSATA drive.
    3.) Sign on directv.com & set to "definitely record" the show.
    4.) Sign on directv.com & set to "definitely record" the show and add series recording...prioritize it later.
  14. hidef2010

    hidef2010 AllStar

    Jul 28, 2010
    Hey dishrox, quick question..... how is the picture quality (HD only) of D* as compared to Dishnet?

  15. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I have another solution, but not sure what your definition of expensive is. I did it for about $65 using 100 ft cat 6 cable, a powered HDMI splitter and some HDMI wall plates. If your interested in more details, let me know. By not adding an extra DVR, I basically broke even on the cost of the mirroring fee in a year.
  16. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    I have not found significant difference.

    One thing I did find better in dish was the program guide. You can set it up for widescreen TVs, shows more content. AFAIK, DirecTV doesnt seem to have that. But I cant say for sure if the time duration shown in Dish wide screen program guide is more than what DirecTV shows by default.

    But DirecTV seems to have the "on demand" feature now for most channels. And its probably using my broadband to download the content. Dish has the same "on demand" feature but didnt have as much selection as DirecTV. And both D's fail miserably compared to comcast "on demand" library. But thats besides the point.
  17. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    My response would be

    Why do you even MRV? Just use an SD TV in your second room or stop watching that much TV! :D

    Everyone has their preferences. What you are suggesting is not the same was what I want just like what you want is not the same as what I am suggesting.

    1) Sign on directv.com & record the show after House. - maybe. what if there is a conflict and I dont care about the show after House. Dish RA lets me configure recording as I want, including starting late.

    2.) Do it before you go or add a 2TB eSATA drive - Yes. And I do it before I leave when possible. The whole point of remote access is convenience. Plus, I will gladly add a 2TB drive as soon as you buy me one. :p

    3.) Sign on directv.com & set to "definitely record" the show. - manage conflicts?

    4.) Sign on directv.com & set to "definitely record" the show and add series recording...prioritize it later. - key point being - "later"
  18. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    Just to clarify, this thread is not to flame anyone or Dish or DirecTV or to encourage one over the other.

    I like Dish RA and I like MRV. Ideally, I want both. :)
  19. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Uh, guys, you see the username of the guy you are discussing this with?
  20. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    lol ... thats how I create my usernames everywhere. easy to remember. I got my complaints about Dish as well. :lol:

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