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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. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Yeah ...

    And to add comical insult to injury I understand Comcast even charges right down to a small rental fee on the remote control ... :D
  2. kmcnamara

    kmcnamara Icon

    Jan 30, 2004
    I believe that refers to a common list of upcoming recording events which can be viewed on all TV's. Right now, MRV allows you to see the combined list of recordings, but not a combined list of upcoming recordings. If D* would add that, MRV would be much improved IMO. I hope they're working on it. It's frustrating to be downstairs at one DVR and wonder if I've got an event scheduled on the upstairs DVR.
  3. dishrox

    dishrox Mentor

    Dec 29, 2008
    I just realized, no pause / buffer on the second receiver. This seriously pisses me off.
  4. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Well, it's not a DVR. Can a non DVR on Dish pause and buffer? No.
  5. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I believe that the Dish HD DVRs can be set to show 3 hours by 6 channels with P.I.G.

    That would equate to seeing the networks entire evening schedule on one screen.
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Not even when it is converted to a DVR by adding a USB 2.0 hard drive can it do trick play stuff.
  7. Jodean

    Jodean Icon

    Jul 17, 2010
    This isnt really the situation. Direct offers 1 free HD DVR, dish offers up to 3 HD dvrs for free, no cost. I personally have 4 DVRS with dish, 4 boxes, running 6 seperate tvs. So basically it costs $150 to add a second dvr to direct.....well thats what my retailer charges anyway, they did have a promo for like a week at the end of summer that the 2nd dvr was $50 but that was short lived. So going to free stuff to pay for equipment is the deal breaker.

    The dish list shows all your dvr recordings, upcoming and the priority on a scale from 1-100, also have a screen showing which programs are not recording due to rerun or priority has skipped them. Theres about 4 main screens of info that direct doesnt even come close to offer, its basically all by memory on direct and if someone else setup a recording other than you all you can do i browse the guide through 300 channels for the upcoming week to see whats going to be recorded or not. Big FAIL on Directs part.

    both of thier tvs had a cinestretch, but that involves chaning that per show, per hour, per day back and forth between HD broadcast in widescreen and then SD broadcast with black bars that the receiver wont stretch at all even in original mode like it would stretch on a non local and SD channel.

    This mode does cut off vital info when doing this on a local with SD broadcast with black bars, it ends up cutting off the snow cancellations and other vital info

    they wanted them completely seperated so they had me cancel MRV, he didnt want to see the crap she recorded and vice versa, they wanted it to be just like dish

    Its not really to each his own, its just a major lacking of direct with not the setup but management of recordings. HUGE FAIL!! YOu cant really bring your side in on the subject if you dont know how both systems work.
  8. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    What??????? The 'To-Do List' tells exactly what's recording for the next 2 weeks. 'Manage Recordings' is pretty thorough.
  9. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Dude...it's called the "To Do List" which has all this info for you on DirecTV. Same thing that Tivo had. Been there since day one.
  10. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    You mean dish offers up to three of their HD DVRs free of charge to new subscribers, even their best ones? :eek2:

    So if I asked for say three 922s or 922Ks free of charge to sign up, dish will provide them?

    If so then I will certainly give dish their due props for that over DirecTV. :gott:


    As others have already responded, the "To Do List" which DirecTV has featured for years on their DVRs combined with the "Series Manager," and I would add the "History" list can more than supply all of this above.

    OK, I'll admit its not the best solution for those in the MPEG-4 only markets who have an aversion to pillar-boxing. But before I become overly critical of DirecTV for this, does dish always supply both HD channels and an SD mirror to all their local markets?

    I don't really see this happen on my Wide Fit setting if the station properly positions any pertinent graphic info. in the 4:3 safe area. Even with the guide up the slight vertical and horizontal cropping that results does not really cut off any information.

    Then I must say I'm confused as to why they chose to leave dish to begin with. :confused:

    And did you explain to them that even with MRV this sort of isolation may be accomplished at option by simply electing to display only the local playlist on each box?

    Or that MRV may be essentially disabled altogether by turning off playlist sharing?

    But I certainly can speak about criticisms of DirecTV as a sub. since '95. and I can't honestly say any of these are really "hugh failings."

    Though as I said, I will give dish their just kudos for offering up to three free HD DVRs to new subs. if true.
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    The 922 is special ... there is an extra lease fee of $199 and one can only lease ONE.
    Additional 922s must be purchased.

    Only the first HD DVR (other than a 922) is free ... additional DVRs are $99 each (lease).
    HD receivers are the same price as SD receivers. One can get three HD receivers free ... one can be a DVR at no additional cost.

    (If one needs to verify this, simply run through the options in DISH's cart.)

    DISH provides only the HD version of local channels carried in HD for customers on the "Eastern Arc" (61.5-72.7-77) satellites. When a local is upgraded from SD to HD the SD is turned off. The "Western Arc" (119-110-129) is still used by SD only equipment so the SDs remain up in MPEG2 for most of the markets on "Western Arc".

    "Eastern Arc" is MPEG4 only ... every receiver on the account must be MPEG4 - so there is no need for the SD locals as every receiver can get the HD version (and HD locals are included even if a customer does not subscribe to a HD package). For non-local channels DISH is still transmitting the SD versions even on the MPEG4 Eastern Arc.
  12. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    One can use the same argument about anything, there is technically actually no need to have a DVR as one can watch the show. Convenience, impulse and laziness are three good reasons I have used to remotely program my DVRs. I may be away from home base when I learn about an upcoming program, for example the new Larry the Cable guy program on History. He was promoting the show on XM radio and when I got to work I was able to use my Android app to program my dvr. During the Hockey All star game my son was visiting his Mom. He called and asked me to set the all star game on his DVR. I was able to do it from my chair downstair, rather than having to go to his bedroom to program the DVR.

    Wether one needs all the features the OP is requesting, I don't know. I certainly don't however I can respect the OP's need.

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