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DIRECTV wins PC Magazine Reader's Choice Award

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Nov 4, 2011 #1 of 52
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Here's the article.

    They still rank TiVo best among the standalones, although DIRECTV DVRs outscore TiVo for those getting a new device in the last year.

    Not bad....
  2. Nov 4, 2011 #2 of 52

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    There is a reason D* is number one.
  3. Nov 4, 2011 #3 of 52

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Well deserved.
  4. Nov 4, 2011 #4 of 52

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Way to go, DIRECTV® Team!
  5. Nov 4, 2011 #5 of 52

    LoopinFool Icon

    Aug 31, 2007
    The HR series is the main reason why D* is my provider of choice.

    They clearly limited their scope to purpose-built consumer devices. This being PCMag, you'd think they'd at least mention that there are PC-based DVR solutions you can own.

    - LoopinFool
  6. Nov 4, 2011 #6 of 52

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I'm one who can compare four DVRs (Windows 7 Media Center, TiVo Premiere, Cablevision 8300HD, and DIRECTV HR2X). Each DVR has some drawbacks, and except for the 8300HD, each has a few unique features that are unique and/or great. Without a doubt, though, I find DIRECTV is the easiest DVR to use on a daily basis for setting recordings, for browsing for programs, and for playback.

    <john sterling>DIRECTV wins! DIRECTV wins! DIRECTV wins!</john sterling>
  7. Nov 4, 2011 #7 of 52

    drded Godfather

    Aug 22, 2006
    Tucson, AZ
    Congrats to the team for designing and bringing to market a nice, solid, easy-to-use DVR.

  8. Nov 4, 2011 #8 of 52

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007
    Congrats to DirecTV and the HR team.
  9. Nov 4, 2011 #9 of 52

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Two big thumbs up!

    Boy, they've come a LONG way since "day 1" :)
  10. FHSPSU67

    FHSPSU67 CE'er & Retired Engineer DBSTalk Club

    Jan 12, 2007
    Windber, PA
    DIRECTV HD DVRs have made an amazing difference in the way my wife and I watch TV. Greatest thing since sliced bread in this household. Great work DIRECTV!
  11. crabtrp

    crabtrp Legend

    Sep 23, 2006
    After being an HR user since day one, until 3 days ago. Now I am a Dish DVR user. The HR series is way beyond the Dish one in just about every respect.
  12. fikuserectus

    fikuserectus AllStar

    Aug 19, 2006
    I remember back in the day all the Tivo snobs who would rip on the Directv DVR. Especially the first HD model. Well, there were some minor software issues that got fixed rather quickly. It turns out Directv's DVR is really a nice product. I like it better than my old series 2 Tivo.

    Nice one Directv!!
  13. HarleyD

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    I'm quite happy with my HR20-700 today and no doubt the HR series now numbers among the finest HD DVR lines in the industry.

    But make no mistake, the initial design and bringing to market was rough going and it took some number of months for these things to "solidify".

    Anybody who can still remember the acronyms "IKD" and "BSB" can attest to that.

    When the HR20 first came out it definitely hit the ground stumbling.

    However to DirecTV's credit they took charge of what could have been a complete fiasco and initiated a program of progressive, incremental fixes and improvements. Santa came to town. Elvis left the building and that blossomed into what is today the CE program...a rousing success by all accounts.

    So give them credit where credit is due. The HR series today is top notch. They have rebounded in a big way from a rough start and in the process fostered an industry leading, one of a kind beta testing and development program for these boxes.

    But this thing was in no way ready for prime time when it was first shipped. They put out a half-baked product because they apparently felt they could do themselves even more market harm by waiting until it was ready. When you recall just how bad the HR20 was initially that's actually pretty hard to believe but they went to market with what they knew full well was a buggy box.

    So kudos for what it is. Forgiveness for what it was.

    Way to take lemons and make lemonade, DirecTV. :lol:
  14. spaul

    spaul Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    I agree that Directv dvr,s are very good especially with all the advances with whole home connection.Original box HR20-700 was a beast from 9/2006 till this week when it started to go and was replaced with HR24-100.My wife and I rely on them for 90% of our viewing of TV .
  15. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    The HR34 is the best DVR on the planet earth.


    5 tuners


    MRV (with 3 streams)

    For the concept of recording programs, and watching them, no better.
  16. celticpride

    celticpride Icon

    Sep 6, 2006
    GOD how i wish directv had added all these features to the new hd tivo as well as there new hr34 dvr! that way they could of had the best of both worlds!
  17. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I've just had my FiOS DVR for over a month. It's a huge improvement over my five-year-old HR20 that I sent back to DirecTV last week.

    HD GUI shows 2 1/2 hours of programming, for example.
  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Yeah - I'm sure comparing a 6 year old DVR with something that just came out in the past 18 months from FIOS is a reasonable comparison...

    The HR24's are far superior to the FIOS DVRs in numerous ways - and yes - I have seen and used both extensively.
  19. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    That's not at all compelling for a number of folks. The DIRECTV® online guide defaults to 3 hours, and I can set my Titantv.com guide for six hours if I choose (I don't)
  20. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    HR24 vs 7232 (with 1.9) is actually fairly close, dead heat. HR34 is better then both.

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