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DLB, Wanting is better than Having !!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dreadlk, Sep 5, 2009.

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  1. Doug Brott

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    Using DoublePlay to watch two things at one time .. which, if I believe is what most people want DoublePlay for in the first place .. :shrug:
     
  2. Doug Brott

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    There, fixed it for you. :D :p
     
  3. hdtvfan0001

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    You're right Doug - that's its purpose in life.

    It does what its supposed to, does it well, and there's nothing more to it.
     
  4. Flyrx7

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    And yet that would be better than having to enable it all the time. So what if you have a partial secondary buffer of random content. And when did random content become such a bad thing anyway?. I've discovered more new shows by checking out what's in the buffer than surfing the guide.

    When coming out of standby the primary buffer is still on, but yet it is also random content. If random content was bad then why is the primary buffering?

    As for the 90 minutes of HD space, are you telling me that if the HD is full that DP won't work? I would think that the buffers would/should be on the other side of the partition. That just doesn't make sense that a primary machine function would be at the whim of available HD space on the user's partition. That would be a very poor design IMHO.

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  5. Dr. Booda

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    That's correct Doug. Bolt believes that simultaneously watching two live programs (buffer jumping) via DP is an immoral act. It stresses out the mind and disrupts the peaceful Zen experience that a DVR should provide. Of course he also wants a "stealthy" background tuner to relieve him of the stress of having to actually schedule a recording for a recurring daily program.

    I also completely understand the need for Directv to grab the background tuner for other purposes. It makes perfect business sense.
     
  6. Doug Brott

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    It doesn't matter whether the random content is "bad" or not. That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that it is only random content. Certainly a percentage of time greater than zero and less than 100 there will be useful content there (random or not). I'm saying that 24/7 buffering of the background tuner is not going to happen and that it's not that big of a deal. That's all.

    Correct, if you are low on disk space, DoublePlay will not work.
     
  7. Doug Brott

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    Bingo! It's all about the bigger picture. The DoublePlay we now have may not be perfect for every single person, but it's certainly a forward step that most people will be quite happy with. That's the bottom line.
     
  8. Drew2k

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    Yeah ... It appears that someone upthread somewhere had a problem with this, but what's the point of having a second tuner buffering live content if you never intend to use it? Just don't activate DP.
     
  9. dreadlk

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    :beatdeadhorse: Ok enough beating, Bolt is dead :) even the fly's have started to circle him
     
  10. Syzygy

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    Right, because the fixed space allocated to hold D* Cinema movies you don't want to pay for is sacred. The marketing gods, y'know.
     
  11. billsharpe

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    I missed that ability somewhere in all these threads :confused:. You really need PIP or two TV screens to do that.
     
  12. Jon J

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    But, but...I don't have and never will have any Cinema movies so why should I give up recording space for a "feature" I'll never use?
     
  13. Doug Brott

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    It's all semantics .. Certainly by swapping back and forth you are not literally watching them at the exact same time, but the content is definitely interleaved such that you can start/finish to programs at roughly the same time. ;)
     
  14. Doug Brott

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    It's a one-size-fits-all setup .. DIRECTV has their reserved space and that is not going to change regardless of whether you user DIRECTV Cinema or other features that may make use of that space. In any event, the DVR will hold roughly 50 or 100 hours of MPEG4 HD (depending on model) which is how it was sold to you.
     
  15. Stuart Sweet

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    Doug is right there. Keep in mind that you are (in 99% of cases) leasing this equipment from DIRECTV and that alone gives them the right to reserve space on it. If you own your DVR outright you have every right to put a larger drive in there to offset the reserved space.
     
  16. Syzygy

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    And pray that it works, since it's unsupported and is often messed up by new releases. -- Oops, you weren't talking about an external drive, were you?
     
  17. stlmike

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    I tried out DLB yesterday while watching college football. The lack of auto-pause makes this much less useful to me. I want to actually watch two games, so I need to have the second tuner pause until I come back to it. For all the debate on "should LB auto-pause or not" in this thread, why not just put an option in the menu to have it do whatever you like? How hard could it be? ;)
     
  18. Syzygy

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    "How hard could it be?" D* dittoheads and bitter-enders say "I won't stand for any more options! I like it the way it is, and you can lump it!"
     
  19. Doug Brott

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    Record both games, start both from the LIST and use the {PREV} button to toggle, that process auto-pauses. It is an option. ;)
     
  20. BubblePuppy

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    Or, you could just press "pause" before toggling to the other tuner.....very simple.:D
     
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