DIRECTV2PC v5717 - Issues & Discussion

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  1. Nov 1, 2010 #861 of 1021
    ejjames

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    I have been using DIRECTV2PC successfully on 3 separate systems since it was introduced. I have found one thing to be a constant, but have found no one to back me up.

    We all know it's a 2 channel app for now. When I record anything in HD, the sound is stereo. However, when I play back a show from SD, such as The Soup or Mad Men, the result is a MONO recording. If I go to the main viewing room, the sound is multi-channel. (The one case this does not seem to hold true is downloading VOD. Stereo seems to be maintained.)

    Am I crazy? Can anyone confirm this?

    By the way, I'll second the previous poster on the superb quality of the picture. I think D* should advertise this better. It is the one of the things that keep me a loyal customer. The quality is light years of Sling Boxes HD box. (As I would expect.)
     
  2. Nov 1, 2010 #862 of 1021
    Richierich

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    How can you tell it if is Mono or Stereo?

    All I know is mine sounds like Stereo on my Bose Music Mates and it Sounds Awesome!!! :hurah:
     
  3. Nov 1, 2010 #863 of 1021
    ejjames

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    You really cannot tell if something is in stereo or mono?
     
  4. Nov 1, 2010 #864 of 1021
    Richierich

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    Not with my Bose as it Definitely Sounds Like Stereo to me and that is all that counts.
     
  5. Nov 1, 2010 #865 of 1021
    ejjames

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    Must be on my end then. I give up... :)
     
  6. Nov 1, 2010 #866 of 1021
    SParker

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    Is Directv planning any new versions of this or is it pretty much dead development wise?
     
  7. Nov 1, 2010 #867 of 1021
    Richierich

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    I would hope so but mine is working Flawlessly right now so I am Very Happy!!! :)
     
  8. Nov 2, 2010 #868 of 1021
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    Newbie here - I'm looking to buy a laptop that will be used primarily (almost exclusively) for DirecTV2PC.

    Consequently, I want to spend the least amount of money i can but still get GOOD DirecTV2PC performance.

    Prefer a 15" screen and want the best video performance I can get.

    Not concerned about battery life or wireless performance (it will be nearly always plugged into a power socket and an ethernet connection).

    Don't need lots of disk space.

    Just need enough CPU, memory and a graphics card for DirecTV2PC.

    Hoping to spend no more than $400....is that possible?

    Thanks!
     
  9. Nov 2, 2010 #869 of 1021
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    When I download VOD content from HDNet or HDNet Movies and play the file on DIRECTV2PC, the image is always squeezed vertically in a 4:3 frame. My PC monitor has no way of stretching the image.

    If I play the recording via normal means (HDMI) the image is framed properly. These 2 channels are the only problems. HD downloads from all other sources such as Starz or The 101 are fine. Has anyone else run across this?
     
  10. Nov 2, 2010 #870 of 1021
    Richierich

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    Go to Bestbuy.com and look for PCs and then Laptop and scroll thru and see what you like and look at the prices. Also, you can use Froogle and Provide your Input and see what it returns.

    Also, The Search Feature Is Your Friend!!!
     
  11. Nov 2, 2010 #871 of 1021
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    :welcome_s

    Hunting down a laptop @$400 that has sufficient memory and a good internal graphics card will likely be a challenge...but there may be a couple out there.

    I'd start with places like NewEgg and Best Buy...and if not successful there...do Google searches using "laptop" and "3G graphics" as your key words. Remember....you'll also need to have decent network connectivity too.
     
  12. Nov 2, 2010 #872 of 1021
    mrfatboy

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    Does it have to be a laptop? My acer 3600 is tiny and only cost $200. You do need your own tv tho.




     
  13. Nov 2, 2010 #873 of 1021
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    I have a 8 month old dual core laptop that chocked on D2PC. The graphics card could not be accelerated.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2010 #874 of 1021
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    That's consistent with my earlier points that the graphics card is an important element to consider.
     
  15. Nov 2, 2010 #875 of 1021
    mrfatboy

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    Correct, my Acer Revo has the Nvidia Ion chip so it can handle it. I doubt that a laptop with just basic built graphics could cut it.
     
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    It's 2 years or so old, but my Dell Inspirion 1545 was ~450 at BB and does well with d2pc. Don't know it's current price or equivalent.
     
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    Richierich

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    I am using DECA with my DIRECTV2PC and I am getting Download Speeds of 18-19 Mbps and My Picture Quality Is Flawless!!!

    This Is AWESOME!!! :hurah:
     
  18. Nov 9, 2010 #878 of 1021
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    Don't you need a CAT-5 cable for DIRECTV2PC? (By the way, I vote we shorten it to "2PC") Who's with me!

    second...?

    anyone??

    (...sits down sheepishly...)
     
  19. Nov 9, 2010 #879 of 1021
    mrfatboy

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    Using Resource Monitor (Vista & Windows 7), I tested Direct2PC on my gigabit wired (cat5e) network. I watched CSI:Miami and Fringe. Both shows were located on my HR24. Everything worked perfectly.

    For anybody that is interested I got the following bandwidth info.

    CSI:Miami (1080i) 11-13 Mbps
    Fringe (720p) 6-8 Mbps
     
  20. Nov 9, 2010 #880 of 1021
    EricBergan

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    Was that from satellite or OTA? I'm still seeing stuttering on gigabit with MPEG-2, and suspect its the DVR itself having problems streaming it out.

    eric
     
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