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Does anyone remember Turbo-Tune?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. machlis

    machlis AllStar

    Aug 15, 2007
    I had it on my old Hughes (don't remember the model number) receiver too. And I also really liked it. Now I probably wouldn't use it anymore. Not so much because I have a DVR and never look at live TV, but because now when I do choose to watch live TV, I page through the guide rather than going straight to certain channels to see what they're playing.
  2. Maverickster

    Maverickster Godfather

    Sep 20, 2007
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but if one already has a Harmony 890 (which has a "Favorites" button that brings up 16 favorite channels on the LCD), Turbo Tune is useless to me, correct? I'm just trying to figure out exactly what "Turbo Tune" is.


  3. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Possibly .. but not everyone has a Harmony 890 ..
  4. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Useless to you? For sure! There are lots of things you can do with sequences and activities on your remote that others who only have the white DIRECTV remote that came with the DVR will not be able to do, so that's where TurboTune comes in for everyone else ...

    I have several Harmony remotes but still think I would use TurboTune - it gives me more options and I like to have options. :)
  5. Maverickster

    Maverickster Godfather

    Sep 20, 2007
    Right...I didn't mean to imply it was useless to everybody...I just meant to ask if it was useless to ME (as a harmony 890 owner)...it was sort of a backa$$wards way of trying to figure out exactly what it did.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  6. Maverickster

    Maverickster Godfather

    Sep 20, 2007
    Great! Thanks...that's what I was asking...I wasn't trying to imply it was a useless feature...sorry about that.

  7. frogg

    frogg Legend

    Nov 18, 2005
    I still have E86 in a spare bedroom. These things are bulletproof, and I still use the TT.
  8. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I remember turbo tune. Personally, I'd love to have Jump Loop added to our HRs. You would set up 2-5(?) channels in your loop & everytime you press 'Prev Ch' or 'Jump' you'd goto you're next channel in the loop.
  9. mx6bfast

    mx6bfast Hall Of Fame

    Nov 8, 2006
    I had 3 Hughes 86's and this is the biggest feature I miss from all of D* stb's and dvr's. I would absolutely LOVE for D* to bring it back.
  10. JAYPB

    JAYPB Legend

    May 8, 2002
    Bulletproof....but, alas, not HEAT proof......:lol:
  11. JAYPB

    JAYPB Legend

    May 8, 2002
    I loved the Turbo Tune....

    I had multiple E86's as well...loved them to death. Was somewhat happy/learning to be happy with the HR-2X's when I finally got them because they basically had the one line guide that I missed from my old HD/SD Hughes receivers (blue button vs. the "down" arrow below the select button on the Hughes receivers).

    The move to the HD TIVO was a step up in technological progress...but the wife's first comment after I installed the 10-250 Tivo's...."there's no mini-guide at the bottom of the screen" when I hit the down arrow.....

    You try telling a woman that a DVR is for recording....not for WATCHING LIVE TV.....:nono:

    Then we fast forward to move to the HR-2X's...which don't have that *little* thing called DLB/2 tuners/"the button to switch the channels but keep each one rewindable".....or Whatever the bleep you want to call it......and now I/we miss that....

    Ah, the price of progress......:grin:
  12. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    LOVED Turbo tune! Used it all the time. Brilliant concept. Any chance we'll get that with the new Tivo units?

    Closest I've got now is the NewsMix, but it is sooooo slow and if you trickplay at all you lose the yellow square for selection. Dumb, dumber and dumbest--but that's par for the course with this half-baked UKrap that Murdoch forced us into.
  13. excalibur26

    excalibur26 Mentor

    Sep 12, 2007
    Turbo Tune was a nice feature.

    Better yet is the late, lamented, Sony *jump loop*. you could either jump back-and-forth between the two last watched channels as you can now or set a loop of five last watched channels and scroll through them. Great for football on Sunday.
  14. fiveputts

    fiveputts AllStar

    Feb 13, 2007
    We still have a Hughes HIRD-B2 in the bedroom, my wife loves the turbo tune. She doesn't watch much tv and can't remember the channels. Can't blame her ... on this box, our locals (Los Angeles) are on ch. 938-946 (2-13 in other rooms). Also working against this box is that when in guide, you get no video or audio.

    Not sure why i still have the thing ...
  15. ticmxman

    ticmxman Legend

    Aug 27, 2007
    I hope Turbo Tune is brought back, I don't watch a lot of live tv but when I do I could use tt. I guess you could set up a small favorites list in the gude options and it would be simliar.
  16. msmith

    msmith Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    I set it up on the old receiver (Sony A65, I think), but I never used it. I just had the channels memorized and typed the number in.
  17. my1423

    my1423 Godfather

    May 16, 2009
    I have just bit the bullet and retired my old hughes and my Ultimate Tv and now have an new hr-23-700. Its cool but i cant belive this new box is less egronomic and slower then my antiques!

    Back on sbject.
    Turbo tune was one of the all time best features on the hughes boxes. It made the hughes the best standard stb over all the other units in its day.

    The Gaboa was nice the hbsa was little too much. The e86 was slow period so it should not be added in with the others due to first hd and not enough processing power. All the other standard def hughes units were way faster then any other box out in there generation. The goboa are Still faster for channel surfing and guide then any newer box i have seen!

    To describe t.t. in better detail.
    You press the select button when nothing else is up and boom you got a 3x3 box screen in the lower corner less the 1/5 of the screen and the arrows moved you between them for your programmed in favorite channels. It was not the most watched but what you put in there from the main menu as your favorites. On the later units there were 3 small tabs on the top of the 9 and you could switch between 3 sets of 9 channels for 27 favorites. The nicest thing was as you scolled over each channel a little banner on the bottom showed what was on that channel imported from the guide. This was fast! not slow feature. You press the button and it was up and you can see what is showing without loading the guide or impairing the whole screen or even just the bottom guide since this is smaller! The next best thing to recording since you could flip between channels fast! I know that when switching hd channels this would slow down since my new box switches slowly from hd to hd or standard def. Fast from st. to std.

    If we are talking old features forgotton, What about menu and banner color schemes, tranlucency would be nice to see on the hughes revival. Could make the banners translucent and less bothersome. From other units Ultimate Tv, The ability to remove the seek bar and just have a little Extreamly small symbol on the top corner when you use the 30 second skip or skip back buttons. Leave the seek bar when using the regular ff and rr buttons. Another Nice feature would be when watching a recording and you hit stop for it to return to the playlist screen and not your previous channel. Little anoying. If i hit stop maybe i want to erase it uh? Not forget about it when dumped to another channel. Many other items could be put in, but i know they are better for other threads.

    Bring back turbo Tune on all boxes!!!
  18. MountainMan10

    MountainMan10 Icon

    Jan 30, 2008
    Press the "Up" arrow....
  19. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Yup, that brings up the current incarnation called Quick Tune.
  20. my1423

    my1423 Godfather

    May 16, 2009
    Yes but its not near the same. Very bad knockoff! For instance the guide intergration none! Its not on the bottom but the center! Its Hughe in the middle of the screen! The best thing about tt was it was not intrusive where you could surf what was on and not block the screen. It always wants you to add this channel. It only has 9 channels! It is mapped to the up arrow and not the select key with has no function and you still have to go back to select. Many other things are wrong with it. Sucks compared to the original that was out nearly 10 years ago!

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